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October 14, 2023 By: Carol Katsulis
Happy Fall and Need of Board Members
Hi All,
I hope you are enjoying our cooler weather this past month. Happy Fall! Have the Leaves changed where you are yet? This week, is usually the peak season up north. 
I want to reach out and ask you this, have you thought of volunteering and what it entails? We are in need of a Vice-President and a Secretary for our Chapter. I am appealing to anyone to please consider these two important board positions to become a volunteer! Myself, Bonnie and Nancy are more than willing to have a conversation with you and share our experiences, share how much time we spend on these tasks each month to bring you our meetings. Share the fun we have and the new members we get to meet and socialize with.  A job description for both of these postions are on the website for you to review. I encourage you to take a look. Go to the home page, find Policies and Procedures, Chapter 5 
pg 67.
This chapter is still in its infancy of 13 years. It was begun by Karen Trearchis who is from Dracut, whom is still a member. She felt the need that the Merrimack Valley area could use a chapter, of MSOG, so she took action. She ran this chapter for 10 years, with the help of other members who volunteered as board members. I became involved five years ago, when I was voted to become the Chapter Secretary.
We seek new members who would like to get involved,  so that we can continue to keep the Merrimack Chapter alive and vital. 
Your President, Carol Katsulis 
Treasurer, Bonnie Croteau
Membership Officer, Nancy Dimento-Jerome
September 16, 2023 By: Hope Tillman
Your American Revolutionary War Ancestor
Share Stories About Your American Revolution-Era Ancestors
MSOG was recently contacted by a journalism student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University ( Xavier Brathwaite and his colleagues are seeking descendants of people who were involved in the Revolutionary War in any capacity, with the goal of gathering as many stories as possible from the unsung heroes who contributed to the founding of our nation. He describes the project this way:
We are a student-led lab working with Arizona PBS (AZPBS) to develop a VR/AR [virtual/augmented reality] experience sharing the stories of “ordinary revolutionists”—everyday people who lived in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolutionary War period and who did their part in bringing forward the United States. We want to hear and tell the stories of the citizen soldiers, artisans, craftspeople, merchants, farmers, nurses, and more who stepped forward during a time of great uncertainty. To gather these stories and depict them as accurately as possible, we are reaching out to people who have ancestors who meet this description. . . . We would be asking the genealogists questions about their ancestors, such as the accomplishments they made, which side of history they were on, and specifically how the descendant feels about people knowing their ancestors’ story. Documents or any type of proof linking the ancestor to the descendant is also preferred.
We hope that some of our MSOG members with Revolutionary War ancestors will be interested in communicating with Mr. Braithwaite and possibly participating in his project. You can reach out to him directly at Along with your name and email address or phone number, you might include a few sentences identifying your ancestor and their connection to the Revolutionary War. And please let us know if you decide to participate, either by copying us on the email or sending a separate one to Thank you!
September 7, 2023 By: Carol Katsulis
Upcoming Meetings September/ Oct DNA-SIG
Just a reminder to you, we have the Chapter Meeting on September 28th, with LInda MacIver. 
 We also are offering a DNA SIG, with Seema Kenney on Line only for  Wednesday,October 18th, at 7pm. So check out the events page and the DNA page of the website for more details and to register for the meetings. 
Hope to see you there.
Your President
Carol Katsulis
August 14, 2023 By: Carol Katsulis
Hi Members
If you are reading this, you still have some weeks left on your membership, unitl Aug 31st. That means you need to renew for the new season.
So do that TODAY!  Lgoin as you usually do, You can find your profile under members on the left menu.
Be sure to read the instructions  and check the box to verify it's you. If you are having problems, be sure to contact  Hope, our webmaster, she's there to help you.
We look forward to you joinig us again for some wonderful speakers this upcoming year.
Your President
Carol K.
July 16, 2023 By: Carol Katsulis
Donation to Georgetown Peabody Library
Hi,  I wanted to share this thank you note we received from Michele Augeri, the Reference Librarian.
May 8, 2023 By: Carol Katsulis
Some Celebrating!
Another year is coming to a close. We have May and June meetings to attend with some wonderful Speakers alinged and ready.
We had a Fantastic and Fun time at the  2023 NERGC consortium this past weekend. Kelly Fox and I maned the booth at the Exhibit Hall. We want to again say thanks to those of you from MSOG who came by and helped us man the booth over the four days. WE couldn't of done it without you! I hope you had a great time at the consortium got a chance to catch some great speakers and will share your knowledge with all of us.
I want to personally welcome all our new members who have joined our MSOG group at our booth. Whether you delcared a chapter or not, we are all one! I am sure you have received your welcoming letter from Marc our Membship director and are most likely checking out the website. writing down the dates on your calendars for the meetings you want to attend.  I hope to see many of you in the near future at our Merrimack Valley  May 20th meeting. (sorry only in person).  Our June 17th will be at the Library and it will be hybird, when we have our speaker presentation.
I encourage you take the time to reach out to fellow members and ask questions whether membership related or genealogy search related. The Pasttimes newletter as well as the MASSOG newsletter is great reading.
Carol Katsulis
MV President
March 10, 2023 By: Carol Katsulis
Plans which are coming up!
Hello Merrimack Valley Member
I wanted to just touch base with you all. 
NERGC IS COMING IN MAY. The dates May 3-6th in Springfield, MA. I hope you have your arrangements  all set and are planning to attend. I am looking forward to the few days off from work, to enjoy some social time with all of you. I will be helping to man our MSOG table booth in the Main Hall. If you are attending, we can use your help to volunteer. Reach out to me or Kelly Fox and we can sign you up for a few hours.  
I am also in the planning stages to get some meetings setup for the new season, which starts in September. I figure I can never be too early to plan them. If you would like to drop me an email and suggest some topics or speakers you would like for our chapter, I would welcome them.
We have a few more months to enjoy some time learning and exploring. This month March 25th, we have a tour planned for you of the Harmony Cemetery in Georgetown. 1-3pm. I am hoping we don't get any more snow on the ground in the coming weeks.
We also have a treat for our chapter. We are joining the Worcerster Chapter in "Coming Together to Unite", for our April 29th meeting. In Person and or/ on Zoom. I hope you will want to come join us in person. Seema and i have been planning this event since January. We would love to see you in person, its been too long.
Please Check the Events page for more information. 
Carol Katsulis
MV President
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January 22, 2023 By: Diane Laferriere
Early Bird Registration is now Open
Early Bird Pricing
Save $30 if you order a
Full Conference Registration by February 15 
Register at
As a charter member of NERGC, we are happy to highlight
MSOG’s Sponsored Speaker – Seema-Jayne Kenney
“Understanding Different Library Systems and Protocols”
Thursday, 6 May 2023, at 3:00 pm
Visit us at our Booth in the Exhibit Hall.
We are proud of the many MSOG members presenting at NERGC 2023:
Diane Boumenot, Sara Campbell, Justin Cascio, Denise Cross,
Beth Finch McCarthy, Margaret Fortier, Pamela Guye Holland, Kathleen Kaldis, Dave Robison, Claire Smith, Maureen Taylor
Consult your program for times and locations of these presentations and other MSOG, Inc. sponsored activities:
Thursday 8:00 am – Workshop: Getting into Genealogy
Friday and Saturday Noon to 1:00 Break – Activity: Family History Trivia
Saturday Banquet – Dr. Michael Lacopo, presenting “Top Ten Things I Have Learned in Four Decades of Genealogical Research”
Thank you to our members who volunteer hours to NERGC year-round.