Genealogy Basics

Me and the author
Me and my great-grandparents

I’ve been accepted to present a session entitled: “Genealogy for the Non-Genealogist Librarian” at the national Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference this fall. It’s going to be based on a beginning genealogy from a librarian viewpoint program that I originally developed for Beyond Rubies, but have done several times at libraries around the area. In preparation for that I’ve updated the pathfinder (a handout to help people who are just beginning a topic know where to look for basic information) that I use in the presentation. It was a major update, probably it’s 70% different now.

Find it here:

I also took this opportunity to convert it into a LibGuide which is a version of the same thing with lots of formatting bells and whistles and is mobile friendly.

See it here:

And if you are interested in more of my pathfinders (I’m currently working on updating the Laura Ingalls Wilder related ones) you can find them by clicking more on my website. Non-Laura topics are under Research Aids and Laura related ones are under LIW Info.


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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