Meredith Hoffman, our March speaker, will be discussing the basics of researching 19th and early 20th century immigrant ancestors to get to the point of "crossing the pond." Although she will be using her own Jewish ancestors as examples, the presentation is geared to anyone doing ethnic immigration in US records. She has been told, following this presentation, that it has been beneficial for both the novice and the experienced researcher.
Meredith will be sharing both online and local resources, giving many examples of the US records you need to find your immigrant ancestor, as well as the repositories and websites where you can access these records. She will also explain how to use that information to begin to get back to the "old country."
Meredith Hoffman, recipient of a certificate from the Boston University Genealogical Research Program, has been researching her own ancestors for the past 20 years and has been a professional genealogist for the last 5 years. Although her specialty is Jewish immigrant ancestors, her focus has been on general research of 19th and early 20th centuries, including immigrant records. A popular lecturer, she has been a speaker at regional and national conferences, genealogical societies, and other local venues, including New England Historic Genealogical Society and National Archives, Waltham facility.
We hope that you will join us, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Brewster Ladies Library, at 10 AM, to get some tips on researching your ethnic immigrant ancestors.