2014-10-24 / Community

Genealogist to speak at Free Library

Donna Bailey Donna Bailey Kennebunk Free Library will host professional genealogist Donna Bailey, who will give a presentation titled, “Using Deeds in Genealogical Research and How to Access Them,” 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

A practicing attorney and former Judge of the York County Probate Court, Bailey brings firsthand knowledge of navigating the intricacies of the judicial system with a focus on genealogical research. Bailey said, “York County is the oldest county in Maine and its probate court has a treasure trove of records dating back to 1687.

“The opportunity to work with these historical records was a fascinating experience that gave me a special understanding about the many types of legal and historical records that can be found in county probate courts (wills, estate files, adoptions, name changes, guardianships, land titles, property deeds and other real estate records).”

She has been a genealogical researcher for more than 15 years and genealogy continues to be her great passion.

There is no charge for the program. The next meeting of the Genealogy Group will be 10 a.m. Jan. 3, when Pam Eagleson will present, “Confronting Conflicting Evidence.”

In genealogical work it’s almost a given that researchers will encounter conflicting evidence.

The lecture will examine ways to analyze and resolve such evidence. Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, call the library at 985-2173.

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