School Records

Class description: School records can be a great wealth of information for your genealogy research. Resources like school yearbooks, report cards, school census information, local newspapers (just to name a few) may provide that piece of information you’ve been seeking. Pam will offer advice on how to find and use different types of school records available to the public for family history research.

Instructor biography: Pam Brown is a resident of Panama and retired from Jamestown Public Schools in 2016 as the district’s Records Management Coordinator. She serves as the municipal historian for the Town of Harmony and Village of Panama and s active in the Harmony Historical Society as the program chair, volunteer librarian, and archivist. She is a trustee on the Chautauqua County Historical Society board. She also serves as the secretary of GAHWNY (Government Appointed Historians of Western New York). She is also accredited as a Registered NYS Historian through APHNYS (Association of Public Historians of New York State.)

She earned a bachelor’s degree in History from SUNY Empire College and a Masters in Library Science from SUNY at Buffalo. She also received training in records management and archival methods from the NYS Archives. She was the recipient of the 2015 Robert Arnold Award for Distinguished Service in Records Management from NYALGRO (New York Association of Local Government Records Officers).

She has done archival and records management work for many local historical agencies and has written successful grants for records management and historical records and also served as a grant reviewer for the NYS Archives LGRMIF grant program. She co-published a local history book, Remembering Panama with her sister Heather Schneider. She edited Clair Carlson’s book, The Jamestown Furniture Industry History in Wood 1816-1920. She has published articles in the NYS Archives magazine and local newspapers. She co-produced a documentary on a local dirt race track called the Roll-O-Bowl located near Panama. She has presented on various local history topics at the Conference on New York State History, APHNYS and GAHWNY. Many of these presentations were co-presented with Chautauqua County Historian, Michelle Henry.

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