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Upcoming talk to describe an adventure tracing one's roots

WARRENSBURG -An intriguing genealogical search is the subject of a talk by Roscoe Hastings set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Grace's Restaurant, 3 Hudson St. The presentation is sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society.

Roscoe is likely to talk about how a photograph of an old lady sitting in an open car in Glens Falls prompted him to undertake genealogical research.

The photo was of interest not only because few people born in 1810 ever saw a car or rode in one, but the woman was Mary Sage, recognized as the oldest person in Warren County at her death in 1916 - at the age of 106. Newspaper articles were written about her, before and after her death.

Mary Sage is the great-great-grandmother of Roscoe Hastings, who, as a genealogist, set out to prove the truth of the newspaper reports. Searching for legal documentation of the vital events in her life, his trip through Mary's life uncovered a lot of intrigue, new questions and mysteries. Hastings' presentation follows Mary Sage and her family from Cutcombe, England to Darrowsville in Warren County.

A native of Warrensburg, Roscoe Hastings is not only an award-winning genealogist, but he is Professor Emeritus at Monroe Community College, where he is now serving as adjunct professor.

Coffee and homemade desserts are to be provided. Admission is free. For details, see: www.whs12885.org or call 623-2207.

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