Date: September 27, 2016
"Irish Genealogy 101"
Speaker: Thomas Toohey
When Tom Toohey was a boy, his parents often hosted family parties. At these parties the family gathered around the fireplace and told stories about “the olden days.” When his parents died, Tom collected their stories in a two volume book entitled Images of Other Lives. This experience led him to become more interested in his ancestors from Ireland and he began to go there to see where they lived.
Since his first trip to Ireland, Tom has studied Irish genealogy with great zeal. He has read Irish history voraciously and attended dozens of lectures given by the most knowledgeable Irish genealogists. Tom has returned to Ireland 15 times and has found all the homes of his ancestors. These experiences have been emotionally powerful and life enriching.
An experienced teacher, Tom has developed a series of programs on genealogy. When attendees at his lectures requested video copies of his programs, Tom began to record them and will make them available soon through this website. His CMGS presentation will focus on both beginning steps of Irish family research and the more intermediate tips, tricks and resources that are available for the serious genealogist seeking Irish ancestors. Read More
Octorber 25, 2016
"Why You Should be Using Libraries as a Genealogy Tool!"
Speaker: Libby Feil, Director, Jaffrey Public Library
Libey Feil - a longtime genealogist and librarian at places such as the California State Library, St. Joseph County (Indiana) Public Library, and New England Historic Genealogical Society, will talk about how libraries are a powerful tool genealogists should be using. Through online resources, microfilmed records, archival documents, and important books, libraries will provice you with a wealth of unique or hard-to-find information AND save you money! Libby, now director of the nearby Jaffrey, NH Public Library, will provide examples from public libraries nationwide as well as from that fabulous regional resource, the NEHGS. Read More
Date: November 15, 2016
Speaker: Michael Brophy
Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. He was the first Treasurer of the New England of Association of Professional Genealogists. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers. In 2010, Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are?, on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
He has lectured on a wide variety of genealogy subjects at the National Genealogy Society’s Annual Conference in 2014, 2012 and 2011 and The Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR). He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy subjects. His genealogy education includes eight certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.
No meeting is scheduled for December Read More