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From: "Barbara Mathews" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Genealogical Lectures
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 22:47:33 -0500
My standout lecture was a day of lectures delivered by Helen Leary to the
Massachusetts Genealogical Council in 2004. I have a copy of the program
which I've pasted in below. In all they brought us through many genealogical
skills and wrapped up beautifully.
Is This the Same Man, or a Different One With the Same Name: Proving that
our ancestors are who we say they are is essential to proving that they are
related to who we claim are their kinfolk. But sometimes everybody in the
county has the same name (or at least it seems so to us). How do we
separate them from each other, especially when there do not appear to be
enough records to do it reliably?
Time-Lines and Real Lives - Using Ancestor's Life Patterns to Find Their
Parents: Each event in an ancestor's life occurred at a specific place on
the time line between his or her birth and death. Those occurrences form a
pattern. Mrs. Leary describes how to chart the time-line, identify the
patterns, and use them to find the ancestor's parents.
Our Ancestors' Voices - Getting the Records To Tell Us Everything They Know:
Seemingly minor details in a record can be of major importance in solving an
otherwise insoluble genealogical problem. Mrs. Leary will discuss (and
illustrate) techniques for getting more information from records than seems
to be there.
The Hemings-Jefferson Connection: A Genealogical Evaluation of the Evidence:
Sally Hemings, slave of Thomas Jefferson, is known to have had at least six
children. Was their father Thomas Jefferson, another Jefferson, or a
collection of unidentified Virginians? Impartial evaluation of *all* the
evidence, including that derived from DNA comparisons among Hemings and
Jefferson descendants (real and imagined), points inexorably to a single