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.
July 27, 2021 – Member Share – This meeting will focus on member-to-member sharing time – helping one another with brick walls, giving helpful suggestions on where to find missing information and, in general, a forum for members who need help/direction with their research.