Genealogy Workshop: Using Deeds in Genealogy, Sunday May 20

February 28, 2018

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.

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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Using Deeds in Genealogy: A Goldmine of Information
Sunday, May 20 | 2 – 4 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Often overlooked, deeds and land records can provide useful clues to finding and learning about our ancestors. This is especially true for areas where Probate Records have been destroyed. Deeds can help you find ancestors who have escaped the census taker and can provide information on family relationships, migration patterns, wealth, neighbors and more. Learn how to find them, how to read them, and how to use them to solve genealogy problems.

Dr. Carol P. McCoy, President of Find-Your-Roots in Brunswick, Maine and president of the Maine Genealogical Society, has been tracing her family history for over 30 years and helping others find their roots since 2000.  She specializes in New England, New York and West Virginia, and focuses on helping people learn the details and stories about their ancestors' lives.  She has used local records such as deeds, town records, and tax records to solve many genealogical problems.

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Genealogy Workshops will take a short summer hiatus. Sessions shall return re-energized in the FALL on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Jennifer Shoer joins our planning team as the new representative for our partnering organization, the Daughters of the American Revolution -- Seacoast Ranger Chapter.

Fall Preview:

September 16: Back to Basics - Genealogy Research in 2018

October 21:  After Hours Lock-in with Experts

Genealogy Workshops