Thursday, July 31, 2008

Livermore & Seattle: More classes worth taking


If you’ve got ancestors in the US military AND you live in the greater Livermore, California area, you must attend the American Military Research Seminar - August 9, 2008 . The Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society, in association with the Livermore Family History Center, is hosting Help! My great-great-great grandfather is missing! (a free American Military Research Seminar and Workshop) Saturday, August 9, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the LDS Church, 950 Mocho Street, Livermore, California. The schedule features three morning presentations followed by a lunch break where sack lunches are only $4.25 and you can play Genealogy Jeopardy. The afternoon workshop includes online interactive case studies. Ol’ Myrt learned about this seminar from the California Genealogical Society’s blog entry cross-promoting the seminar. Classes include:
  • “A two-part lecture entitled "American Military Research Online: What’s There and What’s Not!" [Susan Goss] Johnson will create of timeline of American military history and show all the record types that were created. She will cover what is available online and what isn’t, using both non-subscription and subscription sites.”
  •’s Trevor Hammond will present an insider’s look, and offer membership discounts to seminar participants.

Ol’ Myrt here would especially be interested in a comparison of known military record groups with online availability. In fact, I’d really like to talk with Susan about this in an upcoming podcast. I’ll make my request by email shortly.

Today’s email brought a reminder of a RL (real life) certificate program that should be seriously considered by genealogists living in the greater Seattle, Washington area. The University of Washington is one of the few post-secondary institutions offering such an intensive family history curriculum. Participants discover the lectures, discussion, readings and field trips are designed to facilitate the successful completion of individual research projects.

Dear Pat-
Previously you had expressed interest in our Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program. We have an upcoming information meeting regarding the autumn 2008 program. At this meeting you will be able to hear from program representatives about the program and have any questions addressed.

Genealogy and Family History Information Meeting
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
6:00- 7:00 p.m.
UW Campus, Seattle
Balmer Hall, Room 203 (
see map).

For more information, included course topics, instructor bios, and admissions criteria, please visit:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at 206-685-8936 or

Extension Advising

As with any class offering, there are only a limited number of positions. From the UW program overview we read “This unique program not only gives you skills and tools to unearth new information about your ancestors, but also teaches you to relate that information to the political, economic, and social changes and forces that shaped the community and time in which they lived.”

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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