Paseo Genealogy

Are you interested in learning about genealogy and researching more about your ancestors and where they came from? Advancements in technology and science have provided new improved research methods but at the same time provide the potential for information overload and as more people take on this pursuit, opportunities to encounter flawed data have increased. At Paseo, we are lucky to have a resident who has over 15 years of experience in this exciting field of research who is willing to share his knowledge and help navigate through the complex information!

Join us in the Paseo Theater for a monthly educational series on genealogy lead by resident expert Paul Theberge. Genealogy also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motives, including the desire to carve out a place for one’s family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.

Amateur genealogists typically pursue their own ancestry and that of their spouses. Professional genealogists may also conduct research for others, publish books on genealogical methods, teach, or develop their own databases. Both try to understand not just where and when people lived, but also their lifestyles, biographies, and motivations and migration trends. Some schools engage students in such projects as a means to reinforce lessons regarding immigration and history.

The rapid advancements in the science of genetic DNA in just the past 10 years has increased exponentially the information now available to researchers. Finding lost or unknown relatives is now commonplace and using DNA results has greatly expanded the ability to search for unknown biological parents.

Recent series topics have included genetic DNA from facts to fiction, traditional genealogy research techniques and resources and how these two supplement each other.

The genealogy educational series runs for 6 to 8 months and begins in the early fall. Please watch the community calendar for exact dates.


For more information about lecture series or other related topics please contact:
Paul Theberge at or 239-246-1852.