Oct
21
12:00pm12:00pm

Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke - Ellen B. Alden

Author Ellen B. Alden’s book was inspired by the discovery of an antique leather box containing Civil War letters written by her great, great grandfather. Florence Burke escaped the Irish potato famine, eventually joining the Union Army during the Civil War as a “substitute” for a wealthy draftee, in exchange for a small piece of land. His letters from the battlefield are emotional and compelling, inspiring Ellen to learn their story and bring it to life in her novel.

Ellen B. Alden is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, with a teaching degree from Pepperdine University in California, and attendance at Merrimack College Graduate School of Education. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, and dabbled in the wine business. She earned Wine certificates at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center, and has worked at Andover Liquors, The Vineyard, and the Red Oak Winery. After living in Los Angeles, London, and Boston, she now lives in Andover, Mass., with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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Nov
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Making the Most of Your atDNA Test - Shellee A. Morehead, PhD, CG

When you get your DNA results, what’s next? Find out what to do with your data using your testing company website, third party websites and your genealogy database. This lecture will describe a variety of different ways that you can use your DNA results for expanding your family history research, such as utilizing various third party websites to assist in analyzing your results, showing how to use your genealogy database to make charts using DNA, and explaining why it helps to download your raw data from your testing company. Shellee will discuss how to develop a project for your family and identify people who might make interesting study subjects for DNA testing. Check out GedMatch, Promethease and other websites and learn how to make the most of your DNA test results.

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG, solves complex genealogical problems, writes and teaches genealogy and biology. She is Rhode Island-based, and specializes in Rhode Island, Italian-Immigrant, French-Canadian and genetic genealogy research.

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Sep
16
12:00pm12:00pm

Hunting for Hippies and Other Elusive Ancestors Using Specialty Newspapers - Charlene Key Sokal

Specialty newspapers can help you fill in the blanks about your families. There are numerous publications from various time periods that address specific audiences, like ethnic, religious, racial, occupational, political, or social groups. This lecture will describe many of these newspapers and the reasons for their publication, as well as how they can be found today.

Charlene Key Sokal, B.A., M.S.L.S., has been a Supervisory Librarian at the Worcester Public Library for 25 years, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for nine years. She is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. She was on the Program Committee for NERGC 2017. She takes private clients and has done personal genealogical research in Bavaria, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Texas.

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May
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Dissecting the Documents - Dave Robison

What did you find and what might you have missed? You’ll be surprised at what can be extracted from various documents. Census records, naturalization documents, vital records ... there’s more than meets the eye. And I guarantee it!

Dave Robison of Old Bones Genealogy of New England lectures on family research at all levels. He holds BU’s Genealogy Research Program certificate, is President of Western Mass. Genealogical Society, past president of the New England Chapter of APG and holds memberships in genealogical associations in the US and Canada. He is Co-Chair of the upcoming 14th New England Regional Genealogical Conference, NERGC 2017, to be held in Springfield, MA, 26-29 April 2017.

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Apr
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Finding the Stories of Your Ancestors: Using Social History to Bring Their History to Life - Pamela Guye Holland

This talk illustrates how to move beyond the traditional sources of just names and dates and use social history to learn what a typical day, or not so typical day, was like in your ancestor's life. What did your ancestors eat or wear, what was their daily life like, why did they do the things they did? Discover where to find a variety of resources that answer these questions and provide rich context to bring your ancestor's history to life.

Pamela Guye Holland lives in Swampscott and has been researching family roots found in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, England, Germany and Ireland since 2001. She serves on the board of the Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) and is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. In 2013 she became a professional genealogist and currently takes private clients and works for Research Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Her research specialties are Irish and Genetic Genealogy. She also has expertise in New England, New York (both city and state) and German research. Her website is http://www.GenealogyByPamHolland.com.

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Mar
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Using Land Records in Genealogical Research - Richard P. Howe, Jr.

Land records are a valuable resource often overlooked by genealogists. Perhaps that is because the system of keeping land records is complex, designed for doing title searches and not for researching family history. Richard Howe will untangle Massachusetts land records, explaining how they were organized from the seventeenth century until today and providing helpful hints on how to find your ancestors’ land ownership records.

Richard P. Howe Jr. is the Register of Deeds of the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell and is the past president of the Massachusetts Registers of Deeds Association. He is a graduate of Providence College and Suffolk University Law School, holds an MA in History from Salem State University, and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar for more than thirty years. Mr. Howe is the creator of richardhowe.com, a widely read blog about Lowell history and politics, and of Lowell Walks, a popular year-round program of guided walking tours. He is the author of Lowell: Images of Modern America and co-author of Legendary Locals of Lowell, both from Arcadia Publishing.

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Feb
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Researching Rural Slavery in Eighteenth Century Essex County Massachusetts - Jeanne Pickering

Jeanne Pickering, Salem State University, will review her research of enslaved families living in the rural areas of Essex County prior to the Revolutionary War. Using church and probate records, town histories and family archives, she is reconstructing enslaved families' genealogies that have been dispersed as the families themselves were.

Jeanne Pickering is a graduate student in history at Salem State University, finishing her Masters thesis on the lawsuits for freedom filed by enslaved individuals Essex County prior to the Revolutionary War. Her research interests are the social and cultural aspects of colonial slavery in rural Massachusetts concentrating on the North Shore. She regularly speaks on slavery in Essex County to local history groups and runs a website on Essex County slavery at NorthShoreSlavery.org.

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Dec
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Cancelled: Pot Luck Luncheon and Member Show and Tell

* Meeting Cancelled due to inclement weather *

 

A-G: Desserts (cut into individual pieces)

H-R: Main dishes, precooked and hot (we have power for crockpots)

S-Z: Soups or Salads (tossed or removed from molds)

Share your genealogy research - bring a family tree, album, book, etc, to display, or an interesting research story or brick wall problem for discussion.

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Nov
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Tracing Your English Ancestors - Linda B. MacIver

English parish registers are the only source for baptisms, marriages and burials between 1534 and 1837 when the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began. Wills were proved in church courts until 1858 and can reveal complex family relationships. Join Linda MacIver for a guide to understanding English parish registers and wills, using examples from Essex, England, and learn how to extend your family tree through these fascinating resources.

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Oct
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Autosomal DNA: Your Genetic Tapestry - Michael R. Maglio

Autosomal DNA tests are becoming very popular and affordable. The results from the testing can help find cousins, determine ethnicity and give an indication of medical conditions that exist within your genes. Don’t settle for the results that you get from the testing companies, dive into your genetic data and find out how to solve adoption or paternity roadblocks or validate your paper trail. Learn how your autosomal testing can weave a larger genealogical story.

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Sep
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Use Evernote for Genealogy and Nearly Everything Else - Richard Eastman

Remember years ago the promise that personal computers would someday store your notes, your recipes, and more? It took a long time, but that promise has now been fulfilled. Indeed, Evernote does all that and much, much more. It not only stores thousands of notes, pictures, sound files, web pages, and more, it also allows the user to quickly find and retrieve items amongst the thousands of bits of information stored in Evernote. Indeed, it is also one of the handiest tools a genealogist can use.

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