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 Date:  April 23, 2019

"Tiernan's Wake"

Speaker:  Richard T. Rook

The author will talk about his book - a search for family and the Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley

      I was born in 1948, grew up in Rhode Island, and graduated Georgetown University (1969) and Boston University Law School (1976). In 2016, after 39 years as a practicing attorney and 20 years as a consulting genealogist, I decided to become a writer -- to keep a promise that I made to an inspirational high school English teacher in 1964. Better late than never.

       I wanted to write a book that reflected our “noble quest” -- the never-ending search for family roots and connections. I eased into it short stories, which won several awards and encouraged me to keep going. My debut novel Tiernan’s Wake, an historical mystery, was published in 2018. I hope to have the sequel ready for publication in 2019. Tiernan’s Wake was Winner of the American Book Fest 2018 American Fiction Award, and a finalist for the Chaucer Award (historical fiction) in the Chanticleer International book competition.

       I am married to Dyan Gingras Rook, an artist, retired public school art teacher, and direct descendant of a 14th-century female French pirate who appears in the novel. We live in Wrentham, Massachusetts.





  • Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters
  • "Using th PRDH and the LaFrance Databases"
  • Funeral Homes & Family History


Date:  August 27, 2019

"Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters"

Speaker:  Kathy Kaldis

Kathleen Kaldis fell in love with genealogy at a young age, she is a professional genealogist known as The Ancestor Finder.  Her interest in genealogy started when heard stories about how her great great-grandfather, who was born on Cape Breton Island, came to Boston to build Fenway Park.  She used to be a Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston and enjoyed working with the patrons.  She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and has successfully completed many genealogical institute courses though the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH).   Kathleen is very active within the genealogical community serving in many leadership positions within many organizations.  She is a member of the Lexington DAR and personally brought in 125 new members in two years.   As a lecturer her enthusiasm will show through as she shares her passion of genealogy with the audience.



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Date:  September 24, 2019

"Using the PRDH and the LaFrance Databases"

Speaker:  Sandra Goodwin

Two of the most valuable resources available to French-Canadian genealogists are the PRDH and GenealogieQuebec’s Lafrance database. Sandra Goodwin of the Maple Stars and Stripes genealogy podcast will explain the different versions of the PRDH, the benefits of using the Lafrance database, and how to coordinate the information between both collections. The Drouin Institute has also generously donated two raffle prizes for audience members: a 1-year subscription to Genealogy Quebec (where you can access the Lafrance database as well as several other valuable resources) and 500 PRDH hits (a hit is access to one record).

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Date:  October 29, 2019 ** Note Date Change (5th Tuesday) **

Funeral Homes & Family History: They're Dying to Meet You

Speaker:  Daniel Earl

Daniel Earl got his start at age 10 when he visited his great-grandfather's grave. He spent the last 25 years researching his own family and helping others make history a part of their story. Daniel is a member of several groups and organizations and has experience doing research in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states in the United States, New England, Eastern Canada, Eastern Europe, Great Britain and Ireland.

Most genealogists know how to look in a cemetery to find their ancestors, but what about funeral homes? Funeral home records can provide loads of genealogically rich information. This presentation will teach participants what types of records are typically found in funeral homes, how to locate these resources online an "in the field", as well as provide real-life examples of how to search from ancillary clues in funeral home records.


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