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Genealogy Workshops

Portsmouth Public Library (NH)
175 Parrott Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Genealogy Workshops @ PPL

Presented by the library’s Special Collections staff and members of the Ranger Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), these events are free, open to the public, and appropriate for all levels of interest and experience. All levels will learn something new! We hope you will join us on the third Sunday each fall month.

After Hours Genealogy Research with Experts
Sunday October 20 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Meet in Levenson Room

Due to popular demand, after-hours research returns to delve noisily into the past! A very brief presentation to start, then this is free time to explore, begin your research, book an expert, ask questions, or go deep on a specific topic. Library staff, local experts, and DAR volunteers will be on hand to help navigate the web, databases, and the materials in the Special Collections Room. There will be a library curated Youtube video channel full of research tips running all evening. Pizza, salad, treats and beverages will be provided. You may bring your own dinner if you prefer. Reservations must be made for this event! Please visit or call the Reference Desk to reserve your spot. 40 spots available. Please enter via Levenson room doors. 603-766-1720

Read All About It! Techniques to Find Your Ancestors in the Newspapers
Sunday November 17 | 2 – 4 PM | Levenson Room

Newspapers were the first form of “social media” and captured more than just obituaries. From birth announcements to crime reports to land sales, this lecture will delve into the wealth of information that can be found in newspapers. Join Melanie McComb, genealogist at American Ancestors and NEHGS, to learn about how to discover your ancestors’ stories using various newspaper collections.
Melanie McComb is a staff genealogist for American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. She is also an international lecturer with expertise in Irish genealogy, New England, Prince Edward Island, Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media and military records. Melanie is also a blogger known as “The Shamrock Genealogist.”

NOTE: There will be no Genealogy Workshop held in December. Workshops will resume January 21!