Family Research Day 2018
free family history classes



 Family Research Day


 September 29, 2018

9:00am - 1:00pm


Family History


This is a free community event open to the public.  
There are four tracks; Beginning, Tech/Internet, DNA, and Records, with three classes in each track.
See below for listings and descriptions. 

Registration is required




Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints

400 Essex St.
Lynnfield, MA 01940




Tracks and Classes

Track 1 - Beginning

Session 1Preserving Family Artifacts in a Format that is Easily Shareable Across Large Geographic Distances
Joseph Jackson
Make photographs and recordings available to your family members on the web through scanning photos or documents, photographing treasured family heirlooms and recording stories. Learn how to organize these treasured memories. This is one solution to making cherished family history available to all of your connected family members.  The overall benefit is that family members' collections and previous research can reach a larger audience of descendants.

Session 2: Beginning Genealogy: Climb Your Family Tree
Lori Lyn Price

This two-hour interactive lecture is a comprehensive beginner's guide to genealogy that will give you the tools to begin building your family tree. We will cover basic research forms, documentation, file organization, and using the U.S. Federal Census. We will conclude with a discussion of the top 5 list of websites and repositories that will help you begin your research. Space is limited to 30.

Session 3: Continuation of Beginning Genealogy: Climb Your Family Tree


Track 3 - DNA

Session 1: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy                                                
Peg Plummer
What is DNA? Understanding inheritance patterns from ancestors; y-DNA, MtDNA, and ATdna; Creating a research question which will help you choose a testing company. Brief survey of the major tester. Importance of privacy and learning what a testing company is going to do with your results. Being a courteous and privacy conscious genealogist. A glossary will be handed out with a list of websites for the beginner. 

Session 2: Finding Family with DNA                                                                 
Peg Plummer
Interpreting results (what's a centimorgan, etc.). DNA is another tool which supplements traditiaonal research-it doesn't replace it. The value of shared matches or ICW results is demonstrated. Brief overview of biogeographic (ethnicity) testing. Websites, blogs and other URL will be on the handout. 

Session 3: Essential tools for the Genetic Genealogist                           
Peg Plummer

Gedmatch and DNApainter (plus other new innovations which are applicable to beginners or intermediate genetic genealogists). The handout will be up-to-date with a list of tricks and tools which will also include the bibliography of the resources used to build the talk. 

track 2 - Tech/Internet

Session 1: A Review of Genealogy Software for Windows and Mac     
Richard Reid
Have a computer, will document. Once you have started collecting family information and documents, there has to be a way to keep it organized and have the ability to generate a presentation or book. Most of the online subscription services have some of these tools, but having it at your fingertips on your own computer, priceless.

Session 2: Overview of Online Genealogy Subscriptions                            
Richard Reid

Ancestry, FindMyPast and MyHeritage are the big boys. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses which are explored in this presentation. Besides the big boys, there are many lesser known subscription services that can be of great assistance in your family research. 

Session 3: Using Free Online Research Tools for Genealogy                      
Richard Reid

FamilySearch is the most well known of the free research sites, but there are hundreds more. Many of the lesser known sites are very specific in the records they host, but they are a treasure trove that are priceless.  Facebook and the Friends of Irish Research have much to offer in free resources. 

Track 4 - Records

Session 1: Unlocking the Manuscript Treasures at the New England Historical Genealogical Society                                                                          
Ann Lawthers                                                                                                          
Unlocking the Manuscript Treasures at NEHGS  - This talk will help the genealogist make the most effective use of manuscript materials. First, the different categories of manuscripts will be discussed and examples provided. Next, how to use manuscripts to locate hard to find people and vital events will be described, as well as using manuscripts to round out your family history. Finally, the talk concludes with where to find manuscripts when you can’t make it in to NEHGS.

Session 2: Researching Your 17th Century New England Ancestors at the New England Historical Genealogical Society                                        
Ann Lawthers                                                                                                       
Discovering your Early (Very Early) New England Ancestors  - Not everyone with a 17th century ancestor is fortunate enough to be a Mayflower descendant.  This talk presents standard and unique sources for locating your early ancestor. Beginning with classic books such as the Mayflower “Silver Books,” and Charles Robert Anderson’s “Great Migration” series, the attendee will first learn about the most respected sources for researching early immigrants to America.  Next online sources for early research will be identified and discussed. Finally, using manuscripts to trace your 17th century ancestor will be covered.

Session 3: A Re-Awakened Boston Public Library: Genealogical Resources and Services at the BPL
Linda MacIver
Completing two years of renovations of the 1970's wing of the BPL, the Johnson Building has fully reopened with new services for all ages. Come to hear what this means for genealogists and historians as we look at new locations, databases and digital offerings, including the resources that can help you use some of the acclaimed newspaper collections and the maps of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at Copley Square or at home 24-7 with your BPL card.