Illinois and African-American family histories to be uncovered at RUSA preconference

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

February 17, 2009

CHICAGO—Piece family trees together—and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth—at this summer’s “From Lincoln Logs to Linkin’ Families.”

The History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) invites librarians, library staff and personal family history researchers to attend this preconference held in conjunction with the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. This one-day event highlights newly available Illinois-specific genealogy resources as well as resources for African American family history research. A panel of genealogy experts comprise the list of speakers, including George Morgan of "Genealogy Guys" fame and author of “How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy.” Curt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center of Allen County (Ind.) Public Library, will speak about African American family history research. Jack Simpson, curator of local and family history at the Newberry Library in Chicago and co-creator of, will present a basic genealogy primer, and Lorreto "Lou" Dennis Szucs, editor of the definitive genealogy tool “The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy,” will discuss conducting Chicago research locally and from afar.

The preconference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 10, in Chicago. Advance registration rates, available until May 22, are $100 for RUSA members, $145 for ALA members, $220 for non-members and $75 for students and retirees. Lunch and coffee breaks are included courtesy of sponsor ProQuest.

Annual Conference attendees interested in registering for the meeting and institute—or adding the institute to their current meeting itinerary—can do so through Step 6 (“Your Events”) of the
online registration form or by calling 1 (800) 974-3084. Those who are interested in only attending the preconference (event code RU2) must register using a
printed registration form, which can then be submitted via mail or faxed per the instructions on the form. On-site registration will be available the day of the event.

Not a RUSA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on this and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Find out the most up-to-date information about this and all of RUSA's Annual Conference events at the RUSA events page.

The History Section (HS) is a part of the
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. The section represents the subject interests of its members who work as reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, and in other historical reference and research fields. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.Â