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Saturday, November 17, 2018, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Chipping Away At Brick Walls Using DNA with Sandy Murray, PhD

DNA testing estimates the “degree of relatedness” between individuals rather than filling in names in a tree but it can point the investigator in the right direction to break down those pesky brick walls - if the analysis is both organized and comprehensive. In this presentation we’ll briefly compare the five major companies commonly used today, illustrate different approaches to organizing and analyzing results, overview the newest exciting analytical methods developed in the last year, and then apply DNA results to several case studies. Handouts will include a reference list for blogs, webinars, charts, YouTube videos and other resources in this fast-moving field.
After a career as a laboratory research cell biologist, Sandy has been working with DNA in a genetic genealogy setting since 2011. She is particularly interested in helping genealogists who have received their “DNA results” and “matches” but have no idea how to work with them. She also moderates the monthly Chelmsford Genealogy Club’s DNA Special Interest Group.

Meetings are held at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield MA. The church is on the corner of Summer and Main Streets, next to the Lynnfield Public Library. Parking is in the rear, off Main Street. Join us for a bring-your-own lunch and social hour at noon. Lectures will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1:30 PM

Impact of the 1918 Flu Epidemic
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Middlesex Chapter
Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland MA

Presented by genealogist, Lori Lyn Price. The 1918 flu pandemic killed up to 100 million people worldwide in less than a year, disproportionately taking healthy young adults. The personal impact was devastating and wide-ranging, including immigration, families split apart, and openings for women in the workforce. This talk draws on stories and newspaper articles to explore the multi-faceted ways the 1918 flu epidemic impacted families, sometimes for generations.

Lori Lyn Price, MAS, MLA, has worked on her personal genealogy for twenty years. She recently completed a master’s degree in history with an emphasis on history of medicine. She loves sharing her passion for social history, genealogy, and bringing ancestors to life by placing them in historical and social context. Her website is

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1:30 PM

Women’s Work: Varieties of Women’s Businesses
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Middlesex Chapter
Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland MA

Presented by genealogist, Charlene Key Sokal.

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1:30 PM

Digging Deeper with Military, Pension and Probate Records
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Middlesex Chapter
Location TBD

Presented by genealogist Diane MacLean Boumenot. Digging deeper with record sets that are hard to access and challenging to analyze can add so much to our family's story. Digitization is gradually improving our chances of finding legal records that list family members and associates, the contents of our ancestor's homes, and details of our ancestor's livelihood and lifestyle. Learn more about less commonly used resources, the surprising secrets they can reveal, and how to access them online or order copies of them.

Diane MacLean Boumenot specializes in southern New England genealogy research, including work on her own ancestors, who were among the original settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She publishes her genealogy adventures on her website, One Rhode Island Family. In 2018 she co-authored, with Maureen Taylor, the National Genealogical Society's NGS Research in the States volume, Research in Rhode Island. Diane speaks locally and also on Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She holds a B.A. in American History and English from Wesleyan University. Diane is also a graduate of ProGen 28.

Free and open to the public.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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