2018-10-04 / Community News

Genealogy workshops to be held at library

Dr. Carol P. McCoy, president of Find- Your-Roots and of Maine Genealogical Society will be at McArthur Library in Biddeford presenting two workshops in October. She has been tracing her own family tree for more than 30 years and has assisted others for 15 years. Genealogy is her passion and McCoy has become and expert on the use of a variety of sources – online databases, traditional repositories, historical societies, visits to cemeteries, courthouses, town halls, registries of deeds and maps.

McCoy will cover how to review land use records and maps in genealogy research from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. These records are often a goldmine of information, yet they are overlooked. Deeds and land records can provide useful clues to finding and learning about our ancestors. This is especially true for areas where probate records have been destroyed. Deeds can help you find ancestors who have escaped the census taker and can provide information on family relationships, migration patterns, wealth and neighbors. Learn how to find them, how to read them and how to use them to solve genealogy problems.

Two weeks later, McCoy returns to cover the topic of “learning more about our ancestors’ life and times” from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. The district of Maine had a wild history marked by warfare, the destruction of early settlements, land disputes and a challenging terrain. How did settlers create viable towns in such a wilderness? What types of officers were needed to run settlements? Proprietors’ and town records can be gold mines for genealogists. Learn how Maine towns typically developed, the role and responsibilities of proprietors and what they had to do to create a successful town, what town records were created and where one might look for them.

There will be ample time for questions and light refreshments will be served. As always, programs at the library are free and open to the public.

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