Proving Your Ancestry:
A Case Study of One St. Tammany Family
If you have encountered puzzling or conflicting information in your genealogical research, you will be interested in the program “Proving Your Ancestry: A Case Study of One St Tammany Family,” presented by Marguerite Scully. The program, designed for intermediate and advanced genealogists, will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, at the Covington Branch Library, 310 W. 21st Ave, Covington.
While working on her husband's genealogy, Scully discovered family trees published on Ancestry.com and other genealogical websites that linked his St. Tammany grandmother to the family of George Washington. Intrigued, and with no family lore to substantiate this claim, Scully went through the long process of attempting to prove or disprove this published lineage of her husband's St. Tammany family.
Using her ongoing research as a case study, Scully will provide program participants with examples of how to verify their ancestry through record search and analysis, as well as how to analyze the records they have already found. The presentation will include a discussion of genealogical obstacles such as the absence or scarcity of critical records, weak records, as well as misinformation and how to reasonably rule it out. Participants will also learn about records at libraries, archives, and courthouses that might be of value to their research.
"This goes beyond basic genealogy," Ashley Biggs, Genealogy Librarian said. "This program is focused on proving parentage beyond a reasonable doubt. And because it deals with an established St. Tammany family, I can't wait to see it!"
Scully is a member of the Board of Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society, as well as a member of the St. Tammany Genealogical Society. She has been a genealogical researcher for over 20 years. Scully provides professional research services which include document retrieval, assistance to family tree hobbyists, assistance with lineage society application, and legal lineage investigation.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended and seating space is limited to 50 adults. Light refreshments will be available. To register, please stop by the Covington Branch, or call 985-893-6280.