Family History & Genealogy Research

Finding Your Roots--Unpuzzling Your Past


January 23, 2007

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

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

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

Contact Us

Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D
71 Willow Grove Road
Brunswick, Maine 04011


Our Mission

Every family is unique.
Dr. McCoy's mission is to help people discover:

  • Where did I come from?
  • Who are my kin?
  • What makes my family special?

In so doing they will gain a deeper understanding of their family stories, connect with kin, and create a family treasure to share.