Historical Society Holds Second Genealogy Series

Historical Society Holds Second Genealogy Series

The Methuen Historical Society will hold a second Genealogical Series beginning in April.  The series entitled “Discovering your Genealogy” will help people with their genealogy research in four areas.

The series will kick off on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 with the session “Exploring Your English Ancestry”.  Many of the early settlers of New England as well as the 19th century immigrants, who came to work in the mills, were from England.  Many of their descendants live in the Merrimack Valley today.

The speaker for this session is Michael Leclerc.  People may remember Michael as one of the genealogists on the hit television series, “Who Do You Think You Are”.  Mr. Leclerc is an internationally known genealogist who has authored numerous articles for genealogy magazines as well as scholarly journals.  A former genealogist for the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, he was responsible for the launch of two websites and edited a number of books.  Michael is on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

On April 19, 2016, noted genealogist Lucie LeBlanc Consentino will present “Finding Your Roots Online”.  Most people are using the internet to conduct family research and Lucie will speak about how to conduct your research and which are the good sites to use.  Lucie is well known in genealogical circles.  She is widely regarded as a repository for Acadian history and genealogy providing reliable, original and comprehensive genealogical data.  She has published in several American, Acadian and French-Canadian genealogy journals and speaks regularly at events in the US and Canada.  Lucy regularly writes in her genealogy blog “Lucies Legacy” and maintains the Acadian and French-Canadian “Ancestral Homes” weblog of genealogy history and family tidbits.

The April 26, 2016 session “What DNA Can Reveal About Your Ancestry” will be led by Jeffrey Carpenter who is a frequent lecturer on the science of DNA.  Jeff will talk about DNA resources like Ancestry DNA and 123youandme and how DNA is being used to determine people’s ethnicity and matches to potential cousins.   Using DNA for genealogical research has become extremely popular.

The fourth session, “Finding your Ancestors in Census, Military and Naturalization Records”, will be held on Mary 3, 2016.  These records are often overlooked in genealogical research.  All have potentially important information and provide keys to family information and where people came from.  This session will be led by Shari Strahan who is a genealogist and historian who specializes in New England research.  Ms. Strahan teaches workshops at Greenfield Community College in Western Massachusetts as well as for groups throughout New England.

According to Denis Webster Greene, President of the Methuen Historical Society, “This 2nd Genealogy Series will be interesting and helpful to the many people who are having fun tracing their family trees.”  This series is being offered free of charge.  Interested attendees can call the Methuen Historical Society for additional information at 978-683-2252.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Methuen Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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