Family Research Day 2018
free family history classes

Family Research Day Mini-Conference

Speaker Biography


Lori lyn Price

Lori Lyn Price, MAS, MLA, has worked on her personal genealogy for 20 years and recently completed a master’s degree in history with an emphasis on history of medicine.  She loves sharing her passion for social history, genealogy, and bringing ancestors to life by placing them in historical and social context.   More information about Lori Lyn can be found at

Ann lawthers

Ann assists NEHGS library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard School of Public Health, and has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research program. She has conducted genealogical projects as an independent researcher. Ann’s areas of interest are New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, Ireland, Canada and Germany.

Richard Reid

Richard Reid is the director of Friends of Irish Research which is based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, host a website full of research resources and provide consultations in the Brockton facility or via email. Richard has worked in the computer industry and taught in high schools, trade schools and colleges for over 30 years. He has co-authored four computer books, and establish several computer training centers in New England. He is an active member of MSOG, MGC, APG, NEAPG, PCGI, Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association. In addition to the computer and genealogical work, Richard also pastors North Baptist Church in Brockton.

linda Maciver

Linda MacIver is an educator, lecturer, librarian and genealogy researcher. She recently retired from a 27- year career at the Boston Public Library where she inaugurated the BPL patron genealogy classes in 2011. She taught the multi-week beginners’ genealogy course for 5 years. She also organized two extremely popular seasons of the Local and Family History series and developed the Intermediate Genealogy Summer Lecture series. Linda is the Secretary of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) and the Essex (MA) Society of Genealogists (ESOG.) She serves as the New England Representative for the Essex (England!) Record Office. Linda has a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MEd. from Boston University and earned her MLIS at Simmons College.


Peg plummer

Peg Plummer is a retired RN who taught surgical technologists in the classroom and the operating room. She’s been an avid genealogist for decades and discovered genetic genealogy through the early DNA work of the National Geographic Society and Oxford Ancestors.  Peg first heard about autosomal DNA testing right here in Lynnfield at a past Family History event.  In 2017, she completed the Advanced Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) with Cece Moore and Blaine Bettinger.   

JosEPH Jackson

Exposed to preservation, transcription, and archiving as a teen after a treasure trove of thousands of family records were found pigeon-holed into an heirloom secretary cabinet dating back to the 1820s, Joseph Jackson is a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle research engineer searching for ancestors. He excavates their social footprint in the multiple printed and digital records that brings rich context to a person's life.  With experience in interviewing people, publishing family blogs and several photo books flowing with detail,and leading a weekly "FamilySerach Nights", Joe found that technology had great assistive power to collect, organize, and archive information from a variety of family and online sources.   He feeds his research addiction late into the evenings in Wilmington, MA, where he lives with his wife Jennifer, and their three boys.