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Presentation on the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Presentation on the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library Georgetown MA
Join us in person or by zoom. see below for the registration 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
 
 
 


Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting:
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting: "Famous Collision of the Andrea Doria"
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


Using Historical Context in Your Genealogy Writing: A Gettysburg Soldier Case Study
Saturday, June 8, 2024
Using Historical Context in Your Genealogy Writing: A Gettysburg Soldier Case Study
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 Wade 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.

Although the Zoom link says "10:00 am meeting,"

this meeting opens at 10:30 AM. 

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


The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani
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  


Annual Luncheon Meeting
Saturday, June 1, 2024
Annual Luncheon Meeting
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



DAR, Understanding the DAR Databases for Genealogy Research
Saturday, May 18, 2024
DAR, Understanding the DAR Databases for Genealogy Research
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented Virtually by Olivia Millunzi
 
Olivia Millunzi, the Reference Librarian at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, will give us an in-depth look at the digital resources available and how to best leverage and understand the DAR databases.  For those who may have attended Olivia’s talk at the Worcester Chapter in February, this will be a continuation of that presentation. She will also touch upon our country’s 250th birthday in 2026 as the DAR is fully involved in this historic event. 
 
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 https://tinyurl.com/BristolMay2024


Saturday, May 18, 2024
"Finding Fred Magee: Hunting my French-Canadian Ancestors"
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library Georgetown MA
Meeting, Join us in Person or Virtually by Zoom  
 
 "Finding Fred Magee: Hunting my French-Canadian Ancestors --
Learning to deal with Drouin and poor handwriting"
"Actually, we knew where to find Fred (my 2G-grandfather), after 1880. But we didn’t know where he was born, where he lived before entering the US, why he emigrated, what the rest of his family looked like, where the lost cousins were hidden, or even his proper given name. And we had only a very few family stories. This is a typical problem & case study in family history. Along the way we'll touch on: some linguistic & cultural understanding of surnames, DNA match analysis, use of French-Canadian resources (both familiar and not), and the bane of necronyms. In retrospect, what should I have known?"
 
Presented by Greg Paris
Greg is a published biomedical research scientist and software engineer, also trained in library science. Though he started family research in the 70s in his great-uncle's footsteps, it went on a long hiatus until retirement, when he translated his professional experience with DNA and big data into an obsession to trace his New England & New York English (Parish), Pennsylvania German (Myers, Kuhns), Swedish (Enbom) and French-Canadian (Magee) roots. He's a past VP of the Worcester chapter. He and his (also retired) wife live on a sheep farm in Charlton MA where they used to run a herding dog training facility with livestock and several rambunctious Scottish herding dogs, until Covid set in. 
 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 
Collaboration, Education and Preserve
 
Those who wish to attend viritually, can pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/MVMay2024


She Did What? Putting Your Ancestor in Historic Context
Saturday, May 11, 2024
She Did What? Putting Your Ancestor in Historic Context
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
Middlesex Chapter Meeting
 
She Did What? Putting Your Ancestor In Historic Context discusses how to research and document your ancestors beyond vital records and relationships. Sara describes how to discover more about your ancestors' lives by weaving broad historic themes and conflicts (e.g., war, disease, etc.) with everyday life. Understanding the historic context in which they lived can help us bridge the gap where no documents exist.
 
About Sara Gredler: Sara is a Certified Genealogist® and an Accredited Genealogist® (in the Mid-Atlantic region) with over 25 years of genealogical and historic research experience. She worked nearly five years at AncestryProGenealogists®, the research arm of Ancestry®, before starting her own genealogical research business, Lineage Detectives. She has a Masters in Historic Preservation and previously worked as an architectural historian and GIS specialist for an architecture and engineering firm.
 
Sara finished teaching and mentoring her fifth section of study groups focused on the publication Mastering Genealogical Proof, administered under the umbrella of the ProGen Study Groups this past fall, as well as a class through the Applied Genealogical Institute (AppGen) on Writing Research Reports. She has spoken at local, state, regional, and national-level conferences, with a focus on social history on social history and how it affected our ancestors. She has also taught courses at the local level focusing on social history, DNA research and analysis, organization of genealogical materials, Southern US research, and beginning genealogical research.
 
Sara loves to learn and has attended courses at every genealogical institute (except AppGen), with topics ranging from Native American and African American research to “Law School for Genealogists” and Russian genealogical research. Her personal genealogy is focused on the East Coast of the United States and Western Europe.

