Imagine losing touch with an elderly loved one. Using genealogical searches has become an increasingly popular pastime to track down relatives, but it can be a challenging experience for some.

Jane Mackesy will present a free “Ask Granny...An Introduction to Genealogy” lecture on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Thursday Morning Club Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave., that will discuss “tried-and-true” methods of researching relatives and discovering past family history.

Learn to find vital records that may offer a glimpse into the past, find your place in the family tree and read about your relatives’ early lifestyles.

Mackesy is the former president of the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society and chair of the Women’s Club EDM of Arlington.