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Saturday, September 23
"Evander MacIver" A Living Autobiography Created Using DeepStory on MyHeritage  (Merrimack Valley)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library 2 Maple ST, Georgetown MA
Merrimack Valley Chapter Meeting
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom Register below.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
 
Presented by Linda MacIver
 
Come along for an introduction to DeepStory, MyHeritage's groundbreaking new AI-based tool which enables your family hsitory to come alive. Built upon their previous photo enhancement and colorization tools. MyHeritage has added very realistic animation and audio, allowing your ancestors to tell thier own personalized stories. You can edit and expand the basic narrative, and by adding photographs and maps, provide context in time and place. If you have struggles with attempts to provide afun and easy way to reach out to family members. DeepStory's simple template creates and exciting and unique product to document, preserve, and share your most treasured family memories.
 
Linda B. MacIver is an educator, lecturer, librarian and genealogy researcher. She retired from a 27-year career at the Boston Public Library where she inaugurated the BPL patron genealogy classes.  She taught the multi-week beginners genealogy course, organized two extremely popular seasons of the Local and Family History Lecture series and developed the Intermediate Genealogy Summer Lecture series.  Linda is the past Secretary and Director for Federal Records of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC). current Delegate of (MGC) for MSOG, a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) and the Essex (MA) Society of Genealogists (ESOG) and the Essex (Eng.) Society for Family History (ESFH.) She serves as the New England Representative for the Essex (England.) Record Office
 
If you attended her June lecture on Demystifying the Three Big Free Digital Sites for Genealogists you will see some of the research from the search examples show up in the DeepStory Video!
 
If you wish to attend via Zoom/Virtually Pre-REGISTER:
 
#TrailsandSails



Ruin of All Witches by Malcolm Gaskill
Tuesday, October 3
Ruin of All Witches by Malcolm Gaskill  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
A gripping story of a family tragedy brought about by witch-hunting in Puritan New England that combines history, anthropology, sociology, politics, theology and psychology.
 
In Springfield, Massachusetts in 1651, peculiar things begin to happen. Precious food spoils, livestock ails, property vanishes, and people suffer convulsions as if possessed by demons. A woman is seen wading through the swamp like a lost soul. Disturbing dreams and visions proliferate. Children sicken and die. As tensions rise, rumours spread of witches and heretics and the community becomes tangled in a web of distrust, resentment and denunciation. The finger of suspicion soon falls on a young couple with two small children: the prickly brickmaker, Hugh Parsons, and his troubled wife, Mary.
 
Drawing on rich, previously unexplored source material, Malcolm Gaskill vividly evokes a strange past, one where lives were steeped in the divine and the diabolic, in omens, curses and enchantments. The Ruin of All Witches captures an entire society caught in agonized transition between superstition and enlightenment, tradition and innovation. (Amazon Review)
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://www.msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the book club.
 
Upcoming Book Club Readings:
November 7, 2023  The Puritan Family by Edmund S. Morgan 
December 5, 2023  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens AND What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool
 


Internet Archives
Saturday, October 7
Internet Archives  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Dan Earl presents Internet Archives
 
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Genealogists spend a lot of time in archives, but have you been to the Internet Archive? Come find out how to use this invaluable tool that will change the way you do research online. This lecture will cover what the Internet Archive, or 'Wayback Machine' can do to help genealogists with their online research. The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of information. Participants will learn how to find old webpages that have changed or been taken down, search thousands of texts, videos, audio recordings, and more!
 
Dan Earl is a popular genealogy educator. He lives near Lansing, Michigan with his family. He is a teacher in an inner city school district. Some people think he’s funny.
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdeuhrD4vEtcKOpUkDwbn_4BLSzVP3-CF#/registration
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 


Probate to Equity and Back
Saturday, October 14
Probate to Equity and Back  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual

Presented by Kelvin L. Meyers

When we allow the records to "talk" to us, we learn many things about our ancestors. We learn about family relationships, the family's social status, and prove marriages without marriage records. Records of probate can be some of the most fruitful for genealogists. Join us to learn the methodology of working within these record groups.

