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Wednesday, 10/4 and 10/11 Genealogy Presentations

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on October 11th, 2017

Attached are the genealogy presentations given at Curtis Library on Wednesday 10/4 (Intro to DNA Testing) and Wednesday 10/11 (Genealogy Resources Available at Curtis Library).  Please email Liz Doucett at edoucett@curtislibrary.com with any questions.

Oct 3 2017 DNA—This is a test

Oct 11 2017 Genealogy Resources at Curtis Library

There were several requests at the 10/11 Genealogy Get-together to repost the genealogy presentations that were done in February by Lynne and Liz.  Here they are!

Getting More from Family Search

Evernote for Genealogy2

Genetic Genealogy

Technology for Genealogy2

Genealogy tips for today

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on September 29th, 2017

I’ve discovered a few simple, good genealogy research tips this week that I thought I would pass on:

  1. When you can’t find an ancestor’s name in a census search (but you are fairly certain they should be in the census), try switching that person’s first and last name in the search.  Sometimes, census takers just didn’t get the names in the right order or the names were confusing or the census taker just made a mistake or the name was transcribed incorrectly!  In any case, it is worth a try.
  2. If you continue to not find your ancestor’s name, here’s another tip if you have some idea of where they lived geographically. Go through the census pages for that geographic area page by page.  Is this tedious?  Yes, definitely.  However, often you can find a name in the original census document that was wrongly transcribed into a database.  I’ve found all sorts of spelling variations for my family name.
  3. Be very, very, VERY clear about what you are trying to find. The more clearly you can state what you need to find, the easier it will be to identify all the types of documents that might provide that information and go through them one by one.  The broader your statement of discovery is, the more documents you will need to search to find answers.   Hence, the need to be specific.
  4. I see this tip everywhere. Get familiar with the history of the location where you are searching for ancestors.  Understanding what migration patterns existed and what historical events drove those patters will help you more clearly define your family’s history.

I can personally attest to the value of #2 above.  I searched one county census page by page and finally found my ancestor living in his daughter’s house with his name completely misspelled.  Good luck and happy research!

Genealogy Get-togethers at Curtis Memorial Library in October

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on September 1st, 2017

On Wednesdays in October (10/4, 10/11, 10/118 and 10/25) Curtis Memorial Library will be holding Genealogy Get-togethers from 5:30 to 6:30.  The classes will be taught by library genealogy volunteer Lynne Holland and library director Liz Doucett.

The topics for the Get-togethers will be as follows:

Wednesday, October 4 – Part I – Introduction to DNA and how to use it in your genealogy research

Wednesday, October 11 – Genealogy resources available at Curtis Memorial Library

Wednesday, October 18 – What to keep and what to throw away – decluttering your family and genealogy papers

Wednesday, October 25 – Part II – DNA and genealogy

The classes are free and open to all but since space is limited, please call the library’s Reference Desk (725-5242, ext. 503) to reserve your place.  You can sign up for one class or all of them – whatever is of interest to you.  The programs will all be held in the library’s Board Room on the 2nd floor.  We hope to see you there!

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