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July 31, 2022 By: Carol Katsulis
Membership renewal for 2022-2023 is now available. 
See the Home Page of how to Renew.
July 30, 2022 By: Carol Katsulis
Nominating Committee is looking for you!
Your MSOG Nominating Committee is still "looking" for you.
Hello again, give me a moment of your time to say The MSOG Society Nominating Committee is really striving to acquire some wonderful and enthusiastic Candidates for you to vote on to be your new Board members for our upcoming season 2023-24. We are still searching for a President and Vice President Nominee.
If you are a person who believes you can be a leader, then we want to speak with you. At our last nominating committee meeting we mentioned that we believe in the word TEAM. It has no "I" in it. A team is when we all pitch in to make an organization stronger.
The President and Vice President does not work alone. You have mentors who have been in the position before who would help guide you to learn the procedures. You have former board members and your new board members to be available to lend a hand.
As we referred to the board positions as more of a partnership with the MSOG, than a volunteer position.
Some traits you may have within you that perhaps would encourage you to consider a position.
Are you a current long term or short term MSOG Member?
Are you an organizer, can you engage in conversation, arrange meeting calendar dates, be present in person or online with Zoom for four of the year's meetings? (You get to pick the location of the meeting when and if held in person). If you like public speaking? Can you attend the Annual Meeting in November in person or on Zoom and be the meeting organizer/speaker? Do you feel you have some great ideas to present to the Organization? Let your voice be heard!
MSOG, Inc. has been around for over 50 years. We are striving to be here for the next 50.
Won't you contact us soon, also you can refer someone whom you know to be a possible candidate. Let's hear from you!
July 7, 2022 By: Hope Tillman
Call for Candidates to Run for Office
The MSOG State Nominating Committee is currently seeking candidates to run for office for the 2023 – 2024 term (2 year term starting 1/1/2023 through 12/31/2024).
Elected positions:
Vice President
Corresponding Secretary
Recording Secretary
Membership Director
Please remember that the society is a completely volunteer organization and relies on volunteers like you to continue the work of our organization.  Please consider how you can help.
If you are interested in running, would like more information, or would like to nominate someone, please contact the nominating committee at
Your State Nominating Committee
Carol Katsulis
Kathleen Rubano
Deborah Cardoni 
June 18, 2022 By: Carol Katsulis
Thank you for joining the MV Meeting!
Thanks to the lovely ladies who joined the MV Chapter Meeting this morning on a lovely sunny day at the Peabody Library in Georgetown MA. We had a wonderful morning. It was nice to see you all in person.
Until September's meeting, have a great summer.
June 18, Merrimack Valley Chapter Meeting Georgetown MA
June 11, 2022 By: Carol Katsulis
Suggestions or Ideas for your Chapter!
Hi Merrimack Valley Member,
I wanted to just give you an update to our Merrimack Valley Chapter news. We are pleased to welcome a new DNA SIG Co-Ordinator to this upcoming season. Chelsea Fernandes has offered to step in as volunteer in this much needed position. We look forward to working with her and keeping the DNA-SIG Meeting alive for all to enjoy.
I am reaching out and asking if you have any suggestions for the upcoming Lectures topics or speakers which you would like us to perhaps arrange for the new season starting this September. I would love to hear from you. Contact me at
I hope you are considering joining the Chapters Social gathering next Saturday for 10am, on the18th at the Peabody Georgetown Library. Chapter members only,  sorry NO public invite.  If you received your invite by email, I urge you to send it back to us, so that we may have a head count. 
Carol Katsulis
 MV Vice-President
April 25, 2022 By: Carol Katsulis
UPDATE: We are delighted to welcome Chelsea Fernandes of the Bristol Chapter, to the DNA SIG  as our new Volunteer Co-Ordinator! 
Chelsea Fernandes is the Technical Services Librarian for the SAILS Library Network and a member of the Bristol Chapter of MSOG. Originally from Denver, CO, she has lived in Massachusetts for the past seven years after moving to Boston to attend Simmons University for school in Archives Management. She just finished the BU Genealogy Certificate program and is excited to get more involved in local genealogical work. 
The Merrimack Valley Chapter officers have been keeping the DNA SIG MEETINGS going every other month since Peg Plummer had resigned the position. We have now come to the decision that we need a person to step up and be the VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR. We are hoping to fill this position by the start of this new season in September. If we can not find someone; then we regretfully have no other alternative but to no longer keep it going. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Diane LaFerriere, of the MV Chapter. She will be happy to fill you in on the position requirements.
April 5, 2022 By: Hope Tillman
MSOG State Board Meeting April 10
The MSOG State Board Meeting is April 10 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  
Contact any board member for the link to the Zoom meeting. 
It is a great chance to see the Board in action as you think about candidates for this year's election!
January 30, 2022 By: Hope Tillman
MSOG Call for Papers for NERGC 2023
The Call  For Papers for NERGC 2023 is now open! Massachusetts Society Of Genealogists, Inc. supports a speaker to represent our contribution to the conference. Deadline for proposal submission is midnight Eastern Time on 15 April 2022 for the 17th New England Regional Genealogical Conference, to be held 3–6 May 2023 in Springfield, MA. See the details and requirements.
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