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    Genealogy and Family Research Presentations

    By Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D.
    www.find-your-roots.com
    207-373-0318


    Dr. McCoy will be pleased to give talks or workshops for your group. She can give presentations of one hour to one and one-half hour as well as longer workshops given individually or in a series. She has an informative, engaging and motivating style and uses many examples to enliven her talks. While some of her topics are listed below, she can also speak on other topics as well.




    NEW TALKS/WORKSHOPS




    Using Deeds in Genealogy - A Goldmine of Information. Often overlooked, deeds and land records can provide useful clues to finding and learning about our ancestors. This is especially true for areas where Probate Records have been destroyed. Deeds can help you find ancestors who have escaped the census taker and can provide information on family relationships, migration patterns, wealth, neighbors and more. Learn how to find them, how to read them, and how to use them to solve genealogy problems.

    Using Tax Records in Genealogy -How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing! Many dread tax day, but old tax records provide valuable clues to our ancestors' lives. Since the early days of America people were taxed to create roads, to support wars, and to provide needed revenue. Learn the types of records available, where to find them, and how they help solve genealogy problems.

    Creating Maine Towns - The Process and the Records. The District of Maine had a wild history marked by warfare, the destruction of early settlements, land disputes, and a challenging terrain. How did settler create viable towns in such a wilderness? What types of officers were needed to run settlements? Proprietors' and Town Records can be gold mines for genealogists. Learn how Maine towns typically developed, the role and responsibilities of Proprietors and what they had to do to create a successful town, what town records were created, and where you might look for them.

    Making the Most of Census Research. Learn tips and tactics to make the most of your census research. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and use a variety of censuses to learn about your ancestors and track down those elusive relatives. Get beyond the census indexes and broaden your focus beyond a specific relative to get the whole story.

    Where Were Your Ancestors? What If You Cannot Find Them in the Census? Learn ways to find your ancestors even if they were not in any census index. Did they really elude the census taker? What other resources can help you find them even if they were not in the federal census?

    Finding Your Family Roots in New England - Sound Strategies for Genealogical Research. Learn tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England roots. Find ways to maximize traditional resources, historical societies, family mementos, and the internet to learn about your family heritage. Create a solid research plan and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research.

    Finding Elusive Ancestors - Who Were the Parents of Mary Drummond - Oldest Native Negro in New Bedford, Massachusetts? This enlightening case illustrates how an extensive search led to a famous ancestor for Mary Drummond, Oldest native Negro in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1928. Learn how to overcome false assumptions, use vital records, censuses, deeds, probate, poor house records, newspapers, cemetery records, and online resources to discover an ancestor's parentage.

    The Mystery of David Mitchell of Troy, Maine. How can you find the family of a man who was not in the census, who had no vital records of his birth, marriage, death or of the birth of his children, no deed records, no tombstone or obituary? Learn how to use town records, maps, the Internet and other sources to find your elusive ancestor?

    Enriching Genealogy with Memorabilia and Pictures. There is only so much excitement that can be generated from ancestor charts and family group sheets. Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words. Find out types of memorabilia that can enrich your family history and become inspired to locate them! Share ideas of what others have done to enliven their stories to give people a feel for what their ancestors' lives were like.

    Tracing Your Ancestors - Getting Started. This talk presents the fundamentals of genealogy and family research to help people get started on a solid foundation. Learn how to unravel family mysteries and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research.

    Creative Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems. Have you hit the proverbial brick wall or road block in your genealogical research? Is an ancestor or two eluding you and hiding from the census taker or the town clerk? Learn some solid strategies and ways to take a fresh look at what you've tried and what else you can do to find those pesky hidden ancestors.

    Finding Your Roots - Unpuzzling Your Past. This fun and inspiring workshop series will help you to learn sound techniques for tracing your family genealogy and history. Using Emily Croom's best-selling book, Unpuzzling Your Past as a spring-board, this class will teach you ways to track down your ancestors, learn more about their lives, and create a meaningful family history. Six sessions (more or less): (1) Getting Started (2) Keys to Success (3) Census Records (4) Vital Records (5) Building on Others' Work (6) Organizing and Digging Deeper

    The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection - Seeking Rogers' Roots. An intriguing and entertaining case study shows how we discovered the Canadian and Irish roots of the Rogers' family who lived in Brewer Maine in 1850. Learn how US and Canadian census, land, probate, historical, cemetery, and newspaper records as well as archival material, online sites and databases and internet contacts can bring a complex family history to life.

    Keys to Successful Presentations. Learn tips for giving successful presentations. Enjoy a humorous approach to overcoming an activity many people approach with dread--public speaking. This discussion will help you give presentations with more confidence and impact by planning for success, structuring your content, creating useful visual aids, and learning ways to increase your confidence in delivering talks and workshops.





    PAST TALKS/WORKSHOPS


    October 24, 2015 - SOLVING GENEALOGICAL PROBLEMS
    HOW HISTORIC TOWN RECORDS, TAX RECORDS, AND DEEDS CAN HELP

    Date: October 24, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library, Belfast, ME
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Find out a proven approach to help you solve genealogical problems.
    Discover why Maine towns were settled and what town records were created in the process.
    Learn about the gems found in town, tax and land records.
    A case study illustrates how to find someone who was never in the census, who had no probate or burial record, who had no registered deed, and who had no recorded vital records.
    Come learn how to break through brick walls and discover those pesky elusive ancestors by using records found online and in various repositories.
    Participant evaluations included the following comments:
    -"Dr. McCoy's presentation was excellent. So much helpful information and presented so well. Very motivating."
    -"Dr. McCoy made me really interested in the Mitchell family. Excellent presentation."
    -"Excellent. Incredible."
    -"McCoy was great."
    -"Very interesting story; wonderful presenter."
    -"Wonderful speaker; great choice; fabulous!"




    August 11, 20154 Creating Maine Towns-the Process and the Records
    Sponsor: National Society of Colonial Dames
    Date: Tuesday August 11, 2015
    6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

    Location: Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME
    FMI: Contact Betty Janus. 207-774-6177. www.tatehouse.org

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    The District of Maine had a wild history marked by warfare, destruction and abandonment of settlements, land disputes, and a harsh environment. Find out about why and how Maine towns were created. Learn about town records, how they help in research, and where to find them.


    May 30, 2015 - Southern Maine Genealogy Conference
    Sponsor: Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society www.gpcmgs.org
    Date: Saturday 30 May 2015.
    Dr. McCoy's Workshop 3b. 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Keeley's Banquet Center, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland ME
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    "Using Deeds in Genealogy - A Goldmine of Information."
    Deeds and land records can provide useful clues to our ancestors. This is especially true where Probate Records have been destroyed, as they have in early Cumberland County, Maine. Deeds can help you find ancestors who have escaped the census taker and provide information on family relationships, migration patterns, wealth, neighbors and more. Learn how to find them, how to read them, and how to use them in your genealogy research.


