Auckland Libraries: The Mother Lode

Mining the Mother Lode

Wednesday 5 August 12pm to 1pm Free

Join Curt Witcher, the Manager of the Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library (US) to hear how to "Mine the Mother Lode" by using periodical literature for genealogical research.

Family history magazines
Extremely significant quantities of family and local history data are published in the newsletters, journals, quarterlies, and magazines of the world’s historical and genealogical societies. Yet, so many genealogists leave periodical literature untouched when conducting their research and investigating secondary sources of data. 

This lecture identifies the major types of periodical literature, what indices are available and how they can be most effectively used, and where one can find specific publications. Special attention is given to the Periodical Source Index as the largest and most comprehensive subject index in the genealogical field. 

Curt WitcherCurt Witcher

Curt is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, managing the widely acclaimed Genealogy Center as well as the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln related research materials. He is in his 42nd year of service at the Allen County Public Library. 

Curt is a former President of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding President of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He has penned hundreds of articles on topics of interest to family historians, librarians, and archivists, and has presented lectures to historical and genealogical groups across the country. Curt also serves on the Indiana State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Curt is also a headline speaker for the Auckland Family History Expo.

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