Genealogy for Beginners, a six-week virtual course taught by Linda MacIver

Wednesday, November 102:00—4:00 PMZoom

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Wednesdays from 2 – 4:00 p.m. from November 10 to December 22 (there will be no class on Nov. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

November 10

November 17

December 1

December 8

December 15

December 22

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. 


Linda B. MacIver is an educator, lecturer, librarian and genealogy researcher. She 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, organized two extremely popular seasons of the Local and Family History Lecture series and developed the Intermediate Genealogy Summer Lecture series. Linda is the past Secretary and Director for Federal Records of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC), a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) and the Essex (MA) 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. Linda was presented the 2018 Lackey Scholarship award for attendance at the week-long Genealogical Institute for Federal Records (GEN-FED) at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Linda was also the inaugural recipient of the 2019 “Senior at the Center of Excellence Award” sponsored by Xerox Corporation and the City of Boston.

She has several lecture topics and is also available to teach 1, 4 or 6-week BEGINNERS GENEALOGY CLASSES.

A more detailed bio and head shot can be found at the Lackey Scholarship announcement page:

Capacity: 9 of 20 spaces available.

Note: Registering more attendees than spaces available will automatically place your attendees on this event's wait list.

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