Autumn Quest 2016
Reserve the Dates • October 7-9, 2016
Featuring Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center Manager
Nationally Known Speaker
Speaking in the Pacific Northwest for the 1st time this millennia
See our Autumn Quest 2016 Page for complete details!
Curt Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he manages The Genealogy Center, the institution's Rare and Fine Book Collection, and the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln materials. Curt is the project lead on many of the library's digitization initiatives--initiatives that include partnerships with the FamilySearch International, the Internet Archive, ProQuest, Ancestry, Fold3, and WeRelate--as well as growing a site of free, searchable data files at GenealogyCenter.org.
Curt is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. In addition to the more than five hundred record and methodology articles he has penned for local, state, and national genealogical periodicals, Curt has participated in many family history conferences and seminars across the country, presenting ideas and strategies to help individuals find and tell their family stories.
In the decade of the 1990s, Curt participated in Indiana University's Continuing Education Program as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on beginning genealogical research. He is the coeditor of the 1987 through 2015 editions of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the largest and most comprehensive subject index to historical and genealogical periodical literature published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation. He has served on the Advisory Board for Ancestry.com as well as on the FamilySearch Advisory Council. From 2002 through 2006, Curt served on the review committee for The BYU Family Historian. He was a research consultant for both the PBS Series, Ancestors. He is currently the co-chair of the Genealogy Publications Committee of the Indiana Historical Society and a member of Indiana's State Historical Records Advisory Board.
Curt was distinguished in 1995 as a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA) and received the Federation of Genealogical Societies' highest honor, the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award. In 1997, he was one of the Kellogg Foundation's "Expert in Residence" scholars. He is the 2002 ALA-RUSA History Section Genealogical Publishing Company Award winner and in 2003 was honored by the Indiana Historical Society as that year's Willard Heiss Memorial Lecturer. Curt was recognized in 2006 by being named the first fellow of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He was honored in May of 2007 with the National Genealogical Society's P. William Filby award for outstanding, life-time contributions to genealogical librarianship.
Emerald Queen Ballroom and Conference Center, Fife, Washington
Heritage Quest Research Library, Sumner, Washington
Saturday at Emerald Queen Ballroom and Conference Center, Fife, Washington
- "Enriching Research Through Library Sources" seminar with Curt B. Witcher
- Doing Effective Genealogy Research in Libraries
- Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
- Mining the Mother Lode: Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research
- Finding the World with WorldCat
- Easy access from I-5
- Non-smoking, new free-standing facility - across the parking lot from the hotel and casino
- Three presentation screens - each 15-feet wide
Friday & Sunday at Heritage Quest Research Library, Sumner, Washington
- Friday, October 7, 1:30-3:30pm - Resources to Tap into Washington State from the Comfort of Your Home.
Washington state is digitized! Come learn about the many resources available. This will cover more than just Washington state ancestors. Taught by Dee Haviland-Fournier and Jim Johnson.
- Sunday, October 9, 1:00-3:00pm - Hidden Treasures at HQRL.
A gold-mine tour will explore the books, micro-forms, compact disk, and other non-database resources available at HQRL. Taught by Dee Haviland-Fournier.
Autumn Quest 2016 Brochure Autumn Quest 2016 Registration Autumn Quest 2016 Important Information
Welcome to HQRL
HQRL is a nonprofit genealogy library in Sumner, Washington, managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. HQRL's collection includes books, and microfiche. ( check catalog ). HQRL also houses a bookstore where you can purchase genealogy books, forms, software and supplies.
Benefits of HQRL membership - why pay for data base subscriptions at home when an HQRL membership pays for six data bases for you to access at our library?
Heritage Quest Research Library is located at 1007 Main Street, in Sumner, Washington, and is open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday
If you have questions, call the library from 10 to 4 at 253-863-1806.
Winter Weather: Heritage Quest Research Library will be closed when Sumner schools are closed due to inclement weather.
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