Family History Day

October is Family History Month!

The Concord, New Hampshire Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is hosting a Family History Day.   This program is free and open to the public.    Those interested can learn more about the activity and complete online registration for classes at the 2009 Concord NH Family History Day web site.

  • When: October 24 from 8 AM to 1 PM.
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 90 Clinton St., Concord, New Hampshire
  • Details: Registration from 8 to 9 AM, Classes from 9 AM to 1 PM

Registration and Refreshments are free and open to the public

Family Tree, Family History Research and History columns from Heather Rojo

Sampling of Classes:

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Eastern Canada
  • Brick Walls
  • Planning a Research Trip
  • Advanced Googling
  • Ins and Outs of Legacy
  • Writing a Personal History
  • Beginners Class
  • And More!

For full Presenter Biographies and Class Descriptions read the rest of the story!

This is a very extensive offering presented for free, if you have even the slightest interest “read more!”

Presenters Biographies, check out these experts!

Jeff Carroll
I started at the early age of 7. My mother had an assignment to compile our stake history. When she would visit the Church History Library, I would go to the Church Genealogy Library. The bug had bit me. I have been doing genealogy for 35 years since. Areas of focus include New England, Quebec, Eastern Canada, Midwest, Internet research and Early Church Membership.

Mary E. Choppa

Mary is a past-president of TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association). She has researched her Irish and Italian roots in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania utilizing resources in those areas, as well as Salt Lake City, the National Archives branches in Massachusetts and New York, various archives and repositories in Ireland, England and Wales. She has also served as Registration Chair for the NERGC conferences for 2007 and 2009. She holds a Master of Arts degree in European History from Youngstown State University (OH).

Laurel Crawshaw

Laurel received her bachelor’s degree in American History from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Education from Cambridge College.  She has researched in Family History professionally for more then 20 years, specializing in research in the United States.  She particularly enjoys locating records on veterans of the American Civil War.  She currently works in the Boston Massachusetts Temple as the Family File Administrator and travels extensively throughout the New England Region teaching the new program to congregations of the LDS Church.

Richard Guilmette

Richard is a 10 year member and volunteer at the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester, NH. He has made six different nine-day trips to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. He is the co-author of the book “Nicolas Guillemet.” He is the author of “The Guillemet Family CD.” He is facilitating the courses “Finding Your Ancestors” and “Using Family Tree Maker” in the Rivier Institute for Senior Education (RISE) program at Rivier College in Nashua, NH.

Harry Hadaway

Mr. Hadaway currently resides in Bow, NH with his wife Jill.  He is employed by the State of NH as Chief  ROW Appraiser with the Dept. of  Transportation.   He holds a BS Degree from Utah State University.   Harry has been researching his genealogy for about 25 years.   Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and knowing that his great great-grandmother was Hannah Barns Bradford, he decided to find out if he had any other Mayflower passenger ancestors besides Gov. William Bradford.   This curiosity has led to finding approximately 5,000 of his ancestors including 21 passengers on the Mayflower.  Harry is a member of NH Chapter of the Mayflower Society and the Nickerson Family Association.   He has a desire to share his experience and the techniques he has acquired as he has searched out his family history.

Ellaine Goodall

“As is common with many who eventually become avid researchers of family roots, my first interest occurred after the death of a family member.  Seeking to console myself and provide a record to pass on to future generations, I dusted off some guidelines from a genealogical seminar which was held some ten years prior at the Concord Stake Center.  After getting caught up in subsequent spiritual manifestations, I cam to realize that the dead are not really dead but are in fact very much alive and oftentimes seem to be present and helpful in our genealogical endeavors.  I thus became not only an avid research but what one might call obsessed with the pursuit of genealogy.”

Terry Hills

Terry has had 45 years experience in doing genealogical and family history research. Most of those years were spent doing research for her own family lines- the emphasis being New England Research in all the New England States, especially, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, with more limited in Rhode Island and Maine.  She has also done extensive research in New York.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and do genealogy professionally.

Thomas Jay Kemp, well-known genealogist & librarian for 45 years is the author of 30+ books.  He has previously served as the Chair, Council of National Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC); sFederation of Genealogical Societies Board of Directors, VP Association of Professional Genealogists; and President of the American Society of Indexers. He was born in New Hampshire and is a life member of the New England Archivists, the New Hampshire Library Association and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. His most recent book is: International Vital Records Handbook (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub., 2009).

Charles L. North

Charles has been a genealogical researcher since 1983 and a lecturer since 1993 in continuing education programs at the following locations:

Laconia Adult Education since 1993
Concord Community Education since 1994
Claremont Adult Education in 1995, 1999 and 2000
Plymouth Adult Education Program in 2001
Plymouth State University Enrichment Program in 1994 – 2005 – 2006
Keene State College’s Continuing Education Program in 1995 – 1996

His specialties are in research in the British Isles particularly Scotland and England and he has taught the following: Research Methods in Canada and France, Organizing and Writing Your Family History, Tracing Your Roots, Irish Research Methods

Mr. North

Holds bachelor and masters degrees and has taught communication, geography and history at Southern NH University since 1996 to the present.  He has taught or is continuing to teach at the following institutions:

1.  Plymouth State University – Geography Department – 2002 – 2006
2.  Manchester Community College – World Geography
3.  Colby-Sawyer College – Comparative Government and Geography – 2008

Details on the Joy in Family History event and online Registration are available at the events website.

