WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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records are located — census data as well as birth, marriage, death, and burial certificates. A family tree is created as you confirm or reject infor- mation based on your own review, using knowledge of your personal history. Family tree websites abound; a quick internet search yields numerous results, both free and for a fee or subscription. If the process sounds overwhelming, or hours on a family tree website is not an option for you, there are other ways to sleuth. The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston is a member-based nonprofit organization with multiple services and staff genealogists who provide consultation and guidance, and can do your search for you. Rhonda McClure, senior genealogist at NEHGS and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy (among other publications), has advice for anyone researching their history: vet the information you get. She notes that Ancestry.com is a good website for those just getting started, because the site guides you by suggesting possible relatives. But "just because the site suggests a connection doesn't mean the informa- tion is accurate." When using the digital family trees created by the web- sites, McClure cautions, "Use the family trees as breadcrumbs, but don't take them as gospel." The online site McClure recommends to a person depends in part on the presumed heritage. For example, familysearch. org is a website with records from around the world and one which McClure recommends to someone of Italian or Polish heritage because of the site's extensive database of information on those ethnic groups and geographic regions. McClure has seen a surge in ancestry interest in recent years. She attributes this in part to the popularity of television programs including Finding Your Roots, Genealogy Roadshow, and Who Do You Think You Are? Along with this increased interest has come a shift in the type of "A growing number of people are sending saliva samples to laboratories to unlock their genetic backgrounds." A N D R E W B R O O K E S / A B S T I L L L T D 114 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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