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Tuesday November 15 @ 7:00 p.m.

Life Under The Tsars Documenting Jewish Ancestors in Imperial Russia

Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA

Speaker Alan Shuchat, Phd., Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston

Records from the Russian Empire show that people were often registered as citizens of one town but lived in another. What was the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union? How were people divided into social estates? How did our ancestors obtain steamship tickets and travel from their shtetls to the steamship ports? How can these records and historical knowledge help us trace our families before they emigrated?

Dr. Shuchat will address what registration meant for Jews in the Russian empire, where Jews could and could not live, what is meant by The Pale of Settlement.

Alan Shuchat is a retired professor of mathematics at Wellesley College. He has researched his family’s history for several decades and traced branches back to around 1800. Shuchat lectured on Jewish agricultural colonies in the Russian Empire at the 2013 IAJGS conference in Boston. He is the coordinator of JGSGB’s Ukraine Special Interest Group and teaches in JGSGB’s genealogy course.
Register online or by calling 978-623-8430.

This program is free and open to the public.


Interested in learning about tools available to you to conduct genealogical research?
This session may help you tell your story! If you are interested in POLAND it is a must attend.
Please join the Bristol Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists…

November 16, 2019 (SAT)

Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources!

Somerset Public Library

1464 County Street, Somerset, MA 02726

Finding vital records for one’s family in Poland is a critical step in exploring the Polish ancestry shared by many in the New England region, but Poland’s complex history, changing borders, and language barrier present challenges for beginning researchers. After a brief overview of Poland’s history and changing borders, Julie will illustrate the use of 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 introduce several gazetteers to assist you in determining the parish and civil registry office for your village. She will also identify some key databases and digital archives for obtaining birth, marriage and death records from Poland.

Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is a genealogist, writer, and speaker with 20 years of experience in researching her family’s origins in Poland, Germany, the U.S. and Canada. She is founder and admin for the Galicia Family History Group on Facebook and author of a genealogy blog, From Shepherds and Shoemakers.

Saturday Schedule:
11:00am MSOG, Inc. Bristol Chapter Business Meeting (light refreshments will be served)
11:30am MSOG, Inc. Bristol Chapter Member Sharing
NOON Featured Presentation

Let us know you are coming and interested!

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact Yvonne Hickey, MSOG Bristol Chapter President: gro.cnigosm|lotsirb#gro.cnigosm|lotsirb or 508.208.5556
Full MSOG Bristol Chapter EVENT Schedule is available on: http://www.facebook.com/msoginc/events
EVENT FLYER - MSOG Bristol Chapter - November 2019

JOIN US IN SOMERSET! We have attendees from all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island join us - because we are that much FUN! Typically outside of our formal meeting and presentation we continue to talk about genealogy over some good local food.


Saturday, November 16 @ 12 noon

Essex Society of Genealogists - Lynnfield, MA

Jean Maguire presenting Genealogical Resources in Digital Commonwealth Collection

Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA

Learn about the wide array of genealogical resources found in the collections on DigitalCommonwealth.org. These include town, church, cemetery, school, and military records; photographs; maps; postcards; scrapbooks; and much more. All of the collections on Digital Commonwealth are available for free. We will also cover the history and background of Digital Commonwealth, how to search and explore the site, and how to add your local organization’s collections.

Jean Maguire is the Library Director at NEHGS, where she oversees patron services; collection development, access, and conservation; and the NEHGS volunteer program. Jean joined the NEHGS staff in 1999 after receiving her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. A frequent speaker on genealogy and library topics, she has also served as President of Digital Commonwealth and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Library System. Her areas of research interest include Irish and Italian genealogy.es.

Schedule:
12:00pm BYO Lunch and Social Hour
1:00pm Featured Presentation

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essexmagenealogists

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Tuesday December 3 @ 7:00 p.m.

