Webinar~Archivists: Who Are They and What Do They Do?

Hosted by the Association of Professional Genealogists

About the Presenter:
Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Records Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee archivist. She is also a professional genealogist lecturing, teaching and writing about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled “A Genealogist in the Archives.” She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled “The Archive Lady” that can be viewed at www.GeneaBloggers.com. She has been researching her own family history for the past 26 years.

Don’t let age deter you from becoming an archivist!

You know you’re an archivist when working with “old” items (documents, photographs, ephemera, etc.) never gets old!

“Every genealogist should be an archivist and every archivist should be a genealogist!” ~ Melissa Barker ~ “An archivist’s work is never done!”

Archivist: Appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring value

*Some people don’t know what an archivist or archives is; some people are overwhelmed when visiting an archives*

Check for state library and archives organizations for training!

Educational requirements vary from institution to institution.

Certified Archivist (C.A.) Certificate Program (Academy of Certified Archivists)

Society of American Archivists Certificate Program and Graduate Program in Archival Studies

Certified Archivist (C.A.): 1987, set standards for professional certification; today, there are 1,131 archivists in the US

Some have backgrounds in history, art, library science, etc.  Some are historians, archives directors, archives managers, records managers, librarians, etc.

Archivists who specialize: Specific type of collections (manuscripts, photographs), specific geographic location (southern states, midwestern states, Civil War), only work with born digital records (never on paper, electronic, digital photographs) or digitizing archived records, specific genre (women’s history, military history)

How to find a job? ArchivesGig.wordpress.com

Society of American Archivists career center

How to get experience? VOLUNTEER! County, state, and organizational archives.

“Lone Arranger” Succeeding in a Small Repository by Christina Zamon

Job Duties: Obtaining and accessing records, govt records transferred to archives; historical and genealogical records donations; every step of transfer or donation is documented (deed of gift); organize and store records (original order is essential); sorting, labeling, filing, and re-housing of records (archival quality boxes/file folders); create a finding aid; indexing; organizing records and artifacts for display; plan and arrange upcoming exhibits and displays; preservation and conservation (clean and flatten documents); daily statistics (sign-in book, records processed, requests, donations); correspondence; help with walk-in researchers, pull records and help read old handwriting; budget and purchasing (compile and present a budget for approval), take stock and purchase archival materials; apply for grant money (always looking for funding!); outreach (open houses, speak to local groups, host tours for schools and adult leadership groups)

Tools of the trade: White gloves, spatula for removing staples, brush, acid-free products

This was a truly wonderful webinar, very thorough and detailed, including many real-world examples.  I’m so glad I was able to view it live!

What I Learned from Colletta’s Lectures (presentation)

This is a PowerPoint I put together for a recent presentation.  I had spent a day listening to John Philip Colletta, PhD, talk about brick walls, passenger lists, and naturalization records.  I applied his techniques to my research and put it into a PowerPoint for ECIGA. Hope you enjoy!

 

New Position

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APGen.org) includes chapters, one of which is the Indiana Chapter.  I have been a member of APG for 2 years and a member of ICHAP for the last year.  Elections were held recently for chapter officers, and I won the Vice-President position.  I am very excited about this…remember my Four Cornerstones post?  One cornerstone is professionalism in genealogy.  And that is exactly what APG and ICHAP promote.  I’m looking forward to taking a more active role in this great group and supporting professionalism as genealogists.  This is a very exciting opportunity!  If you’re in Indiana and a member of APG and would like to become involved, please let me know!  We hold meetings online through GoToMeeting and plan at least one face-to-face get-together a year.

genealogy, genealogists, professionalism

Prompt #131

I came up with this one on my own!

#131: What is your favorite Helper? By Helper, I mean Hamburger, Chicken, and/or Tuna.

Hamburger wise, it’s Spaghetti. I’ve loved that one for at least 20 years!!

Tuna wise, it’s Tetrazzini.  Kinda like tuna spaghetti!

Chicken wise, I don’t know. I need to give those a spin.

 

Today, I’ve been considering the possibility of attending a genealogical institute next summer (2017), probably the Genealogical Research Institute in Pittsburgh (GRIP).  I’d like something more in-depth, education wise, than a conference at this point.  I am, however, planning on attending the APG PMC in Fort Wayne this summer…can’t wait for that!

Prompt #130

#130: Three small steps toward your goal.

My goal is to earn the title of Certified Genealogist (CG)SM.  The steps I’ve taken thus far to attain that goal include:

  1. Education.  Online classes through NGS, webinars, and seminars/conferences.  I’m happy to announce that in the near future I will begin the first of three online courses for genealogy research offered to DAR members with the help of my chapter.
  2. Expanded my research.  Researching as much as possible in surrounding counties and states.
  3. More writing! Writing up proof summaries and proof arguments.
  4. I’ll add one more thing: I’m putting together a PowerPoint about the steps to becoming certified.  Just doing that has helped me focus in on the different aspects of the portfolio and preparation for such.

Courthouse Research~I Wish I Had Known That! (presentation)

This is a presentation I gave to some folks in Randolph County, IN, who are interested in genealogy.  The tips are geared toward courthouses in the east-central Indiana region.  The Randolph County Courthouse retains its old-fashioned look but has been renovated and upgraded in recent years.  It is a fabulous building!

Courthouse Research I Wish I Had Known That!

rc courthouse

 

ACPL and ACGSI Upcoming Event

Have you heard of John Philip Colletta? If not, then you’re about to!  I believe I first heard Colletta speak at the NGS Family History Conference in 2014 in Richmond, VA.  Excellent speaker, very engaging, just an overall good storyteller and you come away having learned something.

How excited was I, then, to receive an email today about this??

I am very grateful to the Allen County Public Library and Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Inc. (ACGSI), for hosting Mr. Colletta for an all-day learning experience!  Not to mention, this is a very affordable one-day seminar, ranging from $10 as a member of ACGSI for the morning session to $45 as an ACGSI member for morning and afternoon sessions plus the evening banquet.

This is one not to miss! Make plans to get to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in June!