The Newton Genealogy Club is about members helping members. We can discuss someone's research, resources (online and off) for an ancestor hunt, new developments, how a beginner can get started. Anything related to family history is fair game. Our members have a range of experience, from rank beginners who don't know where to begin all the way to Ruy, a certified genealogist. (He began the club and I took over when he stepped down.) Everyone needs help with something and the discussions are fun and very lively.
Interested? Before the COVID lockdown, the Newton Genealogy Club always met at the Newton Free Library on the second Wednesday of the month. The only month we skipped was August. The meetings were from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening in the Special Collections Room. For the duration, if you would like to join the Club's mailing list, just contact us at NewtonGenealogyClub@gmail.com.
The Special Collections Room is closed to the public at this time. When the library fully reopens you will be able to visit and browse the Special Collections Room as well as come to open meetings. For future reference, the room is located towards the back left of the first floor. From the parking lot, you will go over a bridge and through the side door into the library. Keep going straight along the corridor. As you pass the circulation desk, take a right and go through the alcove under the sky light. Go through the door that is under the clock and take a sharp left and then a sharp right at the wall. You will see the doors to Special Collections ahead on your left.
There are many reasons why people become interested in family history.
1. It seems most often sparked by a sense of regret for connections not made. You suddenly think of all the questions you wish you had asked.
2. It can be simple curiosity. Where did I come from? Who were my ancestors who lived before me? What influenced them? Where and when did they live? Why did some come here? So many questions.
3. Sometimes a medical genealogy can help solve medical questions about you or a family member.
4. Working with members of the family (older or younger) to help create bonds and forge connections. Sometimes this is an unintended consequence, but it's a great one.
5. A more recent development is DNA testing. People think they are going to get more information from it than they do. They need to start tracking their family the old fashioned way and start building their own tree to figure out exactly where and how they are related to their DNA matches.
5. Sometimes there is a mix of reasons.
6. Did I miss anything? Leave a comment and let me know.
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