    May 31,2014 - What If I Can't Find Them in the Census?
    Sponsor: Southern Maine Genealogical Conference 2014 (sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter and the Pejepscot Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society)
    Date: Saturday 31 May 2014. Conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Dr. McCoy's workshop will be from 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Keeley's Banquet Center, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland ME
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    The Census is an excellent genealogical tool for finding information about your ancestors and family. Sometimes, however, our ancestors seem to have escaped the census taker or the census indexer. Learn why you are having trouble finding your people in the census and discover strategies to track them down or find substitutes for missing census records. Share success stories and learn how to make the most of your census research.

    Bonus Door Prize:
    There will be several door prizes. Dr. McCoy, president of Find-Your- Roots.com will be offering as a door prize one hour of her services (worth $50.) This gift certificate is good for one hour of genealogical research or coaching on genealogy.

    April 15-18, 2015 New England Regional Genealogical Conference
    Sponsor: New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)
    Date: April 15-18, 2015
    Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI.
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    "Creating Maine Towns: How the Wilderness Was Tamed."
    Session F-204; Friday April 17, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    The District of Maine had a wild history marked by warfare, destruction and abandonment of settlements, land disputes, and a harsh environment. Find out about town records, how they help in research, and where to find them.
    "Finding Elusive Ancestors: Who Were the Parents of Mary Drummond? Oldest Native Negro in New Bedford, Massachusetts?"
    Session F-230; Friday April 17, 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Learn how to overcome false assumptions, use vital records, probate, poor house records, newspapers, cemetery records, and online resources to discover an ancestor's parentage.
    "Using Tax Records in Genealogy. How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing!"
    (Session S-331; Saturday April 18, 3:15 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    Many dread tax day, but old tax records provide valuable clues to our ancestors' lives. Learn the types of records available, where to find them, and how they help solve genealogy problems.


    December 7, 2013 - Creating Maine Towns-The Process and the Records
    Sponsor: Greater Portland Chapter, Maine Genealogical Society
    Date: Saturday 7 December 2013. Refreshments at 12:30; meeting starts at 1:00 p.m.
    Location: 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    The District of Maine, part of Massachusetts until 1820, had a wild history marked by frequent warfare, the destruction of many early settlements, common land disputes, a challenging terrain and a harsh climate. How did settlers manage to create viable towns in such a wilderness? Which towns were originally called Sudbury Canada and New Marblehead? Why? What types of officers were needed to run early plantations and towns? Was one of your ancestors a hog reeve, a field driver, a school agent, a tithing man or a fence viewer? Proprietors' and Town Records can be gold mines for genealogists. Learn how Maine towns typically developed, the role and responsibilities of Proprietors and what they had to do to create a successful town, what town records were created, and where you might look for them.

    Endorsements:
    "I'm so glad I was able to attend your talk on Town Records at the MGS Conference in Brewer on September 21, 2013. I got lots of good information. I especially liked learning about the development of Maine towns and the struggles that people faced."
    John Webster, president, Pejepscot Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society.

    SPEAKER- WHY SHE CARES ABOUT MAINE TOWNS:
    Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. has been combing through Maine town records for over fifteen years as part of her genealogy research service. As the leader of a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine she learned a great deal about the process of town formation. While town records are un-indexed, and often in their original books, written in garbled handwriting in faded ink with creative spelling, they provide incredible insight into the lives of Maine's early settlers and helpful clues when few records exist. Carol enjoys learning about the development of Maine towns because of her love of history and love of her adopted home state. As an infant she first experienced the joys of Maine in Bryant Pond, Oxford County, where her great grandfather, Charles Mortimer Wiske, had built a music camp Birch Villa on Lake Christopher in 1903. While the camp was sold, her family summered in Bryant Pond for many years. Since the 1970s, she frequently visited her family in Gray, Maine (where the family used to make a break en route to Bryant Pond). In the 1980's she shared a summer camp on North Pond in Warren, Maine with her sisters, and now visits another summer camp on Lake Damariscotta in Jefferson. Since 1991 she has lived in Falmouth Foreside, Yarmouth, and now Brunswick, Maine. One of the delights of genealogy research is learning more about Maine towns in this beautiful state.

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 -"Digging for Gold in Early Maine Town Records"
    Date:Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
    Location: Yarmouth Maine History Center
    118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096
    Phone number of the Yarmouth History Center: 207-846-6259
    Cost: $3.00 for members; $5.00 for non members
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    The District of Maine, part of Massachusetts until 1820, had a wild history marked by frequent warfare, the destruction of many early settlements, common land disputes, a challenging terrain and a harsh climate. How did settlers manage to create viable towns in such a wilderness? Which towns were originally called Sudbury Canada and New Marblehead? Why? What types of officers were needed to run early plantations and towns? Was one of your ancestors a hog reeve, a field driver, a school agent, a tithing man or a fence viewer? Proprietors' and Town Records can be gold mines for genealogists. Learn how Maine towns typically developed, the role and responsibilities of Proprietors and what they had to do to create a successful town, what town records were created, and where you might look for them.

    Endorsements:"Your talk on Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research was a lot of fun and very informative. Your enthusiasm is contagious! You can really tell you thoroughly enjoy what you do. The response from the group after the meeting was very positive. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon!"
    Mary Anderson, Program Committee Member, Limerick (Maine) Historical Society

    "I'm so glad I was able to attend your talk on Town Records at the MGS Conference in Brewer on September 21, 2013. I got lots of good information. I especially liked learning about the development of Maine towns and the struggles that people faced.">
    John Webster, president, Pejepscot Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society.

    "Carol McCoy gave a talk at the Yarmouth History Center in October. Dr. McCoy was well prepared and professional. She even came in a few days before so that she could tailor her talk to Yarmouth and the surrounding regions, focusing on the town proprietor's records. I would recommend Carol for any organization or individual who is looking for guidance in their genealogical research. We look forward to having Carol speak at the history center again."
    Amy Aldredge-Program Director/ Curator Yarmouth History Center, Yarmouth Maine

    SPEAKER-WHY SHE CARES ABOUT MAINE TOWNS:
    Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. has been combing through Maine town records for over fifteen years as part of her genealogy research service. As the leader of a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine she learned a great deal about the process of town formation. While town records are un-indexed, and often in their original books, written in garbled handwriting in faded ink with creative spelling, they provide incredible insight into the lives of Maine's early settlers and helpful clues when few records exist. Carol enjoys learning about the development of Maine towns because of her love of history and love of her adopted home state. As an infant she first experienced the joys of Maine in Bryant Pond, Oxford County, where her great grandfather, Charles Mortimer Wiske, had built a music camp Birch Villa on Lake Christopher in 1903. While the camp was sold, her family summered in Bryant Pond for many years. Since the 1970s, she frequently visited her family in Gray, Maine (where the family used to make a break en route to Bryant Pond). In the 1980's she shared a summer camp on North Pond in Warren, Maine with her sisters, and now visits another summer camp on Lake Damariscotta in Jefferson. Since 1991 she has lived in Falmouth Foreside, Yarmouth, and now Brunswick, Maine. One of the delights of genealogy research is learning more about Maine towns in this beautiful state.



