Civil Reference Team Roundtable

Join us on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:00 am as the Archives I Textual Reference Services Branch presents a Civil Reference Team Roundtable. The session will be held in room G-25 at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.


Photograph of a family with their covered wagon during the Great Western Migration. National Archives Identifier 518267

Learn from the experts who work with the records! Speakers and topics include:

Bill Creech: Discussion of civil records restricted due to privacy and records of concern.

Robert Ellis: Discussion of court records – new finding aids as well as interesting case files. Additionally, Robert will talk about small series of records that might be of interest to genealogists and researchers.

Marie Maxwell: RG 351 series that have been sitting on the shelf for years but have been just described in the last 2 years. Ms. Maxwell will focus on property related series and the papers of the Board of Commissioners

George Shaner: “Like a homestead, but not.” Timber Culture & Desert Land Final Certificates are conceptually like Homesteads in that the enabling acts that established these options presumed that the entry man is going to receive land at a reduced rate on the basis of their sweat equity. Besides talking about how one distinguishes these files from homestead final certificates in the relevant finding aids (not always clear), George will also talk a bit about the problematic aspects of these types of land-entry files (particularly timber culture).

Rebecca Sharp: Discussion of a database project that Rebecca is currently working on.  Once completed, this finding aid will allow researchers to efficiently request the applicable Registers for Star Route Contracts volumes (Entry Entry 125, Record Group 28, Records of the Post Office Department).

This session is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!


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