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Exploring Family History Series

Getting Started in Genealogy

Presented by Hallie Borstel

Monday, April 26th

7:00 pm via Zoom

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So, you want to find out about your family history. Maybe you want to learn the identity of your ancestors, find out where they lived and what they did for a living? Perhaps you’ve heard that your ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War or the Civil War? Or you may have medical concerns and wish to find out about your family’s medical legacy. Curiosity, lineage, and medical history are all common reasons to take up the growing hobby of genealogy. Join Hallie Borstel, Genealogist at American Ancestors and NEHGS, to learn how to get started in your family history research. Hallie will delve into essential resources, records, tips, and techniques in the field of genealogy to help you become successful in your search for your ancestors. 


Hallie Borstel, Genealogist, has a Bachelor's degree in history with minors in art history and German language, as well as a Master's degree in historic preservation. Other previous work experience includes the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, the West Virginia Railroad Museum, and Bender Library at American University. Her research interests include Germany (and German-speaking regions), Norway, New York City, westward migration, immigration history, and 19th-century America. Hallie also assists patrons in assembling documentation for Italian citizenship applications.  


Getting Started with Ancestry Library Edition

Presented by MPL's Reference Librarian,

Jeremy Robichaud

Monday, May 17th

7:00 pm via Zoom

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Learn search tips and techniques to view the incredible collection of content available on the web’s best resource for genealogy.


Discovering Cousins Using DNA: Exploring Your Autosomal DNA Matches

Presented by Pamela Guye Holland

Monday, June 21st

7:00 pm via Zoom

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This talk will show you how to explore your matches and use the tools available at the major DNA testing companies: AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage and 23andMe. It will focus on practical ways to discover how you are related to your autosomal DNA cousins. Case studies using matches at each testing company will illustrate methods you can use to connect with new cousins who can help you grow your family tree. This talk assumes you are considering testing or have tested at one of the major DNA testing companies.


Pamela Guye Holland is a professional genealogist located in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Her research specialties are Irish and genetic genealogy. She also has expertise in New England, New York (both city and state), and German research. Pam has been conducting genealogical research since 2001 and works with private clients, as a Research Services genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and as a Green Room genealogist for Your Irish Heritage.

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