AMESBURY, MA — Are you interested in learning about your family’s heritage? Would you like to know about the latest resources available on-line or in your local library? Ever wonder how to explore your roots? The Amesbury Carriage Museum is offering a special program for those interested in learning about their family history. “Getting Started in Family History” will feature a presentation by Melanie McComb, a genealogist with American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The program will be offered on Wed., August 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street in Amesbury. Come early to get your seat – doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to all – donations to the museum are welcome!

Learning about who you are and uncovering the stories of your ancestors can be a rewarding and even life-changing experience. But, how do you get started? You may have inherited family papers or research from a relative, have dabbled on genealogical websites, or have already found a few records of interest. What's next? This presentation will help you learn to navigate the first steps in tracing your genealogy and understand what records and sources can shed light on your family’s story.

Information about local libraries will also be available. Meaghan Wright from the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum will give an introduction to their new facility in Rowley. “The program is designed to be engaging, fun, and a great way to become inspired to learn about your family history,” according to ACM Executive Director John Mayer.

The Amesbury Carriage Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to champion the history of Amesbury’s industry and work life. The museum operates without a permanent home, but is developing a museum in the Amesbury mill yard. For more information and a calendar of events, visit or contact John Mayer at 978-834-5058 or email



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