Upcoming Meetings 2020

Kathy Kaldis

October 27, 2020 – Kathleen Kaldis – Huzzah! There’s a Lineage Society for That!

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 she heard stories about how her great-great-grandfather, who was born on Cape Breton Island, came to Boston to build Fenway Park. She was 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.


November 17, 2020 – Tom Toohey – Irish History II

This second Irish History lecture covers the time span from the Flight of the Earls to the beginning of the great famine.  Some of the major events during this time period include The Rebellion of 1841, Cromwell’s Invasion, The Battle of the Boyne and the penal laws, The Rebellion of 1798 and the Catholic Emancipation.  This lecture ends with the death of Daniel O’Connell and the beginnings of the Great Famine.

Tom Toohey is a modern day Irish storyteller who has traveled to Ireland 19 times and collected hundreds of stories.  He comes to this tradition naturally as his parents were great storytellers. In the last few years Tom has recorded his family stories in a four volume book called Images of Other Lives.  For 40 years Tom was a teacher.  He taught all levels from elementary school through graduate school as a public school teacher, adjunct professor and educational consultant.  Tom has a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an M.M. from the University of Hartford.