Can Loose Records Reveal Your Family History?

Loose Records in Archive

Are you looking for records that can add meat to the bones of your genealogical research? Are you only searching online for sources that can expand your ancestor's story and timeline? Well, if you are, you're missing out on a hidden gem in an archive near you.

 Melissa Barker is an archivist with a genealogist's heart. She says that loose records hold many records that you're desperate to find but are looking in bound books and online collections. If you would instead look at:

Loose Records

Vertical Files in Archive
Photo Courtesy of Melissa Barker

When you peruse loose records, you may find any of the following:
  • Marriage Records
  • Court Case Files
  • Probate files
  • Photographs
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Ephemera,
  • and more!
Vertical Files Contents in Archive
Photo Courtesy of Melissa Barker

Loose files and archives are generally not the records that first come to mind when we dive into genealogy. In fact, those words sound scary and possibly daunting.

Melissa simplifies the archive research process in your as part of the Lake Havasu Genealogical Society spring eConference "Moments of their Lives."  Her session:

The Moments of Their Lives eConference is a fundraiser for the Lake Havasu Genealogical Society which is 'dedicated to collecting and preserving genealogical and historical data. The Lake Havasu Genealogical library currently has over 2,000 volumes of family history and genealogy books and over 6,000 periodicals.  The Lake Havasu Genealogical Society receives 25% of each registration fee to support their library and other objectives. 


 During the Moments of Their Lives eConference, we will examine non-traditional records rich with in-depth details about your dearly departed. The eConference is open to anyone, with an internet connection, ready to have fun while learning!

This eConference features four hours of interactive instruction. Many speakers will take questions throughout their presentations! The speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day for education and entertainment.


You can watch the live webinar presentations beginning at 8:30 AM (MST) via the link provided after registration.

Or you can watch the replay at your own leisure if you can not attend any session live. The replay will be available for those who pre-registered for up to on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. If you can't make the live presentation, sign-up in advance for the replay.

Lake Havasu eConference


Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives, The Archive Lady bi-weekly column, the monthly Archive Lady’s Corner column, and reviews the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. That's only a small sampling of the writing and lecturing she does!

She is married to her wonderful husband, Chris Barker and has one grown daughter. Her Professional Genealogy expertise is in Tennessee records, and she takes research clients. She has been researching her own family history for the past 28 years.

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