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Genealogy & Preserving Family Papers and Photographs

The study of one’s ancestors and the preservation of family papers and photographs have become of great interest in modern American life.

Join us May 3-4, 2018, for the following workshops:

Session 1: Tracing African American Genealogical Roots: Resources and Strategies (9:00 am–11:30 am)
This session will include information regarding the general topic of African American genealogy; providing a historical overview; leading participants through a discussion of what resources and records are available, and where to find them; and how to effectively use online digital genealogy resources.  Presenter Ruth Randall, a nationally known certified genealogist, has made her life’s work the reconstruction of the lives of former slaves and tracing those roots for their descendants. She specializes in 19th and 20th century genealogy, especially in the areas of Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Session 2: Basics of Genealogical Research: Building the Family Tree (1:00 pm–4:30 pm)
This session will include a review of the material covered in session one; an introduction to general genealogical research concepts and terms; a unit on effectively utilizing paper records, such as church, census, county, and other local documents; a unit dealing with microfilm resources; as well as how to use general online databases, specifically separating the good from the bad sources. This will culminate in a discussion of how to build the family tree and what resources can aid one in constructing it. Presenter Henrietta Christmas is a well-known local author, historian, and genealogist who has worked for many years with the Historical Society of New Mexico.

Sessions 1 & 2 will be held Thursday, May 3, 2018, in the Piñon Room at the State Records Center and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM

Session 3: Preserving Family Papers (9:00 am-11:30 am)
This session will include a general introduction to the topic; making the case for the preservation of family documents as well as basic techniques to carry out archival quality preservation of those family documents. Presenter Felicia Lujan, director of the State Archives of New Mexico, will discuss best practices within the field, as well as ways to go about contracting for help. Ms. Lujan brings her expertise in document preservation and storage to the workshop in addition to her deep knowledge of the archival holdings at the State Archives.

Session 4: Preserving Family Photographs (1:00 pm-3:30 pm)
This session will include a general introduction to the topic; making the case for the preservation of family photographs and negatives; problems that can arise with improper storage; ways to mitigate the damage as well as basic techniques to carry out archival quality preservation of family photographs. Presenter Sibel Melik, an experienced archivist and expert in the field of digital and film archiving, brings this knowledge to the workshop. Ms. Melik has made a national name for herself in the field of film and digital archiving, preserving and preparing historic films for presentation at the Violet Crown Theatre, in Santa Fe, and elsewhere.

Sessions 3 & 4 will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, in the Commons Room at the Institute of American Indian Arts, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM

Workshop Cost: $5.00 per session | FREE to high school and college students

Call Dr. Thomas Shumaker at 505-476-9782 or register at http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/training

Sponsored by the State Commission of Public Records, the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, Institute of American Indian Arts, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission