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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online GenealogistAn

Question: I have a cousin who is very interested in genealogy. Is there anyone at your organization who would not mind spending some time chatting with her about her questions? She is 92 years old and would love to see where she should begin.


Answer: Please feel free to have your cousin reach me via telephone or email.  I would be delighted to chat with her about her family research. I can understand that she may have wonderful memories and family stories she wishes to preserve.  If I can be of any help please have her call me at 617-226-1222, or email:

Posted by David Lambert at 03/07/2012 08:41:43 PM | 

At 92, how much can she really gather, depending on her health? Obviously I would say 99% of her relatives are deceased and of course her younger relatives won't know about the past, so all she can do is rely on censuses, newspapers, and vital records which are open. If she is an immigrant or the daughter of an immigrant from Europe, etc...that will make it even tougher. Never get into a hobby/vocation like this so late in the game.
Posted by: ( Email ) at 3/12/2012 4:44 PM

You might start her out by watching the NEHGS on line seminar on beginning genealogy. I find these seminars very informative and helpful. Your never to old to learn something new.
Posted by: Marge Samuelson ( Email ) at 3/12/2012 5:07 PM

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