Upcoming Meetings 2022

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Meetings 2022

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Date: July 26, 2022 – “Publish On Demand” – VIRTUAL MEETING
Speaker:  Leslie Ray Sears

Why Publish On Demand? – Simplicity, cost, multi-media, easy to revise, no inventory

Ray has been working on the Sears Family History since 1976 and is author of Sears Genealogical Catalogue c.1992 and a follow-on series of newsletters. As Family Historian, he maintains the website for the Sears Family Association™

He currently works as a forensic genealogist finding descendants of people who bought mineral rights in Texas a hundred years ago.

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Date: August 23, 2022- “The Family Search Catalog: A Researcher’s Best Friend” – VIRTUAL MEETING
Speaker:  Diana Elder

The FamilySearch Catalog holds references to billions of records, one of which might answer your research question. Learn how to use the catalog to find valuable unindexed records and new collections to search. Discover how to navigate the search features of the catalog and how to use each to your advantage.

Diana Elder AGⓇ is a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States. Diana authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and co-authored the companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence. Diana and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, are the hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast and share research tips on their website, FamilyLocket.com.

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Date: September 27, 2022- “Location, Location, Location: Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place” – VIRTUAL MEETING
Speaker:  Diana Elder

Locality research is key to making progress in genealogy research. An understanding of the history, geography, records, and repositories for the research locality is the foundation for building a solid research plan and finding additional information for your ancestor.

Diana Elder AGⓇ is a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States. Diana authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and co-authored the companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence. Diana and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, are the hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast and share research tips on their website, FamilyLocket.com.

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October 25, 2022 – “Yours for Humanity – Abby” – Lynne McKenney Lydick – In-person presentation at the Leominster public Library

A one-woman play based on Abby Kelley Foster’s letters and speeches. Actress Lynne McKenney Lydick portrays Abby.  The play shows a week in Abby’s life in 1854 as she lectures in Indiana against slavery. Abby frequently closes her letters with the words that form the title of the play. Travel back in time as you listen to Abby’s words as spoken at anti-slavery lectures. Hear her describe the “cruel hard facts of slavery” to the local townspeople in Indiana, and hear her poignant words in her letters home to her family. The play demonstrates how an ordinary person, like Abby, can affect extraordinary changes in society.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Leominster Cultural Council and the Westminster Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Leominster Public Library.

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Date: November 15, 2022- “Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy” – VIRTUAL MEETING
Speaker:  Lisa Alzo

This presentation, which includes a complex case study, demonstrates how to use census records, funeral records, obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, historical newspapers, town histories, court and prison records, and many other underused resources to find the heroes and villains in your family tree.

Lisa works as an online educator and writing coach through her website Research, Write, Connect, https://www.researchwriteconnect.com and developed the Eastern European Research Certificate Program for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  Visit https://www.lisaalzo.com for more information.

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