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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


Adding Spreadsheets to Your Genealogy Toolbox
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Adding Spreadsheets to Your Genealogy Toolbox
7:00 pm
Virtual
Spreadsheets aren’t just for number crunching!  With Excel or another spreadsheet program in your genealogy toolkit you can create research logs, produce parallel timelines for multiple individuals, analyze data to identify patterns and problems, and design diagrams depicting complex family and inter-family relationships.  Examples of each of these will be presented in the context of actual research along with tips and tricks for creating them.
 
Susan O’Connor has been involved in genealogy since before she was born! When her parents announced their engagement, a distant relative declared “Maurice Bowler’s daughter has no business keeping company with Katie Manning’s son!” Testimony from an Irish missionary priest in Georgia enabled her parents to marry but it was only on their 60th wedding anniversary when Susan presented them with a detailed pedigree chart that they learned they were actually 3rd cousins. Susan has researched her family in Ireland, Australia and the United States and those of her husband and cousins from French Canada for over 20 years. She holds a Certificate in Genealogy Research from Boston University.  Susan serves on the boards of several genealogical societies and Boston-based non-profits.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.


A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow
7:30 pm
Virtual
The surprising, deliciously dramatic, and ultimately heartbreaking story of King George III's radical pursuit of happiness in his private life with Queen Charlotte and their 15 children
 
In the U.S., Britain's George III, the protagonist of A Royal Experiment, is known as the king from whom Americans won their independence and as "the mad king," but in Janice Hadlow's groundbreaking and entertaining new biography, he is another character altogether―compelling and relatable.
 
He was the first of Britain's three Hanoverian kings to be born in England, the first to identify as native of the nation he ruled. But this was far from the only difference between him and his predecessors. Neither of the previous Georges was faithful to his wife, nor to his mistresses. Both hated their own sons. And, overall, their children were angry, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and also made their lives unhappy ones.
 
Pained by his childhood amid this cruel and feuding family, George came to the throne aspiring to be a new kind of king―a force for moral good. And to be that new kind of king, he had to be a new kind of man. Against his irresistibly awful family background―of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal―George fervently pursued a radical domestic dream: he would have a faithful marriage and raise loving, educated, and resilient children.
 
The struggle of King George―along with his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children―to pursue a passion for family will surprise history buffs and delight a broad swath of biography readers and royal watchers. (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:
June 4, 2024  The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani 
July 2, 2024  Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer 
August 6. 2024  The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni  


Tour of the Worcester Room and Presentation on the Family Search Library
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Tour of the Worcester Room and Presentation on the Family Search Library
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
In Person
Join us for a tour of the Worcester Room at the Worcester Public Library, which contains many valuable and fragile resources of interest to genealogists and historians.  Our guide will be Alex London, reference librarian and genealogy specialist.  After the tour, we'll also hear a presentation on the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City, given by Seema-Jayne Kenney.
 
   9:00 am EDT    Library opens
 10:00 am EDT    Tour of the Worcester Room on the 3rd floor
 11:00 am EDT     Business Meeting in the Saxe Room on the 1st floor
 11:15 am EDT     Presentation on the Family Search Library in the Saxe Room on the 1st floor
 
Parking is available in the McGrath Parking Lot next to the library.  Bring your ticket to the Welcome Desk to be validated.  The cost is $1/hour with validation.
 
Join us for lunch at a local restaurant after the presentation.
 
This presentation will be In Person.  It is free and open to the public.
 
Location:
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem St
Worcester, MA
 
Alex London is a Reference Librarian and subject specialist in Local History and Genealogy at the Worcester Public Library.  He holds an MLIS degree from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.
 
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.
 
Presentation:  First Trip to the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City
 
Description:  The mecca of genealogy is the library in Salt Lake City. Let’s review the preparation, researching, and wrapping up of Seema’s first trip there in order to be more prepared for our own research trip.
 
 



18th Century Massachusetts Research
Saturday, April 27, 2024
18th Century Massachusetts Research
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Libary
Hybrid meeting, Meet us in person or Virtually by Zoom
        Preregistration: https://tinyurl.com/MVAPR2024
 
Presented by Melanie McComb of American Ancestors and NEHGS
 

The 18th century was a transformative and foundational period for Massachusetts: continued colonial conflicts, movement westward, revolution, the abolition of slavery, and ultimately statehood. This session will look at just some of the many records of the era—pre and post American independence—including military records, tax lists, census records, newspapers, city directories, and more.

