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Ashland, MA 01721-0215
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February 2022 Generations Book Club
Tuesday, February 1
February 2022 Generations Book Club  (Book Club)
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual
The Book Club will be discussing Here Shall I Die Ashore by author Caleb Johnson. 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. On the left side, go to Members-Event Registration.


Resources Available from the Massachusetts Archives
Saturday, February 5
Resources Available from the Massachusetts Archives  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Presented by Catherine Perreault
 
Catherine Perreault is currently the Reference Archivist for the State Archives, working under the Head of Reference, to provide researchers with access to all of their collections, including the genealogical ones.  Prior to joining the Archives, she was a genealogical researcher at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  She can provide tips on how to get the most out of what the Archives has for all genealogical questions.
 
Archives description: The Massachusetts Archives is the state archive of Massachusetts. It "serves the Commonwealth and its citizens by preserving and making accessible the records documenting government action and by assisting government agencies in managing their permanent records."  The archives occupies quarters on the Columbia Point peninsula in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.
 
In addition to "the official records created by Massachusetts state government," the archives "counts among its treasures the state’s own copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution, the 1629 charter [of Massachusetts Bay], and Revolutionary and Civil War records. It also has numerous documents signed by the likes of George Washington, John Adams, and John Hancock, as well as treaties made with Native American tribes, and slave and witchcraft records. There are also many artifacts, including Paul Revere’s engraving plate of the Boston Massacre, and military accouterment from the Civil War to World War I."
 
Virtual Meeting Opens: 9:30 AM
Business Meeting and socializing: 9:45 AM
Presentation: 10:00 AM
 
Register for this Zoom meeting at https://tinyurl.com/WRFeb2022


Pilgrim, Puritan, Separatist, Saint
Thursday, February 10
Pilgrim, Puritan, Separatist, Saint  (Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
Who were the Pilgrims, or were they Puritans? There’s a big difference! And “Separatist” or “Saint?” And why did thousands of English leave their homes and families and venture across the Atlantic to a virtually unknown future. We’ll find answers to those questions and more!
 
Dave Robison, owner of Old Bones Genealogy of New England, is a professional genealogist from Western Massachusetts. He holds a Certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University and has completed the 18-month ProGen course in Professional Genealogy. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists-Worcester Chapter, Central New York Genealogical Society (CNYGS), the Alabama and Tennessee Society of Genealogists (ASG), the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society among others. Dave is the former President of both the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society (WMGS) and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. He is a past President of New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Dave has been heavily involved in the biennial conferences of the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021(President) and 2023 (President). He has been a member of the Chicopee (Mass) Historic Commission since 2019 and also a member of the Chicopee Historic Society.
 
As a member of the Pomeroy Chapter of Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Dave has been active as the Chapter Vice President as well as the Massachusetts State Registrar/Genealogist. Current focus is a pursuit to attract new members.
 
Dave is a resident of Chicopee, Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Karen, a retired RN for the Chicopee School System. Between them, they have 5 adult children and 4 grandchildren. He has recently been named to the Chicopee Historical Commission by Mayor Richard Kos.
 
Members must be logged in to register for this event. On the left side, go to Members- Event Registration.


Forensic Genealogy: An Introduction
Saturday, February 12
Forensic Genealogy: An Introduction  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
Presented by Kelvin Meyers.
This course will give the participant an overview of forensic genealogy and the role of the genealogist in these types of cases. We will discuss some of the major types of cases in which a forensic genealogist may be involved, such as guardianship, oil and gas, unidentified and unclaimed persons, and probate. The role of the forensic genealogist as an expert witness will also be discussed.
 
A fifth generation Texan and professional forensic genealogist since 1996, Kelvin is a frequent speaker to genealogical societies and family associations throughout the United States. He specializes in southern brick wall problems for clients. Kelvin is a 1989 and 1990 alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and has returned to IGHR as lecturer in the Southern Course and the Professional Courses. He is member of the Association of Professional Genealogist forensic special interest group and a past board member of APG, a past President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and a former member for the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG). He currently serves as the chairman of the history and archives committee of First United Methodist Church in Dallas. The Dallas Genealogical Society awarded Kelvin the Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award in December of 2018. In 2016 Kelvin published Research in Texas for NGS (National Genealogical Society) Research in the States series. Kelvin is also the director of the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR) sponsored by the Texas State Genealogical Society.
 
Register at https://tinyurl.com/MXFeb2022


“Sixth Annual Ancestors Day”- Bristol Chapter February 2022 Meeting
Saturday, February 19
“Sixth Annual Ancestors Day”- Bristol Chapter February 2022 Meeting  (Bristol)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Every year, several members from the “Bristol Chapter” volunteer to share interesting stories and research anecdotes about their family. Members will enlighten attendees with their triumphs, journeys, family stories and roadblocks in their quest to find their ancestors.
 
In an entertaining way, you will learn fascinating facts about our members and their families. Not all the research will result in a happy ending but nevertheless everyone will leave enlightened and energized to solve a family lore. Regardless of what you learn, the day will prove to be fun and educational.
 
There is No In-Person Meeting
Virtual Only via Zoom
 
Business Meeting 11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing 11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Register for the event at https://tinyurl.com/BristolFeb2022


DAR/SAR
Saturday, February 26
DAR/SAR  (Merrimack Valley)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual

 

Dave Robison,  

”The past 22 years of genealogy research began with a simple 2 page letter from a distant cousin in Alabama. 

As time passed,the method and depth of my research has intensified and is gradually supplanted a career in retail and consulting.”

 

He is the former President of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society, former President of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and former President of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.   A member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Central New York Genealogical Society and others. He is currently the President of 2021 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium's conference here in Springfield, Massachusetts (NERCG). In addition, he is the State Registrar/Genealogist for the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution, (SAR),

Register here to join meeting: https://tinyurl.com/MVFeb2022

Free and Open to the Public

 

 

 



Saturday, March 12
Your DNA Brickwall  (DNA)
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
VIRTUAL
Join us for a Brickwall workshop. Bring your questions to discuss with the other attendees of our DNA researchers. 


“Finding My Ne’er-Do-Well, Scoundrel Swedish Great-Grandfather”- Bristol Chapter March 2022 Meeting
Saturday, March 19
“Finding My Ne’er-Do-Well, Scoundrel Swedish Great-Grandfather”- Bristol Chapter March 2022 Meeting  (Bristol)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Somerset Public Library
   “Finding My Ne’er-Do-Well, Scoundrel Swedish Great-Grandfather”
   Presented by Greg Paris
 
A story with mysterious origins, minimal data, emigration, a new surname, odd jobs in the back-woods of Pennsylvania, love (maybe), marriage, desertion and abandonment (not just once), DNA matches, lost relatives, digging in the trenches of Swedish genealogy, and a hitherto unexplored family branch with both black sheep and grey…
 
Not quite the “Princess Bride” or true love…
 
Greg Paris is Vice-President of the Worcester Chapter, MSOG, Inc.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Attend In-Person or Virtually via Zoom
 
SOMERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY
1464 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726
 
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/BristolMar2022