Sunday, March 19, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager, CG, CGL

Ruth Ann has been researching for 31 years and is a reference specialist and web designer in the Special Collections Department of St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and a Master of Arts degree in teaching in the area of educational technology. Hager is the author of The Hager Family and The Schieber Family History, and is the editor of Jefferson Township Cemeteries, Nodaway County, Missouri and A Schieber Research Journal. She will be giving five presentations at the NGS Conference in Chicago.
More About Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager

Tuesday, 6 June – Ins & Outs of Expanding a Library’s Genealogical Web Site (NGS Special Pre-Conference Meeting for Librarians) Hager has been her department’s web designer since the launch of its first set of five pages eight years ago. Her department now has over 1,000 pages and has gone through a complete revision in 2005 and the site is still in transition. She will offer suggestions of how to formulate a game plan for your library’s genealogical Web site, and how to carry it out.

Wednesday, 7 June – National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection
This collection of approximately 25,000 books, 8,000 of which are family histories, is housed in St. Louis County Library’s Special Collections Department. This collection circulates through interlibrary loan, so these books are available to researchers whose home library offers this service.

Thursday, 8 June – World War I Draft Registration Cards
In 1917 and 1918, men aged 18 through 45 who were not already in the military had to register for the World War I draft. In doing so, these men, born between 11 Sept 1872 and 12 Sept 1900, gave a range of information—such as date and, sometimes, place of birth—that is helpful to genealogists. Now indexed on and Ancestry Library Edition, these records are easier to locate than ever before.

Friday, 9 June – Why Are Those Land Descriptions Important? (BCG Skillbuilding Lecture)
Many researchers work with land records, yet do not obtain maximum benefit from those records because they have not worked with the land description portion of the records. If you have deeds and other land records in your files, and have not worked with the land description in each, you may have the clues you need in your possession—and not know it!

Saturday, 10 June – Spottswood Rice, USCT Soldier: A Case Study
Spottswood Rice was a slave in Missouri until September 1864 when he enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops. Able to read and write, he wrote two letters that earned him a place in American History and are preserved in the National Archives. The story of Spottswood, his children, and grandchildren, span over 100 years of American history.


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