Join us for a presentation by Sharon Clark Driscoll about the use of DNA in genealogical research. Hear about some of most successful commercial DNA testing companies, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA, and what they have to offer. Learn how to find matches and recognize possible false positives. In addition, find out about markers and how to use genetic health risk reports.
Come join us at 7pm, Tuesday, 16 August 2022, at the Fernandina Branch Library for a free presentation by John Strasburg concerning military records and their usage in your genealogical research. Military records can be a rich source of genealogical information, but many researchers steer clear because they don’t feel confident working with them. Become more comfortable around military records by joining guest presenter John Strasburg as he describes the various records available and how to obtain them. Whether experienced with military records or just getting started, everybody will come away from this program with something new. John Strasburg is a genealogist who specializes in military records research and enjoys helping others discover their ancestral past. A retired U.S. Coast Guard commissioned officer, John holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Stony Brook, a master’s degree in library & information science from the University of South Florida, and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University’s Metropolitan School, Center for Professional Education.
This presentation by Joel Warner goes back to England and tackles some research problems from four different families. During a review of each of these cases, we identify interesting flukes, errors and assumptions which took us down some wrong paths. We will also look at the corrective actions which solved some problems. Some of the problems were quite difficult, some were much easier. Some had stayed “on the books” for many years and some were recent. We are able to see that one of our best tools as family history researchers is a healthy skepticism. Our goals as family historians is not to put together what probably happened or what might have happened. Our goal is to find, through reasonable exhaustive research, what did happen. We cannot know everything, but by linking documents together we can can be reasonably certain of many things. Warner’s goal in this presentation is to use real cases he has worked on to demonstrate how perseverance and luck will often help research solve problems. Some may take patience as more and more records become available. But there is great satisfaction with connecting yourself to the real lives of the real family members who contributed to what and who you are. Joel Warner Joel Warner has had interest in Family History since he was a boy. This was due to his mother and grandparents working in the area and sharing stories of how his ancestors came to America, the problems they faced and what they left …