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Touring the Ancestry Database

Content: In Part II of this recorded and guided tour of the Ancestry database, attendees will be introduced to census records and learn to anticipate how to search for individuals, how to track them over time throughout these records, and how to read handwritten records that relay a wealth of information: for example, homeownership and value, multigenerational households, education level, profession, and more. By the end of the session, attendees will be equipped to decipher a variety of census data and connect information from various decades of records. The end of the session will be reserved for questions and will not be recorded. 


Speaker: Jean Cooper is the Principal Cataloger in the Metadata and Discovery Services Unit of the University of Virginia Library. She has acted as the Genealogical Resources Specialist at UVA for the past 20 years. She is the author of several books on genealogy and Virginia history. Her most recent is Hidden Wills: An Index of Wills Found in Central Virginia Chancery Records Through 1870 (Shortwood Press, 2019) in which she indexes the wills that are included in the Chancery Records Index available at the Library of Virginia. 

Moderator: Katrina Spencer is the Librarian for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. She is learning the basics of initiating genealogical research alongside registrants for this series. Katrina will be jointly responsible for the pedagogical and technological design of this series. 


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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Jean Cooper and Katrina Spencer
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