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Sep. 20, 2014     9:30-10:30 a.m.

American State Papers & The U.S. Serial Set
Presenter: Julia Coldren-Walker
American State Papers cover the period 1789 to 1838 and was succeeded by the U.S. Serial Sets. They were published between 1831 and 1861 and contain over 6,000 documents include public land records, post office records and claims. Americans have always been ready to write their Congressman to settle perceived wrongs or for political positions.Claims against the federal government and include lists of pre-1800 Revolutionary War pensions which were destroyed by a fire in 1800.  Learn about this often-overlooked resource and find our if YOUR ancestor may be among the thousands of ordinary citizens who appear in this collection.

Oct. 18, 2014     9:30-10:30 a.m.

Obituaries: A Treasure Trove for Genealogists
Presenter: Adrian Gravelle
This presentation will include a short history of obituaries, a discussion of their reliability in genealogical research, the importance of obituaries in genealogical research, internet tools and techniques for finding obituaries on the internet, some pitfalls in relying on obituaries, understanding the wording in obituaries, and examples of good, bad, humorous and not-so-humorous obituaries.