    September 21, 2013 -"Digging for Gold in Early Maine Town Records"
    Sponsor:Maine Genealogical Society, Fall Conference 2013
    Date:September 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Jeff's Catering, Brewer, Maine
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    The District of Maine, part of Massachusetts until 1820, had a wild history marked by frequent warfare, the destruction of many early settlements, common land disputes, a challenging terrain and a harsh climate. How did settlers manage to create viable towns in such a wilderness? Which towns were originally called Sudbury Canada and New Marblehead? Why? What types of officers were needed to run early plantations and towns? Was one of your ancestors a hog reeve, a field driver, a school agent, a tithing man or a fence viewer? Proprietors' and Town Records can be gold mines for genealogists. Learn how Maine towns typically developed, the role and responsibilities of Proprietors and what they had to do to create a successful town, what town records were created, and where you might look for them.

    "Your talk on Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research was a lot of fun and very informative. Your enthusiasm is contagious! You can really tell you thoroughly enjoy what you do. The response from the group after the meeting was very positive. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon!"
    (Mary Anderson, Program Committee Member, Limerick (Maine) Historical Society)

    SPEAKER - WHY SHE CARES ABOUT MAINE TOWNS:
    Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. has been combing through Maine town records for over fifteen years as part of her genealogy research service. As the leader of a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine she learned a great deal about the process of town formation. While town records are un-indexed, and often in their original books, written in garbled handwriting in faded ink with creative spelling, they provide incredible insight into the lives of Maine's early settlers and helpful clues when few records exist. Carol enjoys learning about the development of Maine towns because of her love of history and love of her adopted home state. As an infant she first experienced the joys of Maine in Bryant Pond, Oxford County, where her great grandfather, Charles Mortimer Wiske, had built a music camp Birch Villa on Lake Christopher in 1903. While the camp was sold, her family summered in Bryant Pond for many years. Since the 1970s, she frequently visited her family in Gray, Maine (where the family used to make a break en route to Bryant Pond). In the 1980's she shared a summer camp on North Pond in Warren, Maine with her sisters, and now visits another summer camp on Lake Damariscotta in Jefferson. Since 1991 she has lived in Falmouth Foreside, Yarmouth, and now Brunswick, Maine. One of the delights of genealogy research is learning more about Maine towns in this beautiful state.



    May 4th 2013 - Using Tax Records in Genealogy--How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing
    Sponsor: Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maine
    (Contact Virginia B. Link, Governor: glink@maine.rr.com)
    Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2013, 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Elks Lodge, Augusta, Maine
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Most of us dread April 15th, but old tax records can provide valuable clues to our ancestors' lives. In the early days of America people were taxed on their property, to repair and build roads (no departments of transportation), to support the military, and to provide revenue for many reasons. Learn about the types of tax records that may be available, where to look for them, and how they can help you solve genealogy problems.

    Endorsements:"I don't think anyone else could bring such enthusiasm and spark so much interest in tax records as you did! I think we had a record turnout and certainly had a captivated audience. Thanks for sharing your stories, techniques and resources and for opening up a new avenue for research." (Deb Locke, Program Chair, Greater Portland Chapter, MGS)

    "Your presentation on Using Taxes in Genealogy was really top notch! You were personable, presented information in a very accessible way, and clearly have a depth of knowledge about many kinds of genealogical records. Great program! I know everyone got a lot out of a relatively short amount of time. Amazing and immensely satisfying." (Katie Murphy, President, North Yarmouth Historical Association)

    "Dr. Carol P. McCoy was the post-luncheon speaker at our recent Mayflower Society meeting.Talking about tax records is no easy matter, but Dr. Carol P. McCoy accomplished her task with assured confidence and vast knowledge of the material to be discussed! Dr. McCoy is a professional! She knows her material well and keeps the subject light without being boring. She encourages the idea of searching tax records for answers to family research and to provide new details about life styles. She explains why tax records are not to be over-looked for people who have come up against "brick walls" and who need answers about their families' past.
    Well done Dr. Carol P. McCoy!"
    (Virginia B. Link, Governor, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maine)


    April 18th, 2013 Using Deeds in Genealogy Research
    Sponsor: New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference
    Date: Thursday, 18 April 2013
    Location: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Manchester, New Hampshire
    Note: Dr. Carol P. McCoy will also be participating at the Ancestor Road Show at NERGCC 2013.

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Deeds are a valuable research tool especially when early probate records and vital records aren't available. Often overlooked, deeds can help you overcome problems and find lost ancestors. Learn how to make the most of land records in your genealogy research.

    Endorsement: "Carol McCoy is a dynamic speaker whose enthusiasm in genealogical research is readily apparent and contagious. Carol's delivery of material, no matter its complexity, is well-grounded and straightforward. Her presentations are very easy to relate to because she makes extensive use of real-life experiences and examples to illustrate the subject matter. I have sat in on a couple presentations by Carol at other events and would pretty much sum up the experience as "Exciting and Motivating!" (Dale W. Mower, Past President, Maine Genealogical Society) For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com or phone: 207-373-0318


    November 5th, 2011 Using Tax Records in Genealogy
    --How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing

    Sponsor: Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
    Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Jesus Christ Church of the Latter Day Saints, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Most of us dread April 15th, but old tax records can provide valuable clues to our ancestors' lives. In the early days of America people were taxed on their property, to repair and build roads (no departments of transportation), to support the military, and to provide revenue for many reasons. Learn about the types of tax records that may be available, where to look for them, and how they can help you solve genealogy problems.

    Endorsement: "Thank you so much for your presentation at the Greater Portland Chapter of MGS. I don't think anyone else could bring such enthusiasm and spark so much interest in tax records as you did! I think we had a record turnout and certainly had a captivated audience. Thanks for sharing your stories, techniques and resources and for opening up a new avenue for research."
    Deb Locke, Program Chair,
    Greater Portland Chapter, MGS

    Endorsement: Thank you so much. Your presentation on Using Taxes in Genealogy was really top notch! You were personable, presented information in a very accessible way, and clearly have a depth of knowledge about many kinds of genealogical records. Great program! I know everyone got a lot out of a relatively short amount of time. I went home after your presentation and started mining Ancestry.com in a much more sophisticated way and immediately found two very cool tax records for a couple of my forebears. Amazing and immensely satisfying.
    All the best, Katie Murphy,
    President North Yarmouth Historical Association

    For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com or phone: 207-373-0318

    Speaker: Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. Owner of find-your-roots.com in Brunswick, Maine, Carol has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. She specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, the Maritime Provinces, and West Virginia and has a passion for land records. As past president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, she is leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine. A popular instructor, she has taught workshops for the University of Southern Maine, Boston University's Genealogy Certificate Program, and many genealogical and historical societies throughout New England


    November 2nd, 2011 Using Deeds in Genealogy Research
    Sponsor: The Westbrook (Maine) Historical Society
    www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org
    Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Westbrook, Maine
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Deeds are a valuable research tool especially when early probate records and vital records aren't available. Often overlooked, deeds can help you overcome problems and find lost ancestors. Learn how to make the most of land records in your genealogy research.

