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Advanced Genealogical Skills:
A Seminar with Elizabeth Shown Mills

Saturday, April 2, 2011


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The Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Canadiana Department, North York Central Library (Toronto Public Library) are pleased to present this opportunity to hear one of the foremost genealogical educators of our day. We promise a full day of stimulation for your personal or professional genealogical pursuits.

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FAGS, FNGS, FUGA, has been a leader in genealogical education for a quarter of a century, pushing the cutting edge of research methodology, standards, and quality, serving as president of both the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the American Society of Genealogists, as well as an officer or trustee of other major organizations. During her 16 years as editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Elizabeth made the journal into the leading forum for the teaching of research methods and principles. For even longer, her Advanced Methodology Track at the Samford University Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research has been a rite of passage for serious family historians.

Among Elizabeth’s countless publications are the award-winning Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian and Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. They are considered “absolute essentials” for both personal and professional genealogists. Her latest book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, earned Library Journal’s Best Reference 2007 designation. She has also created a number of convenient QuickSheets as research aids.

A popular lecturer much in demand, Elizabeth is a featured speaker at major North American genealogical conferences. She also appears at academic, library, and archives events, and in media interviews. Her remarkable 2004 historical novel, Isle of Canes, involved years of archival research to tell “a gripping tale of cultural and racial conflict, economic triumph and ruin, and unyielding family pride told against the backdrop of colonial and antebellum Louisiana.” Heralded as “the genealogist who has had the most impact in the post-Roots era,” she offers a unique opportunity for sharpening your skills!

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Advanced Genealogical Skills: A Seminar with Elizabeth Shown Mills

8:30     Doors open

9:00     Welcome

9:15     Genealogical Problem Solving: Professional Techniques for Everyday Success
Stuck on a line? Finding new books to buy is usually not the answer. Learning effective methodology for using common records and advanced techniques for finding elusive ancestors are the skills that separate the real genealogist from “name gatherers.” This lecture covers twelve important success techniques to apply every day that you do research.

11:00   Sources & Citations Simplified: From Memorabilia to Digital Data to DNA
Why should documentation cause either angst or obsession? Researchers who learn a few basic rules can take a common-sense approach that avoids both anxiety and overkill.

12:15   Lunch break

1:30     Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Paramours!
Historically, social mores and law codes left women without a legal identity of their own and few rights or opportunities to create the records genealogists customarily use to track males. This discussion presents an array of resources and methodological techniques—by which the identities of elusive females can be established.

3:15     Dissecting Your Research Problem and Planning a Solution
“Brick walls” exist only in our mind. In this final session of the day, Mills lays out a practical process for analyzing the toughest problem and developing new avenues to explore.

4:30     Concluding Question & Answer Session

Auditorium, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
■ Subway: North York Centre stop on the Yonge line; the library is in the North York Centre
■ Driving: take Yonge Street (North) exit from 401, to Park Home Avenue (6th or 7th traffic light) and turn left.
■ Parking: The most convenient parking is under the Centre with entrances at Novotel, 3 Park Home Avenue, or off Beecroft Road (parallel to and west of Yonge Street). 

■ Refreshments will be available; lunch is not included.
■ Lunch: Brown bag it, North York Centre food court, or restaurants on Yonge Street.
■ For accommodation, Novotel North York is part of the North York Centre (416-733-2929,  www.novotel.com).
■ Books of interest will be available for purchase on the day of the event. See the registration site for titles and  pre-ordering, when registration begins. Our speaker will be available during the afternoon break for book signing.