NGS 2022 Speaker Spotlight – Ari Wilkins
Okies, Fire Insurance Maps, and the Enslaved in Newspapers–Ari Wilkins
SESSION: W124 TRACK: Land and Maps TITLE: Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Census Records, and City Directories
SESSION: T242 TRACK: African American TITLE: Tracing the Enslaved and Formerly Enslaved in Newspapers
SESSION: F315 TRACK: Westward Migration TITLE: The Okies: Migrants Heading to California
Ari Wilkins is a genealogist and library associate at Dallas Public Library. A frequent lecturer at national and regional genealogy conferences on numerous family history topics, she specializes in African American research. Her first lecture will demonstrate how to build a map in Google Maps using Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, census records, and city directories. On Thursday, she will discuss researching different types of newspapers, information that can be gleaned from advertisements, and how newspapers can lead to other sources. On Friday, she will address researching migrants from the Great Plains to California; the push/pull factors of migration; and the records used in tracing Dust Bowl ancestors.
Remember that online registration for the NGS 2022 Family History Conference ends May 13. Onsite registration opens May 23 in Sacramento for those who choose to register upon arrival.