PCI Webinar with June Power
Digging Up Your Roots
An Introduction to Genealogical Research
Competency: Public Services Competencies
Sub-Category: Adult and Older Adult Services
Are you curious about your personal or family ancestry? Have you done a DNA test and want to know more about your roots? Do you work in a field where you get genealogical questions and want to be able to better assist your customers? Do you just enjoy historical research?
Even before the popularity of DNA testing, family history is something many people want to learn more about. However, many individuals find it is difficult to know exactly where to begin to trace their roots. While there is a plethora of information available at one’s fingertips, getting started and then sifting through the information overload to find those nuggets of information is often frustrating. Fortunately, there are many available resources that can help you to avoid that frustration and begin digging up your ancestral roots.
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Know how to get organized for genealogical research
- Gain familiarity with basic genealogical research tools
- Gain familiarity with basic sources of genealogical information
- Gain familiarity with sources of genealogical information for historically disenfranchised populations
- Understand how DNA results and genealogical research intersect
June Power ~ Biography
June Power is the Access Services/Reference Librarian for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, managing circulation, course reserves, document delivery services, and copyright management. She is the managing department head and has also assisted with archival and special collections work, and genealogy. She has taught American Library Association e-courses on genealogical research and is working on her certification through the Board of Genealogical Certification. She has presented at NCLA, the ILLiad Conference, the Ares Virtual Conference, the Azaela Coast Library Association Conference, and the Access Services Conference. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Access Services and has published a series of articles in that journal as well as several book chapters.
June works at the only university established as a state-sponsored school for Native Americans in the United States. She lives in Robeson County, NC, which is still the home of the Lumbee Tribe, with her husband, daughter, and a tribe of cats.