    For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com
    Speaker: Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. Owner of find-your-roots.com in Brunswick, Maine, Carol has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. She specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, the Maritime Provinces, and West Virginia and has a passion for land records. As past president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, she is leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine. A popular instructor, she has taught workshops for the University of Southern Maine, Boston University's Genealogy Certificate Program, and many genealogical and historical societies throughout New England




    Sunday September 11, 2011"Using Tax Records in Genealogy
    -How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing!"

    Sponsor:Pejepscot Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
    Date:Sunday September 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
    Location:Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Most of us dread April 15th, but old tax records can provide valuable clues to our ancestors' lives. In the early days of America people were taxed on their property, to repair and build roads (no departments of transportation), to support the military, and to provide revenue for many reasons. Learn about the types of tax records that may be available, where to look for them, and how they can help you solve genealogy problems.

    For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com or phone: 207-373-0318

    Speaker: Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. Owner of find-your-roots.com in Brunswick, Maine, Carol has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. She specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, the Maritime Provinces, and West Virginia and has a passion for land records. As past president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, she is leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine. A popular instructor, she has taught workshops for the University of Southern Maine, Boston University's Genealogy Certificate Program, and many genealogical and historical societies throughout New England


    Saturday, July 30, 2011 and September 17, 2011
    Crafty Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems (Now offered July and September!)

    Sponsor:Rufus Porter Museum, Bridgton, Maine
    www.rufusportermuseum.org
    Date: Saturday, July 30, 2011 and September 17, 2011, 9AM - 4PM
    Location: Bridgton, Maine
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Have you hit the proverbial brick wall or road block in your genealogical research? Is an ancestor or two eluding you? This hands-on workshop will help you learn crafty ways to succeed in finding new evidence and avoid common pitfalls. Learn some solid strategies and ways to take a fresh look at what you've tried and what else you can do to find those pesky hidden ancestors. Feel free to bring your lap top computer to class if you have one. Be sure to bring some genealogy problems to work on.

    For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com

    Speaker: Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. Owner of find-your-roots.com in Brunswick, Maine, Carol has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. She specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, the Maritime Provinces, and West Virginia and has a passion for land records. As past president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, she is leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine. A popular instructor, she has taught workshops for the University of Southern Maine, Boston University's Genealogy Certificate Program, and many genealogical and historical societies throughout New England


    April 9, 2011 - "Advanced Deeds Workshop
    -- Solving Genealogical Problems Using Deeds"

    Sponsor: New England Regional Genealogical Conference
    New Paths to Your Roots
    www.nergc.org
    Date: April 9th, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place and Springfield Marriott Springfield, Massachusetts
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Deeds are a valuable research tool especially when early probate records and vital records aren't available. Often overlooked, deeds can help you overcome problems and find lost ancestors. This workshop focuses on Eastern states and shows how to get the most from deeds by using a systematic approach, analyzing relationships, locations, neighbors, and other clues. Several case studies illustrate using deeds to solve genealogical problems.
    Road Show and Roundtable Host: Carol is also participating in the Ancestor Road Show on April 8th and hosting a round table on Maine research at the APG Luncheon at the Conference.

    Endorsement:
    Hello Carol:
    I met with you during the Ancestors Road Show at the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference last month. As you know, I am trying to confirm the parents of my 4th great-grandmother, Martha Maria Foster, who was born in New Brunswick and died in Maine. I just wanted to write and thank you so much for your help. After meeting with you I am now more confident about her father's identity and I learned where to look next. I wouldn't have been able to figure all this out without your guidance during our meeting. I'm truly grateful for your assistance!
    Regards,
    Heidi Thibodeau


    For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com
    Speaker: Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. Owner of find-your-roots.com in Brunswick, Maine, Carol has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. She specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, the Maritime Provinces, and West Virginia and has a passion for land records. As past president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, she is leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine. A popular instructor, she has taught workshops for the University of Southern Maine, Boston University's Genealogy Certificate Program, and many genealogical and historical societies throughout New England


    Sunday, November 14, 2010 - "Deeds--the Key to Many Mysteries"
    Sponsor:Pejepscot (Brunswick) Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
    Date:November 14th at 2:00 p.m.; social hour starts at 1:30 p.m.
    Location:Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Deeds are a wonderful tool for finding out the details of people's lives, especially when probate records have been destroyed as in Cumberland County Maine. Discover how to mine the secrets of deeds to learn about your ancestor's lives.

    For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com Speaker: Dr. McCoy has been tracing ancestors for over 25 years; she is president of www.find-your-roots.com, a business that conducts genealogy research and genealogy presentations and workshops. As ex-president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society has been leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County Maine.


    October 16, 2010 - "The Origins of Mary Drummond of New Bedford
    --Finding Elusive Female Ancestors.

    Sponsor:Rhode Island Historical Society Library
    Date:Saturday 16 October 10:30 - noon
    Location:Rhode Island Historical Society Library, 121 Hope Street, Providence, R.I. 02906
    Cost: $8.00 for RIHS members; $10.00 for non-members.
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Many people are frustrated when attempting to find their female ancestors. This fun and informative case illustrates tips for success and pitfalls to avoid in looking for the ancestors of a New England woman. The subject of this case was supposedly the oldest native Negro of New Bedford in 1928. This talk will inspire you to try new ways to find your female roots.

    For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com; or email Carol at Cmccoy3333@aol.com For Information on the RIHS contact Lee Teverow, MLS, Reference Librarian, at 401-272-8107 ext 10 lteverow@rihs.org

    Endorsement:
    Carol, I attended your class on the Case of Mary Drummond--Finding the Elusive Female Ancestor at the RIHS on October 16th. At the end of the class you asked everyone what they had learned from the class and I said, "not to discount the Census Records prior to 1850". I had thought that their information to be too minimal. Well, I just had to let you know I took your advice, and found the clues I needed in the 1840 census to solve a two-year old problem. Also, I used a more open mind after your class and looked again at another puzzle. I took the marriage record of a female at face value--she had the same last name as her husband. They turned out to be first cousins. You cannot imagine how excited I was to see the names of the parents written correctly finally. So, Carol, I want to say "thank you" for opening new avenues of research and to let you know how much it has meant to me.
    Sincerely,
    Maureen V., Pawtucket, R. I.



