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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Review of Gena Philibert-Ortega's talk

SMCGS had it's first Zoom meeting on May 30th, with Gena Philibert-Ortega as our featured speaker.
All went well, we had plenty of room for everyone, and our host kept the connection up and running.  
Gena spoke on 10 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Ancestor.  Among these was "You Haven’t Considered History, Time, and Place".  How often do we forget to do that when making our lists?  Not only does it affect what records we can find, but history helps us understand why and what kinds of decisions they made.  Have ancestors in Mayo, Ireland in 1850?  Why might they have left?  Think all the records have been burnt/destroyed/pulped?  Where might they be stored?

Gena provided a handout with lots of useful links.  That, as well as a copy of the video, is available on the smcgs website on the members' page under handouts/recordings.  The video's only up until July 15th, so if you missed her talk check it out soon.

- Maggie

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