Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Medford Oregon: Karen Clifford, AG, FUGA ~ 16 Oct 2010

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. Please address all inquiries to

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society and the Jackson County Public Library are sponsoring a day-long seminar Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 9am to 4pm featuring Karen Clifford, AG, FUGA. The seminar will be held at the Jackson County Public Library, 205 S. Central, Medford, Oregon. Karen's scheduled Saturday classes include:

1. Understanding Research Methodology
From forming an hypothesis, setting goals, documenting sources, sorting information, developing communication skills, studying clues, comparing and explaining evidence, and using charts and forms to aid in that analysis, review how your research methodology compares with others in order to determine if some elements might need to be enhanced. 
2. Using 2010 FamilySearch
One of the largest and still growing data bases for genealogists, free FamilySearch has undergone and is still undergoing major updating. Because of its updates, users are often unaware of millions of new resources now available. Speed up your research, learn of new areas that can extend your lines, and be prepared for what is coming.
3. Tool Chest for Tracing 18th Century Immigrants
Tracing an immigrant ancestor in the 1700s to the foreign town necessitates a greater knowledge of compiled resources, an understanding of history in the 1700s, specific research methodologies, an awareness of ethnic genealogy societies, knowing how to interpret names properly, and overcoming a lack of knowledge regarding foreign terminology.
4. Tool Chest for Tracing 19th Century Immigrants
Tracing an immigrant ancestor in the 1800s to the foreign town necessitates a complete name, the date of an event in the "old country," the name of a relative, and the place of origin. Learn how to find those key items to extend your family further back in time
Optional Land Records Workshop -- Friday, 15 October 2010 - 7pm to 9pm
The Genealogical Value of Land Records

Land records can be broken down by various time periods and localities to make it easier to link the possible land record you might be looking for with the ancestor you are seeking. Land records have existed since the beginning of permanent settlement in America and are one of the few records that have survived for extended periods of time. Their very survival is one reason they are so important. They are also important because of the type of information they might contain. Land ownership consisted of different quantities, jurisdictional ownership, rental or transfer specifications, and even measurement methods in the various parts of this country. Learning about land records at the outset of research can help you find your ancestor faster.

For registration details go to, call the genealogy library at (541) 512-2340 or visit us at 95 Houston Road, Phoenix, Oregon. Tickets for the seminar are $25 per person before October 1 and $30 per person thereafter.   

The Rogue Valley Genealogy Library contains the largest collection of genealogical books and documents between Eugene, Oregon and Redding, California. The web address for the library is

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