 

Melanie McComb, Senior Genealogist, assists library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She is an international lecturer who teaches on a variety of topics. Melanie holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. She previously served as the social media coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network, a non-profit that creates a community for younger genealogists, where she managed the Facebook and Twitter accounts. She continues her interest in helping younger genealogists get involved at American Ancestors by assisting with educational programs from local schools, scout groups, and universities. Her areas of expertise include Irish genealogy, DNA, Atlantic Canada, Jewish genealogy, and military records.

 

Free and Open to the Public.
 
Collaboration, Education and Preserve


MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual Only
 
Breeds, Traits, & Matches: A Look at Ancestry's Pet DNA Testing
 
Join us for an informative presentation where we delve into the world of pet genetics, revealing breed composition, unique traits, and potential genetic matches through Ancestry's Pet DNA testing.
 
 
Bonnie Croteau is a genealogist with over thirty years of experience researching in the United States and Ireland. She specializes in New England research, lineage society applications, and writing and sharing her ancestral history. Bonnie is a member and lineage researcher for Daughters of the American Revolution and the treasurer and board member of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of MSOG. On her website, www.beyondthetreegenealogy.com, she shares her DAR education projects, family genealogy, and ancestral history.
 
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.


Genealogy Fun While Developing New Genealogists
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Genealogy Fun While Developing New Genealogists
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Sindi Broussard Terrien
 
Sindi was inspired to write "Genealogy Fun While Developing New Genealogists" and "Fun with Genealogy Activity Book 1" when she learned that fellow genealogists were discouraged by family members' lack of interest in genealogy and family history. As one of the organizers for family events, she looks for fun ways to include the family history and genealogy at parties and get-togethers.
 
Sindi's presentation will be how to engage family members with family history and genealogy that may lead them to adopt the genealogy pastime. She will discuss her personal experiences as well as examples from her two books.
 
Sindi Broussard Terrien is a research genealogist, specializing in Acadian and Cajun women. Her blog MyManyMothers.com features biographies of her many great-grandmothers. She recently published "Genealogy Fun While Developing New Genealogists" and "Fun with Genealogy Activity Book 1". She has written nine articles for the American-French Genealogical Society’s publication Je Me Souviens Magazine where she is an associate editor. Sindi Broussard Terrien received a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. Her passion for genealogy spans over twenty years.
 
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/BristolApr2024


Saturday, April 13, 2024
Meeting Cancelled
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
Middlesex Chapter Meeting
The April meeting has been canceled.
Our apologies for the inconvenience to our speaker and members.
 
Presented by Sandy Schaad
The American Colonization Society, a Historical Perspective and Related Genealogical Records
 
Please join us in May for our next monthly meeting.

 


Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 6, 2024
Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
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.
 
 
 


Person or Persons Unknown by Anthea Fraser
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Person or Persons Unknown by Anthea Fraser
7:30 pm
Virtual
Biographer and journalist Rona Parish investigates a young woman’s past in this twisty traditional mystery.
 
Rona Parish's last assignment, a series of articles on the town of Buckford, is almost complete, when a young woman approaches her with a request to help her trace her natural parents. Rona's curiosity is aroused - not least because she discovers that the woman's birth mother had been murdered in her bath twenty-five years earlier. (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:
May 7, 2024   A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow 
June 4, 2024  The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani 
July 2, 2024  Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer  



Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, March 30, 2024
Genealogy Workshop
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple St Georgetown MA
In Person ONLY! 
No Zoom session.
 
We will be sharing all things Genealogy during this workshop. Come with questions you may have. Bring a story of one of your researching projects. This time will be for you. Bring along your laptop and anything you might be working on. 
From beginner to advanced   Free and open to the Public.  
Bring a friend or family member.
 
The link below is to connect you to the library and you can check their internet resources and plan ahead.


What You Can Find in the David Allen Lambert Library
Saturday, March 16, 2024
What You Can Find in the David Allen Lambert Library
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Richard Reid
 
The David Allen Lambert Library is located at The Friends of Irish Research, 899 North Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301. It is open to the public. Currently our library is home to over 15,000 digital books and it is growing everyday. The Research Center is open on most Friday evenings 7:30pm - 9:30 pm. To make an appointment for a genealogical consult, please email us at friendsofirishresearch@gmail.com and we will communicate with you concerning the best day and time. Download the new consultation form to provide us vital information that will allow us to assist you online or in-person.
 
Richard Reid is the director of both the Friends of Irish Research and the David Allen Lambert Library which are based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, host a website full of research resources and provide consultations in the Brockton facility or via email. Richard has worked in the computer industry and taught in high schools, trade schools and colleges for over 40 years. He has co-authored four computer books and established several computer training centers in New England. He is an active member of over a dozen societies including the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association and TIARA. In addition to the computer and genealogical work, Richard also pastors North Baptist Church in Brockton.
 
