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Seminar 2016 Schedule

Saturday ($75) A Variety of Talks in Three Tracks

7:30-10:00
Registration begins in the Conference Area on the south side of the hotel. There is a direct entrance from the parking lot.
Continental breakfast is served (coffee, tea, pastries).
Exhibitor area open

8:00-8:50
The Status of Open Records in Massachusetts and Nationwide

Session 1, 9:00-10:00
Mary Ellen Grogan: Irish Genealogy - What Do You Do with the Records Available 
Margaret Sullivan: A Needle in a Haystack: A Case Study in Identifying 19th Century Ancestors 
Diane Florence Gravel: Internet Genealogy: Separating the Trash from the Treasure

Session 2, 10:30-11:30
Mary Ellen Grogan: Irish Genealogy, Analysis, Evidence, and Using All Sources 
Eva Grizzard: Taking Care of your Documents and Photographs 
Pam Eagleson: Obituaries in Genealogical Research & Their Role in American Culture

Lunch, 12:00-1:45
Mary Tedesco: Genealogy Roadshow (PBS): Behind the Scenes

Buffet lunch is served. A menu will be posted closer to the seminar date. Special meal requests will be honored. You will have an opportunity to choose to sit at a table with genealogists who are interested in a special research topic (ex., Irish, Italian, Mayflower Society); tickets for topic tables will be given out when you arrive. We will have a brief presentation and award door prizes.

Session 3, 2:00-3:00
Helen Schatvet Ullmann: Using FamilySearch Effectively, part 1
Elizabeth Carroll-Horrocks: Massachusetts State Library for Genealogists
Rhonda R. McClure: Using your Computer for Genealogical Analysis

Session 4, 3:15-4:15
Helen Schatvet Ullmann: Using FamilySearch Effectively (What You Don’t Know)
Marian Pierre-Louis: Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records 
Barbara Mathews: The Family History Narrative: Hooking your Readers, Gaining Their Trust

Dinner
We will organize a trip to the Wayside Inn for dinner.

 

Sunday ($85) All Day Seminar with CeCe Moore, "Your Genetic Genealogist"

7:30-10:00
Registration begins in the Conference Area on the south side of the hotel.
Continental breakfast is served (coffee, tea, pastries).
Exhibitor area will be open.

8:00-8:50
Presentation to be announced.

9:00-10:00
The Power of DNA: Genetic Genealogy Basics 

10:30-11:30
Who Am I: Exploring Ethnicity Estimates 

11:45-1:45
Buffet lunch is served. A menu will be posted closer to the seminar date. Special meal requests will be honored. Door prizes will be awarded.

2:00-3:00
Digging Deeper with Autosomal DNA 

3:15-4:15
DNA Stories from “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”