Genealogy Workshop: Research Tools, February 18

December 28, 2017

Genealogy Workshops @ PPL

Winter/Spring 2018 — 3rd Sunday of Each Month

Presented by the library’s Special Collections staff and members of the Ranger Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), these events are free, open to the public, and appropriate for all levels of interest and experience. We hope you will join us on the third Sunday each winter month.

Genealogy Tools — Digital Microreader, Databases & Online Tools

Sunday, February 18 | 2 – 4 PM | Levenson Room

Library staff will give an overview of the Library’s resources related to genealogical research. The spiffy new digital microfilm reader will be demonstrated. We will walk through the genealogical online classes available through and Universal, and will briefly explain some features of several online databases like AtoZ,, Ancestry, Heritagequest, and Fold3.

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Using Colony and State Records to Trace Your Native Ancestors in New England
with Cheryll Toney Holley
Sunday, March 18 |
2 – 4 PM | Levenson Room

Cheryll Toney Holley is the current chief of the Hassanamisco band of the Nipmuc Nation, a Native American tribe recognized by the state of Massachusetts. She is a co-founder and the director of the Nipmuc Indian Development Corporation, focused on Native Community Development. She is also the director of the Hassanamisco Indian Museum in Grafton, Massachusetts. Between 1998 and 2008, Cheryl Toney Holley served on the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs and in her current role as proprietor of PastTense Genealogy, works to connect New England’s descendants of communities of color. Holley is regionally known as a historian specializing in Native American and African American genealogies and is a sought after speaker and panelist.

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The Adopted, the Illegitimate and DNA
with Mike Maglio
Sunday, April 15 |
2 – 4 PM | Levenson Room

Maglio will guide us through a process using autosomal DNA to identify biological parents and missing family tree links. He will explain that it takes tradition genealogy, DNA and little detective work to help an adoptee find their biological parents. The process also works for an illegitimate ancestor or can help with other brick walls in the past 5 to 6 generations.

Mike is a professional genealogist, writer, and speaker; a third generation genealogist with 30 years of experience. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Engineering and has spent his career developing collaborative technologies. As a genetic genealogist, Mike advises on the use of DNA as a tool for genealogy through his site - His focus combines science and history to unravel ancestral genetic migrations.

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Genealogy Workshops