Genealogy seminar at Marlborough Senior Center

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By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter

Patricia Stano-Carpenter. Photo/submitted
Patricia Stano-Carpenter. Photo/submitted

Marlborough – Researching your family history can be exciting and revealing and accomplished with a set of simple steps and tools to make the process successful. Patricia Stano-Carpenter presented “Introduction to Genealogy” and suggestions for this interesting project at a recent meeting at the Marlborough Senior Center.

Stano-Carpenter said there are many forms available on the internet that help.

“It is a great tool for collecting information,” she said.

It is important to find a place in your home or office to work where you can get organized and keep adding information, she advised.

Social media, like Facebook, is helpful in gathering family data – birth, marriage, school, and military certificates – and phone numbers of relatives. In talking to family members, you can acquire letters, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, discover companies they worked for and also get help in locating relatives outside the country.

In commenting on her inquisitive personality, Stano-Carpenter said, “I was always nosey since I was a kid. My grandparents were from Poland and I liked to talk to them about their lives there. As you research your family you are recording and writing a true story that is meaningful for future generations,” she said, “and it’s fun.”