Tom Pearson

Tom Pearson – Tom was born and raised in northern Illinois.  A U.S. Air Force vet, he holds a B.A. (History) from Eureka College (IL), and the M.L.S. (Library Science) from the University of Illinois.  He has been head of a prison library in Joliet, Illinois; and director of a public library in South Dakota. He has worked for St. Louis Public Library since 1984. Tom’s special interest is genealogy research methodology. He has done programs for numerous local libraries and societies, and has been a supporting speaker at several regional conferences. 


Class description: 

Caught in the Draft: WWI Draft Registration Records– Genealogy Librarian Tom Pearson discusses the WWI draft: who had to register, when and where registrations were held, and what information enrollees provided on each of the various registration forms. He’ll also discuss where and how to access these records, including use of newspapers and tips for smart searching in reference databases like Class concludes with a brief discussion of service records of men who actually did get drafted. 


A Guided Tour of Ancestry Library Edition  – If you’ve ever said that you’ve already seen every single record in Ancestry LE pertaining to a particular individual, you were almost certainly wrong! Ancestry LE has 20 billion records and counting (more added every day), and a majority of the people I work with at my library are not searching efficiently. Learn ways to use Advanced Search, Keyword Searches, Category Searches, and Ancestry LE’s Card Catalog to find records that you just can’t find using Basic Search. We’ll also discuss Research Aids, Maps, and State Resources available in Ancestry’s Learning Center. Finally, we’ll show how you can keep track of new and updated record collections in Ancestry LE. Note: Nearly all the info we’ll cover today also pertains to home users of!