Ougoing Worcester Chapter Board 2017

Worcester Chapter officers

Left to Right: Steve Yanks-Membership, Seema Kenney -President, Jake Fletcher - Vice President, Janet Ivaska - Secretary, Deb Cardoni - Treasurer

Welcome to the Worcester Chapter

Worcester Chapter Board 2017-2018

Willis Alford, President

Seema-Jayne Kenney, Vice President

Susan Dion, Secretary

Deborah E. Cardoni, Treasurer

Steven D. Yankus, Membership

Contact Worcester Chapter President

The Worcester Chapter meets at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. except that winter meetings (November - March) are held on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

Gail White Usher – Women In 18th Century America

This presentation explores middling and lower class rural women in 18th century New England using diary entries, objects, and images to describe their everyday lives.

Tuesday, June 13th, 7 pm at the Worcester Public Library.

Arrive early to avoid the lines at the parking kiosk.

Worcester Chapter

        Their March 4th meeting will be at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square; Worcester, Saturday morning at 10:00 a. m.

“I Found My Village! Now What?”

Doing Polish Genealogy

          Finding vital records for one’s family in Poland is a critical step in exploring one’s Polish ancestry, but can sometimes be confusing. After a brief overview of the Polish partitions to introduce beginners to the history and geography of Poland, Julie will illustrate the use of church records, passenger manifests, naturalization records, and other documents from U.S. sources to determine one’s ancestral village accurately.

          She’ll suggest resources and strategies to help you decipher misspelled place names, and discuss the next steps in your research: determining the parish and civil registry office using gazetteers, and obtaining birth, marriage, and death records.        Julie will rely heavily on online sources throughout her presentation, and show how you can trace your Polish ancestry without having to cross the ocean.  And there’s a good chance that the same process will help with other ethnicities!

           The meeting is open to anyone interested in this presentation. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a friend(s), as well as your own non-alcoholic beverage, munchies will be provided. Anyone bringing goodies to share will receive an extra door prize ticket.

          Please note that parking at the library isn’t allowed in the “green” areas (further from the door). Note your space number and pay for parking at the outdoor kiosk (cash or credit cards accepted) BEFORE entering the library.

As of the 5pm  forecast and based on my trip to Worcester today, we should be okay for our morning meeting tomorrow at Worcester Public Library – 10a.m.

I’m sure some will want to get out and head home, but the morning flurries don’t look like enough to cause us to cancel.


Below is our updated 2017 Program Schedule:
       Saturday, January 7 – 10am- Beth Finch-McCarthy – Northboro Cemeteries
       Saturday, February 4 – 10am – Library Staff – Worcester Public Library Resources
       Saturday, March 4 – 10am – Polish Genealogy
       Tuesday, April 11 – 7pm – Diane Boumenot – Rhode Island Genealogy
       Tuesday, May 9 – 7 pm – Open – need location and program/activity
       Tuesday, June 13 – annual dinner meeting – Gail White Usher, Women In 18th Century America

We are now meeting at the Worcester Public Library – Saxe Room

    • Parking is not allowed in the ‘green’ areas (furthest from the door) – those are reserved for Quinnipiac College
    • Note your space number and pay for parking at the outdoor kiosk (credit cards accepted) BEFORE entering the library
    • Some on-street parking available as well
    • If you come early to research, the Library does have a small cafe inside for a quick sandwich and beverage
  1. Note:  Evening meetings may be a tight squeeze based on the library hours.
Topics on this season’s schedule for Worcester:
Tuesday, September 13 – 7pm – Diane Brooks-Sherry will present on DPLA (Digital Public Library of America)
Tuesday, October 11 – 7pm – Salem Witch Trials
Saturday, December 3 – 10am – Genealogy Software
Saturday, January 7 – 10am- Northboro Cemeteries
Saturday, February 4 – 10am – Ellis Island
Saturday, March 4 – 10am – Polish Genealogy
Tuesday, April 11 – 7pm – Social History and Genealogy
Tuesday, May 9 – 7 pm – Family History Books on a budget
Tuesday, June 13 – annual dinner meeting

May 10th – 7pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave, Worcester –

Jeff Carpenter rejoins us for more on DNA – this time we look at what to do with your test results

and how they can help you confirm and extend your traditional genealogical research.


Under the PetticoatsJune 14th – 6pm at Dino’s Ristorante Italiano – 13 Lord Street (off Plantation), Worcester –

Dinner Buffet – $25 per person – Reservations Required by June 4, 2016 – to Deb Cardoni –

Presentation entitled “Under the Petticoats” by Sneak Peek Productions – Patricia Perry, a professional historical interpreter


August 15th – writing contest deadline!


August 2016 – remember to renew your membership for the 2016/2017 membership year!

March 5, 2016 Chapter Meeting

Richard Lageuex talks about the Revolutionary War – obtaining information on Revolutionary War Patriots – Ancestor Search at Lineage Societies for pension records, military service, bounty land grants, Oaths of Allegiance and more! Presentation will focus on the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775, the New York campaign of 1776, captivity in British Prisons & Prison Ships, the Saratoga Campaign of 1777 and winter camp at Valley Forge during 1777-78.

It all starts with a short business meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church at 41 Whitmarsh Street, Worcester, MA – we meet in the basement; entrance is around the corner from the Whitmarsh street parking lot.  (Room is often cold, please plan accordingly!)  Bring your own beverage, snacks to share with the group, and a friend!  All meetings are opened to the public, $3 is collected from non-members to help with the cost of renting the facility.

Ed Londergran, author of The Devil’s Elbow and The Long Journey Home  will be speaking about the social and political situations of the early colonial time period as well as the aspects of everyday life during the 1600-1700’s.  These books follow Jack Parker from his orphan childhood days as an apprentice to a greedy and brutal Boston merchant to the isolated pioneer settlement of Brookfield, Massachusetts.  A third book that continues to follow the family is in the works and the books will be available at the meeting.

REMINDER:  We now meet at 10am on Saturday Morning – dress warmly – Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave, Worcester, MA (near the Greendale Mall)



January 9th10amZion Lutheran Church, Whitmarsh Street, Worcester, MA

Gravestone Girls return – with a 90 minute presentation that includes a lesson in proper gravestone rubbings (we can practice until Spring)!

The December meeting for the Worcester Chapter is a field trip!

The group is meeting at the WWII Museum in Natick, MA at 10:30 on Saturday, December 5th.

There is a waiver form to be filled out ahead of time and a fee for entrance to the museum.

Please contact Judy Goodwin for  information on joining this activity if you did not sign up at one of the chapter meetings.