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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Guided genealogy trips offered here and abroad


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The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has three trips coming up, and at least one independent guide is open for registration for an Ireland trip.

A trip to Fort Wayne, Ind., will run from Aug. 20 to 23 at the Allen County Public Library, guided by Janet A. Alpert and Patricia Walls Stamm. Alpert is a past NGS president and has been researching since 1981. Stamm is a board-certified genealogist and education manager of NGS.

The main attraction at the Allen County Library is the Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection, the second largest such compilation in the United States. Researchers can access more then 350,000 printed volumes, 513,000 microfilm rolls and 11,000 magazine articles.

Information about the library is at www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ft_wayne_research_trip.

Details about the trip, including pricing detail are at www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ft_wayne_research_trip.

Don’t wait too long to get serious about this trip. Space is limited to 25 individuals. Registration deadline is July 10.

If Allen County isn’t your cup of tea, how about a trip to the nation’s capitol? Craig R. Scott and Stamm will guide a trip to Washington, D.C., from Nov. 2 to 8. Scott is a board-certified genealogist and has written several books and articles related to research at the National Archives.

Researchers will be guided through research at the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Daughters of the American Revolution Library.

The cost will increase on Sept. 2; registration deadline is Sept. 30. This group is limited to 25, so don’t procrastinate. Details, including a cost breakdown, are available at www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/research_tips/dc_research_trip.

An NGS trip to Salt Lake City is scheduled for Jan. 4 to 11. Registration opened last week and will close on Nov. 15.

Board-certified genealogists Marie Varrelman Melchiori and Shirley Wilcox will guide this trip, which will include six full days of research at the Family History Library.

Melchiori specializes in records in the National Archives and has lectured at most major genealogical events since 1988. Wilcox served two terms as president of the NGS and also lectures widely.

Details are available at http://tinyurl.com/k77pv4e.

If your research has jumped the pond to Ireland, consider joining Irish research specialist Donna Moughty for a Belfast research trip from Oct. 5 to 11 or a Dublin research trip from Oct. 12 to 19. Dublin-based professionals Helen Kelly, Paul Gorry and Eileen O’Duill will assist participants at various locations on the Dublin trip, which will include research at the city’s major repositories, including the National Library of Ireland, the General Register Office, National Archives of Ireland, Registry of Deeds and the Valuation Office.

The Belfast trip will include research at Belfast’s major repositories, including the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, the General Register Office of Northern Ireland and the Linen Hall Library.

The trip includes accommodations (including breakfast), two hours of pre-trip consultation, orientation and assistance at the research facilities, two dinners and admission to the Back To Our Past Conference for Dublin participants.

A limited number of spaces are available. Additional details are available at www.moughty.com.

Moughty, who lives in Sarasota, frequently researches in Ireland and has attended both the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congresses.

Sharon Tate Moody is a board-certified genealogist. Send your genealogical methodology questions and event announcements to her at stmoody0720@mac.com. She regrets she is unable to assist with personal research and cannot respond to requests for locating or researching individuals. Past Heritage Hunting columns are available online at tbo.com, search words “Sharon Tate Moody.”

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