Genealogy Workshop-ACHS Historical Center

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It’s not often that one has the opportunity to learn a skill from a master. The Allegany County Historical Society is offering the rare opportunity to learn some of the basics of genealogical research from Dr. William Paquette. Dr. Paquette is a professor of history at Tidewater Community College. He has been teaching genealogy workshops for many years, and has served as Governor of the Mayflower Society of Virginia, as well as the Education Chairman of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.



The workshop is free of charge and is being offered on Thursday evening, October 26th, from 6pm to 9pm at the ACHS History Center in Andover, N.Y.  Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to pre-register by contacting Ron Taylor –  Phone: 585-610-8668 or,  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or ACHS  - P. O. Box 252 – Andover, NY 14806.



Topics for the workshop will include:

1.  Introduction/Background

2.  Organizational system for genealogical material.

3.  Abbreviation system to use for vital statistics.

4.  Resources at the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

5.  Census records and transcription issues.

6.  Useful websites.

7.  Genealogical and Family History societies.

8.  Village/city/county/state resources.

9.  Observations about doing genealogical research successfully.




At Tidewater, Dr. Paquette has taught World, Western, Latin American, and United States history. He has published over 165 articles and eight books.  He serves as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, the United States Institute of Peace, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to major textbook publishers. Dr. Paquette is annually listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the Directory of American Scholars.  In 2015, Dr. Paquette was awarded his 14th National Endowment for the Humanities Grant.  This one was “American Slavery: From Constitution to the Civil War.”  Professor Paquette was Associate Editor for the 2015 Journal for New Directions in the Humanities, University of Illinois and Co-Editor of the book Images of America:  Wellsville, New York published by Arcadia Press.