Hoping for a good turnout for this series of talks I am giving at the Dover (Vt.) Free Library upon the invitation of long-time library director, John Flores.

The schedule looks likes this:

July 6Genealogy 101- Where you Confuse the Dead and Irritate the Living. In this 1-hour talk, we will discuss some of the main genealogical resources used in my own research as well as touch on the use of DNA in genealogical research from the point of view of his own ancestor/relative DNA discoveries.

My basic genealogical “go-to” resource list may be downloaded here.

July 13, FamilySearch: Navigating the World’s Largest FREE Genealogical Database. This presentation will provide insight of getting the most from the giant database, familysearch.org. Sponsored by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, FS offers users the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. There are 4 billion names; 4,475 family research centers; and 24/7 free support. It is international in scope. The talk will cover the Family History Research Wiki, a part of the familysearch.org web site and is a great jumping off point for any genealogical topic, especially useful for essays on nations and what is available genealogically. Each essay has links to online records.

July 20, we will explore the valuable portal from he New England Historic and Genealogical Society, the oldest genealogical society in the United States: AmericanAncestors: Navigating the Online Portal for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

AmericanAncestors “is the most-used genealogical society website in the world.” It provides family historians access to more than 1 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines.

Strengths in content include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials. Special online collections, such as, the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) is a destination for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond.

NEWS FLASH–John Flores has used some of his end-of-year budget dollars to purchase access to this database. It may be reached by either using the library’s computers or its Wi-fi signal with your laptop.

All presentations will last about an hour, begin at noon, and are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!