Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mining Genealogical Gold in Federal Records

Often we think that the census records are the only federal records that hold useful information on our ancestors, but that is not the case! You have not done a "reasonably exhaustive search" unless you include more than the usual federal records. It is a myth that our families were not important enough to be in records preserved at the National Archives.

Our May speaker, Linda MacIver,  recipient of the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship for 2018, was awarded tuition and coverage for other expenses to attend the week-long seminar, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, held at  NARA, in Washington, DC, during July each year.  She will be sharing with us some of her discoveries regarding the wealth of federal records useful for genealogical research, as well as some breakthroughs in her own family history.

Linda MacIver is hardly a newcomer to government records. After several years as a school, college, and corporate librarian, she joined the Government Documents Department of the Boston Public Library. Over the course of 27 years, and as the Documents and Social Sciences departments merged, Linda attacked the considerable volume of patron genealogy reference requests with her comprehensive knowledge of records -- federal, state, and local. When the internet era changed everything, she developed a variety of computer-based genealogy classes and lecture series, all free to patrons and satisfying a growing public interest in family history.
Linda is currently the New England Agent for the Essex (England) Record Office.

 Join us on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, as Linda shares what to look for and how to access this valuable gold mine! Our meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 AM, at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, in Brewster, MA. You are welcome to join us at 9:30 for coffee, donuts, and an opportunity to socialize with others who are researching their family genealogy.

Out of consideration for the Library's regular patrons, we ask that you use the adjoining parking lot behind the Baptist Church, unless you are disabled and need to park close to the building. 

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