MSOG, Inc.
PO Box 215
Ashland, MA 01721-0215

Bylaws Amendment

Thank you to all who voted on the Bylaws Amendment ballot.  The amendments have been approved and are now available under the About Us section.

2024 Writing Contest - Deadline Aug 4 2024

The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc., will hold its next biennial writing contest in 2024. We hope that many of you will participate. The rules will be the same as for the 2022 writing contest. This year there will be three prizes: $100 for first, $75 for second, and $25 for third place.
What should you write about? You could describe the solution to a brick-wall mystery or provide a brief family history related to Massachusetts. You might also relate a historical story pertaining to Massachusetts. If you have another idea and are wondering whether it would be appropriate, feel free to contact us at
Your entry must be submitted as an electronic file and should not exceed 12 pages, including footnotes. Please submit your entry by the submission deadline, August 4, 2024, to
A few things to keep in mind:
  • Complete contest rules are available at the MSOG website, under Publications.
  • Compilation of Tips from the Editors for Preparing an Article for Submission.
  • Your entry should cover no more than three generations of a family and must not contain vital data for living persons.
  • Because all MASSOG articles are indexed in PERSI, please use full names of your subjects and full town and state names in your title.
  • Footnotes should follow our preferred citation formats, which are relatively brief and simple. For example, a federal census citation needs only the year, place, roll, and page. These formats have been described in recent issues of MASSOG:
  • “Formatting Footnotes” in Vol. 42 (2017–2018), No. 2
  • “Citing Massachusetts Vital Records” in Vol. 45 (2020–2021), No. 2
Best of luck to all writers!


MSOG is made up of chapters throughout Massachusetts: Bristol, Merrimack Valley, Middlesex, and Worcester. Each chapter has its own governing board of officers, annual meeting, and election. Each chapter is a member of the state board and is represented by the chapter’s president. Chapters do not meet during the months of July and August.

Login to Members

If you are already a member of the Society, you can log in by clicking on the Members link. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become a member and begin receiving all the benefits of membership. 

Meet the 2023-2024 Board

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2023-2024! Thank you to everyone who voted. We look forward to the upcoming season and what the future holds for MSOG.
President - Terrance Dugan
Vice President - Vacant
Treasurer - Diane Laferriere
Corresponding Secretary – Kelly A. Fox
Recording Secretary - Carol Lerch
Membership Director - Marc H. Leuenberger
Historian/Archivist - Wendy Rawson Sheppard


MSOG offers memberships for the Individual, Family, and Organization. Membership is from September 1st through August 31st.
Join today and begin enjoying the many benefits of being a MSOG member. Join or Renew now for 2023-2024.
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View Meeting Recordings and Handouts

There are recordings and handouts for many of the chapter meetings available to members. Once you are logged in, select the Event Recordings section under Members to view these. Most of the recordings and handouts are available for three months from the date of the meeting. 

MSOG Pins and Danglersl

Members can purchase MSOG pins and danglers from the Store within the Members area. 

Upcoming Events
Apr. 24
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
  Breeds, Traits, & Matches: A Look at Ancestry's Pet DNA Testing   Join us for an informative presentation where we delve into the ...
Apr. 27
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
18th Century Massachusetts Research
Hybrid meeting, Meet us in person or Virtually by Zoom         Preregistration:   Presented by Melanie McComb of American Ancestors and ...
May. 4
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tour of the Worcester Room and Presentation on the Family Search Library
Join us for a tour of the Worcester Room at the Worcester Public Library, which contains many valuable and fragile resources of interest to genealogists ...
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