Thursday, January 23, 2014

February Meeting to Focus on Workplace Records

An ancestor's place of occupation can reveal much more than work skills. Industry specific sources can also give us information on birthplace, kinship, and social and religious group membership.  Using as examples, Irish workers in the Sandwich glass industry and German workers at the Plymouth Cordage Company, our February speaker, Susan Steele, will examine their lives using material from industry museum files, local historical societies, archives, fraternal insurance records, and other more familiar sources.

Susan Steele directed The Irish Ancestral Research Association's Forester Project from 2005-2011. This project indexed and digitized the insurance mortuary records of members of the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters who died between 1880 and 1935. She has given many presentations on the genealogical and historical content of  the Forester's collection and has also lectured on genealogy resources found in industry museums. Susan's lecture venues have included genealogy conferences, cultural centers, libraries, and universities, including UMASS, Boston College, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Be sure to save the date-- February 19, 2014 at 10 AM -- and join us at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, to learn how to find and use these types of records.

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