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    Cost of Annual Membership: Individual: $15.00 Family: $20.00; Organization: $25.00 Read More
  • Meetings

    Meetings are held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, MA 01440 Read More
  • Publications

    Members of CMGS have compiled several publications. Read More
  • Links

    Links to Genealogy Resources Read More
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    • Welcome to the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Inc.
    • CMGS was founded 29 June 1993 in Gardner, Massachusetts.
    • Membership is open to all those interested in family history.
    • We meet January through October on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Our November meeting is on the third Tuesday in November from 7:00 to 9:00PM. There is no meeting in December
    • Membership extends from January to December.
    • Our members are always happy to help those just starting with genealogy or with questions for finding their ancestors.
    • Guests are welcome for a $2.00 donation.
    • Please use the navigation menu to see further details about our organization.
  • Volunteering with the Archdiocese Catholic Records
  • SPECIAL EVENT - An Afternoon of Genealogy in Gardner
  • Transatlantic Genealogy: Linking American Ancestors to Ireland
  • Crossing the Border
  • "The Immigrant" and "The Believers"


July 24, 2018

"Volunteering with the Archdiocese Catholic Records"

Speaker:  Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator at NEHGS



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Date:  August 28, 2018

"Transatlantic Genealogy: Linking American Ancestors to Ireland"

Speaker:  Mary Daly

Mary E. Daly is one of the fournders of TIARA, a former president of TIARA, 30-year employee (retired) of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, where she worked as the CFO, Library Director and Senior Genealogist. She has been involved with Irish genealogy since 1976, and has traveled to Ireland on numerous occasions. She has written and lectured on Irish genealogical topics, among which is her latest publication, Genealogist's Handbook for Irish Research.

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Date: September 25, 2018

"Crossing the Border"

Speaker:  Sandra Goodwin

 The biggest hurdle to getting your French-Canadian lines back to France is sometimes making a connection between a family here in America and a Family back in Quebec. How do you know you have the right people? Where in Quebec Province did they originate?

Crossing the Boarder will cover several methodological strategies to incorporate into your research plan. We'll take a look at possible sources from the low hanging fruit to more obscure record sets.

Sandra Goodwin is a retired teacher who has been researching her family history since 1992. Wanting to become a professional genealogist after retirement, she decided to try her hand at podcasting. The result is "Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast" which looks at history, genealogical methodology, culture and respositories for French-Canadian genalogists. It also focuses on helping people with little or no knowledge of French find their way around French language records.

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Date:  September 25, 2018

"The Immigrant" and "The Believers"

Speaker:  Alfred Woolacott, III, Author of Historical Fiction Novels

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