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Ancestry Day

Midwest Genealogy Center--Mid-Continent Public Library

Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Ancestry Day

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Sponsored by Ancestry.com and the Midwest Genealogy Center, Ancestry Day will be held on March 16, 2013, from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. Ancestry Day will feature sessions taught by Ancestry.com staff members, Anne Mitchell and Lou Szucs, and staff from the Midwest Genealogy Center focusing on all levels of genealogy research. Held at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.


Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions include How to Use Ancestry.com, Getting the Most from Ancestry.com, Military Records at Ancestry.com and Fold3, and Using Ancestry.com for Finding Family in Local History Sources. The day will end with Stump the Experts, a panel discussion featuring staff from Midwest Genealogy Center and the Ancestry experts.


A welcome reception at the Midwest Genealogy Center  [3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence, MO] is offered on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., for attendees to network and meet the Ancestry speakers. Limited space is available. Register now for this free event.


The Midwest Genealogy Center is open for research. Check midwestgenealogycenter.org for information on location and hours. 


Early Bird Registration is $30. After March 1, 2013, $35. Refunds given up to March 9, 2013. If you have questions, please call 816.252.7228 and ask for Angela or Janice or email them at ge@mymcpl.org.




Registration opens January 2, 2013.

Ancestry Day Schedule

Adams Pointe Conference Center, Blue Springs, Missouri

8:30 a.m. Registration Begins
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Find them Fast: Searching Secrets to Help You Find Your Ancestors Stories on Ancestry.com, Anne Mitchell
  Ancestry.com is home to more than 7 billion records in more than 30,000 collections and tools to help you store and organize what you’ve found. Learn the best way to find what you're looking for and make the most of it with Anne Mitchell. She'll teach you how to make the powerful tools at Ancestry.com work for you to locate your ancestors, discover their stories, and advance your research to the next level.
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Extraordinary Clues in Ordinary Records, Lou Szucs
  We all need ordinary records to build our family stories: cemetery, census, court, immigration, newspaper, vital records. This presentation will highlight often overlooked clues in those records that can lead to new discoveries.
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Mining Gold at Midwest Genealogy Center, Janice Schultz
  Start with Ancestry.com and expand your search at the Midwest Genealogy Center. Find out what you can discover at MGC that will enhance the search for your ancestors.
11:45 a.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on Ancestry.com and Fold3, Anne Mitchell
  Finding your ancestors is Step One. Understanding their lives is Step Two. Military records hold clues that help bring historical events to life and help you understand how those events impacted your ancestors. We will show you read the clues, and use the information to create the story.
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com, Lou Szucs
  Because of the enormity of the Ancestry.com database, some “hidden” collections don’t always surface quickly in a global search. In addition to describing dozens of examples of “lesser¬-known” records at Ancestry.com (such as mortality census schedules, records from U.S. Soldiers and Sailors Homes, newspaper abstracts, ethnic collections and church records), this presentation focuses on techniques for locality searching and using the catalog. You will also learn how you can keep up with news of exciting collections being added all the time.
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Stump the Experts Panel Discussion
  A panel discussion featuring staff from Midwest Genealogy Center and the Ancestry experts.



Ancestry Day Presenters


Lou SzucsLoretto  ("Lou") Dennis Szucs is Vice  President of Community Relations for  Ancestry.com. She has served on  advisory boards for the Statue of  Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation; the  Illinois State Archives, and the  Cook County (IL) Circuit Court  Archives as well as governing boards of  several genealogical societies.  She was founding secretary and is  currently a board member of the  Federation of Genealogical Societies.  Lou previously worked for the  National Archives-Great Lakes Region in  Chicago, and has been with  Ancestry for 20 years.

Titles of some of Lou’s books include: The second and third editions of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy (co-edited with Sandra Luebking); They Became Americans; Chicago and Cook County Sources: A Genealogical and Historical Guide; Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family Through America’s Gateway, and with Sandra Luebking, she is the co-author of The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. With Matt Wright, she is co-author of Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records.

Lou   has lectured at more than twenty national conferences and hundreds of   workshops since 1980. Additionally, she has taught family history   classes for local schools and for the National Archives-Great Lakes   Region in Chicago. Television interviews include the PBS Ancestors series, ABC News, CNN News, and the ABC television show, The View.




