The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 16, 2011, in the Community Room of the First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend this free event. 

Presenting the program will be Carrie Ann Cook of the Twin Bridges area. Topic for the evening will be “Valuating & Evaluating Your Sources”. The basic debate is which standard is golden when researching family history. This lecture will explain the value and use of both the newer Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and the older Preponderance of Evidence, as integrated into a thriving research plan. 

Carrie Ann Cook is a published author, illustrator and free-lance photographer. She holds an AA and BS in Elementary Education. Having certified for teaching in several states, she has taught elementary classes as well as genealogy, writing and computer classes at the Northeast Technology Center, Afton, Oklahoma, as well as briefly serving the Miami Public Library as the Genealogy Department. Miss Cook has served in library and archival capacities for many years and participated in numerous ProQuest and Genealogical Library workshops and seminars. Her company continues to present professional workshops and seminars in library, archival, genealogical and historical areas. She has been lecturing across the country on genealogical and historical topics for nearly two decades. Currently, she serves as president of the Gregath Company, Inc. Carrie has been active in various professional, service and lineal organizations throughout the years, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies and Genealogical Speakers Guild.

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