Upcoming Meetings 2021


April 27 , 2021 – “The Family History Guide – Whether you’re just beginning or you’ve been at it a while, doing family history can be easier. The Family History Guide helps you choose a path you’re interested in, with tools to help you find the information you need. Informal training on how to use the FHG platform, with tips and tricks on negotiating the various menus and how to zero in on the specific information that meets your research needs.

Bob Taylor has been actively doing family history for over 25 years. He has combined his passion for genealogy with his background in instructional design to produce an industry-leading learning resource for family history—The Family History Guide.

Bob earned his BA degree from Brigham Young University and MA degree from California State University, Los Angeles, both in Music Education. A career change led him to instructional design and technical writing, where he has worked for large technology corporations such as Novell, Intel, and Western Digital. At Intel University, he redesigned key training courses for employees and managers worldwide, as well as teaching management courses in Washington, Arizona, Oregon, California, and Utah. He has authored many online and written learning systems, helping others accelerate learning in technology, music, and family history.

Bob has been a featured presenter at RootsTech 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020. He has also presented at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Pikes Peak Library (Colorado) Fair, Riverton FamilySearch Library, UVTAGG, and the BYU Family History Conference, in addition to numerous Family History Fairs in the United States.


May 25, 2021 – “From Pilgrims to Pioneers: Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors” – The Great Migration of New England started with the Pilgrims, who sailed on the Mayflower and ended in 1640. During that period, almost 20,000 individuals came to the New England Colonies from Europe but mostly from the British Isles. Over the next one hundred and fifty-plus years, many of their descendants migrated westward to the great western frontier to become Pilgrims in their own right. The lecture will discuss some of the common migration patterns out of New England and record collections helpful when tracking your ancestors back to New England.

Kathleen is a professional genealogist and genealogical speaker.  She has worked as a Genealogist at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and The New England Historic and Genealogical Society and specializes in lineage and forensic research.  She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and has successfully completed many advanced level genealogical institute courses. Kathleen is very active within the genealogical community and serves in many leadership positions for many organizations. A proud member of the Lexington Massachusetts DAR and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.   Her areas of genealogical expertise are:  New England and the Atlantic Canadian Provinces, lineage research, forensic research, Greek Research, Researching Mariners who Sailed the Seas, and Resolving Tough Genealogical Problems.  Kathleen and her husband grew up on Cape Cod and currently resides in Leominster, Massachusetts.


June 22, 2021 – Another Boarder: The Reception of French-Canadians in New England

Presentation by David Vermette
Author, A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans

Two million New Englanders are French-Canadian or Acadian descendants, and yet they remain among the region’s least known historic communities. Vermette’s talk will place these late 19th and early 20th century immigrants to the U.S. in an historical context that includes the early French presence in N. America; the events after the Civil War that drew them to the region, particularly into the textile industry; and the little-known story of the opposition and conspiracy-mongering they faced when they arrived. Vermette’s talk will expose immigration and labor history with surprising resonance for today. 

David Vermette is the author of the book A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2018). He is a researcher, writer, and editor. Vermette has spoken at universities, colleges, and genealogical and historical societies. He was born and raised in Massachusetts.