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Analyzing Documents : A Hands-on Workshop
Friday, October 12
Analyzing Documents : A Hands-on Workshop  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton - Lancaster


Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Are you getting the most information out of the genealogical documents you locate? Do you consider how reliable they may be and compare the information to other documents? Do you search for clues in each record?

Taking the time to analyze documents for reliability, context and information can provide useful clues, and using these clues to map out a research plan can advance your research.

This presentation will:
  • Discuss why we analyze documents
  • Show when in the research process this analysis happens
  • Demonstrate how to analyze a variety of documents
  • Provide a set of questions for you to use in your own analysis
  • Give hands-on practice with the analysis techniques presented

Mid-Atlantic History & Resources
Saturday, October 13
Mid-Atlantic History & Resources  (Conference)
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton - Lancaster
History of Baltimore Immigration
Presented by Nicholas Fessenden
European and particularly German immigrants arrived in Maryland and Pennsylvania and had a significant impact on Baltimore’s history. Find out what happened to these immigrants, trace their footsteps, and their influence on Maryland’s largest city.
Sister Ports: Philadelphia & Baltimore
Presented by Debra A. Hoffman
Philadelphia and Baltimore were major entry points for immigrants to America. Learn about the history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through these ports.
Columbia Institution: Its History & Records
Presented by Debra A. Hoffman
In 1857, Congress passed legislation that founded the Columbia Institute for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, which was located in Washington, DC. Learn about the history and records of this iconic institution that attracted students from across the United States as well as the world.
History & Records of the German Aid Societies (NY, PA, MD, SC)
Presented by Debra A. Hoffman
German Aid societies helped German-speaking immigrants address grievances and acclimate to their new home in the United States. Learn about the history of the four major societies and the types of records available for researchers.