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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
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    Members of CMGS have compiled several publications. 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.
  • Remembering the Salem Witch Trials: The Limits and Possibilities of Public History
  • How Fitchburg's Abolitionists Preserved the True Meaning of the Civil War for Seven Decades
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research
  • No Meeting in December

 

Date:  September 26, 2017

"Remembering the Salem Witch Trials:  The Limits and Possibilities of Public History"

Speaker:  Benjamin Railton, PhD

Ben Railton is a Professor of English Studies and the Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He is the author of four books, most recently History and Hope in American Literature: Models of Critical Patriotism (2016). He writes the daily AmericanStudier blog, is a frequent contributor to Huffington PostWe're History, and many other sites, and is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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Date:  October 24, 2017

"How Fitchburg's Abolitionists Preserved the True Meaning of the Civil War for Seven Decades"

Speaker:  Darren Barry

Despite the nation's deliberate whitewashing of the civil War's fundamental issues of slavery and racial equality, the small town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts remembered the country's greatest conflict and a mission to preserve the Union and to free four million slaves from bondage. In this provocative presentation Darren Barry examines the individuals and families that made up Fitchburg's abolitionist community and how they worked to preserve the true meaning of the Civil War over the course of seven decades.

Darren Barry is a local historian and high school history teacher. His first published work, "The Unity of the Republic and the Freedom of an Oppressed Race: Fitchburg's Civil War Soldiers' Monument, 1874" appears in the January 2017 issue of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts.

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 Date: November 28, 2017

"Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Researchr"

Speaker:  Marian Pierre-Louis

Your brick wall is giving you countless headaches and troubles. Perhaps it's time to take a fresh look at different people in your family tree. In this presentation we will discuss doing in-depth research on cousins and siblings in order to remove genealogy obstacles.

Marian Pierre-Louis, a native of Connecticut, grew up in a picturesque colonial town surrounded by historic houses and an ancient burial ground.  During her childhood she was nurtured in the ways of genealogy by a mother who had spent a better part of every Saturday at the Connecticut State Library. A poster calendar on the kitchen wall recorded five generations of ancestors’ birthdays for every day celebration.

Now Marian is a House Historian and Genealogical Lecturer who specializes in southern New England (CT, RI, MA) research. She frequently speaks on New England topics including house history research, social media, and a broad range of genealogical topics. Once a month you'll find her as the host of the evening webinar series for Legacy Family Tree webinars.

 

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No meeting is scheduled for December

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