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/BristolMar2024


So, You’re Having Trouble Finding Your Irish Ancestors
Thursday, March 14, 2024
So, You’re Having Trouble Finding Your Irish Ancestors
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
In this webinar you will learn of some of the more recent developments on commercial and free resources to aid in finding your ancestors in Ireland. You will learn of some ways to reach out to others for assistance and “on the ground” research. Find out about some different sources to look for descendants of those who came to Canada and the United States. Throughout the presentation, examples of research will be given. The presentation will also include a brief introduction to the research center in Brockton.
 
Richard Reid is the director of both the Friends of Irish Research and the David Allen Lambert Library which are based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, host a website full of research resources and provide consultations in the Brockton facility or via email. Richard has worked in the computer industry and taught in high schools, trade schools and colleges for over 40 years. He has co-authored four computer books, and established several computer training centers in New England. He is an active member of over a dozen societies including the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association and TIARA. In addition to the computer and genealogical work, Richard also pastors North Baptist Church in Brockton.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.


Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records
Saturday, March 9, 2024
Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
Middlesex Chapter Meeting
 
Presented by Alec Ferretti
 
Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records. This lecture will explain Freedom of Information Laws and how genealogists can use them to obtain often inaccessible record sets and to learn about how systems of records are organized.  A variety of jurisdictions and case studies will be discussed. 
 
 
About Alec Ferretti: Alec is a New York City-based professional genealogist who has worked for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high-net-worth clients.  Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th-century immigrants to the United States.  He is a regular lecturer at genealogical societies and conferences.  He serves as the President of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group, serves actively on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and on the Board of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit dedicated to wrangling public records from obstinate government agencies.
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
The meeting will be online via Zoom. 


The Sewing Girl's Tale by John Wood Sweet
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
The Sewing Girl's Tale by John Wood Sweet
7:30 pm
Virtual
On a moonless night in the summer of 1793 a crime was committed in the back room of a New York brothel―the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer did what virtually no one in US history had done before: she charged a gentleman with rape.
Her accusation sparked a raw courtroom drama and a relentless struggle for vindication that threatened both Lanah’s and her assailant’s lives. The trial exposed a predatory sexual underworld, sparked riots in the streets, and ignited a vigorous debate about class privilege and sexual double standards. The ongoing conflict attracted the nation’s top lawyers, including Alexander Hamilton, and shaped the development of American law. The crime and its consequences became a kind of parable about the power of seduction and the limits of justice. Eventually, Lanah Sawyer did succeed in holding her assailant accountable―but at a terrible cost to herself.
 
Based on rigorous historical detective work, this book takes us from a chance encounter in the street into the sanctuaries of the city’s elite, the shadows of its brothels, and the despair of its debtors’ prison. The Sewing Girl's Tale shows that if our laws and our culture were changed by a persistent young woman and the power of words two hundred years ago, they can be changed again. (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:
April 2, 2024   Person or Persons Unknown by Anthea Fraser
May 7, 2024   A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow 
June 4, 2024  The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani 


UMass Amherst Special Collections
Saturday, March 2, 2024
UMass Amherst Special Collections
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Hybrid: Millbury 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.
 
  9:00 am EST    Library opens
  9:30 am EST    Socializing
  9:45 am EST    Business meeting
10:00 am EST    Presentation
 
Join us for lunch at a local restaurant after the presentation.
 
This presentation will be Hybrid - In Person and Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required if you are attending virtually at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkceGpqj8iGtLzvLOU2gf16yyW9wf-3Ubo#/registration
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
In Person Location:
Millbury Public Library
128 Elm St
Millbury, MA
 
                                                



MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual Only
Note: this has been moved to February 28th.
 
What Can DNA Segments Tell Us?
Understanding Chromosome Browsers
Through a Case Study on Eye Color Inheritance
 
Join us in exploring the fascinating intersection of genetic genealogy and trait inheritance as we delve into the practical use of chromosome browsers. This lecture combines an introduction to chromosome browsers, their significance in genetic genealogy, and a case study focused on the genetic process of eye color inheritance. Discover how to use chromosome browsers to visualize shared DNA segments, evaluate genetic matches, and gain insights into inherited traits.
 
