Fall 2017 Seminar

Federal Records
Mapping the West

Pamela Boyer Sayre,CG, CGL, FUGA
Rick Sayre,CG, CGL, FUGA

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      • Mapping the West: Lewis & Clark to railroad surveys
      • Rivers & Canals: Finding federal records
      • Capital Treasure: Case studies featuring federal records

Saturday,  4 November 2017,  9 am – 3 pm  

Pam & Rick Sayre are among the best instructors in genealogy. Federal records, including maps and land records, are their specialty. You are invited to join them for an engaging day exploring records from the National Archives to the BLM.

Schedule of Events

8:00 – 9:00

REGISTRATION & Time to Browse our Silent Auction & Book Sale

9:00 – 9:15


9:15 – 10:15 LECTURE ONE

Mapping the West – Rick Sayre

From the earliest mapping efforts of Lewis and Clark to the great railroad survey expeditions, the results have provided a rich resource to use in researching our western ancestors. Maps typically include some combination of geographic features, political boundaries, and even property owners. This kind of information makes maps a useful, indeed an essential, tool for conducting effective genealogical research.

10:15- 10:40


10:40 – 11:40 LECTURE TWO

Federal Records Relating to Rivers & Canals – Pam Sayre

Many federal records pertain to the development and use of waterways in the United States. This lecture shows examples and explains the relevance of some of the applicable records found at the National Archives in Washington, DC, in its online holdings, and at its regional facilities in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, and others. Photos and documents will be examined from diverse NARA record groups such as Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers (RG 77), Records of the Inland Waterways Corporation (RG 91), Records of the Bureau of Land Management (RG 49), and from holdings of the Library of Congress, such as the Serial Set and map collections. The process for finding these and similar records will also be explained.

11:40 – 12:45

LUNCH – Time to check out the Silent Auction Items, Book Sales and the Family History Center

12:45 – 1:45 LECTURE THREE

Capital Treasure (Part 1) Pam Sayre & Rick Sayre

This presentation features four brief case studies that demonstrate the wealth of records that can be found in the Washington, DC area or on websites of repositories such as the National Archives, Library of Congress, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office, National Park Service, and Civil War Trust. Cases show how to find records of birth, marriage, and death for a burned county in which all such records were destroyed; how to learn how a Civil War veteran was shot to death in his old age; how to locate detailed facts about a person’s life from a simple land record; and why numbers of Union Civil War soldiers are buried at a site far from where they fell.

1:45 – 2:00


2:00 - 3:00 LECTURE FOUR

Capital Treasure (Part 2) Pam Sayre & Rick Sayre


Directions to Menlo Park LDS Church 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park

From 101 North or South: Exit 101 at Woodside Rd, proceed west to the El Camino. Turn left onto the El Camino, proceed south through Redwood City & Atherton to Menlo Park, turn right at Valparaiso. Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks. Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church.

From 280 North or South: Exit 280 at Sand Hill Rd east, proceed east to the El Camino. Turn left onto the El Camino, proceed through Menlo Park, and turn left at Valparaiso. Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks. Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church.