U.S. and British Church Records–Research Retreat at the Family History Library

My Ancestors Found sponsors a Fall Research Retreat at the Family History Library the last week of November 2007–you can still register to be a part of this cool week! Jimmy Parker, Arlene Eakle, and Judith Wight will deliver expert instruction on U.S. and British Church Records. Imagine a whole week focused on your ancestors with us to guide you through the evidence and proof.

My five sessions are listed here for your information:

Church Records Research Retreat, My Ancestors Found–November 2007
Arlene H. Eakle, PhD Course Outline

1. Why Church Records Are Important for Genealogical Research. Searching for ancestors in Churchbooks and other church records–A New Strategy. Matching evidence from church records against other documents.

2. Special Church Records Collections at the Family History Library–largest collection of church records, printed and original, in the world!

3. Church Records in the United States and Canada–Religious Belief Dictates the Records Kept and Preserved–
Presbyterian and other Reformed Churches–German, Dutch, French
Baptist Congregations, Congregationalists,Episcopalians,Lutherans,
Roman Catholics

4. Church Records in the British Isles
How to Identify and Find Your Ancestor’s Congregation

5. European Church Records: Reclaiming “Lost” Ancestors
Reclaiming Church Members

Using Church Affiliations to Trace and Identify Families
Huguenots and their Records
Using “Internal Evidence Links” in Church Records to Trace and Prove Family Relationships and Migration Patterns

Go to http://www.myancestorsfound.com for more details and to register.

300 New Books Unpacked and Inventoried

Our trip to Baltimore had a specific research objective–picking up Dolly Zeigler’s collection of some 300 genealogy books.  You can see the pictures of this undertaking, as we loaded the books into Kathryn Bassett’s van http://www.arleneeakle.com.

What I didn’t know about the books:  they cover genealogies and record extracts for New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey (lots of New Jersey), Delaware, Maryland, Virginia (lots of Virginia), North Carolina, Ohio!  These are the states where I do the bulk of my client genealogy research!  These books are for the benefit of my clients. They will benefit anyone who comes to the Genealogy Library Center as well.

These books are for my clients!

And I am so excited to receive them and have a place to put them.  I was so excited that my hands shook as I organized them by state.  Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle

PS Tune in tomorrow for a How a Week at the Family History Library in December can kick-start a Christmas to Remember.

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