    October 2, 2010 - "The Origins of Mary Drummond-
    Oldest Native Negro in New Bedford, MA

    Sponsor:Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
    Date:October 2, 2010 1p.m. to 2 p.m.
    (Come early at 12:30 for refreshments; stay after for the chapter business meeting)
    Location:The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
    Cost: Free

    Carol McCoy and Marlene Drummond Silva,
    great-granddaughter of Mary Drummond
    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    This enlightening case illustrates how a creative approach and extensive search can uncover the parentage of a person of color born early in the 19th century. Learn how to use vital records, censuses, deeds, directories, newspapers, probate and cemetery records, and online resources to discover evidence to un-puzszle a genealogical mystery.

    Endorsement:
    "Wow! You certainly did well on your presentaion. And what a lot of research you did and what great lessons for us all. I never would have thought about different marriage certificates and the info that was sent to the state. We can always learn something new. I am always amazed at how much time and research you put in to all your studies. I hope you do get this published as it is a very interesting case. Congratulations once again for great work."

    Jerry & Janice Gower


    August 14 , 2010 - Ancestors Road Show
    Sponsor: Brickstore Museum in Kennebunk, Maine
    Date:August 14, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Location: Brickstore Museum in Kennebunk, Maine
    Cost: $25 for a 25-minute session ($20 for museum members)
    Registration:call the Museum at 207-985-4802
    FMI www.brickstoremuseum.org - Learn more about the Ancestor Roadshow!

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Are you the family genealogist? Need help reading and analyzing an old document? Want to write up your family history but don't know how? Stuck in trying to find immigration or naturalization records? Hit a snag with a lineage society application?

    If so, then our Ancestors Road Show is for you! Book a 25-minute session with one of our visiting, skilled genealogists--all members of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists--to personally help you with your genealogy roadblock. Carol McCoy, Margaret Dube, and Pam Eagleson, have years of experience and expertise that can assist in answering your questions and advancing your research. Consultations are $25 for a 25-minute session ($20 for museum members). Drop-ins are welcome, but pre-scheduling is highly encouraged. To get the most out of your consultation, email us in advance or come prepared with the following information:
    • WHAT (your research goal)
    • WHERE (your research locale)
    • WHO (names and relationships)
    • WHEN (time period)



    August 21 , 2010 - Crafty Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems
    Sponsor:The Newport Historical Preservation Society
    Date:August 21, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Newport Cultural Center
    154 Main Street
    Newport, ME 04953
    Cost: $15
    Registration:Class size is limited. Please call or email to register.
    Phone: 207-368-5074
    Fax: 207-368-2392
    E-mail: curator@newportmaine.net
    Web: www.newportculturalcenter.com
    FMI Flyer (.pdf)
    You can bring your lunch or reserve a box lunch for $10.

    SESSION ABSTRACT:Crafty Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems.
    Have you hit the proverbial road block in your genealogical research? Is an ancestor or two eluding you? This workshop will help you learn crafty ways to succeed in finding new evidence and avoid common pitfalls. Learn some solid strategies and ways to take a fresh look at what you've tried and what else you can do to find those pesky hidden ancestors. Please feel free to bring a problem for us to discuss and to bring your lap top computer to class if you have one.

    Endorsement:
    Carol McCoy's workshop, Crafty Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems, was a huge hit with my group. She showed us new strategies to find those lost relatives. The workshop was very informative and attendees are asking when she is coming back. One even spoke to a board member about what a great workshop it was! Thanks Carol. Can't wait to have you back.
    K Hartsgrove
    Newport Cultural Center
    Board Chair
    Curator


    Some images from the August 21 , 2010 - Crafty Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems, sponsored by The Newport Historical Preservation Society in Newport, Maine.

    Carriage - Newport, ME

    Carol & K. Hartsgrove


    July 7, 2010 - Rufus Porter Museum Cultural Heritage Series -
    "Crafty Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems"

    Sponsor:Rufus Porter Museum Cultural Heritage Series
    Date:July 7, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location:Stevens Brook Elementary, Bridgton, Maine 04009 Cost: $100 for members; $110 for nonmembers; $15 for materials
    Registration: call 207-647-2828
    FMI www.rufusportermuseum.org - Learn more about the Cultural Heritage Series Week!

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Have you hit the proverbial brick wall or road block in your genalogical research? Is an ancestor or two eluding you? This hands-on workshop will help you learn crafty ways to succeed in finding new evidence and avoid common pitfalls. Learn some solid strategies and ways to take a fresh look at what you've tried and what else you can do to find those pesky hidden ancestors. Please bring your lap top computer to class if you have one. We'll have a chance to use the Internet.To register, call 207-647-2828; visit 222.rufusportermuseum.org


    March 27, 2010 - Annual New England Family History Conference -
    " The Origins of Mary Drummond . . . the oldest negro in New Bedford"

    Sponsor:Sponsored by the Hingham Stake Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Date:March 27, 2010 at 12:40 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
    Location:Franklin LDS Chapel, 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, Massachusetts
    Registration:FREE!
    FMI New England Family History Conference

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    This enlightening case illustrates how a creative approach and extensive search can uncover the parentage of a person of color born early in the 19th century. Learn how to use vital records, censuses, deeds, directories, newspapers, probate and cemetery records, and online resources to discover evidence to un-puzzle a genealogical mystery.


    February 20, 2010 - Annual New England Family History Conference -
    "Ancestor Roadshow"

    Sponsor:New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com
    Date:February 20, 2010 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Ancestry road show with Dr. McCoy, noon to 2:00 p.m. (sign up for 20 minute individual appointments.)
    Location:Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA.
    FMI Family History Day



    August 16, 2009 - "Tracing Your Roots--Getting Started"
    Sponsor:Walsh History Center, Camden Public Library
    Date:August 16, 2009 at 2 PM
    Location:Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME 04843
    Registration:FREE! To register contact Heather Bilodeau at 207-236-3440 ext 21 or hbilodeau@librarycamden.org
    Questions? contact 781-659-4702 or Camden Public Library

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Tracing Your Ancestors - Getting Started. Finding your ancestors and creating a family history is fast becoming the most popular hobby in America. This talk presents the fundamentals of genealogy and family research to help people get started on a solid foundation. Learn how to unravel family mysteries and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research.


    August 1, 2009 - "New England Resources" by Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D.
    as part of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
    30th Anniversary Celebration

    Sponsor: Greater Portland Chapter, Maine Genealogical Society 30th Anniversary Come celebrate and learn with us. Activities are planned from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. A wonderful luncheon will be provided courtesy of our chapter members.
    Date: 1 August 2009, from 10:40 - 11:40; note--various workshops and presentations by members are offered all day from 10:15 to 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
    Registration: To register contact Carol McCoy at Cmccoy3333@aol.com

    SESSION ABSTRACT: Learn how to find out about your New England Ancestors. We live in a special area that is rich in genealogical resources. This presentation will help you understand where to find Vital Records, Land and Probate Records, City Directories and Newspapers relating to New England. There are numerous examples of types of resources. I will share some of my favorite repositories and resources. Feel free to bring along your questions and ideas as well.
    Note: From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dr. McCoy will participate in an Expert Panel discussion on Genealogy. Come and share your ideas.


