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Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections by Jeanne Bloom, CG - Digital Download

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Learn how to locate and how to use manuscript collections. Case studies show how these underutilized collections can bring an ancestor to life.

This was presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists on October 7, 2016. 57 minutes. For more information about the Board for Certification of Genealogists and genealogy standards, visit

The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.

Viewers' comments:
  • A lot that I had never considered before. Very enlightening.
  • A very complete and informative presentation. Thank you very much.
  • Again, so many, many references and so much good information shared. I am so glad I tuned in.
  • All new information to me. I have never tried to look in manuscript collections.
  • Another fantastic presentation. Thanks for stirring my interest in manuscript collections. You know what I'll be doing this evening!!!
  • Appreciated her suggestions, particularly about being open to various types of archives -- in many different locations.
  • Content surprised me but it was an excellent overview. Made me think about asking for permission to publish.
  • Did not realize how varried the searching can be on line.
  • Easy to follow and inspiring.
  • Excellent brief of manuscripts and how to access. Thank you.
  • Excellent information and many helpful hints. Would quickly take another webinar or class from her.
  • Excellent! Thanks!
  • EXCELLENT... Something to think about during the next few days ... THANK YOU!!!
  • Gave me areas to search I had never thought of before.
  • great examples of the treasures to be found in manuscript collections
  • Great overview to manuscript collections. So much information on a topic I know little about, so was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information covered. Had no idea so many things were available.
  • Great presentation. Appreciate the insights she shared about making onsite visits to search a collection.
  • I appreciate the speaker's demystifying how to begin using manuscript collections, an initially intimidating topic.
  • I felt like we were kindred spirits in that I really like to hear stories of my ancestors and understand how they lived. I appreciated the tips about finding special collections and stuff like that.
  • I have never used manuscript collections. I'm excited to go look and see what I can find!
  • I haven't done a lot of manuscript hunting, but this makes me want to dig in.
  • I learned a lot in this webinar. Excellent examples that really have me thinking about my own research.
  • I liked the way she used personal genealogy & showed surprise at how families moved over time & parts of their family history can be found in unexpected places & collections. Interesting how some of these collections got started.
  • It was a great introduction into the wealth of information found in manuscripts and where/how to find them. The presentation was coherent, and the case study mixed in with the information gave great examples regarding the material you might find. Thank you for the free webinar!
  • It was such a wonderful thing to be able to listen to the webinar from home. I have attended a few of these in person, but I can't always make a trip from Idaho to Utah.
  • Jeanne covered many of the aspects of manuscripts that make them seem impenetrable. I went online and checked out NUCMC while she discussed it. I didn't know that the online records were so incomplete so I found out that the books for the years 1954 to 1980 were at my local university library, so---Field Trip!
  • Loaded with good ideas!
  • Lots of references to various record sources - some of which I have yet to check, so thanks for the reminder of where to look in obscure places. Nice job presenting!
  • Made me enthusiastic about researching manuscripts and archives around my family.
  • Outstanding presentation. Got many good new sources. Great examples that kept my interest.
  • So much information is out there that I never new existed or had been kept by "someone". Thank you!
  • Thank you for opening up an extraordinary resource for research!
  • Thanks to Jeanne for highlighting less used resources
  • This webinar changed my life! I am not intimated by NUCMUC. I know how to locate manu collections.I understand archives more! Ten stars !
  • Very good lecture. Thanks for bringing up university collections, which I hadn't thought of. Can't wait to get started with NCMUC.
  • Very informative, even though I've been using repositories and manuscripts. Offered several new places to look for them . Thanks!
  • Wow!!! I feel as though I should start all over again with each ancestor and search NUCMC! This was a wonderful presentation and I learned so much. Thank you for making this available to me.

About the author:
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is president of BCG and a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago's publishing program. Her interest in genealogy began much earlier. Rather than having her grandmother read her a story before naptime, Jeanne would ask to hear a story about when she was a little girl.

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