Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Speaker Profile-Mary Penner

Wednesday, 8 May, 11:00 a.m.
W123, “Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War”

Most of the Rough Riders spent just three and half months in the military over a century ago, but their short-lived service resulted in long-fasting fame. These famous Westerners, along with a handful of Easterners, charged into the history books with the same vigor that they charged up and down hills in Cuba. Learn about the unique records created for and by this storied group of men and pick up some tips on Spanish-American War research, too, so famously described by Ambassador John Hay as a “splendid little war.”

Saturday, 11 May, 2:30 p.m.
S445, “Practical Spanish for Genealogists: Reading Sacramental Records Written in Spanish

Think this Spanish-language record is impossible to read? It may look like the writer scribbled this in his sleep, but you’ll be able to decipher it after attending my presentation “Practical Spanish for Genealogists: Reading Sacramental Records Written in Spanish.” We’ll study the typical structure of sacramental baptism, marriage, and death records. You’ll learn to spot standard words, phrases, and proper names. Plus, I’ll offer tips on subtle irregularities in the records that can signal major clues. There’s a lot more to the rich records penned by these Southwestern priests than simple hatched, matched, and dispatched dates. Even if you don’t speak or read Spanish, this lecture will give you a foundation to help convert that perplexing scrawl into a rich genealogical record.


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