JGS of Illinois presents Curt B. Witcher of the Allen County Library on Nov. 17

Martin Fischer

“Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research” and “More than Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for Genealogy” will be the topics of two presentations by genealogy library manager Curt B. Witcher at the Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. This special program will start at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. Attendees will sign in beginning at 12:30 p.m.

For this meeting only, the JGSI library and help desk will not be available. For more information, see the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois website at https://jgsi.org/event-3163820 or phone 312-666-0100.

Curt B. Witcher is manager of the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Newspapers and other periodical publications can be a wealth of family history information. “Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research,” which starts at 1 p.m., should be of interest to anyone conducting genealogical research.

While many family history documents remain on paper in archives and government offices, increasingly such genealogical research resources are being put online. In his second presentation, “More than Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for Genealogy,” which starts at 2:30 p.m., Curt will share tips for effective use of online genealogical resources.

The Allen County Library is well-known for its genealogical research resources, offering a collection of interest to family historians worldwide. Its extensive collection includes more than 350,000 printed volumes and more than 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. These include family histories, census records, city directories, passenger lists, military records and much more. Their online databases include Ancestry.com, HeritageQuestOnline.com and AmericanAncestors.org as well as government document and obituary databases.

Curt B. Witcher is the library’s Senior Manager for Special Collections, a job which entails managing The Genealogy Center, serving as general curator for that institution’s Rare and Fine Book Collection, and supervising the new Lincoln Financial Collection’s Lincoln Library. He has worked at the Allen County Public Library for more than 35 years. Curt is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a past chair of the association’s History Section, a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. 

JGSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. The group is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. 

The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website: https://jgsi.org
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