“Getting Started with Blogging for Family History”
October 2018 – DeKalb County Genealogical-Historical Society, Sycamore, IL
I hosted an informal conversation about blogging for family history. During this conversation I talked about why people start family history blogs, setting up your website, writing blog posts, and privacy concerns. I also gave a tour of my own WordPress blog, and shared my own experiences of blogging and writing.
“Sharing the Stories of Your Ancestors”
June 2018 – Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL
I shared a presentation about Storytelling in Family History at the Wilmette Public Library in June. This presentation gave an overview of various options for sharing family stories, provided many examples of storytelling projects, and shared the basics of storytelling structures. Topics included recording oral histories, live storytelling, family history writing, blogging, photo books, family heritage cookbooks, social media, and more. As a librarian, I also provided a handout with many additional resources for learning more.
January 2018 – Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago
I presented my paper, “Creation and use of heraldries in Early Modern Spain: An investigative case-study of Nobiliario genealógico de varias casas de España,” at the graduate student conference, hosted by the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. This paper was based on my ongoing research about a Spanish heraldic manuscript. I hope to publish this paper in a scholarly journal this year! See my slides here.
April 2018 & November 2017 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I presented a poster at the 2017 iSchool Research Showcase and the 2018 iSchool Master’s Student Research Showcase, both at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The title of my poster was “The 450-year life of the Nobiliario genealógico de varias casas de España: A brief biography of a manuscript.” Click here to see a copy of my poster! (This is the same Spanish manuscript that I wrote about in this blog post!)