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Seasonal Program Ideas - FGS Wiki

Seasonal Program Ideas


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Spring is also the season for a serious discussion of the courtesies and formalities necessary to conduct research in records repositories: appropriate dress; calling or writing ahead for directions and procedural information; studying a guide to the collection you intend to use; limiting what you carry into the repository;  copy-right restrictions; etc. Intersperse the practical with the frivolous — how to pack "wrinkle-free"; easy-care haircuts for men and women on the go; clothes and equipment for cemetery hunts, etc. The light-hearted approach to these latter subjects will make members more receptive to the "serious stuff" — especially the concept that researchers leave behind a legacy in the repositories they visit — a legacy from which the next researcher will benefit or suffer.
 
Spring is also the season for a serious discussion of the courtesies and formalities necessary to conduct research in records repositories: appropriate dress; calling or writing ahead for directions and procedural information; studying a guide to the collection you intend to use; limiting what you carry into the repository;  copy-right restrictions; etc. Intersperse the practical with the frivolous — how to pack "wrinkle-free"; easy-care haircuts for men and women on the go; clothes and equipment for cemetery hunts, etc. The light-hearted approach to these latter subjects will make members more receptive to the "serious stuff" — especially the concept that researchers leave behind a legacy in the repositories they visit — a legacy from which the next researcher will benefit or suffer.
  
===Idea #3: A New Look At Land Records
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===Idea #3: A New Look At Land Records===
  
 
Since nearly 90% of American, white males owned land at some point in their lives, the tracing of land is critically important to genealogists. Help members understand the different types of land records and what important clues can be located in them. A program which details not only the types of deeds, but helps members recognize the methods by which family members transferred land title, can be very important. Maps can add flavor to the program and the speaker can be asked to demonstrate how to locate a piece of property on a map which illustrates section, township and range.
 
Since nearly 90% of American, white males owned land at some point in their lives, the tracing of land is critically important to genealogists. Help members understand the different types of land records and what important clues can be located in them. A program which details not only the types of deeds, but helps members recognize the methods by which family members transferred land title, can be very important. Maps can add flavor to the program and the speaker can be asked to demonstrate how to locate a piece of property on a map which illustrates section, township and range.
 
   
 
   
IDEA # 4: GETTING ORGANIZED —
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===Idea #4: Getting Organized===
Spring is a great time to do housekeeping chores.  
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It is important to establish priorities and  
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Spring is a great time to do housekeeping chores. It is important to establish priorities and determine what to keep and what to throw away. Yes! Sometimes items can be discarded! Outdated correspondence can be abstracted, addresses saved, but some actual letters tossed. Several methods of arranging material can be discussed including the positive and negatives of each. Members should be encouraged to arrange material in small categories and keep paper in each file to a minimum so that material can be easily located. After family folders have been created, material can be grouped according to category such as military, probate, school, church, deeds, etc. If there is great deal of material for each of those folders, they can be divided again into groups such as “Military Records 1850-1900” and then “Military Records 1861-1865” until the categories are small enough to be contained in a single file folder. Costs should be discussed with an emphasis on viewing the sacrifice of hours spent attempting to locate a document.  
determine what to keep and what to throw away.  
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Yes! Sometimes items can be discarded! Outdated  
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==Summer Ideas==
correspondence can be abstracted,  
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addresses saved, but some actual letters tossed.  
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Several methods of arranging material can be  
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discussed including the positive and negatives of  
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each. Members should be encouraged to arrange  
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material in small categories and keep paper in  
+
each file to a minimum so that material can be  
+
easily located. After family folders have been  
+
created, material can be grouped according to  
+
category such as military, probate, school,  
+
church, deeds, etc. If there is great deal of  
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material for each of those folders, they can be  
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divided again into groups such as “Military  
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Records 1850-1900” and then “Military Records  
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1861-1865” until the categories are small  
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enough to be contained in a single file folder.  
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Costs should be discussed with an emphasis on  
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viewing the sacrifice of hours spent attempting  
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to locate a document.  
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SUMMER IDEAS
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Turn program time into project time. Or just use  
 
Turn program time into project time. Or just use  
 
this season as an opportunity for members to  
 
this season as an opportunity for members to  

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