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Touring the Ancestry Database

Content: In Part III of this recorded and guided tour of the Ancestry database, attendees will examine birth, marriage, and death records available in Ancestry. They will also learn some strategies for examining military and immigration records. By the end of this session, attendees will have gained greater confidence for anticipating the wealth of information Ancestry offers to users and enhanced their abilities to communicate to researchers what types of information they can find within. 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.


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

Registration is required. There are 24 seats available.

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Suzanne Bombard