Beyond Ancestry: Genealogical Resources All Researchers Need to Know

Thursday, 4/27/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Ancestry is often the first resource that genealogy researchers use, but then where should they go? After briefly covering the differences between the library edition of Ancestry and a personal subscription, we discuss the newly renovated HeritageQuest Online; finding obituaries and other newspaper articles; using ward maps and other census tools; identifying and obtaining court records, working with free online resources such as Find a Grave, Hathi Trust, and Google Books, and using the (free!) riches of the Family History Library, along with several other resources. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcome 1: Participants will identify online and offline record types that are relevant to genealogy research.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Participants will recognize the complex variety of sources for newspaper and court information.
  • Learning Outcome 3: Participants will be inspired to use many other resources besides Ancestry in their work. 

Who Should Attend

  • Genealogy researchers
  • Librarians who serve genealogy researchers
  • Librarians seeking certification in genealogy-related subjects


Katherine Pennavaria has been a family history researcher for several years. She is the author of GENEALOGY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR LIBRARIANS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and writes a genealogy column for KENTUCKY LIBRARIES. She has done numerous presentations and webinars on genealogy-related subjects, including a webinar for ALA BookList in March 2015 that drew over 800 live participants.

Rosemary Meszaros is a senior editor at the JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP and a multi-year contributor on all government sections of MAGAZINES FOR LIBRARIES. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including the American Library Association and the Kentucky Library Association. 



Individual registration rates are as follows:

RUSA members: $45
ALA members: $50
ALA student & retired members: $25
Non-members: $65
Group rate: $99 single login, $38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

How to Register

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