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January 18, 2022 By: Hope Tillman
How to Use Surname Research
I doubt you need to have Surname Research actually explained as it means you either have questions regarding a Surname or have info to share about a surname.  It works very differently now than it did on our previous website. This blog entry is about HOW to use this feature in our new website.  
You can see what the initial entries look like by clicking on the "Surname Research" menu item on the left side of the webpage.  Data about a Surname will be displayed in one or several of 6 separate box areas labeled: Surname, County, State/Prov/Regn, Country, Begin Year, and End Year.  Click on the "eye icon" next to the Surname and it will display the full information about a Surname that was entered previously.
So HOW do you enter a Surname?  You must be a Member to enter a Surname. After opening the website, click on "Members Only" menu option on the left of the webpage and log in.
Once you have logged in to the Members Only section, click on the "Profile" menu item underneath the Members Only option on the left side of the webpage.  It will open a new page.  At the BOTTOM half of the page you will find 5 tabs labeled: Member Info, Contact Info, Alt. Contact Info, SURNAMES (my emphasis!), and Member Settings.  Click on the SURNAMES tab and it will open a new page where you will be asked to enter information about a Surname.  On the new page you will be asked for specific information about the Surname you wish to enter including an "Alternate spelling" of the Surname and an area where you can enter additional information in the "Notes" section. 
NOTE: If there are already one or more Surname entries you have entered, then click the "+" (Plus sign) in the upper right to create a new entry. You may enter as much or as little information as you like on the new page described in the previous paragraph.
When you have entered as much information about the Surname BE SURE to click the "SAVE" button on the top right of the page.  
Use your listed Surnames to exchange information about Surnames YOU are interested in! 
Visitors to our website will click on the "Surname Research" menu option on our website and by searching for and clicking on the little "envelope icon" next to a Surname will be able to email YOU to ask questions or share information about YOUR surname you have entered! 
January 16, 2022 By: Hope Tillman
Book Club Reading Schedule for 2022
Feb: Here Shall I Die Ashore: Stephen Hopkins Bermuda Castaway, Jamestown Survivor, and Mayflower Pilgrim by Caleb Johnson
March: Mobituaries by Mo Rocca
April: A Fine Romance by Susan Branch
May: Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape and Home by Alexander Wolff
June: Family Skeletons by Rett MacPherson
July: Children of the Blizzard by David Laskin
Aug: It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs
Sept: At Home: A Short History of a Private Life By Bill Bryson
Oct:    Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo
Nov:   American Passage by Vincent Cannato
Dec: Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist by Buzzy Jackson

December 8, 2021 By: Hope Tillman
Worcester Election 2021
Worcester members elected Deborah Cardoni President, Susan Dion, Secretary, and Claire Despres as Membership Chair in 2021.
President Deb Cardoni 2021-2023
Vice President Greg Paris 2020-2022
Secretary Susan Dion 2021-2023
Treasurer Jennifer Powell 2020-2022
Membership Chair Claire Despres 2021-2023
December 8, 2021 By: Hope Tillman
Middlesex Chapter Election 2021

Middlesex Officers 2021-2023

President Deborah Lee Stewart
Vice President Kathleen Kaldis
Secretary George C. Brown
Treasurer Charles C. Corley
Membership Carol Conroy
Publicity Elizabeth Handler  
December 8, 2021 By: Hope Tillman
Merrimack Valley Chapter Election 2021
Election Results June 2021

2021-2023 Officers

Co-President: Diane Brooks-Sherry
Co-President: Dennis Hogan
Vice President: Carol Katsulis
Treasurer: Diane Laferriere
Membership: Nancy DiMento-Jerome
Secretary: Wendy Sheppard
December 8, 2021 By: Hope Tillman
Bristol Election 2021
The Bristol Chapter elected its officers for 2021-2022.
Thank you to Kathleen Rubano and Nancy Souza for their work on the election.
Elected are:
Debbie Pelletier- President
Robin LaCroix- Vice President
Gene Kosinski- Treasurer
Terry Dugan- Secretary
Bonnie Mendes- Membership
Appointed officers are:
Appointed Leaders:
Paula Muggleton, Archivist
Nancy Souza, Communications
Submitted by Nancy Souza, June 2, 2021
December 6, 2021 By: Hope Tillman
Merrimack Valley 11th Anniversary Recap
The Merrimack Valley Chapter enjoyed a wonderful and informative presentation given by Lawrence City Council President Marc LaPlante. He wrote and produced stories entitled “The Lawrence WWI Project.” The stories are about the 36 to 200 Lawrence residents who lost their lives during World War I, subsequently honored with special recognition by city officials with a bridge, park, square, or building named for them. Thank You Marc.
Following Marc’s talk, our President Diane Brooks-Sherry launched our Annual Meeting by announcing the new Chapter Officers for the term 2021 through 2023. Our group enjoyed a nostalgic slide presentation, “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” created by Wendy Shepard, our chapter Secretary and MSOG Historian/Archivist. We enjoyed a lively conversation, reminiscing about the Chapter’s events and tours from the past ten years. Following, we discussed an ongoing Chapter project, “The Recipe Donation,” led by Carol Katsulis our Vice President. She shared examples of printed book styles that can be used for the final recipe book.
Finally, capping off the two-hour-long celebration, Carol Katsulis shared a Chapter Recognition slide presentation. The past Chapter President Karen Trearchis and current Chapter President Diane Brooks-Sherry were among the people recognized for great leadership and volunteerism. The Rock Star of the group was Diane Laferriere, who is a founding member of the Merrimack Valley Chapter. Diane was recognized for not only being Merrimack Valley’s Chapter Treasurer, but also, for a second term, being elected MSOG’s Society Treasurer. Additionally, Diane has, in the past year, been our Acting Chief Technology Officer for our virtual GoToMeetings, GoToWebinars, and Zoom meetings during the Covid Pandemic. These are just a few of the volunteer duties that Diane has cheerfully executed while being a member of our Chapter. Of course, our Chapter members were also recognized with a huge Thank You!
Until next September, we say Have a Great Summer!
by Carol Katsulis, July 18, 2021
MV Anniversary June 2021