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Annual Luncheon Meeting
Saturday, June 1
Annual Luncheon Meeting  (Worcester)
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
In Person
Diane Boumenot presents Changing New England Records in the 1800’s.
 
   11:30 am EDT     Restaurant opens
   12:00 noon EDT  Luncheon
     1:00 pm EDT     Business Meeting
     1:15 pm EDT     Presentation
 
Pre-registration is required by emailing worcester@msoginc.org with your meal choice(s) (chicken, fish, beef) by May 20thWe'll reply with payment instructions.  Friends and family are welcome.  Open to the public if space permits.
 
Diane currently serves as Editor of Rhode Island Roots.  Her self-published book Rhode Island State Census for Genealogists is available on Amazon.  She is an experienced speaker, including speaking at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference, the APG webinar series, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and around New England, and, remotely, in various parts of the U.S.
 
Presentation:
Just as some New Englanders left their declining farms and headed west, industrialization arrived in New England and our ancestors’ lives and records changed forever. The days when deeds and probate would solve genealogical problems gave way to a dizzying array of new census collections, state mandated vital records, poorhouse, prison and asylum records, sturdier cemetery markers, and military pensions. Let’s re-teach ourselves as we trace 1800’s ancestors.
 
Location:
O'Connor's Restaurant
1160 W Boylston St
Worcester, MA
 
Luncheon choices:
$28 price includes appropriate sides, rolls & butter, dessert (Bailey’s Pie), coffee & tea, tax, & tip
Cash bar for soft drinks and adult beverages
                                                                                                          
Grilled Chicken Breast
          Served with baked potato and fresh vegetable medley
 
Baked Haddock
          Haddock filet with a buttery cracker crumb topping
          Served with baked potato and fresh vegetable medley
 
Our Famous Beef, Mushroom, and Guinness Pie
         Rich beef and vegetable stew made with Guiness stout topped
         with a flaky pastry crust
         Served with mashed potato


The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani
Tuesday, June 4
The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
Matelda, the Cabrelli family’s matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother’s great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew. . . .
 
In the halcyon past, Domenica Cabrelli thrives in the coastal town of Viareggio until her beloved home becomes unsafe when Italy teeters on the brink of World War II. Her journey takes her from the rocky shores of Marseille to the mystical beauty of Scotland to the dangers of wartime Liverpool—where Italian Scots are imprisoned without cause—as Domenica experiences love, loss, and grief while she longs for home. A hundred years later, her daughter, Matelda, and her granddaughter, Anina, face the same big questions about life and their family’s legacy, while Matelda contemplates what is worth fighting for. But Matelda is running out of time, and the two timelines intersect and weave together in unexpected and heartbreaking ways that lead the family to shocking revelations and, ultimately, redemption.(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:
July 2, 2024  Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer 
August 6. 2024  The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni 
 
September 3, 2024  She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer  


Using Historical Context in Your Genealogy Writing: A Gettysburg Soldier Case Study
Saturday, June 8
Using Historical Context in Your Genealogy Writing: A Gettysburg Soldier Case Study  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
Middlesex Chapter Meeting
 
Using Historical Context in Your Genealogy Writing: A Gettysburg Soldier Case Study
Join us to listen to the fascinating account of a young Civil War Soldier's journey from Maine to Gettysburg. More information coming soon. 
 
About Bonnie Wad Mucia:
Bonnie Wade Mucia owns Keeper of the Past Genealogy, LLC and is a professional genealogist specializing in colonial New England. She is the Director of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants’ Silver Books Project. Also, she works on military repatriation cases for the U.S. Army for soldiers who were missing/killed in action in World War II. Her work includes research for the TV Show “Finding Your Roots” with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and PBS. Bonnie is an experienced speaker, lecturer, and writer who has published several articles in genealogy journals. In her spare time, she is an artist who enjoys painting and being creative. Bonnie was born and raised in Woonsocket, Rhode Island but now resides in South Carolina with her husband, Joseph.
 

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

This meeting will be online via Zoom.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/3zyjycjy


Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting:
Saturday, June 15
Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting: "Famous Collision of the Andrea Doria"  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
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. 
 
Dr. William F. Hanna is a well-known local professor and author of a number of books including “History of Taunton”.  A visiting lecturer around New England, he received his Ph.D. in history from Boston College in 1980, his master’s degree from Bridgewater State University in 1973 and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 1969. He taught history at Taunton High School for 31 years and was social studies curriculum supervisor for 12 years. Hanna travels throughout New England lecturing on a variety of historical topics.
 
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
 
Member Lunch Included
 
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/BristolJun2024


Presentation on the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City
Saturday, June 22
Presentation on the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City  (Merrimack Valley)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library Georgetown MA
Join us in person or by zoom. see below for the registraton link.
 
This is also our Annual Meeting get together after Seema's Presentation. Come join us for socializing and refreshments, and door prizes.
 
A Presentation on the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City, given by Seema-Jayne Kenney.
 
 
 
Seema-Jayne Kenney is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist.  Her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden, with DNA research adding a line in the Netherlands.  She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member and officer of several societies.  She has served as Treasurer and President of the Worcester Chapter of MSOG as well as at the State level as past President and is currently co-editor of the MASSOG Journal.
 