    July 8, 2009 - "Mining the Secrets of Deeds and
    the Census—Tools for Discovering Your Roots"

    Sponsor: The Rufus Porter Museum
    Date: 8 July 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: Bridgton Memorial School, Bridgton Maine
    Registration: To register contact Nancy Smoak, Rufus Porter Museum. 207-647-2828. www.rufusportermuseum.org Registration is limited to 12 people so register early to ensure a spot!

    SESSION ABSTRACT: Learn how to find out about your ancestors and bring them to life by working with deeds and census records. This hands-on workshop will help you learn tips for success and avoid common pitfalls. Learn strategies for making the best use of these valuable resources to uncover your roots. Discover ways to organize your approach, find the records you need, and interpret, evaluate, and keep track of your results. Carol McCoy has an engaging, fun and interactive style. Feel free to bring along your questions and examples to the class.
    Materials; The materials charge includes the book Unpuzzling Your Past The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy, 4th Edition by Emily Anne Croom.

    June 6, 2009 - "Finding Gems in Deeds"
    Sponsor: The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
    Date: 6 June 2009 at 1 p.m.
    Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
    Registration: No registration required. For more information, contact Carol P. McCoy at Cmccoy3333@aol.com or 847-3271

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Deeds are a valuable research tool especially when early probate records have been destroyed as in Cumberland County Maine. Our MGS Chapter has been conducting a special project to index the early (1760-1796) deeds of Cumberland County. This talk will highlight some gems to be found in deeds and clarify ways to use deeds effectively to discover family relationships, locations, and other key information. Come learn about the wonders found in old deeds!

    May 9, 2009 - "Creative Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems"
    part of the "Come Spring Conference"

    Sponsor: Walsh History Center, Camden Public Library.
    Date: May 9, 2009 at 10 am
    Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME 04843
    Registration: To register contact Heather Bilodeau at 207-236-3440 ext 21 or hbilodeau@librarycamden.org

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Creative Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems. Have you hit the proverbial brick wall or road block in your genealogical research? Is an ancestor or two eluding you and hiding from the census taker or the town clerk? Learn some solid strategies and ways to take a fresh look at what you've tried and what else you can do to find those pesky hidden ancestors.

    Endorsement:
    We were pleased to have Carol speak at the 2009 Come Spring Conference, which was attended by more than 60 people representing midcoast Maine's historical societies, museums and libraries. Carol's presentation "Creative Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems" was fascinating, and her enthusiasm for the topic was contagious! Her real-life experiences kept her presentation lively and informative, and I learned many time-saving research tricks to help steer our customers around those genealogical brick walls.
    Heather Bilodeau
    Director of the Edward J. Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library

    April 25, 2009 - "Deed Research Workshop" at NERG 2009
    Sponsor: New England Regional Genealogical Conference
    Date: Saturday 25 April, 2009 from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.
    Location: Expo Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, New Hampshire
    Registration: Contact www.nergc.org

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Deeds are a valuable research tool especially when early probate records have been destroyed as in Cumberland County Maine. This workshop will highlight some gems to be found in deeds and clarify ways to use deeds effectively to discover family relationships, locations, and other key information.


    March 28, 2009 - "The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection: Seeking Rogers' Roots"
    & New England Family History Conference

    Sponsor:The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints
    Date:March 28, 2009
    Location:91 Jordan Road, Franklin Massachusetts, (LDS Church)
    Registration:www.nefamilyhistory.com (will open in early January, 2009
    Questions? contact 781-659-4702

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    The Maine Canada Ireland Connection: Seeking Rogers Roots. An entertaining case study shows how we discovered the Canadian and Irish roots of the Rogers' family who lived in Brewer in 1850. Learn how US and Canadian census, land, probate, historical, and newspaper records as well as archival material, online sites and databases and internet contacts can bring a complex family history to life. This case focuses on helpful resources in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as well as in Maine.

    Endorsement:
    Recently I had the opportunity to attend the New England Family History Conference in Franklin, Ma where Carol Mc Coy, PhD was a presenter. Carol's class on The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection--Seeking Rogers' helped me greatly in the approach that I have been taking to do my own genealogy of the Rodgers family in New Brunswick. She took us on a step-by-step search back in time with all the sources that she researched on a Maine ancestor. The class helped me by giving me ideas about where I should look for more information and gave me the right questions I should ask. After the class, I went to the Ancestors Road Show for a 15-minute one-on-one conversation with Carol. We discussed my individual research and the area I should approach next. She suggested that I do more investigations with the Catholic diocese, home owner's records, city directories, and vital records of my ancestors. With Carol's suggestions, I am confident that I will find much more information than I was able to find on my own. After talking with her, I am hoping that my research will take me to Ireland. I appreciate Carol and her efforts in helping me, as well as others, in tracing their roots.
    Ginni Burke, New Hampshire


    March 4, 2009 - "Strategies for Finding Your New England Roots"
    Sponsor: The Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME.
    Date:March 4, 2009 at 1 pm
    Location:Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook, ME 04092
    Registration:To register contact Marian Peterson, Assistant Director of Walker Memorial Library. Phone 207-854-0630 X 5.

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Learn tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England Roots. Find ways to maximize traditional resources, historical societies, family mementos, and the Internet to learn about your family heritage. Create a solid research plan and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research. This fun and informative talk will help you make progress in seeking your own New England ancestors, especially those with Maine and Massachusetts roots. Dr. Carol P. McCoy, president of Find-Your-Roots in Yarmouth Maine. She is an energetic, engaging, and inspiring speaker. Come learn and share with others who have a similar passion for genealogy.


    September 20, 2008 - "The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection:
    Seeking Rogers' Roots" - MGS FALL CONFERENCE

    Sponsor:Maine Genealogical Society
    Date:September 20, 2008
    Location:Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Rd., S. Portland, Maine
    Registration: Contact www.maineroots.org. Contact Dale W. Mower, Conference Chair (dale@mower-family.com.) 207-942-9375
    FYI: Talk Flyer

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    The Maine Canada Ireland Connection: Seeking Rogers Roots. An entertaining case study shows how we discovered the Canadian and Irish roots of the Rogers' family who lived in Brewer in 1850. Learn how US and Canadian census, land, probate, historical, and newspaper records as well as archival material, online sites and databases and internet contacts can bring a complex family to life.

