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TIARA Meeting – October 2020

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Linda MacIver, Federal Records in the National Archives

Zoom Meeting: Registration Details to Follow

Mining for Genealogical Gold in Federal Records

Lecture summary: Our Ancestors and the Federal Government: Is it possible that you are a researcher who thinks that your “regular Joe” ancestor would not have done anything notable enough to have produced a federal record found at the National Archives?  Yes, you have searched the most common federal records that are well known and easy to find  But it may be that you haven’t completed that “reasonably exhaustive search” unless you include more than those usual federal records.  It really is a myth that our families weren’t important enough to be in records preserved at the National Archives!

Speaker Biography:

Linda B. MacIver is an educator, lecturer, librarian and genealogy researcher.  She recently retired from a 27- year career at the Boston Public Library where she inaugurated the BPL patron genealogy classes.  She taught the multi-week beginners’ genealogy course for 5 years.  She also organized two extremely popular seasons of the Local and Family History series and developed the Intermediate Genealogy Summer Lecture series.   Linda is the Civil Records Director for Federal Records for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) and the Essex (MA) Society of Genealogists (ESOG.) She serves as the New England Representative for the Essex (England!) Record Office.  Linda has a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MEd from Boston University and earned her MLIS at Simmons College.

Linda was the 2018 recipient of the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship to the Genealogical Institute for Federal Records (GEN-FED) and the inaugural recipient of the 2019 Senior at the Center of Excellence Award sponsored by Xerox Corporation and the City of Boston.


October 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm