RUSA presents a Midwinter Institute on genealogy of the Pacific Northwest

Contact: Eileen Hardy
Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release
October 27, 2006

RUSA presents a Midwinter Institute on genealogy of

the Pacific Northwest

CHICAGO - Learn all about one of America's fastest growing hobbies at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)'s History Section institute, "Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: Want Land, Will Travel," on Friday, January 19, 2007, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Did you know that up to 60 percent of Americans are interested in their family history, according to a Maritz Marketing Research poll?
This full-day workshop will instruct attendees on the popular field of ancestry research and delve into the history of the Pacific Northwest and U.S. laws that influenced the population growth in the region.

"Having a background of the history of the Pacific Northwest can be of help when trying to be of assistance to genealogy patrons with ancestors in that area," said Janice Schultz, institute committee chair.

The workshop speakers will present information on the genealogical history of the Pacific Northwest; the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Donation Land Law of 1850, and land claim records; tips and tools to power searching databases; and how to read about historical events and incorporate them into family trees.

The institute is being held at the Seattle Public Library, Central Branch (, and will include a catered lunch and a tour of the library's collections.

Registrations prices are as follows: RUSA member $95; ALA member $140; non-ALA member $215; student and retired member $57.
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