A fifth-generation Texan and professional forensic genealogist since 1996, Kelvin is a popular speaker to genealogical societies and family associations throughout the United States. Kelvin works with several mineral companies in Texas, researching heirs throughout the US and the world. He also specializes in southern brick wall problems for clients.

He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG). Kelvin is also the director of the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR), sponsored by the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Kelvin is the author of Research in Texas for the National Genealogical Society's Research in the States series and an award-winner of The Dallas Genealogical Society's Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck Distinguished Service Award. 

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

This meeting will be online via Zoom.
Register at  https://tinyurl.com/z7u6wjrk 


MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
Wednesday, October 18
MSOG Members only - DNA SIG  (DNA)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual Only
MSOG members, we are changing the way we run the DNA SIG meeting.  These will be every other month starting in October. These will be for Members Only and instead of a lecture, these will be a discussion with a different person leading the group at each meeting.
 
Seema Kenney has offered to lead our first meeting the topic will be:
The Shared Centimorgan Project: A Tool for Working With Shared Matches.
We'll look at its origins, contents, and the many places you can find it.
Then discuss how it can help in determining a more accurate relationship estimate.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in this event. Log-in at https://www.msoginc.org/members.phpGo to "Event Registration" to register for the DNA Special Interest Group meeting.


Thursday, October 19
TBA  (Webinar)
7:00 pm
Virtual


Using Online Gazetteers and Maps for Polish Genealogy
Saturday, October 21
Using Online Gazetteers and Maps for Polish Genealogy  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Julie Szczepankiewicz
 
History and geography are inextricably linked, so genealogical research requires an ability to accurately identify and locate places mentioned in historical documents.  It is also important to understand the administrative hierarchy for the government of a place, since different types of records were created at different levels of government.  Julie will help us unravel this so we can understand our Polish family roots. 
 
Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is a genealogist, writer, and speaker with nearly 30 years of
experience in researching her family's origins in Poland, Germany, the U.S. and Canada. She holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the State University of New York in Buffalo and a master's degree in endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her passion for genealogical research started when she was a graduate student, after she was given a copy of her great-grandparents' marriage record as a gift. After reading the names of a previously-unknown generation of ancestors on that document, she was hooked. She currently volunteers as
administrator to several genealogy-related Facebook groups, and serves as President of the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State, Vice-President for the New England Regional
Genealogical Consortium, Inc., and Secretary for the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts. Her articles have been published in the journals of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts, and the Western New York Genealogical Society, and she is the author of a genealogy blog, From Shepherds and Shoemakers.
 
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/BristolOct2023
 


10 Must Haves For Genealogy and Family History Success with Thomas MacEntee
Saturday, October 28
10 Must Haves For Genealogy and Family History Success with Thomas MacEntee  (Merrimack Valley)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library 2 Maple St, Georgetown MA
Hybrid Meeting  In Person or Virtually via Zoom If you wish to attend Virtually Pre- Registration at http://tinyurl.com/MVOct2023
 
Whether you're just "dabbling" in genealogy and researching your roots or you've become a "hard core lifer" obsessed with "the hunt," there are basic skills that family historians of all levels have in common. We'll review those skills that can help you find success researching online or in-person.
 
Audience Level: Beginner - Expert.
 
Come join us Free and Open to the Public. Bring a Friend.
 
Thomas MacEntee is a professional Genealogists specializing in the use of Technology and Social Media to inprove Genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.
 
 
 
 



Letters to Ancestors
Saturday, November 4
Letters to Ancestors  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Hybrid: Holden Library (Gale Free Library), 23 Highland St. AND virtual.
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Paula Wood presents Letters to Ancestors
 
Paula’s book invites readers to walk in the steps of real people with real joys and terrible heartache as they make the fateful decision to leave behind everything they knew in La Rochelle France and begin life anew in New France. After serving indentureships, they began families, and some of her ancestors were caught up in the Acadian Dispersal. In the more recent past her ancestors immigrated once again, this time to the U.S. Through genealogical research of Paula’s ancestors that was gifted to her by a family member, she learned the bare facts of the many generations of her forbears’ lives. One day these ancestors began speaking to her heart. She responded by delving into the broader story of the times they lived through. She began writing a series of letters to specific grandparents, asking them unanswerable questions and telling them how she longed to know them better. Her family’s Ceinture Fléchée (Arrow Sash) has been passed down through six generations. The Sash binds the various parts of Paula’s story into a coherent whole. Undertaking a quest to bring the family’s heirloom to each ancestor’s grave, she discovered one ancestor after the next. With each discovery, she wrapped the tombstones with the family’s Sash. While learning and then writing about her 9x grandparents she walked the Long Trail in Vermont, discovering parts of herself she had never known existed. Along with her growing sense of closeness with these ancestors, she found her way back to the Catholic Church. Every step of her journey, she knew her ancestors were praying for her. 
 
 
About Paula: Paula Grandpre Wood is an author, physical therapist, wife and a person who heard the call of her ancestors! Paula was born in Pawtucket, RI close to the train station where her De Grandpre ancestors arrived from Quebec. Her family lived in Central Falls, RI in a tenement house, as her father’s family had when they immigrated to the United States. She became “The Girl from Central Falls,” not to be confused with the actress Viola Davis, who also grew up there. North Central Massachusetts is where Paula lives with her husband Michael and their three energetic dogs. The dogs get her outside in every kind of weather where they can run free.
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.


2023 Annual Meeting - Pictures from our past
Saturday, November 11
2023 Annual Meeting - Pictures from our past  (Annual Meeting)
8:00 am
Marlborough Country Club 200 Concord Rd, Marlborough, MA
Save the Date for our first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019.
Attend in person for the entire event or via Zoom for the Business Meeting and 2 presentations.
 
The day will include the MSOG Business Meeting
2 Speakers:
Kate Kelley - The Photo Angel
Beth Finch-McCarthy - "A Portrait of Victorian America: Using Old Letters to Discover a Rich Family History"
Door Prizes
Raffle items
Chapter Photos
Buffet Lucheon
 
Registation will begin in early October, check back for more information as it becomes available.

Looking forward to seeing you there.
AnnualMeeting@msoginc.org

 


Oral History WORKSHOP
Thursday, November 16
Oral History WORKSHOP  (Middlesex)
Virtual
Workshop led by Melissa Ann Kitchen
 
Details to follow. 
 
This workshop is for members only.


Saturday, November 18
Bridging Your Past and Future  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Melissa Ann Kitchen
 
Don’t let your unique memories from the past be lost forever. Have you ever come across a journal entry or letter written by a loved one no longer with you? Hearing their voice come through the page creates an instant connection that can warm your heart. Imagine creating a written history of your own life.  
 
 
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 TBA
 


Saturday, November 25
A presentation on "Maritime History"  (Merrimack Valley)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
TBA
Event TBA, check back  Presentation starts at 10:00 AM EST.



Congregational Church Library & Archives Resources for Genealogy
Saturday, December 2
Congregational Church Library & Archives Resources for Genealogy  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Billy McCarthy presents Congregational Church Library
 
Billy's work includes processing some of the oldest and more complex collections housed in the archives, including the Park Street Church records and the Old South Church records. Billy also works alongside CLA’s patrons to help with their reference requests and staffs the reference desk during in-person visits. In 2019, Billy also started working as the collection manager for the archives, working with CLA’s offsite vendor to protect and maintain the organization’s archival records. Some of his professional interests include increasing access, collection management, processing of complex materials, and facilitating research.
 
