ALA Unit/Subunit: RUSA, RUSA_HS
Meeting Type: Ticketed Event
Cost: Ticketed Event. Not included with registration. Visit the Ticketed Events Information Page for further details.
The RUSA Genealogy Pre-conference will explore diverse topics in genealogy and genealogy research; such as, Highlighting local sources of archival and genealogical information; Genealogy research training for non-genealogy librarians; New genealogical and historical databases and resources; New trends in genealogical research – including new technologies; Using DNA testing to overcome genealogical roadblocks; and Other hot topics in areas of genealogy, history and archives. This event is free but registration is required. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by ProQuest.
8:30 am Check-in, name badge and handout pick-up
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 am Preparing Your Patrons for DNA Testing
Drew Smith, University of South Florida
In only a few years’ time, DNA testing has become an essential part of genealogical research, but corporate advertising may have led your patrons to overly optimistic expectations. Learn what patrons should reasonably expect, what has changed with DNA testing in the past year, what issues relating to laws, privacy, and ethics must be considered, and how you can best help guide your patrons to success with their testing as they combine it with traditional research.
10:15 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 11:30 am Grave Matters: Preserving and Recording Cemeteries
Emily Ford, Oak and Laurel Preservation
Debbie Martin, Westside Cemetery Preservation Association
Join Emily Ford and Debbie Martin as they discuss their efforts to preserve and record the history contained within Louisiana cemeteries.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Luncheon sponsored by ProQuest
Presentation by William Forsyth, ProQuest
1:00 - 1:15 pm Break
1:15 - 2:15 pm Let Me Tell You about My People: Free People of
Color in Louisiana and other Parts of the U.S.
Gregory Osborn, New Orleans Public Library
Oftentimes arriving “free”, but usually indentured to Colonial Virginia, Maryland, New York and New England, Africans’ status in what would become the United States was never cut and dry or merely black or white. Their fate would be tied to economics, royal control, racism, and legal policy that would quickly determine their future. As all this was being sorted out, it would allow for some interesting loopholes giving a small group an early foothold into freedom.
2:15 - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 - 3:45 pm Helping Researchers Find and Use Religious Records
Emilie Gagnet Leumas, Archdiocese of New Orleans
Irwin Lachoff, Xavier University
Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, retired Samford University
Emilie Leumas, Irwin Lachoff, and Elizabeth Wells will discuss how to find and use religious records for historical and genealogical research. The panel will cover Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant records.
3:45 – 4:00 pm Closing Remarks