BCG offers free webinar on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Genealogical scholars make conflicting claims about the number of wives, and the number and mothers of the children of Joseph Brownell, a Mayflower descendant of Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Did Joseph have one, two or five wives? Did he have one, three, or eight children? To which wife, or wives, were they born? Reasonably exhaustive research and standards-based evaluation of indirect and negative evidence found in Quaker meeting records, and vital, land, and probate records prove that Joseph Brownell had five wives and eight children. Correlation of this evidence with the timespan of each marriage enables his children to be assigned to their correct mothers.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Five Wives & A Feather Bed: Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Resolve Conflicting Claims” by Mark Wentling, MLS, CG®. This webinar airs Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. eastern time (EDT).

Mark Wentling, MLS, CG®, is a full-time genealogist in the Boston-Providence area. He is an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven, where he teaches genealogy principles and methods. His forensic specialties include heir searching and military repatriation. He also specializes in New York and New England family history, including Mayflower and Revolutionary War lineages, and lighthouse keepers. His research has been published in The Register. He is a past facilitator in the Genealogy Principles course at Boston University and is currently a ProGen Study Group mentor. He previously served as Vice President of APG’s New England Chapter, and as the first Vice President of APG’s Forensic Genealogy Special Interest Group.

When you register before May 17th on our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars (, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

“Every month the Board for Certification of Genealogists offers a new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to promote excellence in research and working to standards in an ethical manner,” says President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG. “These webinars are presented by certified associates and offer a quality genealogical educational experience.”

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