Conference on Early American Genealogical Research


Conference on Early American Genealogical Research
DAR Headquarters
Washington, DC
October 27-28, 2006

“The Conference on Early American Genealogical Research,” an extensive two-day program concentrating on American genea-
logical research topics spanning the Colonial period through the pre-Civil War era, was a great success October 27-28, 2006 at DAR Headquarters.

Specialists from the DAR along with independent genealogical lecturers and researchers spoke on topics such as research methods and best practices; using technology to maximize search results; and historical events and military records.

The conference consisted of 19 diverse hour-long sessions lead by 10 speakers who are experts in their respective fields. Speakers included Eric G. Grundset, DAR Library Director and recent winner of the 2006 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship; and independent researchers John Humphrey, Patricia Law Hatcher, Paula Stuart-Warren and Thomas W. Jones.


DAR Library Director and conference organizer Eric Grundset lectures the audience about “The Digital DAR: New Access to Old Sources.”

The sessions were broken down into two tracks that participants could choose between in each hour time slot. The tracks were : “Colonies, The Revolution, The Early Republic,” and “Research, Writing, Methodology.”Throughout the day and into the night, the nearly 250 conference attendees filled the DAR Library as they conducted genealogical research. The DAR Library was open after hours during conference days.

Attendees utilize the tips they have learned from the conference speakers to conduct research in between lectures.

This year's conference was an exciting follow-up to the 2005 Genealogical Conference at the DAR. With the success surrounding the conferences, DAR is now exploring the idea of making the Conference on Early American Genealogical Research an annual event.

The DAR Library, which is well-known for its rich genealogical resources and collections, is open to the public Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Groups are welcome. For more information on the Library and its resources, call 202-879-3229.

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