 
Bio:
 
Bonnie Croteau is a genealogist with over thirty years of experience researching in the United States and Ireland. She specializes in New England research, lineage society applications, and writing and sharing her ancestral history. Bonnie is a member and lineage researcher for Daughters of the American Revolution and the treasurer and board member of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of MSOG. On her website, www.beyondthetreegenealogy.com, she shares her DAR education projects, family genealogy, and ancestral history.
 
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.


The Gravestone Girls,
Saturday, February 24, 2024
The Gravestone Girls," Welcome to the Graveyard"
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library
Come Join us in person at the Georgetown Peabody Library
Or by Zoom To register for the event  http://tinyurl.com/MVFEB2024
 
"Welcome to the Graveyard", is a 90 minute illustrated ‘virtual tour’ chronicling cemetery art, history and symbolism. From  colonial New England burial grounds of the 16 and 1700's, through the nation-wide rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and up to the 21st century locations, the program examines why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years. The presentation is robust with photographs of original gravestones and burial grounds from cemeteries visited by Gravestone Girls over many years.
 
BIO:
Gravestone Girls create replicas of old New England tombstones in the form of wall hangings, magnets, coasters, mirrors, chocolate and more. Cast directly from originals still on cemetery landscapes, their art is a piece of history in your hand!  Brenda Sullivan has been immersed gravestone art, history and symbolism for more than 30 years.  An education in Art History and restoration led  to the creation of Gravestone Girls and a mission to "Keep Our Dead Alive" through educational lectures, tours, classes and creation of New England gravestone replicas.
 
 
 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


8th Annual Ancestors Day
Saturday, February 17, 2024
8th Annual Ancestors Day
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 https://tinyurl.com/BristolFeb2024


Navigating Challenges in Metes and Bounds Land Platting: Techniques and Solutions
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Navigating Challenges in Metes and Bounds Land Platting: Techniques and Solutions
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
Middlesex Chapter Meeting
 
Presented by Kimberly L. Powell
 

Navigating Challenges in Metes and Bounds Land Platting: Techniques and Solutions

This follow-up session on metes and bounds platting tackles the common hurdles genealogists encounter when platting and locating an ancestor's land. We will explore strategies for overcoming incomplete land descriptions, methods for finding unrecorded land transactions, and techniques for leveraging historical and contemporary maps to bridge record gaps. You'll walk away with practical platting skills for tracing and documenting ancestral properties.
 

 

About Kimberly Powell: Kimberly is a professional genealogist, author, and educator specializing in genealogical writing, pre-1850 family history, land records, DNA, and solving complex problems. She served as the Genealogy Expert for About.com for sixteen years and is a past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She teaches at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), as well as in the online genealogy programs offered through Boston University. She’s especially passionate about researching hard-to-find families in the Carolinas and Virginia, and sharing her love of genealogy with others through teaching. You can find her online at Level Up Genealogy (https://www.levelupgenealogy.com).

 
 
(Kimberly Powell's presentation from December 2022 Introduction to Metes and Bounds will be available exclusively to members from January 26th to February 9th. It is recommended to watch this presentation before the February 10th lecture.)
 

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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


The Staff of the U.S. Census
Thursday, February 8, 2024
The Staff of the U.S. Census
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
Just who was creating the documents genealogists typically turn to first? What rules did they follow? How long did they have to complete their job? How big is an enumeration district? These questions and more probably occur to anyone doing extensive research in the U.S. Census reports. This presentation tries to answer some of these questions, providing context for the data we turn to so often.
 
Seema-Jayne Kenney has been exploring her family history since she was in high school. After earning a B.A. in Spanish & Social Science and a B.S. in Management Information Systems and Business Administration, she completed the Genealogical Research Certificate Program at Boston University’s Center for Professional Education and continued her education via ProGen & the National Institute on Genealogical Research. She is the proprietor of her own business, ABLE – Ancestral Books, Legacy, and Education – in addition to being a mother of three and a lover of puzzles and needle arts projects. 
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.
 


Above the Salt by Katherine Vaz
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Above the Salt by Katherine Vaz
7:30 pm
Virtual
John Alves, son of a famous Presbyterian martyr on the Portuguese island of Madeira, spends his childhood in jail and in poverty. When he meets Mary Freitas―though the adopted daughter of a master botanist, her true lineage is the subject of dangerous rumor―a spark kindles a lasting bond. But soon their families must confront the rising blood tide of warfare between Catholics and Protestants. Fleeing with only what they can carry, John and Mary are separated and arrive at different times and places in a rapidly growing and changing mid-nineteenth-century Illinois.
 
