Ancestry Class at The Berkshire Athenaeum – December 11, 2018 at 2 pm.

December 11, 2018:  Tuesday (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)  Join The Western Mass Roots Events team for a new two hour session entitled “One Family’s History – from 1840 to 1940” using the US Census and Ancestry Library Edition.

In this class, presented by Cathi Iuliano, you will learn how to search for relatives listed on the US Census using the Library Edition of Ancestry. A single family will be traced from 1940 back to 1840, and a sketch of their lives will be constructed using the census and additional documents found on Ancestry. Computer literacy and an email account are required. A personal Ancestry.com account is not necessary to take the class.

Registration is required and seating is limited so please call The Berkshire Athenaeum at 413-499-9486, extension 6, to sign up. You may bring your own laptops for use during class.  There is no charge for this class.

Tag it! Introducing the National Archives Facebook Chatbot

What do you get when you have an bold strategic goal to have one million records enhanced by citizen archivists in the National Archives Catalog and an idea to try something new on a social site? You create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot, of course!

You’ve already tagged records in the Catalog, now here is a fun new way to help make records more accessible. And it’s easy to participate. From your phone or desktop, navigate to the National Archives Facebook page. (Give us a follow! We post about lots of cool finds and interesting events!) To start chatting with the bot, tap on the Send Message button, and type “hi” in the text box.

The chatbot will open, and give you the option to tag a document or ask a question. When you choose tag a document, the bot will serve you a record from the Catalog, and you can tag the document as typed, handwritten, or both. This helps us sort the documents by difficulty, which can then help citizen archivists transcribe the records in the Catalog.

You can keep tagging and sorting documents, but you can also use the bot to answer your questions about visiting the National Archives and starting your research, learn some archives trivia, or see an interesting photo from our Catalog (like these awesome track workers in 1943!).

Our chatbot makes participating in citizen archivist activities easy and available on a platform you might already be using. So stop by our Facebook page, say “hi” and let’s get tagging!

Learn more on our NARAtions blog.  And review other National Archives Catalog Newsletters by clicking HERE.