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Comparing the Big 3 – Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Family Search
Saturday, December 3
Comparing the Big 3 – Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Family Search  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Presented by Sunny Morton
 
Sunny is a longtime Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine; Content Manager for YourDNAGuide.com; contributor to FamilySearch’s blog; and past Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. She is author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, now in its 2nd edition, and won the National Genealogical Society's prestigious Book Award for How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, co-authored with Harold Henderson, CG. 
 
  9:30 am EST  Socializing
  9:45 am EST  Business meeting
10:00 am EST  Presentation
 
This will be a Virtual presentation.  It is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration is required:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


December 2022 Generations Book Club
Tuesday, December 6
December 2022 Generations Book Club  (Book Club)
7:30 pm
Virtual
As a historian, Buzzy Jackson thought she knew the answers to these simple questions—that is, until she took a look at her scrawny family tree. With a name like Jackson (the twentieth most common American surname), she knew she must have more relatives and more family history out there, somewhere. (Amazon Review)
 
Copies of the book are available at your local library or the Commonwealth Catalog.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to join the event. Log-in to Members. Then go to "Event Registration" to participate in the Book Club. 


Family Food: Using Recipes for Family History
Thursday, December 8
Family Food: Using Recipes for Family History  (Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual
Food can be directly related to remembrance. An old family recipe can elicit memories of family gatherings, holidays, and/or a particular family member. This presentation will explore why family recipes are important to family history and how to preserve them for future generations.
 
Allison DePrey Singleton, MA, MLS, is the Genealogy Services Manager at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In that capacity she provides professional research consultations, serves on the Center’s programming team, and leads its family history digital programs initiative. Allison presented at the 2022 RootsTech Connect Conference, the 2021 RootsTech Connect Conference, the 2020 RootsTech Conference, the 2018 Indiana Genealogical Society Conference, and numerous other speaking engagements across the country. As a part of her position at The Genealogy Center, Allison was a Co-Chair of the 2018 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference.  She is also a Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator for the National History Day in Indiana. In addition to her employment activities, Allison is also on the board of the Indiana Genealogical Society and Indiana German Heritage Society.
 
You must be logged in as a Member to participate in the event. Log-in at https://www.msoginc.org/members.php. Go to "Event Registration" to register for the webinar.


Introduction to Metes and Bounds
Saturday, December 10
Introduction to Metes and Bounds  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Kimberly Powell
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
Register for the Zoom meeting at https://tinyurl.com/mpmy4k9c
 
Kimberly Powell is a genealogical researcher, author, editor, and volunteer. She is past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serving seven years as a board member and on the Professional Development Committee. Kimberly was the Genealogy Expert with About.com for sixteen years. She is the author of several books, including most recently "The Challenge of Endogamy and Pedigree Collapse" in Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies and The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014). She has also contributed to several popular genealogy magazines, including BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.
 
Kimberly is an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), as well as in the online Genealogical Research Certificate course offered through Boston University. Kimberly specializes in family history research in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She has extensive experience at full-family genealogies, including immigrant families, branching out through multiple states, countries, and time periods. Other specialties include land research, land platting, complex problem-solving, and DNA analysis.


Getting Started With Portuguese Genealogy
Saturday, December 17
Getting Started With Portuguese Genealogy  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
 
Presented by Margaret R. Fortier
 
This lecture outlines the four waves of Portuguese immigration to the US, primarily to Massachusetts, California, and Hawaii, and focuses on Massachusetts. Naming patterns and name changes are illustrated as well as the flexible system of surnames. Using the FAN club, US records, with special emphasis on the wealth of Portuguese-American newspapers, are examined for clues to locating the family in Portugal. Portuguese Catholic records and passports are reviewed.
 
Margaret Rose Fortier, CG® is a Board-certified genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer. Named for her grandmothers and inspired by her mother’s phenomenal memory, she has been researching for 20 years. Her article, “The Identity of Alcina, Wife of Oscar Furkey of Quebec and Vermont,” was recently published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
 
She specializes in French-Canadian, Portuguese-American, and Italian-American research in New England. A graduate of Boston College and Bentley University, she holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a facilitator for the virtual Certification Discussion Group. She is grateful that her dear friend introduced her to the wonderful world of Portuguese research.
 
SOMERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY
1464 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726
 
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/BristolDec2022
 


Getting the Most From Your Ancestry DNA Test Results
Saturday, December 17
Getting the Most From Your Ancestry DNA Test Results  (Merrimack Valley)
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
ZOOM only Chapter Meeting

NOTE THE CHANGE OF HOUR FOR START TIME

REGISTER FOR ZOOM MEETING: https://tinyurl.com/MVDec2022

 

Glenn York, President of the Larimer County Genealogical Society, and

Co-Administrator for the BATES Y-DNA surname project and the Colonial Swedish DNA Project

at Family Tree DNA

 

GLENN YORK- An avid genealogist with decades of research experience at numerous facilities across the United States.

Glenn’s formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Telecommunications. He has completed over 12 courses of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and has participated in many genealogy conferences and seminars.

Glenn facilitates monthly DNA study groups for two area genealogical societies, teaches genealogy classes, and volunteers at a local library to help people with genealogy research. He is a Co-Administrator for the BATES Y-DNA surname project and the Colonial Swedish DNA Project at Family Tree DNA. Glenn has assisted many in discovering their biological families using genetic genealogy techniques.

 

This event is Free and Open to the Public

 



Family History Center of Franklin, MA
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Family History Center of Franklin, MA  (Worcester)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
In Person
Presented by Wayne McDougall
 
Join us at the Family History Center and see what the center has to offer for genealogists.
 
Wayne was born and raised in Australia, an amateur genealogist since the 1970's.  He studied law, economics and finance at the University of Tasmania and Brigham Young University, completing BA and MBA degrees.  Wayne is now retired from a career in Financial Services.  He has worked in the local Family History Center for 25 years and oversaw the annual Family History Conferences for a number of those years.  He is most familiar with English and Scottish research and completed many courses on British research.  Wayne is the father of five children and seven grandchildren, all of whom he hopes to infect with the "genealogy bug" soon.
 
Presentation starts at 10:00 am EST.
Short business meeting and social time following the presentation.
This will be an IN PERSON event.  We may present virtually as well.  If so, a Zoom pre-registration link will be provided soon.
Pre-registration for the IN PERSON event is suggested, by emailing worcester@msoginc.org.
 
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.     
 
Location:
Enter at the back of the church, go up the stairs, through the entrance, and the library is the first door on the left.
LDS Church
91 Jordan Rd
Franklin, MA


Freedman's Bureau Records
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Freedman's Bureau Records  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Ari Wilkins
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
This meeting will be online via Zoom.


Time Travel with Google Earth
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time Travel with Google Earth  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Lisa Louise Cooke
 
Get ready to experience old historic maps, genealogical records, images, and videos coming together to create stunning time travel experiences in the free Google Earth program. We’ll incorporate automated changing boundaries and uncover historic maps that are built right into Google Earth. Tell time travel stories that will truly excite your non-genealogist relatives! You’ve never seen anything like this class!
 
Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of several books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 3rdedition. She produces and hosts the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, and the free weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel. She offers a Premium Membership service at her website https://lisalouisecooke.com featuring exclusive on-demand genealogy education. She writes a regular column for Family Tree Magazine and produces the Family Tree Magazine Podcast.
 
SOMERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY
1464 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726
 
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/BristolJan2023



Remembering Worcester State Hospital
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Remembering Worcester State Hospital  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location TBD
Presented by Joy Hennig
 
Nothing embodies the complex history of mental health care in America better than institutions like Worcester State Hospital. Founded in the 19th century as part of a reformist movement, Worcester State has been of enduring importance to inmates, family members, and the community at large for nearly two centuries. This program will trace the history of the institution and its impact on the lives of our ancestors.
 
Joy Hennig is the Local History and Genealogy Librarian at the Worcester Public Library and an avid genealogical sleuth.
 
  9:30 am EST    Socializing
  9:45 am EST    Business meeting
10:00 am EST    Presentation
 
Location TBD.  The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 


Genealogical Literacy: What Every Genealogist Should Know
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Genealogical Literacy: What Every Genealogist Should Know  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Kathleen Kaldis
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
This meeting will be online via Zoom.


7th Annual Ancestors Day
Saturday, February 18, 2023
7th Annual Ancestors Day  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Bristol Chapter members.
 
