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WMGS Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, August 5 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
At our August 5th monthly meeting, we will be welcoming back Sara Campbell for a new presentation –“Using Land Records in Genealogical Research.” Sara is a popular lecturer and educator in Western Mass where she has been active in the genealogical community for over 25 years. As many of you know, Sara’s background as a professional civil engineer provides her with a unique perspective on her research.
Sara is the author of a recently released book, Six Generations in Otsego, the story of the Colman family, spanning 150 years from the early years of the Republic in the late 1700s, to the mid-twentieth century. She maintains a blog about history and genealogy athttp://www.rememberingancestors.com.
Sara describes her presentation as follows: “Land records take us a step beyond the top two sources we search when beginning genealogical research: vital records and census records. Deeds can help us understand our ancestors’ movements when buying and selling land, identify neighbors, and sometimes uncover an elusive spouse. Digging into these records should not be any more intimidating than any other source. The terminology may sound confusing, but we can get through it together. We will review a variety of deeds and explore what can be found online as well as in person in repositories.
“I find that some of the institutes and national webinars focus on ‘platting’ and land in the west that was based on ‘ranges’ and everything is square. That is not the case in New England.”
Mark your calendars, as you won’t want to miss Sara’s presentation on Wednesday, August 5th at 6 PM.