 
 
Collaboration, Education and Preserve
 
Presentation is Free and Open to the Public
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at
 
 
 



Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Tuesday, July 2
Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.
 
“Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist survey…Joshua Hammer writes with verve and expertise” (The New York Times Book Review) about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world’s greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist “has all the elements of a classic adventure novel” (The Seattle Times), and is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His the story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it. (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:
August 6. 2024  The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni  
September 3, 2024  She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer 
October 1, 2024   Judge Sewall's Apology by Richard Francis 



The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
Tuesday, August 6
The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
After a DNA test reveals that Alberta “Bert” Monte is the sole heir of a wealthy noble family in the Italian Alps, she leaves New York to visit the family estate: Montebianco Castle, a centuries-old compound isolated in the mountains. What appeared to be a fairy tale inheritance, however, soon turns into a nightmare as Bert begins to uncover the dark legacy of her family: the truth about the abandoned village at the base of the castle; the whispers of stolen children; and the rumors of a legendary monster in the mountains. As Bert unravels the truth, she learns that her true inheritance lies not in a noble title or ancestral treasures, but in her very genes, and now she must choose between preserving a secret centuries in the keeping or abandoning it forever. (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:
September 3, 2024  She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer 
October 1, 2024   Judge Sewall's Apology by Richard Francis 
November 5, 2024  The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser   



She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer
Tuesday, September 3
She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
Zimmer writes, “Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are—our appearance, our height, our penchants—in inconceivably subtle ways.” Heredity isn’t just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors—using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates—but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer’s lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. 
 
Weaving historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world’s best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations. (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:
October 1, 2024   Judge Sewall's Apology by Richard Francis 
November 5, 2024  The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser 
December 3, 2024   The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp 
 



Judge Sewall's Apology by Richard Francis
Tuesday, October 1
Judge Sewall's Apology by Richard Francis  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
The Salem witch hunt has entered our vocabulary as the very essence of injustice. Judge Samuel Sewall presided at these trials, passing harsh judgment on the condemned. But five years later, he publicly recanted his guilty verdicts and begged for forgiveness. This extraordinary act was a turning point not only for Sewall but also for America's nascent values and mores.
 
In Judge Sewall's Apology, Richard Francis draws on the judge's own diaries, which enables us to see the early colonists not as grim ideologues, but as flesh-and-blood idealists, striving for a new society while coming to terms with the desires and imperfections of ordinary life. Through this unsung hero of the American conscience -- a Puritan, an antislavery agitator, a defender of Native American rights, and a Utopian theorist -- we are granted a fresh perspective on a familiar drama. (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 5, 2024  The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser 
December 3, 2024   The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp 



The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser
Tuesday, November 5
The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
The voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony is one of the seminal events in world history. But the poorly-equipped group of English Puritans who ventured across the Atlantic in the early autumn of 1620 had no sense they would pass into legend. They had eighty casks of butter and two dogs but no cattle for milk, meat, or ploughing. They were ill-prepared for the brutal journey and the new land that few of them could comprehend. But the Mayflower story did not end with these Pilgrims’ arrival on the coast of New England or their first uncertain years as settlers. Rebecca Fraser traces two generations of one ordinary family and their extraordinary response to the challenges of life in America.
 
Edward Winslow, an apprentice printer, fled England and then Holland for a life of religious freedom and opportunity. Despite the intense physical trials of settlement, he found America exotic, enticing, and endlessly interesting. He built a home and a family, and his remarkable friendship with King Massassoit, Chief of the Wampanoags, is part of the legend of Thanksgiving. Yet, fifty years later, Edward’s son Josiah was commanding the New England militias against Massassoit’s son in King Philip’s War.
 
The Mayflower is an intensely human portrait of the Winslow family written with the pace of an epic. Rebecca Fraser details domestic life in the seventeenth century, the histories of brave and vocal Puritan women and the contradictions between generations as fathers and sons made the painful decisions which determined their future in America. (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:
December 3, 2024   The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp 



The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp
Tuesday, December 3
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of Maria, the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own family history. But much about the real-life woman and her family was left untold.
 
Here, Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her own beautiful, simple words the extraordinary story of her romance with the baron, their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their life in America.
 
Maria Augusta Kutschera was born on a train en route to Vienna just before midnight on January 26, 1905. Her mother died when she was only two years old and her father left her with an elderly cousin so that he could be free to travel. She experienced a lonely and very strict upbringing without any siblings or other children in the household. She was raised a socialist and an atheist and was actively cynical towards all religions. It was during a visit to a church to hear a Bach concert that her mind was changed when she heard the words of a well-known priest, Father Kronseder. Her meeting with him led to her entering a convent to become a nun. While she was devoted to the convent life, she was taken away from the outdoor activities she once thrived on. Her doctor, concerned that her health was failing, helped the nuns to decide to send Maria to the home of retied naval captain Georg Von Trapp, to be governess to his bedridden daughter. On November 26, 1927, Maria and Georg were married. The rest is history. (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.