May 16, 2017, 7:00 PM EST – “Taken with a Large Grain of Salt” — Verifying Family Stories

Erica Dakin Voolich

Erica Dakin Voolich

About the Speaker – Erica Dakin Voolich, PLCGS, is an author, blogger and teacher who has transitioned from using her problem solving skills in the mathematics classroom to solving family history problems.Erica has written articles in MASSOG (Vol. 40, no.1, 2015-2016), Crossroads (Winter 2015), ISGS Journal (Fall 2015), and TIARA Journal (Winter 2013 and September 2015) and published five family history books. She currently serves as the secretary of the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.  (MSOG).She was an award winning math teacher and now is the founder and president of the Somerville Mathematics Fund.

About the Topic – We collect family stories, but we can’t assume veracity. Traditional sources don’t always confirm the legend. Doing a case study, we look at other sources to verify the family information. We are told to collect the family stories while we can. Once you collect your family stories, you need to verify the facts.Of course you first check the vital records, census reports and then move onto probate, religious, immigration/ naturalization/ passenger lists, land, military, court records. Using the case of the Richardson family stories, we look at some other sources to use when searching to verify the given information.

The date of the presentation is Tuesday, May 16 at 7pm.

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