Introducing our new lecture series: Finding Your Ancestors

Knowing your roots is your truth, and adds stability to your life, no matter where those roots lead...

Screen Shot 2019 04 19 at 4.15.30 PMMayflower descendants are proud of their lineage to the Pilgrims, but they are out to prove that all journeys and ethnicities traveled by anyone’s ancestors are equally compelling.

The Mayflower Society’s 2019 Genealogy Lecture Series Finding Your Ancestors, spearheaded by member Lisa Pennington, will examine fascinating stories involving the research of non-Mayflower ethnicities and will teach budding genealogists how to begin researching their ancestors. The series is free and open to the public.

“Genealogy is the number one hobby in America for a reason,” said Lisa Pennington, a GSMD Executive Committee member with an avid interest in genealogy and history. “Our lectures will cover a basic understanding of building a family tree and how DNA is transforming the field, to lectures on Irish, Wampanoag, Franco-American, and Scottish ancestry.”

The New England region is rich in ethnicities other than Mayflower descent, so in an effort to share over 150 years of expertise in proving lineage, the Society has gathered a group of experts to share knowledge and the passion that goes with learning about personal ancestry.

“Our hope is to find many opportunities to share our knowledge with the region,” said Susan Belekewicz, GSMD Executive Director. “Plymouth has a rich history of welcoming ethnicities from around the world.”

Lectures offered in 2019 include:

May 16
Stephen Middaugh’s Revolution – Peggy MacLachlan Baker
Intensive research on the descendants of Pilgrim Thomas Rogers led Baker to begin investigating her own Scottish ancestors. Baker will discuss a surprising story she unearthed, as well as the tactics that led to the discovery of her unknown connection to colonial American history. Genealogy can follow strange and wonderful paths, particularly if you remember to trace both male AND female lines! Click here to listen to a recording of the lecture.

June 20
Solving Family Mysteries with DNA – Lisa Pennington, GSMD Executive Committee
DNA is changing the landscape of genealogy research. Dead ends and brick walls in genealogy research are being solved by DNA. Explore how to solve your own challenges using DNA.

July 18
Gold Standard Proof for your Genealogy – Christopher Carter Lee, Genealogy Consultant
It’s one thing to gather family history from relatives and online sources, but quite another to evaluate information scientifically and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions.  Discover different types of evidence, how to analyze it, and learn about the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).  Gain the necessary skills to prove lineages or publish work that will stand the test of time. 

August 15
Wampanoag Ancestry and Heritage – Linda Coombs
"While genealogy is used by most tribal groups today, most Native people still hold on to and follow traditional means of tracing family lineages.  The presentation will center on what these means are and how they function in both traditional society and in today's world."

September 19
Irish Genealogy – Mike Brophy
There are many fascinating stories behind the many waves of Irish immigrants that have traveled to America. Follow along on a journey through Irish immigrant records and learn how to find your own.

October 17
The Untold Story of the French-Canadians – David Vermette
Two million New Englanders are French-Canadian or Acadian descendants, and yet these Franco-Americans remain among the region's least known historic immigrant communities. David Vermette will expose this immigration and labor history with surprising resonance for today.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayflower Society House, located at 4 Winslow Street in Plymouth, MA followed by a reception. All are welcome to attend, but seating is limited due to space, so reservations are encouraged.

Email and reference ‘2019 Lecture Series’.

Click here to download the promotional poster.

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