    Endorsement:
    Recently I had the opportunity to attend the New England Family History Conference in Franklin, Ma where Carol Mc Coy, PhD was a presenter. Carol's class on The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection--Seeking Rogers' helped me greatly in the approach that I have been taking to do my own genealogy of the Rodgers family in New Brunswick. She took us on a step-by-step search back in time with all the sources that she researched on a Maine ancestor. The class helped me by giving me ideas about where I should look for more information and gave me the right questions I should ask. After the class, I went to the Ancestors Road Show for a 15-minute one-on-one conversation with Carol. We discussed my individual research and the area I should approach next. She suggested that I do more investigations with the Catholic diocese, home owner's records, city directories, and vital records of my ancestors. With Carol's suggestions, I am confident that I will find much more information than I was able to find on my own. After talking with her, I am hoping that my research will take me to Ireland. I appreciate Carol and her efforts in helping me, as well as others, in tracing their roots.
    Ginni Burke, New Hampshire



    Tuesday 9, Sept 2008 - "Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research"
    Sponsor: Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Genealogical Society
    Date:9 September 2008 at 7 p.m.
    Location:Auburn Public Library, Auburn, Massachusetts

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Learn tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England Roots. Find ways to maximize traditional resources, historical societies, family mementos, and the Internet to learn about your family heritage. Create a solid research plan and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research. This fun and informative talk hopes to help you make progress in seeking your own New England ancestors, especially those with Maine and Massachusetts roots.

    Endorsement:
    Carol McCoy spoke at the MSOG-Worcester Chapter on September 9, 2007 in Auburn,MA. She gave a wonderful, stimulating lecture on Strategies to use on New England Research! Her lecture was organized, detailed and beneficial to both new and experienced researchers. I would like to hear her lecture again in the near future. Carol is an enthusiastic speaker!
    Karen Trearchis


    Saturday 6, Sept 2008 - "Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research"
    Date: 6 September 2008
    Carol's talks will be a 2-part presentation given from 9:00 to 10:15 and from 10:30 to 11:45
    Location:Winslow Congregational Church, Lithgow St. Next to Taconnet Library, Winslow Maine
    Cost: Register prior to August 29th $10 for DAR member; $12 for non-DAR member; $15 at the door.
    www.geocities.com/shhaydendar/


    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Learn tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England Roots. Find ways to maximize traditional resources, historical societies, family mementos, and the Internet to learn about your family heritage. Create a solid research plan and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research. This fun and informative talk hopes to help you make progress in seeking your own New England ancestors, especially those with Maine and Massachusetts roots.

    Endorsement:
    Thank you for doing your talk on Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research for our historical society. It was a lot of fun and very informative. Your enthusiasm is contagious! You can really tell you thoroughly enjoy what you do. The response from the group after the meeting was very positive. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon!
    Mary Anderson, Program Committee Member, Limerick (Maine) Historical Society


    August 16, 2008 - "Keys to Successful Presentations"
    Date:16 August 2008
    Sponsor: Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Chapter
    Facilitated Discussion
    Location: New Hampshire Historical Society, Park Street, Concord, NH


    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Learn tips and tactics for giving successful presentations. Enjoy a humorous approach to overcoming an activity many people approach with dread--public speaking. This discussion will help you give presentations with more confidence and impact by planning for success, structuring your content, creating useful visual aids, and learning ways to increase your confidence in delivering talks and workshops. Dr. McCoy has over 30 years experience giving talks, lectures and workshops to audiences large and small and to a wide range of audiences on a variety of subjects, including genealogy.

    Endorsement:
    Carol's presentation to our chapter was excellent! She facilitated a discussion on the often-intimidating subject of public speaking, entitled "Keys to Successful Presentations." Not only was it interesting and helpful; it was fun! She has a real talent for drawing people into a discussion.
    Diane Florence Gravel, CG
    President, New England Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists
    August 7, 2008 - "Making the Most of Census Research to Find Your Ancestors"
    Date:7 August 2008 from 6 pm to 8 pm
    Location: Naples, Maine Public Library, 940 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, Maine
    Cost: Free!
    For more information: Contact Dr. McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com or call 847-3271.


    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Making the Most of Census Research. Learn tips and tactics to make the most of your census research. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and use a variety of censuses to learn about your ancestors and track down those elusive relatives. Get beyond the census indexes and broaden your focus beyond a specific relative to get the whole story.

    Endorsement:
    We were pleased to have Carol McCoy as a speaker (Making the Most of the Census in Your Research) at our 2007 conference. She is a dynamic speaker whose enthusiasm in genealogical research is readily apparent and contagious. Carol's delivery of material, no matter its complexity, is well-grounded and straightforward. Her presentations are very easy to relate to because she makes extensive use of real-life experiences and examples to illustrate the subject matter. I have sat in on a couple presentations by Carol at other events and would pretty much sum up the experience as "Exciting and Motivating!"
    Dale W. Mower
    President, Maine Genealogical Society


    June 5, 2008 - "Strategies for Finding Your New England Roots"
    Date:June 5, 2008 from 6 pm to 8 pm
    Location:Naples, Maine Public Library, 940 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, Maine


    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Learn tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England roots. Find ways to maximize traditional resources, historical societies, family mementos, and the Internet to learn about your family heritage. Create a solid research plan and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research. This fun and informative workshop hopes to help you make progress in seeking your own New England ancestors, especially those from Maine and Massachusetts. A case study identifying the parents of 91 year old female person of color who died in New Bedford Massachusetts in 1928 will help clarify ways to find female ancestors.
    For more information: Contact Dr. McCoy at www.find-your-roots.com
    or call 847-3271.
    May 3, 2008 - "Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research"
    Sponsor:Greater Portland Chapter, Maine Genealogical Society (www.gpcmgs.org)
    Date:May 3, 2008 following the GPC Meeting at 1 p.m.
    Location:Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Cape Elizabeth ME


    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Learn tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England Roots. Find ways to maximize traditional resources, historical societies, family mementos, and the Internet to learn about your family heritage. Create a solid research plan and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research. This fun and informative talk hopes to help you make progress in seeking your own New England ancestors, especially those with Maine and Massachusetts roots.

    Endorsement:
    Thank you for doing your talk on Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research for our historical society. It was a lot of fun and very informative. Your enthusiasm is contagious! You can really tell you thoroughly enjoy what you do. The response from the group after the meeting was very positive. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon! Mary Anderson, Program Committee Member, Limerick (Maine) Historical Society
    October 13, 2007 - "Finding Your Family Roots in New England
    Sound Strategies for Genealogical Research"

    Sponsor:Limerick Historical Society
    Date: October 13, 2007
    Location:: Limerick Historical Society, The Brick Town Hall, Limerick Village, Maine
    Registration:Contact Mary Anderson - manderson@synergentcorp.com
    FYI: Talk Flyer

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Learn tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England Roots. Find ways to maximize traditional resources, historical societies, family mementos, and the internet to learn about your family heritage. Create a solid research plan and avoid common pitfalls in genealogical research.

