13 April 2017

Jamboree 2017 Thursday Workshop - Artifact Archeology: Explore Family History Heirlooms and Ephemera

Guest post by Denise May Levenick

Have you investigated the genealogical secrets of family heirlooms or household ephemera? Do you wish you could learn more from old ration books, insurance papers, or household receipts?

Join expert family treasure hunters Denise Levenick and Gena Philibert-Ortega for “Artifact Archeology: Explore Family History Heirlooms and Ephemera,” a two-hour workshop offered Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.

Attendees will examine dozens of samples and learn how to uncover the genealogical value of items typically found in family estates and personal property such as club and church rosters, ration books, pins, recipes, letters, and household paperwork.

Any family historian who’s been tasked with closing a family home or helping a relative downsize their belongings will recognize the difficulty of knowing what to save and what to toss. This workshop will help you know what to look for, and what kinds of information you may find in your own family collections. 

You didn’t inherit anything? Don’t despair. Artifacts and ephemera from your ancestor’s lifetime can enrich your family history research and stories. You’ll learn where to look for household memorabilia, and what kinds of items will add material interest to your projects. 

Workshop topics will include:
What is ephemera?
What kinds of genealogical information can I find?
How to use artifacts in your genealogy writing
Where to find ephemera
How to analyze an heirloom
Best practices for preserving artifacts and ephemera

Gena Philibert-Ortega  writes, lectures, and presents on topics involving women’s material culture, social history, and genealogy. She loves community cookbooks and the stories they tell. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. Her latest book is From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes (F + W Media 2012).

Denise Levenick is a writer and researcher with a special interest in preserving and sharing family heirlooms. She is the author of two preservation guidebooks How to Archive Family Keepsakes (FamilyTree Books, 2012) and How to Archive Family Photos (FamilyTree Books, 2015), and many articles for magazines, websites, and publications. Denise inherited her first family archive from her maternal grandmother when she discovered a trunk filled with photos, papers, and keepsakes. Read more about preserving family heirlooms and photos at her website and blog, The Family Curator. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
TH-B Artifact Archeology: Explore Family History Heirlooms and Ephemera presented by Denise May Levenick, MA and Gena Philibert-Ortega

This special workshop is part of a series of workshops that are open to registered attendees of the Genetic Genealogy Conference or at least one day at Jamboree 2017. Additional registration is requiredParticipants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets to the workshop.

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