ESOG Meetings are held at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield MA. The church is on the corner of Summer and Main Streets, next to the Lynnfield Public Library. Parking is in the rear, off Main Street. Join us for a bring-your-own lunch and social hour at noon. Lectures will begin at 1:00 p.m.
September 20 - Prisoners, Thieves, and Rogues: Discover Your Black Sheep Ancestors, Michael L. Strauss, AG
Is there a horse thief in your family tree? Is there a Republican among the Democrats? Are there skeletons in your closet? If so, then this lecture is for you as it focuses on many genealogical records of men and woman who may have led more colorful lives. Discover valuable genealogical resources in Federal, State, and local records as you glean details about black sheep members of your family.
October 18 - Using Zotero, the Free Citation and Note Manager, Connie Reik, MSL, MA
Make your research easier to record, document, and access. Download and create citations from information on the web and elsewhere, attach notes to citations, create standalone notes to record ideas, and much more.
November 15 - Locating Historic Newspapers & Maps, Sharon E. Sergeant
Newspaper and map resources provide opportunities to better interpret traditional records and lead to other sources. They provide both a visual and cultural picture of the communities our ancestors lived in. The internet now offers us many millions of digitized images of the original sources (on both free and subscription sites) as well as free Finding Aids for the many gems that have not been digitized but do still exist in libraries and archives.
December 20 - Pot-Luck Luncheon and Show-and-Tell -- includes user of kitchen -- [starts at 12:00 noon]
A-G Main dishes, precooked and hot (we have power for crockpots)
H-R Soups or salads (tossed or removed from molds)
S-Z Desserts (cut into individual pieces)
Share your genealogy research – bring a family tree, album, book, etc. to display, or an interesting research story or brick wall problem for discussion.
January - No meeting.
February 21 -
"A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience", Emerson W. Baker
Emerson “Tad” Baker is Professor of History at Salem State University, and the award-winning author of many works on the history of early New England. He will discuss his recent book which sets the Salem Witch Trials in the broader context of American history from the seventeenth century to the present, and examines their enduring legacy. The talk will include a discussion of some of the many genealogical connections the author encountered in researching the book.
March 21 -
Comparing and Exploring Genealogy Software Programs,
Rhonda McClure, Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society
Rhonda McClure is a Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She will bring her technological expertise to share a comparison of some of the top genealogical programs. If you haven’t decided on a program, are thinking of switching programs, or want to learn more about the features of one you already use, join us for this informative lecture.
April 25 **- Using MassLandRecords.com for Property Research, Seema-Jayne Kenney
Seema Kenney is a professional genealogist and current President of the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Deeds are a powerful resource for genealogists. More importantly, Massachusetts land records are a free resource, and date back to 1731. Seema will show us how to search effectively, collect, and print documents from the MassLandRecords.com website.
[**Note that this is a departure from our usual third Saturday of the month, because the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is scheduled for April 16th-19th.]
May 16 - Beginning Again -- Tackling a New Research Area,
Christine Sharbrough is a Certified Genealogist and Head of Readers' Services at the Chelmsford Public Library, and has served in a variety of roles in many genealogical organizations. Every time we start a new line of research that is in a different time period or geographical area, we need to learn about the specific records and resources for that time and place. This talk explains how to find these resources and help yourself start off on the right foot with a new line of research.