    Endorsement:
    Thank you for doing your talk on Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research for our historical society. It was a lot of fun and very informative. Your enthusiasm is contagious! You can really tell you thoroughly enjoy what you do. The response from the group after the meeting was very positive. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon!
    Mary Anderson, Program Committee Member,
    Limerick (Maine) Historical Society


    September 22, 2007 - "Getting the Most From Census Records."
    Sponsor:Maine Genealogical Society 2007 Annual Conference "Footprints in Time: Discovering Your Ancestors' Lives"
    Date: September 22, 2007; from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    Location:Bangor Civic Center - Bangor, Maine
    Conference Flyer
    Conference Schedule & Details
    Speaker Bios

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Getting the Most from Census Research. Learn tips and tactics to make the most of your census research. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and use a variety of censuses to learn about your ancestors and track down those elusive relatives. Get beyond the census indexes and broaden your focus beyond a specific relative to get the whole story.

    Note: If participants have specific questions they would like addressed during the presentation, please contact Carol McCoy before the meeting at 207-847-3271 or at cmccoy3333@aol.com .

    Endorsement:
    We were pleased to have Carol McCoy as a speaker at our 2007 conference. She is a dynamic speaker whose enthusiasm in genealogical research is readily apparent and contagious. Carol's delivery of material, no matter its complexity, is well-grounded and straightforward. Her presentations are very easy to relate to because she makes extensive use of real-life experiences and examples to illustrate the subject matter. I have sat in on a couple presentations by Carol at other events and would pretty much sum up the experience as "Exciting and Motivating!"

    Dale W. Mower
    President, Maine Genealogical Society


    August 18, 2007 - "Making the Most of Your Census Research"
    and "Enriching Genealogy with Memorabilia and Pictures"

    Sponsor:D.A. R. Genealogy Conference in Winslow, Maine
    Date: August 18, 2007
    Location:: First Congregational Church, Lithgow Street, Winslow Maine
    Registration:Contact Marilyn Dennis, Silence Howard Hayden Chapter of the D.A.R., Waterville, ME at 207-873-1171
    FYI: Presentation Flyer

    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Making the Most of Census Research. Learn tips and tactics to make the most of your census research. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and use a variety of censuses to learn about your ancestors and track down those elusive relatives. Get beyond the census indexes and broaden your focus beyond a specific relative to get the whole story.

    Enriching Genealogy with Memorabilia and Pictures. There is only so much excitement that can be generated from ancestor charts and family group sheets. Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words. Find out types of memorabilia that can enrich your family history and become inspired to locate them! Share ideas of what others have done to enliven their stories to give people a feel for what their ancestors' lives were like.

    Endorsement:
    Hi Carol,
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talks today (Making the Most of the Census and Enriching Genealogy with Memorabilia.) You are so enthusiastic! Just makes one want to go home and get started on new things. I always learn something new at each conference. As always, I appreciate that you think 'outside of the box' and talk about some of the less used sources. You make it very clear that good documented research is not completed overnight, but takes a lot of well thought out work. So many thanks for all your work.

    Janice Gower, Frequent contributor to Maine Families in 1790 and a former member of the Maine Genealogical Society Executive Committee

    Dr. Carol McCoy was the main speaker at our Sixth Annual Genealogy Conference in August 2007. She also did a workshop in the morning. All the comments from participants were very positive with no negatives - they said they learned a lot and that the handouts were extremely helpful. Carol was very organized, easy to talk to, on time and very prepared. Our Chapter would not hesitate to ask her to speak again.

    Marilyn Dennis, Regent
    Silence Howard Hayden Chapter
    Daughters of the American Revolution



    January 23, 2007 Finding Your Roots--Unpuzzling Your Past
    Sponsor:University of Southern Maine, Center for Continuing Education
    Date:Six Tuesday Evenings (6:30 - 9:00 p.m.) starting 23 Jan 2007 (Dates: Jan. 23 & 30; Feb 6, 13 & 27, March 6, 2007)
    Location:Abromson Center, Portland, Maine


    SESSION ABSTRACT:
    Are you curious about your ancestors - who they were, where they lived, what they did, who you take after? This fun and inspiring workshop will help you to learn sound techniques for tracing your family genealogy and history. Using Emily Croom's best-selling book, Unpuzzling Your Past as a spring-board, this class will teach you ways to track down your ancestors, learn more about their lives, and create a meaningful family history.

    As a result of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • trace your family's genealogy by using memorabilia, public documents, the internet, and other sources
  • make use of forms and charts to track your ancestors and family and keep your family history organized
  • learn to make sense of census records
  • recognize sound strategies and avoid pitfalls for pursuing genealogy
  • gain ideas and inspiration to break down brick walls

    Session 1: (Jan. 23) Getting Started.
    Session 2: (Jan. 30) Keys to Success in Genealogy.
    Session 3: (Feb. 6) Understanding the Census.
    Session 4: (Feb 13) Vital Records.
    Session 5: (Feb 27) Building on Others' Work
    Session 6: (March 6) Organizing and Digging Deeper.

    Dr. Carol McCoy has been tracing her roots for over 20 years. As president of Find-Your-Roots, she has been helping others to learn more about their family history for the past six years. With her passion for genealogy along with her background in psychology, training, and coaching, Carol can help you become a better genealogist.

    Cost: $145
    Course Syllabus

    The required textbook, Unpuzzling Your Past-The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy, can be purchased at the USM Portland Bookstore.



  • May 18, 2004 - Where Do Your Talents and Passions Come From?
    Finding Your Roots--Discovering Yourself Through Your Ancestors

    Date: May 18, 2004; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Deb Elliot Salon, corner Forest Ave. & 1 William St., Portland, ME
    Sponsor:A facilitated discussion for Women's Passion
    Cost: $5 (includes hors 'oeuvres and beverages)
    Registration: Contact Jayme Proctor (jproctor@maine.rr.com) or Lynn Marie Danforth (207-767-5776).
    Description: Many people have a passion for discovering their family history. I am such a person-- I first became fascinated in tracing my own roots and then realized that I love helping others learn about their own history just as much. Genealogy is much more than filling in names and dates in charts. Through genealogy exploration, I have gained an appreciation of the struggles that our ancestors faced and ultimately learned more about myself--who I look like, what talents run through my genes, and what made those McCoy's so feisty and determined to succeed?
    Learning about your ancestors ultimately enriches your understanding of yourself and your appreciation for your family. In this discussion group, participants will explore their family roots - Who is your favorite ancestor? Why? Where do your talents, characteristics and passions come from? What nationalities and cultural practices contribute to your essence? From where, when and why did your ancestors come to America? What family myths are you curious about? This discussion will explore the joys of learning about yourself by learning about your family history and will provide you with ideas about how to learn more.
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