Years later, John settles into his life as an educator at Jacksonville’s nationally renowned school for the deaf, and Mary is a gardener in Springfield for handsome, wealthy Edward Moore. After John and Mary reconnect, the home of rising politician Abraham Lincoln provides a prime setting for their courtship. But conflict looms on the horizon, and John is torn. Should he join the Union army to prove his loyalty to his new country, or should he stay to fight for the chance to make a life with the one he loves?
 
And should Mary accept Edward’s marriage proposal since he is a partner in her business of selling the miracle-berry fruit she transported from Madeira, or should she choose her passion for John? Social jealousies and betrayals compound the obstacles unleashed by the Civil War. (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:
March 5. 2024  The Sewing Girl's Tale by John Wood Sweet   
April 2, 2024   Person or Persons Unknown by Anthea Fraser
May 7, 2024   A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow 


DAR Library Resources
Saturday, February 3, 2024
DAR Library Resources
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 EST    Socializing
  9:45 am EST    Business meeting
10:00 am EST    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
 



Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Georgetown Peabody Library Georgetown MA
Attend in person or by Zoom :  Register to join us by Zoom, https://tinyurl.com/MVJan2024
 
Your ancestors may have arrived in America with the great waves of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Or they may have emigrated before the Civil War. While there are specific strategies for each ethnic group, there is also a systematic process that applies to any search. I will guide you through each step of the process with examples. FInd out about your immigrant ancestors and tell their story! 
 
Margaret Rose Fortier is a Board-certified genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer, and the daughter of an immigrant. Named after her grandmothers and inspired by her mother’s phenomenal memory, she has been researching for 20 years.
She specializes in immigrant ancestors to New England. She serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a proud member of the Merrimack Valley chapter. She is eternally grateful that her husband’s French-Canadian Furkey ancestors changed their name back to Fortier.
 
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
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Judy Russell (Presenter will be virtual)
 
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 supported in part by a grant from the Somerset Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”
 
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/BristolJan2024
 
 


Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish... Who were YOUR Colonial Ancestors?
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish... Who were YOUR Colonial Ancestors?
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
Middlesex Chapter Meeting
 
Presented by Morgan Elliott
Almost everyone in America can claim Irish ancestors... or can they? If your people came from Ireland before the Revolutionary War, they may not have been "Irish" at all. So how do you determine that from what you know about them, and what records will help you discover more?
 

Morgan Elliott first discovered her grandparents had ancestors on November 19, 2006.  For real!  Late to the party, she hasn't stopped trying to figure out who they all were since most of them magically appeared in Appalachian Virginia before 1800; she's not entirely done yet!

She discovered the DAR and joined in early 2009, focused on finding her and others’ ancestors. Morgan created the DAR Supplementals Support Facebook group in 2012, which now boasts 10,000 members. The group assists those interested in researching their ancestors.  She was named National Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist of the Year in 2016 and served as the national chair of the Lineage Research Committee 2016-2019.

While preferring to think of genealogy as Alzheimer’s prevention rather than an addiction, Morgan has completed nine courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, earned the Boston University Certificate in Advanced Genealogical Research, and is currently working up her nerve to apply for accreditation from ICAPGen for the Upper South Region.  She has LOTS of Massachusetts ancestors, none of whom, tragically, have made her eligible for Mayflower membership. Yet.

Morgan is a member of several different lineage societies, has difficulty saying no, and has little personal life. She is self-employed as a realtor and a licensed private fiduciary. She spends her spare time hiking around Arizona with her Labrador Retrievers Asher and Gracie, gardening, making another cup of coffee, and trying in vain to get white dog hair off her clothes.

 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Handout Attached: Further Research into the Early American Scots
This meeting will be online via Zoom


Basic Heraldry for Genealogists
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Basic Heraldry for Genealogists
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
Heraldry is an ancient and compelling visual expression of personal and family identity. It can also be a useful lens through which to research family history. Nathaniel Taylor will briefly introduce the visual building blocks of a coat of arms, and will focus on how they can signify genealogical relationships, including marriage and descent. He will cover the first questions to ask and a few key resources for dealing with heraldry in the context of family history.
 
Dr. Nathaniel Lane Taylor, PhD, FASG, is the Editor and Publisher of The American Genealogist. He taught medieval and modern history at the university level for fifteen years. His genealogical research spans from medieval Spain, France, and Britain to colonial New England and Virginia. He is Vice President of the American Society of Genealogists, and is Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the 36th International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, to be held in Boston in September 2024.  His interest in heraldry dates back to his years teaching medieval military and cultural history. He has been a member of the Committee on Heraldry of NEHGS/AmericanAncestors since 2006.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.
 


