"Fall" in love again with online research…
Presenter: James M. Beidler
 
9:00 a.m.:  Welcome Remarks
 
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.:  By the Book: Digital Databases Bringing Libraries to Your Desktop 
Projects such as Family History Books, Google Books and Germany-based DigiBib have been keeping digital scanners busy as many titles from some of the nation's largest libraries have "gone electronic," allowing users anywhere access to publications from around the globe. Learn about these ambitious "virtual libraries" and how to harness them for genealogy.
 
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noonAn “Average” Ancestor Seen through Newspapers
The country song says “everyone dies famous in a small town” but until close to our present day, you can expect to find a fair number of other references to even your most ordinary ancestors if you make your goal to use all of the potential newspapers for a particular time period.
 
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.:  Lunch (included - make your selection when registering)
 
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.:  Headlines to Bylines: Using All the Newspaper in your Genealogy
Everyone turns to newspapers to find obituaries of their ancestors but every section and column of historical newspapers can be valuable in your genealogical search. Learn how news briefs, advertisements, even editorials and “letters to the editor” might add to your store of knowledge about your ancestors and their lives in context.
 
 
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Presenter: James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlanitc Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for online Family Tree University.
 
He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.
 
Jim is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth.
 
As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania's State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project. 
 
Information about Jim's publications, lectures, services and contact information can be found at  http://jamesmbeidler.com.