LCGS Speaker & Topic | Meeting Date: Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017
Claudia Breland: “Finding and Using Historic Newspapers”
There are many genealogy databases online where you can discover the names, dates and places of your ancestors’ lives. That’s the skeleton – now let’s put flesh on the bones and faces to the names by discovering the stories your ancestors lived. We’ll talk about the proliferation of newspaper resources (both free and subscription), library websites, and how to obtain newspapers that are not online. Birth announcements, wedding notices, obituaries, and other stories illustrate the lives of those who came before us.
Claudia Breland began researching her family history in 1974 after receiving family papers from her paternal grandfather, including his set of journals from 1927-1959. She obtained her Master of Library Science from Florida State University in 1977, and moved to Washington State shortly afterwards. She has worked in the 3 largest library systems in Western Washington (Seattle Public Library, King County Library and Pierce County Library), and has taught library skills at the community college level.
Claudia has presented genealogy programs for libraries and genealogy societies in Western Washington for the past six years, and is the Secretary of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has written and published four books: Genealogy Offline, Searching For Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers, At Home in Lansing, and Lansing and Beyond. Recognizing that continuing education is vital, Claudia has attended many national conferences and institutes, including the National Genealogical Society national conference, the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has done on-site research in libraries, historical societies, state and local archives, and county courthouses in Washington, Oregon, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida.
Visitors are always welcome!
The meeting is at
6:30 pm, with doors open at 6:15 at
St. John's Lutheran Church,
2190 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis, WA 98532