Mixers and Shakers- Tracing Bartending
Saturday, January 6, 2024
Mixers and Shakers- Tracing Bartending
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 EST    Socializing
  9:45 am EST    Business meeting
10:00 am EST    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
 
 


A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
7:30 pm
Virtual
This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker’s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father’s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie’s duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s unstoppable campaign to get Santa—or anyone else—to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”? (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.



Merrimack Valley Chapter
Saturday, December 23, 2023
Merrimack Valley Chapter
We will not be meeting the month of December.
Have an enjoyable Holiday season with your family and friends.
 
The MV Chapter Board.


MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
MSOG Members only - DNA SIG
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual Only
Using SHARED MATCHES within Your DNA Results
Basic DNA research requires nothing more than your matches, their shared matches, and genealogy software!
This quick introduction to getting more from your DNA results will give you the steps for connecting the matches together.
 
Come join us for a conversation about Shared Matches.
What have you learned by looking at your DNA matches?
What do you have questions about your DNA?
 
 
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.


DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword
Saturday, December 16, 2023
DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Thomas MacEntee (Presenter will be virtual)
 
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 https://tinyurl.com/BristolDec2023
 


Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ancestral Holiday Traditions
Thursday, December 14, 2023
Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ancestral Holiday Traditions
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
For our December webinar, Jean Wilcox Hibben will be presenting a program that connects some of our more common holiday traditions in the United States to their beginnings during the time of our ancestors of various cultures and countries.  
 
A native of the Chicago suburbs & former Board Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben now resides in So. Cal. where she was a college professor for 13 years, teaching Speech Communication, retiring to pursue her passions: family history & folklore (with a doctorate in the latter). She is a national speaker, the former Director of the Corona (CA) Family History Center, President & webmaster of the Corona Gen. Soc., & Past-President of the So. Calif. Chapter of APG. She has also been on the boards of the Gen'l Speakers Guild, Internat'l Soc. of Family History Writers & Editors, & APG. She was the Lead researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow. She writes the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, the newsletter of the Jefferson County, NY, Gen. Soc. She is part of Genealogy Journeys® producing podcasts on Social History.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.


Probate to Equity and Back
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Probate to Equity and Back
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual

Middlesex Chapter Meeting

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 


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Book One of Two, Same Night Discussion)
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Book One of Two, Same Night Discussion)
7:30 pm
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales. (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.
 
 


What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool (Book Two, Same Night Discussion))
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool (Book Two, Same Night Discussion))
7:30 pm
For anyone who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell “Tally Ho!” at a fox hunt, or how one landed in “debtor’s prison,” this book serves as an indispensable historical and literary resource. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the “plums” in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life—both “upstairs” and “downstairs.
 
An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from “ague” to “wainscoting,” the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day. (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.
 
 


Congregational Church Library & Archives Resources for Genealogy
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Congregational Church Library & Archives Resources for Genealogy
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Billy McCarthy presents Congregational Church Library & Archives Resources for Genealogy
 
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 EST    Socializing
  9:45 am EST    Business meeting
10:00 am EST    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.

 

 
 



“Researching Ships and Maritime History in Genealogy”
Saturday, November 25, 2023
“Researching Ships and Maritime History in Genealogy”
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING ONLY
Virtual by ZOOM only. Register at https://tinyurl.com/MVNov2023
 
Come join Peter McCracken, his first presentation with our Merrimack Valley Chapter.
 
 "Doing ship research can be tricky, however, especially Ships play a critical role in genealogy, from a tool by which our ancestors emigrated, to places where they worked, served, or played. Vessel research can lead to meaningful insights into the experiences of our ancestors: for example, knowing the history of a naval ship on which an ancestor served, even if the ancestor is not mentioned in that history, can tell us something important about their life experiences. Discovering a journal kept by someone who was on the same immigrant voyage as our ancestor could lead to remarkable insights about our ancestors’ past. Or, adding a picture of the cruise ship our grandparents sailed on during their honeymoon can add a nice touch to a printed family history. when so many vessels share the same name." 
 
