AFGS Calendar of Events

Presentations by guest speakers are open to the public free of charge through a grant from              The LeFoyer Endowment Fund  

Seating is limited to 50 persons so pre-registration is required

Sunday, January 19, 1:30 pm:

 America’s First Ally – France in the Revolutionary War by Norman Desmarais, Professor Emeritus at Providence College and author of numerous books about the American Revolution.

The workshop will cover why France waited three years to enter the American war for independence and why she sided with the American colonies. France provided much-needed aid to the Americans almost from the beginning. This talk will explore how that aid came about, how it operated to maintain secrecy, and how the aid contributed tribute to the war effort.

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Sunday, February 2, 1:30 pm:

Making Sense of DNA Endogamy by Dr. Adina Newman, Professional Genealogist and Educator

You have taken a DNA test.  The ethnicity estimates were interesting, and you perhaps recognized a few names among your long list of matches.  But now what?  This presentation will provide tips and strategies to find relatives using your DNA.  Topics will include best practices for maximizing DNA research through the various commercial testing companies and how to interpret and analyze your DNA matches.

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Sunday, February 16, 1:30 pm:

Welcome to the Graveyard by Brenda Sullivan

The workshop will provide an in-depth view of cemetery art, history and symbolism. Brenda will take us from colonial burial grounds through the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and into 21st century locations.  She will examine why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look the way they do and how styles and art have evolved over 400 years.

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Sunday, March 8, 1:30 pm:

Using Social Media for #Genealogy by Marian Burk Wood, author of the best-selling book, “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past.”

Decode the hashtags of #family history, #genealogy, #genchat and more.  Social media like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are fun, free and good places to gain family history knowledge, find useful and timely information, connect with researchers and possible relatives through posts and live chats.  Marian will present practical tips for how to lurk and learn or participate by asking questions and adding comments.

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