Genealogy Interest Group Meeting (11/15/23)


Wednesday, November 15th, 2023
10:30 - 11:30 am, EDT

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Join us on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023, from 10:30 - 11:30 am, for our next Genealogy Interest Group meeting!  

But Where's the Proof?  Teaching the Basics of the Genealogical Proof Standard

Any genealogist knows it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the millions of records available online and create family trees that are more wishful thinking than reality. This presentation demonstrates how the basic techniques of sound research can be used to guide novice genealogists into careful examination of available records and accurate additions to their family trees through application of the genealogical proof standard. This provides solid ways of interacting with large commercial genealogy databases, often provided through state libraries, as well as the myriad free online resources, and helps smaller libraries offer sound genealogical assistance to patrons.

Guest Speaker:  Andrew Smith, Emporia State University


Andrew Smith is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and is the former chair of the board of the Emporia Public Library, serving on the board for 6 years.

He currently teaches in the areas of collection development and management, indexing, research, multiple literacies in libraries, genealogy technicques and resources and library advocacy.

A native of Scotand, he is also interested in librarianshp from an international perspective and has taken study groups on many occasions to Scotland, England, and Serbia.

Interest Group Facilitator:  Caroline Huguet


Caroline has a BA and MA in Historical Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas and a MLIS from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Caroline enjoys the histories of both the United Kingdom and the United States particularly English Colonies up to the Civil War. She has worked for the Alachua County Library District since August 2011 and has advanced from a page to a librarian in that time. Caroline is currently a Reference Librarian and is also the district’s Genealogy Librarian. Her interest historically are the American Revolution and War of 1812. She also loves assisting patrons with their genealogical needs. Caroline is a member of the Alachua County Genealogical Society and assists them with arranging for speakers for their meetings. Genealogically wise, Caroline has been beating her head against a brick wall trying to trace her mother’s paternal side but with the last name Scott, that task is daunting. On Caroline’s paternal side, everything has gone smoothly. Caroline spent the 2021 Thanksgiving week successfully researching her paternal grandfather’s land in Louisiana. If only all searches could go so smoothly!! Besides history and genealogy, Caroline enjoys stress releasing crafts (crocheting and bead weaving) and spends a lot of time on her iPad putting together computer puzzles (She highly recommends the app Magic Puzzles).  When Caroline isn’t crafting, she love reading Science Fiction and Fantasy particularly Anne McCaffrey and Jodi Taylor but really anything with spacecrafts and/or wizards.

Cost: NEFLIN Interest Groups are free of charge and are open to NEFLIN members only.  Registration is strongly encouraged.