About Billy:
 

Billy McCarthy graduated with a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State College and completed his Masters of Library and Information Science at Simmons University with a concentration in Archival Management. Billy started working at CLA through a graduate internship where he processed a collection about the Congregational Training School for Women. He stayed on a part-time basis processing collections and staffing the reference desk until he was hired full-time in 2018.He is the Head of Reader Services, helping the CLA's visitors with reference requests and facilitating in-person research.

 

  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufuCtqTgjEt2S0E0hFb_CKJO9ZZaNj3yC#/registration
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.

 

 
 


DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword
Saturday, December 16
DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Thomas MacEntee
 
Has your concern for privacy prevented you or a family member for taking a DNA test? What about sharing your genealogy research data online with practical strangers (even though you might be related)? Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention about cold cases solved using DNA data and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy. We’ll review the current status of privacy practices by the five major DNA test kit vendors, current laws and regulations, the role of law enforcement, and what we might expect to see related to privacy in the future.
 
Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at the popular Genealogy Bargains website!
 
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 TBA
 



Mixers and Shakers- Tracing Bartending
Saturday, January 6, 2024
Mixers and Shakers- Tracing Bartending  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Debra Dudek presents:
 
Mixers and Shakers- Tracing Bartending, Saloonkeeping, and Tavernkeeping Ancestors
 
Just a few of the topics Debra will cover:
 
Beyond the Local Pub
Making Drinks at Home
Breweries
Licenses
National Register of Historical Places
City Directories and Gazetteers
 
About Debra: Debra M. Dudek holds a post graduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Ms. Dudek is the Book Review Editor of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, an executive board member of the Illinois State Historical Society, website coordinator for the Chicago Chapter NSDAR, and is the author of the World War I Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors.
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
 
 


DNA and the Hidden Half of the Family
Saturday, January 20, 2024
DNA and the Hidden Half of the Family  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Judy Russell
 
As 21st century genealogists, we have a tool for identifying and confirming relationships not available to earlier generations: DNA testing. Its use in identifying male family members, through YDNA testing, is fairly well understood. The use of mitochondrial and autosomal DNA to identify women and link children to parents is not as well understood. Yet these are powerful tools particularly when used in a targeted fashion to test particular theories.
 
Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2014, she was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side (from Virginia to Texas and just about everywhere in between!) and entirely in Germany on her father’s side. It’s an odd mix, finding records of her ancestors from 1680 Virginia on one side to being a first-generation American on the other. She holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and, among others, the state genealogical societies of New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Illinois. She is privileged to serve on the faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed).
 
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 TBA
 
 



DAR Library Resources
Saturday, February 3, 2024
DAR Library Resources  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Olivia Millunzi presents: A User’s Guide to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library
 
     The Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington D.C. isn’t just for descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers!  As one of the largest genealogical libraries in the country, the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] Library has something for everyone tracing their family history. 
 
     This presentation will give an overview of the resources available both on-site in D.C. as well as digital tools and resources available for free from wherever you normally do your family history work.  Come find out how your family history is on our shelves!
 
     Olivia Millunzi is the Reference Librarian at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library in Washington, D.C.  She holds a BA in History and Museum Studies with a French minor from Juniata College, and an MLIS focusing in Diversity & Inclusion from the University of Maryland’s iSchool.  Before coming to the DAR, Olivia worked at the Middletown Valley Historical Society, Heritage Frederick (formerly the Historical Society of Frederick County), Schifferstadt Architectural Museum (part of the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation), the National Park Service, and the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  She began working at the DAR as a Staff Genealogist in June 2019, and in June 2022 became the Reference Librarian for the DAR Library.  Olivia lives in Frederick, MD with a cat and an unconscionably large number of books.
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
 


8th Annual Ancestors Day
Saturday, February 17, 2024
8th Annual Ancestors Day  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Bristol Chapter Members
 
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.
 
