Monday, February 1, 2016

Rootstech 2016 February 3-6 2016

You won't want to miss Rootstech 2016 taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah.  There are world class speakers and a variety of interesting classes, something for everyone. You can attend without leaving the comfort of your home. View the whole schedule and download any handouts that are of interest.

Find out what's available by going to their website at There are fifteen live streaming classes which you can watch from home over the three day period.  Once you get to the website, click on the words: Live Stream Schedule or just go to for the class listing.  Some of the available classes for viewing are:  Best Websites and Apps for Local History, Finding Elusive Records on, and Using Genealogical Proof Standards for Success.

You can download the syllabus for each class in which you are interested, even if it is not available for viewing via live stream. If you miss any of the classes,  they will be available for viewing for a limited time on the rootstech website homepage after the conference.

Have fun! Learn something new!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sex, DNA and Family History

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10:00 AM

At Brewster Ladies Library

If you are considering using, or have already used DNA testing, and/or if you are confused by the results and are unsure what to do next, this is one meeting you don't want to miss!

Shellee Morehead, Certified Genealogist, well known author, researcher, and speaker will talk about genetic genealogy and the use of DNA for defining ancestral relationships and what DNA can and cannot do for your family history. She will describe in understandable terms the different DNA tests and how they allow genealogists to see into the past. Using hypothetical pedigree charts and descendency charts, she will identify who should be tested and what questions can be answered by the use of DNA technology. She will demonstrate specific methodology to define questions, find candidates, and design hypotheses that can be tested using DNA and genetic genealogy.

  Shellee will help you understand the different tests and give you insight as to which DNA test you may want to use and how to use the results to further your genealogical research.

See you Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10:00 AM at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, MA.

Please park in the Brewster Baptist Church parking lot in back of the Church. There is a short path to the library from the parking lot.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Try FindMyPast for Free this weekend!

The weatherman is predicting a stormy weekend this weekend and FindMyPast has offered the perfect solution as to what to do (except, of course, during the Patriots game on Sunday afternoon!)

From 7AM (EST) Friday,January 22, to 7AM (EST) Monday, January 25, 2016, their "World Records" will be available for viewing by anyone, absolutely free. That includes "billions of records and millions of newspapers" according to their announcement.  Available records include those from United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales.

As an added bonus for those who already subscribe to FindMyPast, if you are a "local subscriber," you will be able to access their world records. If you are a "world subscriber," they will add three days to your subscription, free of charge.

What a great way to spend time during a January nor'easter! -- when you aren't watching Tom Brady and friends on Sunday afternoon!