Finding Jewish Records From Ukraine and the Russian Empire

Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA

Records from the Russian Empire show that people were often registered as citizens of one town but lived in another. What was the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union? How were people divided into social estates? How did our ancestors obtain steamship tickets and travel from theirshetls to the steamship ports? How can these records and historical knowledge help us trace our families before they emigrated? The talk will point out what records still exist and how they can be found. Dr. Shuchat will identify helpful resources for dealing with language barriers.

Alan Shuchat is a retired professor of mathematics at Wellesley College. He has researched his family’s history for several decades and traced branches back to around 1800. He is the coordinator of Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston’s Ukraine Special Interest Group.

Register online or by calling 978- 623-8430.

This program is free and open to the public.


Saturday, December 14 @ 10:30 AM

Middlesex Chapter, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists

Dave Robison will present Recording the Past for the Future

Marlborough Public Library
35 W Main St, Marlborough, MA

Who would like to sit down and talk with their great-grandparents? Who would like to allow their great-grandchildren to talk with them? Help your great-grandchildren to do just that, long after you’re gone! A typical research trip to one of the relatives is often a matter of getting a list of names, relationships, dates and places. That’s a start.

A better use of your time and your relative’s time is to pull back the curtain on as many relatives as either of you can remember. Names, relationships, dates and places are certainly important and an integral part of anyone’s research. But what did your grandfather do for a living? Did your great grandmother grow up on a farm? Why did your great-grandfather move his family from the “old homestead” to Ohio? Or Canada? Or Michigan?

Scratching below the surface may seem a daunting task, but for most it can be easier than simply firing off question after question. You’ll get bored very quickly. And worse, your “interviewee” will get bored and stop working on remembering many of the interesting family stories, facts, myths, and embellishments that can be the interesting aspect of the effort you and your relative are going to include in the interview.

A carefully planned visit is a successful visit, regardless of the amount of information your relative can pass on to you. We’ll look at the steps involved, one at a time.

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


The 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims disembarking the MAYFLOWER and stepping foot on Plymouth Rock is around the corner! If you are interested in the journey of our ancestors, you'll love this presentation about the MAYFLOWER itself! It is a must attend. Please join the Bristol Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists…

December 14th, 2019 (SAT)

Linda B. MacIver

Essex, England: The Home of the Mayflower?

Somerset Public Library

1464 County Street, Somerset, MA 02726

The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 is seen as a defining moment in American history with some 10 million living Americans able to trace their ancestry back to the ship’s passengers. The early and final history of the Mayflower will be explored including the ship’s close connections to the county of Essex, England.

Linda B. MacIver is an educator, lecturer, librarian and genealogy researcher. Linda inaugurated the Boston Public Library (BPL) patron genealogy classes during her 27- year career at the BPL. She taught the multi-week beginners’ genealogy course for 5 years. She also organized two extremely popular seasons of the Local and Family History series and developed the Intermediate Genealogy Summer Lecture series. Linda is the Civil Records Director for Federal Records for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) and the Essex (MA) Society of Genealogists (ESOG.) She serves as the New England Representative for the Essex (England!) Record Office. Linda has a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MEd from Boston University and earned her MLIS at Simmons College.

Saturday Schedule:
11:00am MSOG, Inc. Bristol Chapter Business Meeting (light refreshments will be served)
11:30am MSOG, Inc. Bristol Chapter Member Sharing
NOON Featured Presentation

Let us know you are coming and interested!

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information contact Yvonne Hickey, MSOG Bristol Chapter President: gro.cnigosm|lotsirb#gro.cnigosm|lotsirb or 508.208.5556
Full MSOG Bristol Chapter EVENT Schedule is available on: http://www.facebook.com/msoginc/events
EVENT FLYER - MSOG Bristol Chapter - December 2019 - forthcoming

JOIN US IN SOMERSET! We have attendees from all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island join us - because we are that much FUN! Typically outside of our formal meeting and presentation we continue to talk about genealogy over some good local food.



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