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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
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    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.
  • Transatlantic Genealogy: Linking American Ancestors to Ireland
  • Crossing the Border
  • "The Immigrant" and "The Believers"
  • Ancestry in the Canadian Maritime Provinces with Acadian Roots
  • No Meeting in December
  • NERGC 2019 Information

 

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:  October 23, 2018

"The Immigrant" and "The Believers"

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


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Date:  November 27, 2018

"Ancestry in the Canadian Maritime Provinces with Acadian Roots"

Speaker: Richard Reid

This presentation covers the availability of online and on-site resources in the Maritime Canadian provinces as well as a review of the early history of the area, in particular, the Acadian roots. Growing up in Nova Scotia and with relatives in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, Richard has a personal interest in these resources and what can be uncovered in one's family research. Sample documents used in the presentation are from the presenter's personal family research.

 Richard Reid is the director of Friends of Irish Research which is based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, host a website full of research resources and provide consultations in the Brockton facility or via email. Richard has worked in the computer industry and taught in high schools, trade schools and colleges for over 30 years. He has co-authored four computer books, and established several computer training centers in New England. He is an active member of MSOG, MGC, APG, NEAPG, PCGI, Genealogical Associastion of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association. In addition to the computer and genealogical work, Richard also paastors North Baptist Church in Brockton, MA.

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No meeting is scheduled for December

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NERGC 2019

Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past

April 3-6, 2019

Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown (Formerly the Radisson Hotel)

700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH  03101

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Information

 From the NERGC 2019 Conference Facebook page on August 14, 2018

Hotel registration has been open for a while. If you are planning to stay in Manchester for the NERGC conference you can make hotel reservations now.

Two very important issues:

First, if you have not yet made your arrangements, call (603) 625-1000, mention the NERGC conference for the discounted rate. The rate is NOT available if you register on line.

Second, it was recommended to me this morning (8/14/2018) when I was confirming a reservation I made months ago that I should call again in late October to absolutely make sure the reservation is intact. They are making changes in ownershp, name and data base management.

 

 

 

 

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