Genealogy Workshops

We are pleased to be offering a four-part Genealogy Workshop Series made possible through a generous grant from the Treat Foundation and held in partnership with New England Historic Genealogical Society. Come explore your roots!

Locate! Research! Analyze!: Getting Started in Family History Research
Saturday, April 21, 1pm-4pm
Workshop fee: $20 AIM members and NEHGS members; $30 not-yet-members
Entire Series: $70 AIM members and NEHGS members;  $110 not-yet-members

New to genealogy? Family history is one of the most valuable pursuits you can participate in. Learning about who you are, where you come from, and “meeting” the thousands of people who came before you, can be a rewarding and even life-changing experience. There are plenty of websites, libraries, and printed sources out there, but access to all that information can leave a beginner feeling overwhelmed. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to navigate the first steps in tracing your family history and gain basic strategies for researching. Even if you’ve been doing research for a few years, you’re sure to learn a new tip or two!

Presented by Lindsay Fulton,  Director of Research Services, NEHGS

For Those Who Served: Researching Veteran Ancestors in Colonial Conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812
Saturday, June 9, 1pm-4pm
Workshop fee: $20 AIM members and NEHGS members; $30 not-yet-members
Entire Series: $70 AIM members and NEHGS members;  $110 not-yet-members

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors. But how do we learn more about their service? In this workshop, you learn about valuable tools, tips, and strategies for researching veteran ancestors who served in colonial conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812.

Presented by David Lambert, Chief Genealogist, NEHGS

Migration Patterns in America
September 22, 1PM-4PM
Workshop fee: $20 AIM members and NEHGS members; $30 not-yet-members
Entire Series: $70 AIM members and NEHGS members;  $110 not-yet-members

This three-part lecture begins by examining the dominant push-pull forces for migration. Next, using maps and other graphics, the major colonial migration routes by region will be described: New England, mid-Atlantic and southward from Virginia. The second lecture covers the explosion of migration following the Revolutionary War to about 1850, with a special focus on the role of bounty land. Attendees will learn about famous migration paths including the National Highway, Zane’s Trace and the Erie Canal. The final lecture focuses on westward expansion, including the California, Oregon, and Mormon Trails. The role of the railroads in migration receives special attention.

Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist, NEHGS

Writing Your Family History: Taking the First Steps
November 10, 1PM-4PM
Workshop fee: $20 AIM members and NEHGS members; $30 not-yet-members
Entire Series: $70 AIM members and NEHGS members;  $110 not-yet-members

Once you’ve done your research and discovered your roots, what comes next? Our final workshop of the season will offer advice on your ongoing project, when to stop your research, and how to compile it into a unique record of your history that you can share with family and pass on to your future generations. The informative presentation will be followed by workshop time for questions, advice, and expert support.

Presented by Penny Stratton, Retired Publishing Director at NEHGS

Additional Information

All Workshops are held at the Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, NH.  Parking is available in the museum parking lot on Spring Street, in Exeter Municipal lots, or on Water Street.  Wifi is available in the tavern and you are welcome to bring laptops and tablets. Please note that the presentation will take place on the second floor of the Folsom Tavern which is only accessible by stairs due to the historic nature of the building.  

Questions? Please contact events@independencemuseum.org

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