The Greater Astoria Historical Society will offer Genealogy Research 101: Discover Your Past at its Broadway headquarters in Long Island City on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 pm.
Shake your family tree and check out your roots.
This is the first event of an ancestry series presented by Leslie Wickham, who is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a nonprofit that was founded in 1890 to help women study and honor their heritages. She will teach basic techniques for doing family research with free and subscription-based websites, old newspapers, and books. She will also hold an open Q&A session.
Attendance is free. Participants should bring laptops.
Wickham descends from Sarah Cloyce, who was accused of sorcery during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. She was arrested and imprisoned in Boston, where she refused to confess. The charges against Cloyce were eventually released, but two sisters, Rebecca Nurse and Mary Easty, were hanged.
Cloyce spent many years trying to clear her sisters’ names, and in a church in 1706, Ann Putnam Jr. admitted her “contrition” for her part in the accusations, using the time-honored excuse that the devil had made her do it.
In fiction, Cloyce is a key character in Three Sovereigns for Sarah, an American Playhouse public TV miniseries that first aired in 1985. She was portrayed by the British actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Source & image: itsinqueens.com