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 TBA



UMass Amherst Special Collections
Saturday, March 2, 2024
UMass Amherst Special Collections  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Hybrid: Worcester Public Library and Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Caroline White presents:
 
Quakers, Aggies, and Archivists: An Inside Look at Genealogy Resources in UMass Amherst’s Archives
 
The Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center (SCUA), in the UMass Amherst Libraries, holds more than 1,500 collections of varying sizes and in a range of formats. SCUA is open to all, and researchers come from on campus, off campus, and way off campus to use the collections; those unable to visit ask questions by email and/or use SCUA’s ever-growing online digital collections. For researchers whose interests are genealogical, whether they are asking about one ancestor or trying to construct a complete family history, SCUA has two collections that are chiefly consulted: the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Records and the University Archives.
In a presentation that will describe SCUA’s holdings and include examples of her own work helping researchers and seekers of genealogical information, Caroline White will cover the following:
  • SCUA’s mission and collecting areas
  • Collection highlights
  • Collections for genealogical research including
    • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Records: what they are/include, why we have them, how they fit into our collecting mission
    • University Archives (official and unofficial): how they come in, what they include, what they do not include
  • How to work effectively with an archivist, whether doing research in person or remotely
  • SCUA resources and using them/how researchers (and casual Googlers) find us
  • Challenges of remote research and why everything isn’t digitized
  • Digital resources and digitization challenges
 
About Caroline: Caroline J. White, Archives and Manuscript Librarian in the Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center (SCUA), in the UMass Amherst Libraries, is a graduate of Simmons School of Library and Information Science, where she earned an MS in archives management, and of Princeton University, where she majored in English. Before becoming an archivist, she worked for nineteen years as an editor for Viking, Penguin, and Penguin Classics, in New York City. She has taught as an adjunct instructor in Simmons’ archives program; held several short-term positions at Mount Holyoke College’s Archives and Special Collections; and given presentations at professional conferences including the Society of American Archivists, New England Archivists, and Academic Library Advancement and Development Network. Her articles have appeared in Acid Free and Archival Outlook, among other publications. A native of Philadelphia, her mother’s hometown, she grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, like her Kentucky-born father, but also has deep roots in Massachusetts, her adopted state.
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
                                                


Meet your Town/City Clerk, Vital Records in Bristol County
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Meet your Town/City Clerk, Vital Records in Bristol County  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Bristol County Town/City Clerk’s 
 
Bristol County Town/City Clerk’s will be our guests. They will share what vital records and resources are available for their town or city. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable information.
 
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 TBA



Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 6, 2024
Historical Society of the United Methodist Church  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Frances Lyons presents: 
 
Resources at the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
 
About Frances:
 
Trained as an archivist at University College Dublin following graduation with a degree in History. Worked in museum and corporate archives until appointment as Reference Archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church in 2008. Certified by The Academy of Certified Archivists. 
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
 


Saturday, April 20, 2024
TBA  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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 TBA



Saturday, May 4, 2024
When "I Do" Meant Losing Your Country and Other Citizenship & Immigration Law Peculiarities  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual


Saturday, May 18, 2024
DAR, Genealogy, and the Country‚Äôs 250th Birthday  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Olivia Millunzi
 
The Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington D.C. isn’t just for descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers! As one of the largest genealogical libraries in the country, the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] Library has something for everyone tracing their family history. DAR will also be fully involved in celebrating our country’s 250th birthday in 2026. 
 
Olivia Millunzi is the Reference Librarian at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library. She holds a BA in History and Museum Studies with a French minor from Juniata College, and an MLIS focusing in Diversity & Inclusion from the University of Maryland’s iSchool. Before coming to the DAR, Olivia worked at the Middletown Valley Historical Society, Heritage Frederick (formerly the Historical Society of Frederick County), Schifferstadt Architectural Museum (part of the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation), the National Park Service, and the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. 
 
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 TBA



Saturday, June 15, 2024
Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
"Famous Collision of the Andrea Doria" presented by Dr. William Hanna 
 
On the night of July 25, 1956, a collision between the ocean liners SS Andrea Doria and MS Stockholm killed 51 people and prompted one of the largest civilian maritime rescues in history, off the Nantucket coastline. 
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at TBA