WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Public Library, in conjunction with The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group, continues its series of monthly genealogical workshops on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Based on an Ancestry.com release entitled “Five Tips to Jumpstart Your Research,” each workshop will delve into a specific recognized and effective method of genealogical research, methods which can often uncover those long sought after and elusive family roots. In order to enhance each specific method, every workshop will feature a webinar presentation by an expert on the particular methodology being featured.
The March webinar presentation will be by Megan Smolenyak, who is recognized as one of today’s foremost genealogists. Smolenyak is the chief genealogist for Ancestry.com and the author of Who Do You Think You Are, the companion book to the TV series of the same name. Her presentation will feature what is known as reverse genealogy. This particular research technique brings the family genealogist an opportunity to locate journals, diaries, obituaries, newspaper articles, old letters and family Bibles which were thought to be lost.
In addition, for a short portion of each Tuesday program, the newly released Family Search/Family Tree will be delved into in detail with focus on the mastery of just one aspect of this comprehensive research tool. Family Search/Family Tree allows the public to access a large portion of the worldwide digitized and indexed census records, birth records, death records, burial records, marriage records, probate records, land records and military records which are held in the Family History Library. Unlike other available programs of this nature, there is no subscription fee required and no other fees charged in order to access these records.
The workshops, scheduled the first Tuesday of each month, feature methods of genealogical research both for the beginner and the seasoned genealogist and address both computer and manual techniques. The workshops are free and open to all. For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.