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Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, August 31
Request for Volunteer for the DNA SIG MEETINGS. Read the News section of this website for further information.

Luncheon, Video, and Tour of the Black Tavern
Saturday, June 4
Luncheon, Video, and Tour of the Black Tavern  (Worcester)
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Our June meeting will be a luncheon, short business meeting, half hour video, and half hour tour of the Black Tavern, a historic tavern located in Dudley, MA.
Saturday June 4th at noon EDT
Black Tavern, 138 Center Road, Dudley, MA
Open to the public (Pre-registration required)
There is no virtual component for this event. 
Note that to enjoy the full tour there are narrow steep stairs typical of the time period.  You may also tour the garden area.
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required by May 31st. Please email and we’ll send you directions and payment information.
The Black Tavern is a historic tavern located in Dudley, Massachusetts, which is now painted white. The main block of the tavern was built c. 1803, and is one of the town's finest examples of Federal period architecture. It originally housed a major stop on the stagecoach route between Boston, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut. It is now maintained by a local preservation organization and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Sandwich and Salads Luncheon      $14
Assorted Sandwiches
Garden Salad
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Assorted cookies

June 2022 Generations Book Club
Tuesday, June 7
June 2022 Generations Book Club  (Book Club)
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
When Victory O'Shea, the resident historian, genealogist, and tour guide for the town of New Kassel, Missouri, begins researching Norah Zumwalt's family tree, her client turns up murdered, and with the help of the local sheriff, she sets out to investigate the killing. (Amazon Review)
Copies of the book are available at your local library or the Commonwealth Catalog.
You must be logged in as a Member to join the event. Log-in at Go to "Event Registration" to participate in the book club. 

The Taxman Cometh
Thursday, June 9
The Taxman Cometh  (Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Do not overlook the wealth of information found in the tax records. As Daniel Defoe is credited for saying in a book in 1726, "Things are certain as death and taxes...," we simply cannot avoid them. Up until the early 1900s, people were taxed on their land and other possessions, and these can help in the research of your ancestors. We will examine several sets of records from around the U.S. and see what we can learn from them. 
Larry Thomas began researching his family’s genealogy over 30 years ago. He and his younger brother were in the same Army Reserve unit and when they met their First Sergeant, 1SG Thomas, they instantly knew he had to be related. He looked so much like their grandfather and great grandfather. He never did research the family to find the connection but it got him researching the family line. He has been doing this professionally since 2008.
Larry is always looking to help others in their journey to find their missing ancestors regardless of where in the U.S. they are searching. There is never a guarantee of success, but more often than not, he can rule out some folks which is still moving people along their path of success. Knowing those who are not the missing ancestor narrows down the prospects yet to research. Sometimes, after eliminating all other possibilities, the last man or woman standing must then be the correct one unless there is something that shows they cannot be the missing person. 
You must be logged in as a Member to join the event. Log-in at Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.

In the Poor House: The Legal Records of Debt
Saturday, June 11
In the Poor House: The Legal Records of Debt  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Discover the legal records of your poorest ancestors.

Presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. Her award-winning blog is at

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Outdoors Gathering With Our Chapter Society Members
Saturday, June 18
Outdoors Gathering With Our Chapter Society Members  (Merrimack Valley)
10:00 am
Georgetown Peabody Library 2 Maple ST Georgetown, MA
The last few years have made it somewhat difficult to meet and gather in public locations.
We miss seeing everyone's face. Let's gather together in the fresh air and sunshine in the Library's side yard. We want you bring your comfortable lawn chair, maybe your favorite beverage of choice if you don't drink coffee. We will supply some refreshments of coffee, tea and donuts and lots of smiles and laughter. 
Bring also a pad of paper, pen and or a recording device.
We have something up our sleeve, a genealogy project that we will do while we are gathered, I think it will bring a smile to your face, and of course some great door prizes for you to leave with.
Hope you can join us!
Your Merrimack Valley Chapter Board Members
Rain date, same date and time, but we will move inside the library.
please note THIS WILL NOT BE ON ZOOM a url link will be emailed to the Merrimack Valley Chapter members soon for you to RSVP.

Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting:
Saturday, June 18
Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting: "The Role of Climate Change in 17th Century History"  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presented by Dr. David Weed
Sowams was a rich land, described as a “garden” by Miles Standish and prized by the Native tribes for its rich soil, abundant wildlife and access to the water that provided their food. A treaty in 1621 between the Pokanoket Tribe and the Plymouth Colony set in place a fifty-year period of peaceful relations. A breakdown in those relationships, however, followed Massasoit’s death in 1661 and led to the devastating two-year King Philip War and the eventual colonial domination of the land.
What followed were years of continual development, the growth of towns, and the gradual loss of much of the original natural abundance that the colonist first encountered. Dr. Weed will identify the vestiges of that original pristine land and the evidence of the first steps in 17th century colonial occupation that transformed Sowams into what we have today.
Dr. David S. Weed ( is a photographer, local historian, west wight potter sailor, low carb diet expert, retired community psychologist, and Coordinator of the Sowams Heritage Area Project.
Attend In-Person or Virtually via Zoom
Dighton Community Church
Friendship Hall
2056 Elm St
Dighton, MA 02715
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
Post-Event from 1:00-2:00 pm
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact:
Schedule of Events Available at:
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at