Society Saturday – Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Logo of the Carroll County Genealogical SocietyThe Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM* features Angela Packer McGhie, CG. Angela is a Certified Genealogist® who focuses on genealogical education. She is the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Angela lectures at other genealogy institutes and national conferences. She served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. Angela was recently named as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund and serves on the Gen Fed Alumni board.

She will be presenting Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors. Characteristics beyond name can help locate individuals in records and distinguish men of the same name. Comparing information found in one record to that of another record can help determine if they refer to the same individual. Many different characteristics of an individual can be used in this comparison, such as age, occupation, residence, birthplace, etc. This technique can be especially useful to overcome indexing issues where your ancestor’s name may not be identifiable, or in situations where a name has been changed.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are usually held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster.

*Refreshments are available at 7:00 PM and the meetings, which start at 7:30 PM, are free and open to the public.

Please come to our meeting and bring a friend. You will meet other folks interested in family research and genealogy and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your own research. I look forward to seeing new faces!

You can also come early and take advantage of our large collection of books and other materials housed at the Westminster Branch of the CCPL. On Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., one or more society volunteers will be on hand to assist researchers. Of course, this collection is available to all anytime the library is open.

CCGS Genealogical Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo copyright by Eileen Souza

CCGS Genealogical Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo copyright by Eileen Souza


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