Class Descriptions

21st Century Core Genealogical Resources

There has been no better time than the present for researching your family roots.   There is a profusion of multi-media resources available to the family historian. Learn about key on-line resources that you will actually use and rely on to document your family history.

Thomas Jay Kemp

Advanced Googling

One of the most exciting new developments in genealogy research is the availability of thousands of genealogy books online by Google.  Google Book Search allows you to find biographies, wills, town histories and other facts that help you to learn more of your ancestor’s ‘story’.  Once located, this information can then be cut and pasted into your genealogy software program.

Harry Hadaway

The Basics of New FamilySearch  – LDS participants

This is a beginner class on how to register and maneuver through the new.familysearch program. Participants will learn how to register for the program, check for duplicate records and how to process names for Temple work. LDS Church members should come to this class with their membership number and their confirmation date in order to register in new.familysearch. This information can be obtained from your ward membership clerk.

Laurel Crawshaw

Brick Walls

Back by popular demand! Experts as well as novices run into “brick walls” while researching their family roots. We have assembled a panel of expert genealogists who will attempt to assist you in getting through that brick wall.  Panel moderator Bryson C. Cook, panelists: Pat Demers, Charles North and Ellaine Goodall.

Bring whatever information you have about your missing relative with you. You may also include your question with your registration.

Eastern Canadian Research

If you have French or British Isle ancestors, there is a good chance that they migrated through Eastern Canada on their way to America. This year, Mr. Guilmette will be offering a beginner and intermediate class.  Specify the class of your interest on the registration form.

Rich Guilmette

Genealogy for Beginners

In this session you will learn the basics of genealogy research: getting organized, using resources readily available to you and other family members.  You will also learn about primary sources, verification of data, standardization of data entry.

Ellaine Goodall

In Search of Your English Roots

This class will be taught by Charles North, a genealogist well-known throughout the region for his expertise in British research.  This lecture will discuss the following topics: Parish Registers, Civil Registration, and Census and Tax and Land Records.

Charles L. North

Ins and Outs of Legacy

Legacy’s intuitive interface, powerful features and multiple views make Legacy Family Tree one of the best genealogy software programs on the market and the basic version is free! This class will be instructive in using some of the most useful features such as source documentation, interview center, searches, pictures as well as merging, importing, exporting and charting data.

Harry Hadaway

Military Records

Military records can often provide valuable information on a veteran and his family. For example, pension application files often contain supporting documents such as narratives of events during service, marriage certificates, birth records, death certificates, family letters and discharge papers and more. Participants will learn where and how to research for a veteran’s records from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as well as WW 1.

Janice Conway

New England Research

This class will touch on all six states with an emphasis on Massachusetts. Topics of discussion will include: Fifty questions to ask in a family interview, gathering information from public records, family history in the most unlikely places, five top genealogical places to visit in New England, The Great Migration, and Family Search Wiki, an on-line library resource.

Theresa Hills

New FamilySearch – For LDS Members

The Church has updated the Temple and family history process for those wishing to research and bring family names to the Temple. One-on-one sessions will be available during the regular class blocks. Space is limited, so register early!

You will need to bring your New FamilySearch user name and password with you.  If you are not already registered, see your Ward Clerk and Family History Consultant for assistance.

Nancy Stephenson and LDS Family History Consultants

Planning a Family History Research Trip

Preparation is the key to a successful family history research trip. However far or short the distance, proper planning will make the trip enjoyable and productive.  In this class you will learn how to set your goals, decide what questions need to be answered, and determine what you want to look for and more.

Jeff Carroll

Preserving Your Family History in the 21st Century

Want your family records and pictures protected for your children and grandchildren? Learn about the 21st century tools you can use to preserve and record your family history for the next generation of genealogists.

Thomas Jay Kemp

Scotland Ancestry

Would you like to know more about your Scottish ancestors? This class will introduce you to the methods and techniques for conducting Scottish research. You will discuss utilizing resources such as civil registrations, church, court and land records to help you find your Scottish forefathers.

Charles L. North

Searching for Your Irish Homeland

The single most important item of information for Irish family history research is a precise place of origin. If you dream of traveling to Ireland in search of your homeland, this workshop will cover the basics of researching, and what you’ll need to know before you take that transatlantic journey.

Mary Choppa

Writing a Personal History

Wondering where to start? You just need to organize your thoughts and documents and hit the keyboard. This class teaches you how to get started in writing a personal history that your grandchildren will cherish.

Donald Stephenson

Writing Family Stories

Climb into the lives of your departed ancestors; feel what they felt; experience what they experienced; walk where they walked; and weep with those who wept for loved ones taken from them in the bloom of youth and the demise of old age. Seek out the sagas of their often-forgotten lives and bequeath your family story to future generations. In this class you will learn how to write and record stories in a poignant and engrossing manner.

Ellaine Goodall


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