About Peter , He holds an MA in Maritime History and an MLS in Library Science, will share a range of ways
of searching for information about ships - from his own ShipIndex.org website to historical newspaper databases and more.
Peter will show ways of searching for books and journal articles about ships (or any subject) even when you don’t have access to large subscription databases. Peter McCracken is co-founder of ShipIndex.org, which he started with his brother in 2009,  Since 2016, he has been an electronic resources librarian at Cornell University. Peter earned a BA from Oberlin College, an MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, and an MA in Maritime History from East Carolina University. He worked as a reference librarian at East Carolina and at the University of Washington, before starting a library service company called Serials Solutions in 2000. The company established an entire marketplace in the library industry, was an immediate success, and was acquired by ProQuest in 2004. Peter received the Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award from the American Library Association in 2011, the UNC School of Information and Library Science Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and a Sea History Award of Appreciation from the National Maritime Historical Society in 2014. He has published multiple scholarly articles in librarianship, and wrote a quarterly column in Sea History about “Doing Maritime History  Research Online” for twelve years.
      
“OPEN TO THE PUBLIC”  Bring a Friend.


Bridging Your Past and Future: Creating Compelling Stories with Your Research
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Bridging Your Past and Future: Creating Compelling Stories with Your Research
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Melissa Ann Kitchen (Presenter will be in-person)
 
Author of Bridging Your Past and Future: The Top 10 Items to Include When Documenting Your Personal History and host of The Preserve Your Past Podcast, Melissa uses her talents as a teacher, counselor, writer, and coach to help others do the same. Her mission is to inspire and support others as they preserve their past through the power of personal stories. During the talk she will discuss the following topics:
 
· How to use storytelling to bring our research alive
· How to write inspirational stories that capture your unique voice and personality.
· How to make sure your stories are entertaining and vivid.
· How to create a heartfelt gift for future generations.
 
After losing her own parents at a young age, preserving her family history and ties to the past became even more important to Melissa Ann Kitchen. She and her siblings struggled to find many details of their past and longed for stories told in their parents' own words. Melissa believes the Russian proverb that says, “You live as long as you are remembered,” so as a mom she decided to do a better job building the bridge between generations for her children by documenting family stories to pass along to her future generations.
 
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/BristolNov2023
 


Sharing Stories of Your Lessons Learned - An Oral History Workshop
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Sharing Stories of Your Lessons Learned - An Oral History Workshop
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Virtual
Middlesex Chapter Meeting
 
Workshop led by Melissa Ann Kitchen
In “Sharing Your Lessons Learned,” we will review a powerful story template that will allow you to easily share some of your most impactful stories and connections to the people who have meant the most to you.  This template can be used repeatedly, allowing you to bridge generations - helping the future learn from the past. Melissa will guide participants through her “7 Steps to Writing Your Powerful Personal Stories Process,” and each participant will leave with the start of their first story.

About Melissa Ann Kitchen

Since losing her parents at a young age, Melissa has placed more importance on preserving her family history and ties to the past. She and her siblings struggled to find many details of their past and longed for stories told in their parents' own words. Melissa believes the Russian proverb, “You live as long as you are remembered,” and so, as a mom, she decided to do a better job building the bridge between generations for her children by documenting family stories to pass along to her future generations. Author of Bridging Your Past and Future: The Top 10 Items to Include When Documenting Your Personal History and host of  The Preserve Your Past Podcast, Melissa uses her talents as a teacher, counselor, writer, and coach to help others do the same.  Her mission is to inspire and support others as they preserve their past through the power of personal stories.

 
This workshop is for members only. 


2023 Annual Meeting - Pictures from Our Past
Saturday, November 11, 2023
2023 Annual Meeting - Pictures from Our Past
8:00 am
Marlborough Country Club 200 Concord Rd, Marlborough, MA
Join us 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 is now open through October 28th, check back for more information as it becomes available.

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

 


Who Were the Passengers of the Mayflower?
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Who Were the Passengers of the Mayflower?
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
We’ve all heard the story of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620 but who were these intrepid souls, what did they believe, why did they come to New England, and who left descendants? This presentation explores these 
topics and provides information on resources available for learning more about our Pilgrim ancestors.
 
Karen A. Fortin has degrees in History and Library and Information Science and a passion for research. She worked in a public library in Florida for 30 years before switching to genealogical lecturing in 2016. She is a member of various genealogical societies and loves to help people explore their family history so that they can better understand their ancestors and the world in which they lived.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.
 
 


CANCELLED - The Puritan Family by Edmund S. Morgan
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
CANCELLED - The Puritan Family by Edmund S. Morgan
7:30 pm
Virtual
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
The Puritans came to New England not merely to save their souls but to establish a "visible" kingdom of God, a society where outward conduct would be according to God's laws. This book discusses the desire of the Puritans to be socially virtuous and their wish to force social virtue upon others. (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 5, 2023  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens AND What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool