Margo   McKinstry, AG

Originally an eastern Canadian, Margo’s love of genealogy started at an early age. Accredited for England and published author, she is Research Consultant for the FHL on the British Reference team, teaches patron classes, and promotes special programs (Summer of Sleuthing and the online British Research Series) through Patron Services.


February 22, 2013
6:00 pm : Records of the Poor in England – Pre-1837

(Beginner) The Church of England, as the governing body for centuries in England, managed the affairs of the people through the parish network. They maintained the roads, they paid the bell ringer and were the spiritual guidance for their little flocks. One of their most enduring works was to serve the poor. The parish officers kept track of those in need through apprenticeship records, settlement and removal papers and bastardy bonds. These records will aid in identifying and extending our family lines.

February 23, 2013
1:30 pm : Using Scotland’s People for Scottish Research

(Beginner) A safe and very reasonably priced pay-as-you-go web site, ScotlandsPeople is one of the largest online sources nnof original digitized records. From census records, civil registration certificates, old parochial records, catholic registers and wills, it is a treasure trove of discoveries for anyone researching nnin Scotland. Come explore the site with the instructor. Login First

2:50 pm : English Probate Records

(All Levels) Wills can become a nnkey instrument in clarifying family information and solving brick walls. Researching wills can help identify family relationships and open doors to more records. In many cases, even the nncommon ancestor had a will, and they become a valuable tool for all family history researchers. Come and learn how to find your family. Login First