Dan Poffenberger, a British research consultant for the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at the Oklahoma Genealogical Society Spring Seminar on April 5. Poffenberger's topics will be:
• Using FamilySearch to Solve Problems (Case Studies)” — Although resources have been available for years, the availability of online records have dramatically increased recently on the Family Search website.
• “Getting the Most Out of the Family History Catalog — Tips and Tricks from a Pro” — Poffenberger will demonstrate how he has accessed records found in the Family History catalog. He will also demonstrate the new beta version of the catalog and new features that make record finding easier.
• “The Tired, The Poor, the Huddled Masses and the Wretched Refuse: U.S. Immigration from 1820-1954” — For many researchers the stories of how, when and where ancestors came from have proved elusive. Poffenberger will provide tips to access history, records and resources, and possible strategies to uncover an ancestor's immigration experience.
• “Beginning Irish/Irish Internet Research” — This session will introduce primary sources, their content, and availability (post-1800) as well as review the most important websites for online Irish research. He will also discuss the unique nature of research on Ireland with strategies for solving problems.
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