Fall Conference Topics

Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12 2019, at the Franklin Junior High at 48th and Franklin in Des Moines, Iowa.

The speaker is David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society.

David Allen Lambert pictureDavid Allen Lambert is the Chief Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Mass. (www.AmericanAncestors.org) having served on the staff since 1993. David is an internationally recognized speaker and author on genealogical, military history and New England topics. He has also written three editions A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2018).  He authored the NGS Research in the States Series for Massachusetts. David is the State Historian of the Mass. SAR.  His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; British Isles research; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England.   Lambert has published many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register; New Hampshire Genealogical Record; Rhode Island Roots; The Mayflower Descendant; and American Ancestors magazine.  David is the current State Historian for the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution. David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass.; Registrar of the Massachusetts Sons of the Revolution; and life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati.   He serves as the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts for over twenty years.

His topics are:

Understanding New England Town and Vital Records

This lecture will cover the use of town records as well as town vital records covering the 17th through 20th century.  This will assist you in building the story of your ancestor beyond names and dates.

Using New England Probate Records.

An overview of New England Probate in repositories and online for the 17th through early 20th century.  Learn what you can do from home, and various probate records beyond the Last Will & Testament.

Using New England Land Records.

Learn about Land records from town Proprietorship records through county registered land throughout New England.  This lecture will also assist the person adopting their ancestral community to sort out the land that abuts your ancestor’s land.

Using New England Court Records.

Learn what records in New England that are available beyond the Probate and Land courts of New England.  Find how to use court records in person, and online for 17th through 20th century New England.

Understand Resources for the New England Great Migration 1620-1640.

Understand the resources available for researching the Great Migration period of 1620-1640 for New England.   Learn how the Great Migration Study Project developed by Robert Charles Anderson, and where it is continuing after three decades.

Understanding Rev. War, War of 1812 and Civil Pension Files.

Understand how to best utilize Military Pension files in your genealogical research.  An overview and case study of Rev. War, War of 1812 and Civil War Pensions will be covered. Understand how to “Adopt the Regiment” to learn more about your ancestors’ service through the files of his comrades in arms.