The South Portland Public Library will be starting a monthly genealogy program in January of 2017. The first three meetings will be led by genealogist Nancy Milliken Mason. Mason, who was born in Portland and grew up in Cumberland, has been doing traditional genealogy research for over 30 years. For the last 5 years, she has been using DNA to assist that research. Her presentations will cover a variety of topics, including oral histories, online resources, and genetic genealogy.
The program kicks off on January 18 at 1:00 p.m. with the workshop, “Beginning Genealogy: Stories, Records and Sources.” On February 15, Mason will cover “Short Basic Genealogy Research: Using Online Sites.” Finally, on March 15, she will present the topic, “Genetic Genealogy: Using DNA to Assist with Traditional Research.” Each month Mason will give a presentation on the topic, lead a Q & A session, and help the group with their research.
Following the third workshop, the group will continue meeting monthly on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. The Library has a limited number of laptops available to use for research, or participants can bring their own. For more information, call the Circulation Desk at 767-7660 x 2.