Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Assembling Your Ancestor’s Business Biography (ISGS Events)
A presentation by Marsha Peterson-Maass. Think about the percentage of your Chicago ancestors’ lives that were spent working. Does your genealogical research so that percentage justice? And what if they owned and ran their own business? One of the most overlooked genealogical research areas is business and employee records. In this lively presentation, we’ll review sources for these records, take a look at the many ways to easily incorporate business information into your ancestors’ biographies and even enjoy a business rendition of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Marsha got her start in genealogy in high school when she entered a family history project in the State of Illinois History competition and tied for State Champion. Her first formal training in genealogy was at The Newberry Library-Chicago in the beginner’s class that she now teaches (since 2002). She is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series, blog and social media platforms. And today, along with teaching and lecturing on a wide range of topics, Marsha has a thriving forensic genealogy practice where she uses science and technology to measure portions of the evidence (like verifying adoption research with DNA test results).