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Welsh family history seminar accepting registration through May 25



EAST POULTNEY — A Welsh family history seminar, sponsored by the Welsh-American Genealogical Society, Inc., entitled “Researching your Welsh Family Tree” will be held Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. The seminar will be led by Susan Davies Sit, Genealogist, who was born in North Wales, to be held in the Town Room of historic United Baptist Church, On the Green, East Poultney. The site is handicap accessible.

East Poultney is the birth place of the late George Jones, co-founder of the New York Times. This 1805 structure is the chapel in which the Jones family attended worship and were deacons.

Susan Davies Sit has been researching her own family tree in Wales, England, Scotland and the U.S. for more than 40 years. She also enjoys helping others in their genealogy research, mostly in Wales and the U.S. She is president of the Welsh Society of Western New England and a member of the Welsh-American Genealogical Society (U.S.) and Gwynedd Family History Society (U.K.).

Topics the presentation will cover include life in Wales before emigration to the U.S.; values of U.S. and U.K. census records; birth, marriage and death (BMD) records; U.S. state records; newspapers; obituaries; use of paid websites for research; and compiling a family tree. A limited number of one-on-one sessions with Sit may also be held. Lunch will follow. Pre-paid registration is required by May 25.

The seminar is open to the public. Seating is limited and it is fist come, first serve.

A weekend of Welsh heritage events are being organized in the slate valley regions of Vermont and New York by Poultney Area St. David’s Society and others for June 10, 11 and 12.

For more information or to register, email

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