Heritage Quest Research Library

A Genealogy Library

Autumn Quest 2016

Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF

Reserve the Dates • October 7-9, 2016

Featuring Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF

Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center Manager
Nationally Known Speaker
Speaking in the Pacific Northwest for the 1st time this millennia

Curt Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he manages The Genealogy Center, the institution's Rare and Fine Book Collection, and the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln materials. Curt is the project lead on many of the library's digitization initiatives--initiatives that include partnerships with the FamilySearch International, the Internet Archive, ProQuest, Ancestry, Fold3, and WeRelate--as well as growing a site of free, searchable data files at GenealogyCenter.org.

Curt is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. In addition to the more than five hundred record and methodology articles he has penned for local, state, and national genealogical periodicals, Curt has participated in many family history conferences and seminars across the country, presenting ideas and strategies to help individuals find and tell their family stories.

In the decade of the 1990s, Curt participated in Indiana University's Continuing Education Program as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on beginning genealogical research. He is the coeditor of the 1987 through 2015 editions of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the largest and most comprehensive subject index to historical and genealogical periodical literature published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation. He has served on the Advisory Board for Ancestry.com as well as on the FamilySearch Advisory Council. From 2002 through 2006, Curt served on the review committee for The BYU Family Historian. He was a research consultant for both the PBS Series, Ancestors. He is currently the co-chair of the Genealogy Publications Committee of the Indiana Historical Society and a member of Indiana's State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Curt was distinguished in 1995 as a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA) and received the Federation of Genealogical Societies' highest honor, the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award. In 1997, he was one of the Kellogg Foundation's "Expert in Residence" scholars. He is the 2002 ALA-RUSA History Section Genealogical Publishing Company Award winner and in 2003 was honored by the Indiana Historical Society as that year's Willard Heiss Memorial Lecturer. Curt was recognized in 2006 by being named the first fellow of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He was honored in May of 2007 with the National Genealogical Society's P. William Filby award for outstanding, life-time contributions to genealogical librarianship.

Autumn Quest 2016 Brochure

Autumn Quest 2016 Registration

Emerald Queen Ballroom and Conference Center, Fife, Washington
Heritage Quest Research Library, Sumner, Washington

Saturday at Emerald Queen Ballroom and Conference Center, Fife, Washington

Friday & Sunday at Heritage Quest Research Library, Sumner, Washington

Washington state is digitized! Come learn about the many resources available. This will cover more than just Washington state ancestors. Taught by Dee Haviland-Fournier and Jim Johnson.

A gold-mine tour will explore the books, micro- forms, compact disk, and other non-database resources available at HQRL. Taught by Dee Haviland-Fournier.



Registration must be paid by 1:00 pm Friday, September 30, 2016. No WALK-INS.

Autumn Quest 2016 is being held at the Emerald Queen Ballroom and Conference Center located at 5580 Pacific Highway East, Fife, Washington. It is the first building past the U.S. Bank, going east. The event entrance will be clearly marked with a sign provided by the casino. There are no offices open in the building that day, so there won't be any competition for parking spots except among ourselves. There are two rows of parking between the entrance and the highway, more along the east side of the building, and then a very large parking lot. The conference center is completely smoke-free, and there is no gambling or drinking going on in it. There will be a CPR-trained security guard on duty at all times during the event. Free Wi-Fi is available. If you are going to bring a laptop, make sure it is charged. There are only 16 outlets available; and I have no idea where they are.





There are motels of varying quality in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Federal Way; and, of course, in Fife. Here are the three closest.

Quality Inn & Suites

Days Inn

King's Motor Inn

If none of these strike your fancy, use your Google. This is the extent of our involvement in the lodging issue. When making reservations, please keep in mind that we do have learning activities at Heritage Quest Research Library on the day before and the day after Mr. Witcher's appearance.




Contact Info: Mike Cook HQRLAutumnQuest@gmail.com

HQRL Autumn Quest 2016 Team • Mike Cook

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