Anne Mitchell Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne columns for Ancestry.com’s monthly and weekly member newsletter. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for many years, and is pursuing her CG certification. Before joining the Ancestry.com team, she worked in the Internet industry as a software engineer and a product manager for companies including CNET, Webshots, and Excite@Home. She has a Master’s in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also was a Computer Science instructor for 8 years. Anne’s passion for history and computers merged into a lifelong fascination of genealogy and developing advanced search techniques to carve important clues out of historical documents.


Cris Cooper

Cris has been with Ancestry.com since February 2009 having relocated from Tulsa area of Oklahoma to Utah in 2007. Cris started out in Ancestry.com's “Tech Support” area of the call center and quickly learned all there was about the technology issues facing individual users to libraries. This is knowledge expanded on using PC, MAC, and Family Tree Maker. Cris recently joined the Institutional team becoming our Institutional Product Support Lead.

Janice Schultz Janice Schultz is the Genealogy  Librarian/Branch Manager  of the Midwest  Genealogy Center. She has held  that position since  August 2001. Janice  has been employed with  Mid-Continent Public Library  since 1987. Ms.  Schultz is involved with  the American Library  Association’s Reference  and User Services  Division and is past chair of  the History Section. She  is also  President of the Missouri State  Genealogical Association.  Janice is  the author of Finding Your Roots: Easy-To-Do Genealogy and Family History to be released by Huron Street Press in February 2013.



Angela McComas

Angela McComas has been working  in the genealogy field about fifteen  years, working on her own family  lines and those of friends and clients.  She works full-time at the Midwest  Genealogy Center, where she coordinates classes and  special programming. Angela  teaches many classes at the Library and for  societies, both local and  national, and has been published in several  venues.


Midwest Genealogy Center Presenters


Kathleen Brandt

Kathleen Brandt is the sole proprietor of  a3Genealogy with more than  10 years' experience as a professional genealogist and is a licensed  Private Investigator. She researches for  NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? and PBS's Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates.   She has extensive experience in international and nationwide   documentation retrieval, free-colored research, military record   retrievals, tracing slaves, as well as Irish, Swedish, and German   records. As a freelance writer, her genealogy articles have been   published in the Genealogy Archives online magazine, and on the   a3genealogy.blogspot.com website. She is a member of the Association of   Professional Genealogists (APG).


Jolene Clark

Jolene Clark is a reference assistant at the  Midwest Genealogy Center and enjoys helping others find their ancestors.  She has a Bachelor’s in History from Brigham Young University and is  currently working on her Master’s in Library Science at the University  of Missouri. Jolene first became interested in genealogy about 24 years  ago when she took a correspondence course in genealogy to earn credit  for college. She began by researching her Australian family, finding  some convict ancestors in her family tree. Now she manages to turn every  family vacation into some type of genealogy trip and tries enlisting  the help of her husband and four children.


Beth Foulk

Beth discovered her love of genealogy through her  father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name  he knew. This family treasure became the launching point for her  research. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her  knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog (genealogydecoded.com),  and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional  venues including the Missouri and Nebraska State Conferences. Her focus  is early American genealogy.




Ellen Miller Ellen  Miller has been with Midwest Genealogy Center since September 2006.  Ellen is a full-time reference assistant and began teaching classes in  2007. She enjoys assisting customers, and her favorite part of doing  genealogy is the research. She works extensively with the Library’s  databases in helping customers. Ellen Miller




Cynthia Shively

Cynthia   Shively has worked at Midwest Genealogy Center since April 2012. In   addition to her regular duties at MGC, submitting blogs and assisting   with MGC’s Facebook page, Cynthia writes for her own personal blog   called The Spoken Ellipsis – A Writer’s Layover. For Cynthia, social   networking is the cornerstone to her research, writing, and art. Her   primary social networking sites are Facebook, both personally and   professionally, Pinterest, and her own blog.



Ancestry Day Hotel Information

A special conference hotel room rate of $89 per night (plus tax) is available for conference attendees at:

Courtyard by Marriott [attached to Adams Pointe Conference Center] 1400 NE Coronado Drive Blue Springs, Missouri 64014

This special rate runs for hotel rooms booked for between March 13 to March 17.

Reservations can be made by calling 816.228.8100 or 800.321.2211.

Mention Mid-Continent Public Library Ancestry Day to receive this special rate.

Rooms must be booked before March 1 to receive our special prices.

When & Where

Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Dr.
Blue Springs, MO 64014

Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Midwest Genealogy Center--Mid-Continent Public Library

The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a  million on-site materials. The Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all the resources and technology genealogists need to research.

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