November 28, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm America/New York Timezone

GSBC General Meeting — Hybrid (Online and In-person)
Creative Strategies in Exploring Family Stories: Sam Pollak’s Drowning at the Jersey Shore in the 1880s and His Surprising Family
Presentation by Dr. Carol P. McCoy
Monday, 28 November 2022 @ 7pm Eastern
Open to all!

Registration required for webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2045979359144504333
Also in person at Ridgewood Public Library.

Investigating family stories can reveal family secrets, debunk myths, and provide intriguing details. Nanny, aka Connie Pollock McCoy, told me that my great-grandfather, Sam Pollock, a NYC merchant from Austria, drowned at the Jersey Shore before his family when she was a baby. Exploring this story helped uncover my surprising Jewish and Alabama roots, many family details, and a totally unexpected relative. Learn to unpack a family story/myth and tips to being a successful family detective.

Dr. Carol P. McCoy has been tracing her family history for over forty years and helping others discover their roots for over twenty years. She enjoys giving presentations on genealogy as well as coaching and training others on how to do the research themselves. Carol is past president of the Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) (2018-2019) and the Greater Portland Chapter (GPC) of MGS (2008-2009). She served on the MGS Board of Directors for seven years. She transcribed the Vital Records of Durham, Maine (MGS, 2018.) She has authored several articles on genealogy for The Maine Genealogist and for Maine Families in 1790, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and the Essex County Genealogist. She co-authored a book on the Small and Metcalf families with Peter Small and Maureen Taylor.