GSV Fall 2018 Meeting - October 20, 2018

Our Lady of the Angels Church Parish Hall,

43 Hebard Hill Rd, Randolph, VT 05060

Registration: Begins 9:30 a.m.

Sam Dundon: What Can DNA Really Tell You About Your Family History?” DNA testing services promise the world and more in exchange for a spit sample and a fee. We will discuss how such services work, and the strengths and limitations of the information they provide. A Vermont native, Sam Dundon is the daughter of genealogist and Fair Haven Town Historian Dani Roberts. She earned her bachelor's degrees at the University of Vermont before hopping the Connecticut to earn her PhD in Biology at Dartmouth College. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Yale University where she studies the life cycle of cells, the building blocks of the human body. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the public to demystify the science that pervades our daily lives.

Roundtable Discussion of "Problems solved or not solved by DNA". moderator John Leppman

Luncheon provided by the parish

Jonathan Stevens: "Overseer of the Poor Information in Town Records"

When no trace of an ancestor can be found in conventional vital records, such as the Vermont Vital Records Card Index, and there is no known gravestone, one often underutilized resource is the records of the Overseer of the Poor. Many times, these records are found in the town records or town reports and give a detailed accounting of a town’s paupers, including deaths and burials. This discussion will provide an overview of the information that can be gleaned from these records, by providing examples, some of which are quite interesting and bizarre by today’s standards. Jonathan W. Stevens is a professional genealogist and the author and co-author of several genealogical articles and is the President of Genealogical Society of Vermont and Andover, Vt., Assistant Town Clerk.

Registration is $25 for GSV members and $30 for non-members.

Also special rate of $50 for married couples, if one is a member of GSV.

Please send a check to:

Genealogical Society of Vermont, 2962 Vermont Route 12A, Braintree, VT 05060-8779, by October 12, 2018.

or use PayPal (note there is a $1 additional fee for using Paypal)


Directions: Take Exit 4 on Interstate I89. Go West on route 66 for about .7 miles. Take a right on Heberd Hill Road, and the church will be on the left.

New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC)

next meeting April 3-6, 2019 at Manchester, NH

See the NERGC web site for information.






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