Her­itage Mu­se­ums and Gar­dens of Dorch­ester sets ge­neal­ogy work­shops

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — The Ge­neal­ogy Depart­ment at the Her­itage Mu­se­ums and Gar­dens of Dorch­ester will of­fer a full day of work­shops Satur­day, Oct. 8. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired to at­tend these ses­sions.

Four lo­cal re­searchers will be lead­ing classes on a va­ri­ety of re­lated sub­jects. At­ten­dees may choose to take as many class ses­sions as they wish. Ses­sions will be­gin at 9 a.m. and will run un­til 3 p.m.

Dr. Clara Small, re­tired Sal­is­bury Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor and author will teach “Be­gin­ning Ge­neal­ogy,” which will sim­plify the process for those new or wish­ing to start climb­ing their fam­ily tree. She will of­fer tips and strate­gies that will as­sist even the sea­soned ge­neal­o­gist.

Teresa Neild, board mem­ber of the Dorch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will lead “Cen­sus Gold,” which will ex­plore the U.S. Cen­sus, one of the most use­ful and im­por­tant doc­u­ments to fam­ily re­searchers. Along the way, par­tic­i­pants will learn ways to glean nuggets of gold for fam­ily his­tory from these doc­u­ments.

Carol Mau­rer will share her per­sonal re­search ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing sur­pris­ing dis­cov­er­ies she has made. One of these dis­cov­er­ies was the im­por­tance of us­ing orig­i­nal doc­u­ments, and she will show the im­por­tance of hunt­ing down these “pri­mar y source” doc­u­ments.

Fi­nally, Laura Wel­don will pre­pare the re­searcher for his or her trip to a large repos­i­tory. Whether trav­el­ing 70 or 700 miles to ex­plore fam­ily his­tory, there are things one should do at home be­fore be­gin­ning the trip.

The cost for these work­shops is $10 per class or $35 for the full day, plus the cost of lunch. Dorch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers will re­ceive a half­price dis­count.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-2287953 or email dchs@ver­i­zon.net. The Her­itage Mu­se­ums are lo­cated at 1003 Green­way Drive in Cam­bridge.

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