Genealogy and Historical Storytelling: Overcoming Pitfalls and Getting it Right
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Searching for information about our ancestors can be rewarding—every one of them has a story to be told. Their stories can tell us much about their time on this earth and enrich the history of our communities. But, how do we get their stories right? In our quest for answers, many look for family possessions passed down from one generation to the next. We look at old photographs. We seek clues in newspaper articles and obituaries. We search documents regarding birth, marriage, military service, public service, work history, criminal records, and death records. In this day and age, we look online at family genealogy websites, BUT do family genealogists get it right? In this presentation, historian Mark Bradford Richardson will talk about the genealogy research pitfalls he’s run across and suggest strategies to overcome them.
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About the presenter: Mark Bradford Richardson has been a historian for as long as he can remember. He was always told stories of his family’s lineage, and the fact that his middle name, Bradford, comes from Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Plantation. At the time of the country’s Bicentennial, Richardson became a Revolutionary War reenactor, never imagining how, 46 years later, he would still be embracing the hobby. Over the years, Richardson expanded his impressions from early Colonial Wars on up though the American Civil War on both sides. Richardson obtained his Master’s Degree in Early American History from the University of New Hampshire.
Professionally, Richardson worked in the field of Solid Waste and Recycling, mostly as a municipal Transfer Station Manager in New Hampshire. He has been active in the community of Somersworth, NH with over 30 years of service as a School Board member, Planning Board member, Regional Planning Commissioner, and Cemetery Trustee. Richardson is also a Trustee of our country’s oldest municipal recycling cooperative and an active member of his Masonic Lodge. Since his working retirement, Richardson continues to be involved in extra-curricular activities and still has time to do research, not only the lives of his ancestors, but also the lives of our soldiers from the past as part of Somersworth, NH’s “Talking Tombstones” program.