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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.
  • How to Be a Good Ancestor
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists
  • Gravestones and Genealogy


Date:  January 23, 2018

"How to Be a Good Ancestor"

Speaker:  Seema Jayne Kenney

While you may feel there is nothing important or noteworthy about your life, sometime within the next 100 years, someone who is researching their own history is going to want to know more about you. We'll look at a few ways to leave them something to find.

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 Date:  February27, 2018 - WEBINAR

"WolframAlpha for Genealogists"

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee

WolframAlpha, according to Thomas MacEntee, Internationally known genealogist and blogger, is a "computational database and NOT a search engine." So why is this an important resource for the serious researcher? Well, you can enter a given name into WolframAlpha's database, like Elizabeth, and it will list all the common nicknames for that particular moniker. Very helpful when researching census records and civil records including births and marriages. It is also possible to find the modern day equivalent to diseases referred to in very old documents. Using this database is a fun and easy way to add another dimension to what you already know about your ancestors' lives. 



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Date:  March 27, 2018

"Gravestones and Genealogy"

Speaker:  Brenda Sullivan from the Gravestone Girls

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