General Meeting and Lecture: September 6, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Santa Cruz Public Library, Central Location
(2nd floor meeting room)
224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Speaker: Susan Goss Johnston

Lecture Topic:
Fold3: If You’re Not Using It, You Should!

Fold3 launched in January 2007 as Footnote.com. Its emphasis then, as now, was on original documents, especially military records. The original site included the first complete and fully indexed set of Revolutionary War pensions available online and the easiest-to-use online version of the Pennsylvania Archives. From this start, the site has grown to include a long list of military records covering our country’s history from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.

You might believe Fold3 is irrelevant because, “None of my ancestors ever served in the military.” If any of your ancestors lived in this country at any time from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War, it’s likely that if that relative doesn’t appear in one of Fold3’s records himself, some close relative or near neighbor does. That one appearance may solve your brick wall problem. Fold3 is a treasure trove of information that will improve your understanding of records and research methodology and increase your knowledge of the life your ancestor would have experienced.

Susan Goss Johnston was a member of Yale University’s first undergraduate class of women, earning a BA in physics. After graduation, she began working in medical research while studying voice at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. The natural outgrowth of this experience, mixed with two children, led to genealogy – research that didn’t require grant writing! She has been involved in teaching and researching for thirty years.

In addition to frequent speaking engagements in the San Francisco Bay area, Sue teaches basic and advanced genealogy courses in the Community Education division of Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She is a member of the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society, and is co-presenter at the group’s Tri-Valley TMG [The Master Genealogist] user group.

Sue is a 2011 ProGen study group alumna, a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research, “Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis” at the Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the National Archives’ course, “Going to the Source.” Her personal research focuses on families in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, and she specializes in military records and federal land records.