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Seminar 2016 Lectures

Elizabeth Carroll-Horrocks: Massachusetts State Library for Genealogists

Pam Eagleson: The Use of Obituaries in  Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture
Obituaries are a basic genealogical research tool that helps us document our ancestors and bring those ancestors to life. This lecture examines the types of information and clues found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A look at the role of obituaries in American culture through the past 3 centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and help us get to know them better. 

Diane Gravel: Internet Genealogy: Separating the Trash from the Treasure
Don’t be fooled by flashy websites touting answers to your family mysteries! Navigate the mire of genealogical and historical websites, published works, and online trees, throwing out the trash and keeping the treasures. Learn to distinguish flawed genealogy from credible research!

Eva Grizzard: Taking Care of Your Documents and Photographs

Mary Ellen Grogan: Irish Genealogy Workshop
This will be a two-part workshop on Irish Genealogy.  Part I will focus on birth, marriage and death records.  Part II will feature genealogy information in land and property records, and describe how to find them.  You may attend one or both sessions.

Barbara Mathews: The Family History Narrative: Hooking your Readers, Gaining their Trust
Get your readers interested in learning about family by finding their interests and writing hooks to get them interested. Learn how to gain the trust of your readers by implementing the Genealogical Proof Standard in your writing.

Rhonda McClure: Using Your Computer for Genealogical Analysis
A look at the many software programs, both genealogical and general, that can assist researchers in the analysis of their family tree, aiding in the examination of documents from a record connection rather than a familial link.

CeCe Moore: The Power of DNA: Genetic Genealogy Basics
Understanding the basics of the four types of DNA and three types of genetic genealogy tests is essential to successfully applying genetic genealogy to furthering your research. Explore the power of DNA to discover more about genealogy and extend family tree branches. This presentation helps to lay the foundation for genealogists interested in adding genetic genealogy to their skill set. 

CeCe Moore: Who Am I: Exploring Ethnicity Estimates
Addressing the question of “Who am I?” through DNA testing that provides ethnicity percentages is becoming a popular research tool for genealogists and even a pastime for the general public. It is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of this aspect of DNA testing and the reasons behind them. Attendees will learn how to better interpret and analyze these results and what they can and cannot tell you about your family tree.

CeCe Moore: Digging Deeper with Autosomal DNA 
Autosomal DNA may be the “newest kid on the block” of genetic genealogy, but its introduction into the genealogical scene empowered our use of DNA to learn more about our ancestors in a way never before possible. This presentation will cover FAQs regarding best practices and the most efficient methodologies in the application of autosomal DNA to our genealogical research, as well as demonstrating the exciting possibilities this work offers.

CeCe Moore: DNA Stories from “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”
Genetic genealogy was used extensively to explore the family stories of the guests of “Finding Your Roots”, but much of that research never made it to the screen. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the techniques used, including the intersection of traditional genealogy research and DNA of all types. This presentation makes use of the principles taught in earlier sessions through case studies from the series.

Marian Pierre-Louis: Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records
Discover how you’re not so wealthy New England ancestors may have left behind a wealth of information found in town poverty records. Come find out about “strangers taken in”, “warning out” and settlement law. Marian Pierre-Louis will take you into the depths of New England town records to reveal the hard to find information about your elusive ancestors. 

Margaret Sullivan: A Needle in A Haystack: A Case Study in Identifying 19th Century Americans without Names or Dates
Alhough an obscure 19th century Boston history book referenced a nameless police officer of color, historians could not identify any African American member of the Boston Police Department before 1919.  By cross-referencing municipal employee records, city directories, and the federal census, a name and date emerged for this quiet pioneer who served for 40 years, retired as a Sergeant, and knew such luminaries and Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Sgt. Horatio J. Homer proved to be the hub of a forgotten group of African American police officers and female civilians who served with the Boston Police Department before 1900. Their story was recovered using records from repositories in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine, mainstream newspapers and African American periodicals, records of political clubs, business leagues, fraternal and anti-lynching organizations, Governor’s Council papers and family letters, and local historical societies. The recovery of Sgt. Homer’s story was covered by local and national media, reunited branches of the Homer family, and lead to a permanent memorial to a quiet hero.

Mary Tedesco: Genealogy Roadshow (PBS): Behind the Scenes
Lights, Camera, Genealogy Roadshow! Mary Tedesco, MGC’s favorite “Genealogy Roadshow” rock star will be the luncheon speaker on Saturday. Mary will share her experiences as a Host on "Genealogy Roadshow" (seasons 2 & 3) both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. 

Helen Ullmann: Using Familysearch Effectively (a two-part workshop)
This two-session workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of, with emphasis on different ways of searching the databases.