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Levels:  [N] Novice, [N-I] Novice to intermediate, [I] Intermediate, [I-A] Intermediate to Advanced, [A] Advanced, [All] All 

Workshops are two-hour interactive sessions.  Participants must be registered for the seminar and are expected to have viewed the presentation on which the workshop is based and to have completed any homework assignments.

Currently four workshops are planned:

  • Finding Family History Evidence in Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (April 6)

  • Mining Massachusetts Town Records (April 20)

  • Researching Your Revolutionary Roots (April 13)

  • Using Catholic Records in Massachusetts (April 27)

Each person who registers for the seminar is eligible to sign up for one workshop.  Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.  Spots are limited so sign up soon. Slots will be filled based on the order of requests.  After registering for the seminar, you will receive an email with instructions for signing up for a workshop.

If you find that the workshop you want to attend is already filled, please specify that this is your first choice so that we can notify you if a slot opens.

Margaret R. Fortier

Using Catholic Records in Massachusetts [I]

Delve into the world of Catholic records in Massachusetts. There's so much more than sacramental records. Thanks to the partnership between the Archdiocese of Boston and American Ancestors, there is a wide variety of records newly available that can reveal relationships and point to new avenues of research.
This workshop focuses on identifying and interpreting the clues in Massachusetts Catholic records. Attendees are expected to have a basic familiarity with Catholic records.

  • Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 PM

Kathleen Kaldis

Researching Your Revolutionary Roots [I]

Dig deeper to uncover valuable treasures hidden within uncommon record collections and repositories useful when documenting the maritime, civic, patriotic, and/or civil service of your Massachusetts or Maine Revolutionary Ancestor. 

  • Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 PM EDT

Michael Leclerc

Mining Massachusetts Town Records [I]

Building on the town records presentation, we will spend time in the workshop actually working with these records. We’ll be doing a bit of a treasure hunt, locating specific town records. We’ll then analyze them and develop research plans based on what we find. Then we’ll share what we found and learn from each other’s research techniques and strategies. We will break away and come back several times during the workshop. It will be helpful to have access to for the workshop.

  • Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 PM EDT

Susan M. O'Connor

Finding Family History Evidence in Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps [I]

A continuation of the presentation “Pinpointing Your Ancestors Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps,” this workshop provides an opportunity to investigate the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps with step-by-step guidance and to locate your ancestors if they lived in an area covered by these maps.  Participants are expected to have viewed the recorded presentation and completed the pre-workshop assignments listed in the presentation.

Wednesday, April 6, at 7:00 PM EDT


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