Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Chipping Away at Brick Walls Using DNA - Sandy Murray, PhD

DNA testing estimates the “degree of relatedness” between individuals rather than filling in names in a tree but it can point the investigator in the right direction to break down those pesky brick walls - if the analysis is both organized and comprehensive. In this presentation we’ll briefly compare the five major companies commonly used today, illustrate different approaches to organizing and analyzing results, overview the newest exciting analytical methods developed in the last year, and then apply DNA results to several case studies. Handouts will include a reference list for blogs, webinars, charts, YouTube videos and other resources in this fast-moving field.

After a career as a laboratory research cell biologist, Sandy has been working with DNA in a genetic genealogy setting since 2011. She is particularly interested in helping genealogists who have received their “DNA results” and “matches” but have no idea how to work with them. She also moderates the monthly Chelmsford Genealogy Club’s DNA Special Interest Group.

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Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Mining for Gold in Federal Records - Linda B. MacIver

As the recipient of the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship for 2018, Linda was awarded tuition and coverage for some other expenses for the week-long seminar, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, held at NARA in Washington, DC, in July. She will be sharing with us some of her discoveries regarding the wealth of federal records useful for genealogical research, as well as some breakthroughs in her own family history. You haven't done that "reasonably exhaustive search" unless you include more than the usual federal records. It really is a myth that our families weren't important enough to be in records preserved at the National Archives. Come and hear why!

Linda MacIver is an educator, lecturer, librarian and genealogy researcher. She recently retired from a 27-year career at the Boston Public Library, where she inaugurated the BPL patron genealogy classes in 2011. She taught the multi-week beginners' genealogy course for the past five years. She also organized two seasons of the Local and Family History series and developed the Intermediate Genealogy Summer Lecture series over the past three years. She is the Secretary of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) and the Essex (Mass.) Society of Genealogists (ESOG). She serves as the New England Representative for the Essex (England) Record Office. Linda has a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MEd. from Boston University and earned her MLIS at Simmons College..

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Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Demystifying Ahnentafels - Peg Plummer

In this presentation, you’ll learn about genealogical numbering systems. The numbering system familiar to us today was invented centuries ago but is still widely used and very versatile. The Ahnentafel (people-table) presents your family pedigree in a portable format and it is easily publishable so you can share your work. It’s a very useful tool to add to your genealogy toolbox.

Peg Plummer is known in the area as a presenter with an eclectic range of genealogy topics in her tool bag. She enjoys coaching individuals and groups to a greater understanding of tried-and-true genealogy skills. Peg is a past-

president of ESOG, and a member of MSOG and ACGS. She’s also outgoing corresponding secretary of the Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury. She’s working on her descent from Jane Walford, an accused witch of Great Island, New Hampshire, through three of her daughters. Peg also moderates a DNA Special Interest Group.

 

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May
19
12:00 PM12:00

An Overview of Online Genealogy Subscriptions - Richard Reid

Among genealogy subscription websites, Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, and Family Search are the big four. In this presentation, Richard will explore the strengths and weaknesses of each - including free features you may not know about. In addition to the big four, there are many lesser-known subscription services that can be of great assistance in your family research.

Richard Reid is the director of Friends of Irish Research, based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, a website full of research resources, and provide consultations in Brockton or via email. Richard has worked in the computer industry and taught in high schools, trade schools, and colleges for over thirty years. He has co-authored four computer books, and established several computer training centers in New England. He is a member of MSOG, MGC, NEAPG, PCGI, and the Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association. He also pastors a Baptist Church in Brockton.

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Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

A Needle in a Haystack: Discovering Boston's 19th Century African American Police Officers - Margaret R. Sullivan

Lost lives of pioneer African American police officers have been recovered through unlikely sources, including pardons, political clubs, business records, and anti-lynching societies.  A primer on finding that elusive ancestor!

Margaret R. Sullivan is Records Manager & Archivist to the Boston Police Department. She has conducted independent research on forgotten line of duty deaths and Boston's first women, African American, and Jewish officers. A Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and former Vice-President of TIARA, Margaret has been researching her own Irish ancestors for 20 years, She is currently working with UMass Boston Archives and a group of volunteer genealogists to document the later lives of the police officers in the 1919 Boston Police Strike before the centenary in September, 2019.

 

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Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Sharing Your Research Results - Seema-Jayne Kenney

Today’s technologies give us many ways to share results without writing a full book. Seema will discuss creative ways to share even small discoveries that might interest your living family members.

Seema 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. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, has completed the ProGen Study Program, and is an active member and officer of several societies.

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Feb
17
12:00 PM12:00

Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research - Marian Pierre-Louis

Some genealogical challenges cannot be solved with direct evidence. This typically requires extensive research into collateral lines to find supporting information that leads to indirect evidence. With enough solid indirect evidence you can successfully prove your case.

Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogy Professional who focuses on New England research. She specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Marian is the host of the Genealogy Professional podcast, a show committed to helping genealogy professionals become better business people.

 

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Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

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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Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

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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Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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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