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Carol Kostakos Petranek
Works at Washington DC Family History Center; Citizen Archivist at National Archives
Attended University of Maryland, College Park
Lives in Washington DC metro area
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I volunteer at both the National Archives in DC and at the Maryland Archives in Annapolis. Thank you for starting this group!
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What is the most interesting early American historical writings you have found at either place? Can you share some of it here in the group? I am sure we would be interested. 
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This blogpost underscores our discussion on peer review/sharing our research analysis.
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Is anyone else having problem accessing this link? 
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This is the delayed birth certificate of Elverta Irene Mercer, born July 13, 1917. Note the various sources that the judge used to certify the birth..
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Thank you for pointing this out. I have a few delayed birth records, but hadn't thought about it pointing to other sources.
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Upcoming Changes at the Library of Congress Reading Room
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Along with about 30 members of the genealogy community in the Washington, DC area, I attended a meeting on May 25 at the Library of Congress where we were apprised of upcoming changes that  will affect the Local History and Genealogy Room (LH&G) as well as 5 other Reading Rooms (Microform and Machine Readable, Science & Technology, Business, Newspaper and Current Periodical, and Main Reading Rooms).

The Library of Congress is consolidating these 5 Reading Rooms into one central "Center of Knowledge" area, which will be located in the Main Reading Room in the Jefferson Building (the beautiful room that is spotlighted in movies).

The purpose of this consolidation is to meet the needs of today's researchers who seek to access multiple disciplines for their focus of study -- which can include books, photos, maps, film and Twitter feeds (among other social media).  

The goal is to make the Library of Congress viable for the future. Directors are watching trends and responding to the changing needs of researchers across all disciplines and throughout all locations.

The Local History & Genealogy Reference (LH&G) Collection is scheduled to move from its present location to its new location in on Deck7 (Alcove 3) of the Main Reading Room by the end of 2013. Other individual reading rooms, such as Newspapers and Current Periodical Room, the Science & Technology, and Business will follow.
The LH&G will not reduce hours, staff or resources. Their operation will only be moved, not cut. The genealogy collection as it is currently organized will be kept in its entirety.

As the various reading rooms are consolidated into the Center of Knowledge, their Reference Librarians will be cross-trained to assist patrons in any subject area. Staff who are trained in specific subjects (such as genealogy) will be identified so people who need help with a specific area of expertise can be directed to the proper person.  Reference staff who specialize in digital media will be part of this consolidation and thus be readily available to assist researchers with accessing digital content.

 In addition, the Center of Knowledge will have several training areas which can be used by both Library of Congress staff and outside organizations for meetings, educational groups and training classes. This consolidation process is on a five year track, due to be fully operational by Winter 2016.
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Thanks for the update Carol. Do you need a researchers card to go into the Main Reading Room like you do with the Genealogy Room?
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This month, I wrote about family history researchers who have a difficult relationship with a person in their family, and the importance of looking beyond that to find those who came before.   https://www.ldsmag.com/article/1/12704
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Should the title read Turning "Hearts" instead if Turning Hears?
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Dear Friends -- can you please help publicize this worthwhile project on social media sites and to forward it to individuals, genealogy and historic societies? As it continues to expand, we have a growing need for volunteers. Thank you in advance for any help you can give! 

A joint venture between FamilySearch and the Maryland Archives to digitize Wills and Probate Records is well underway. Since June, thousands of documents spanning the mid-1800’s to 1940’s have been processed and imaged. Carroll County is almost completed, and we are ready to begin on Caroline & Baltimore counties and Baltimore City. Digitized images will be made be available at no cost at FamilySearch.org.  

Additional help is need for document prep work, which includes removing fasteners and flattening documents. An index is created as each document is prepared, which will make the records name-searchable immediately. Volunteers can work anytime between 8:30 & 4:30 on a day of their choice at the Archives building at 350 Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis. For additional information, contact fsmdvol@gmail.com and see http://fsmav.blogspot.com.

Carol Petranek
Volunteer Coordinator
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Chapter 5 Homework for MGP Study Group.
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Carol, let's see if others can provide support on how to separate naratives from lists.
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This is how I'm spending my summer vacation. Join us if you're in the DC area!
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To my genealogy friends -- 
At the Maryland Archives this morning the Reading Room was closed because a camera crew from Who Do You Think You Are was filming for a piece featuring actor Chris O'Donnell (NCIS). Very cool!
And.... our FamilySearch-Maryland Archive Digitization project officially starts on Friday!
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That's awesome. Have not been to the Maryland archives yet, need to do that for my ODELL family though.
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Archivists at the Maryland Archives showed us the types of files that we will be preparing for digitization by FamilySearch.org. We have 50 volunteers to help! Keep up with us at http://fsmav.blogspot.com/
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New project between FamilySearch and Maryland Archives to digitize all wills and probate records at the Archives in Annapolis. I am coordinating an effort to find volunteers willing to help. A terrific opportunity to give service and assist in preserving vital documents and making them more readily available to the public. Contact me for more info!
FamilySearch.org and the Maryland Archives have begun a joint venture to digitize Will and Probate Records held at the Maryland Archives. This important project will ensure the preservation of these vital records and make the...
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Co-Director of the Washington DC Family History Center, Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and FamilySearch volunteer. I am hooked on new technology, and love to research my Greek ancestors and my husband's (Gary) Czech-English-Irish-Scottish-German family. I enjoy early American history, traveling, community work and quilting. My home is Silver Spring, Maryland. 
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