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April 2006

Release Date: April 13, 2006

Friends Schedule Genealogy Workshop May 20 at ASU

Gay E. Carter, a University of Houston librarian with 25 years of experience in genealogical research, will lead the fifth annual genealogical workshop sponsored by the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection at Angelo State University on Saturday, May 20.

A reference/documents librarian at University of Houston-Clear Lake, Carter will cover the U.S. Serial Set, the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) and use of the Internet in genealogical research. The popular daylong wor kshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont on the ASU Campus.

Registration costs $25 if made prior to May 5 and $30 afterward. Registrants will receive a notebook with materials provided by the speaker. A buffet lunch is also available for $10. Persons interested in registering should contact the Friends of the Library by phone at (325) 942-2164 or by mail at Friends, ASU Station #11013, San Angelo, TX, 76909-1013.

Carter is a member of several genealogical organizations and an alumna of the Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has presented programs for numerous groups, including the Federal Depository Library Conference in 2001 and 2002 as well as the 2004 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Austin. Her article on using university libraries for genealogical research appeared in the December 2004 National Genealogical Society NewsMagazine.

Her workshop sessions will cover (1) "The U.S. Serial Set: Key to the Past" and why it is described as the "single most valuable collection of historical documents in existence;" (2) "Finding and Using Manuscript Collections: NUCMC and Beyond," an in-depth look at how to use both the print and electronic version to locate unpublished materials such as diaries, letters, family papers, and store ledgers; and (3) "Who Knows.What Answers.Lurk...on the Internet? An Adventure with 20 th-Century Resources," providing an in-depth case study showing how effective use of the Internet combined with traditional methods and sources can aid in early 20 th-century research.