Monthly Programs are free and open to the public on the 3rd Saturday each month. Research in the library closes at 1:45 p.m. for the day and the program begins at 2:00 p.m. After a short business meeting and announcements, a featured speaker presents information on a genealogical topic of interest to all. This is your time to learn about the inner workings of the Forum. The meetings continue until 3 or 3:30 p.m. There is no research in the library after 2:00 p.m., but you're welcome to come back on Sunday from 12-5 p.m.
Please note: There are no monthly programs in July, August, and December.
18 January 2014
Harold will discuss the research and writing that went into his book, Crafting a Personal Family History : A Guide Plus a Case Study : Three Generations of the Hinds Family in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The book demonstrates basic principles necessary to successfully document a personal family history. It shows how even fragmentary records and analysis can lead to “engaging, often surprising, sometimes shocking family saga well worth telling.”
15 February 2014
Marital problems, including divorce, adultery, and bigamy, were more common in the 19th and early 20th century than we may realize. When one member of a married couple seems to suddenly disappear from the records, we need to remember that separation or divorce may be the cause, rather than assuming the missing spouse must have died. We will discuss the kinds of records that can be created when divorce occurs and we will also review techniques for uncovering evidence of divorce and other marital mishaps. Three short case studies will then be presented to demonstrate the techniques discussed.