BETHEL – A five-session course, “Cousin to Cousin: Genealogical Methods and Sources,” will be featured from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 14 to April 11, at the Bethel Historical Society’s Regional History Center in the Dr. Moses Mason House Meeting Room.

Conducting the course will be society life member Steve Seames, a Greenwood native and a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington. He has also studied at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Informational Services.

For several years Seames was on the staff of the Maine Historical Society as assistant manuscripts curator and also served as night librarian in the newspaper library of the Portland Press Herald/Evening Express/Maine Sunday Telegram. Most recently, he was military archivist and museum director for the Department of Defense in Massachusetts and is presently on active duty leave.

Seames’ association with the Bethel Historical Society extends back to the 1970s when, as a Gould Academy student, he spent several weeks as an intern in the research library. He has made many presentations at genealogy workshops and taught classes on genealogical research, with a special focus on wills, deeds and little-known military and legal documents.

The class sessions will deal with a variety of genealogical sources and provide assistance on specific family history questions. The course is open to everyone interested in learning about family genealogy.

Course fees, payable at the first class, are $15 for Bethel Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, call the society office at 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910.

More information can also be obtained by e-mailing [email protected] or visiting

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