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Mining for Gold in Federal Records - Linda B. MacIver

As the recipient of the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship for 2018, Linda was awarded tuition and coverage for some other expenses for the week-long seminar, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, held at NARA in Washington, DC, in July. She will be sharing with us some of her discoveries regarding the wealth of federal records useful for genealogical research, as well as some breakthroughs in her own family history. You haven't done that "reasonably exhaustive search" unless you include more than the usual federal records. It really is a myth that our families weren't important enough to be in records preserved at the National Archives. Come and hear why!

Linda 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 in 2011. She taught the multi-week beginners' genealogy course for the past five years. She also organized two seasons of the Local and Family History series and developed the Intermediate Genealogy Summer Lecture series over the past three years. She is the Secretary of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) and the Essex (Mass.) 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..