Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Patricia O’Brien Shawker

Patricia O’Brien Shawker's primary genealogical interests are in Maryland records and federal records at the National Archives. Patty was born in Washington, D.C. and has been able to spend much time developing her expertise in federal records. She is a member of the APG, BCG, NEHGS, NGS, the Maryland Genealogical Society, and the NSDAR. She serves as Treasurer of the National Genealogical Society and the Assistant Director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research. Patty will be giving three presentations at the NGS Conference in Chicago.
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Thursday, 8 June 2006 – Birth of a Nation: Papers of the Continental and U.S. Congress
This lecture will address the congressional records from 1774-1837. Created early in our nation’s history, these records are a rich resource for genealogists.

Thursday, 8 June 2006 – Passport Applications
Passport applications can be an excellent source of genealogical information, especially for immigrant ancestors and those ancestors who were known to either work or travel outside the United States. NARA has the passport applications that were issued from October 1795 through 31 March 1925.

Saturday, 10 June 2006 – The National Archives: A Case Study Using Federal Records
Using a broad range of federal records, more information can be found about our ancestor’s migrations and other information about their family and friends. Some of the records groups covered are lesser-known but as will be demonstrated, can still yield genealogical information.

These lectures are sure to enlighten attendees on a number of federal records invaluable to genealogical research.

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