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Finding the Stories of Your Ancestors: Using Social History to Bring Their History to Life - Pamela Guye Holland

This talk illustrates how to move beyond the traditional sources of just names and dates and use social history to learn what a typical day, or not so typical day, was like in your ancestor's life. What did your ancestors eat or wear, what was their daily life like, why did they do the things they did? Discover where to find a variety of resources that answer these questions and provide rich context to bring your ancestor's history to life.

Pamela Guye Holland lives in Swampscott and has been researching family roots found in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, England, Germany and Ireland since 2001. She serves on the board of the Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) and is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. In 2013 she became a professional genealogist and currently takes private clients and works for Research Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Her research specialties are Irish and Genetic Genealogy. She also has expertise in New England, New York (both city and state) and German research. Her website is