Every year, several members from the “Bristol Chapter” volunteer to share interesting stories and research anecdotes about their family. Members will enlighten attendees with their triumphs, journeys, family stories and roadblocks in their quest to find their ancestors.
In an entertaining way, you will learn fascinating facts about our members and their families. Not all the research will result in a happy ending but nevertheless everyone will leave enlightened and energized to solve a family lore. Regardless of what you learn, the day will prove to be fun and educational.
 
SOMERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY
1464 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726
 
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/BristolFeb2023



Hunting My French-Canadian Ancestors
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Hunting My French-Canadian Ancestors  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location TBD
Greg Paris presents
Hunting My French-Canadian Ancestors:  An Anglophone Deals with Drouin & Poor Handwriting
 
Greg is a retired scientist, now living on a sheep farm.  He has PA, NY and New England ancestors that go back to English, German, Swedish and French-Canadian roots.  He is also a past vice president of the Worcester chapter.
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
Location TBD.  The presentation is free and open to the public.


Controlling Chaos: Managing a Genealogical Project
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Controlling Chaos: Managing a Genealogical Project  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
This meeting will be online via Zoom.


Fireplace Feast at Salem Cross Inn
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Fireplace Feast at Salem Cross Inn  (Worcester)
12:30 pm
MSOG Presents: Fireplace Feast at Salem Cross Inn
Join MSOG members and their guests for a special dining event at West Brookfield’s Salem Cross Inn - a 1700s-style feast, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. While our dinner is cooking, we can enjoy a horsedrawn wagon or sleigh ride.

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2023
Time: 12:30pm
Where: Salem Cross Inn, 260 West Main Street (Route 9), West Brookfield, MA 01585
Who: Open to MSOG members and their guests only
Cost: Adults $89.00; Children 5-10 $30.00; 2-4 $20; 1 & under are free. Includes all taxes and gratuities

Make your reservation at: https://www.salemcrossinn.com/events/diningevents/fireplace-feast/.
Please put “Kenney” in the reservation as the group host so we can all sit together.
All tickets are non-refundable and nontransferable.
 
Reserve early as these popular events fill up quickly.

Menu:
• SAVORIES - Salem Cross Inn's famous cheese spread and a glass of mulled wine or cider to help take the chill off after your horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride (weather permitting).
• CHOWDER OF THE SEA - Straight from the cauldron.
• 1700 FIREPLACE PRIME RIB - Cooked to perfection using our c.17oo Roasting Jack
• FRESH FROM THE OVEN - Homemade rolls and muffins
• FROM THE KEEPING CELLAR - Herbed roasted potatoes and fresh butternut squash
• NEW ENGLAND'S BEST APPLE PIE - With a dollop of fresh whipped cream

For more information or questions, please email worcester@msoginc.org.


TBD
Saturday, March 18, 2023
TBD  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Presented by Maureen Taylor
 
Program TBA
 
SOMERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY
1464 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726
 
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at TBA



Claim To Fame
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Claim To Fame  (Worcester)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location TBD
Chapter members will discuss their famous or infamous ancestors.
  • Who are they?
  • Why are they considered famous or infamous?
  • How did you research their connection and their life?
  • What have you done to document or share the family connection?
Location: TBD.  This presentation is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Where Did They Come From? Irish Migration Routes
Saturday, April 8, 2023
Where Did They Come From? Irish Migration Routes  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Pamela Holland
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
This meeting will be online via Zoom.


Saturday, April 15, 2023
TBD  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Program TBA
 
SOMERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY
1464 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726
 
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at TBA


Program TBD
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Program TBD  (Worcester)
Details coming soon



TBD
Saturday, May 13, 2023
TBD  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
TBA
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
This meeting will be online via Zoom.


Saturday, May 20, 2023
TBD  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Program TBA
 
SOMERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY
1464 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726
 
Business Meeting   11:00-11:30 am
Member Sharing     11:30-11:55 am
Presentation Begins at Noon
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact: bristol@msoginc.org
Schedule of Events Available at: https://msoginc.org
 
Those who wish to attend virtually, can pre-register at TBA



Annual Dinner Meeting
Saturday, June 3, 2023
Annual Dinner Meeting  (Worcester)
Location TBD
Program TBD
Details coming soon


Middlesex Chapter Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Middlesex Chapter Annual Meeting  (Middlesex)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
TBA
 
This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
This meeting will be online via Zoom.


Saturday, June 17, 2023
Bristol Chapter Annual Meeting  (Bristol)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom
Program TBA