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Research at the Jane Sween Library and Special Collections by Sarah Hedlund
Wednesday, September 28
Research at the Jane Sween Library and Special Collections by Sarah Hedlund  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Librarian Sarah Hedlund will provide an overview of resources available at the Jane Sween Library in Montgomery County Maryland with tips for using online search engines and digital collections material
Sarah Hedlund holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland with a specialization in archives and digital curation. She joined the staff at Montgomery History in the fall of 2016 as Archivist for the Montgomery County Archives, later adding the title of Librarian and Archivist for the Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections in 2017. She has worked as a contract archivist for Ellis Conservation and the Town of Glen Echo, and before that worked as a graduate assistant archivist for the University of Maryland, and at the Archives Center in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Acting as both archivist and researcher, she has authored several articles published in the Montgomery County Story (Montgomery History’s bi-annual journal) on the three lynchings in Montgomery County and on the 75-year history of the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Using the National Archives Websites (Plural) by Claire Kluskens
Wednesday, October 26
Using the National Archives Websites (Plural) by Claire Kluskens  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) preserves and provides access to the permanently valuable records of the United States Federal Government, with holdings dating back to the American Revolution.  NARA maintains multiple websites and databases with unique information and digital images of original records. Learn how to navigate these online resources from a NARA expert.
Claire Kluskens, NARA’s designated Genealogy/Census Records Subject Matter Expert, has been an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, since 1992, and has done genealogy research since 1976.  She speaks and writes frequently on using federal records for genealogical research.  

Who Do I Think I Am? by Dr. William E. J. Doane
Wednesday, November 16
Who Do I Think I Am? by Dr. William E. J. Doane  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dr. Doane began researching his genealogy at the start of the pandemic due in part to newly available pre-adoption records and an unexpected DNA connection. He’ll share with us his process, sources used, and discoveries along the journey to discover his heritage.
Dr. Doane is a research staff member with IDA’s Science & Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a federally funded research & development center tasked with supporting the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. He is a computer science education researcher and a research associate and founding member of the Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education (ACASE), a professional organization of educators and scientists working to improve education. He has taught at the University at Albany, Bennington College, Excelsior College, and Skidmore College’s University Without Walls. Dr. Doane works to make computing accessible to a diverse audience and to make computing education relevant for addressing real-world challenges.