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Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Lynnfield, MA

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Essex Society of Genealogists
A Needle in a Haystack: Discovering Boston's 19th Century African American Police Officers with Margaret R. Sullivan

Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street
Join us for a bring-your-own lunch and social hour at noon, followed by the lecture at 1:00.

Lost lives of pioneer African American police officers have been recovered through unlikely sources, including pardons, political clubs, business records, and anti-lynching societies. A primer on finding that elusive ancestor!

Margaret R. Sullivan is Records Manager & Archivist to the Boston Police Department. She has conducted independent research on forgotten line of duty deaths and Boston's first women, African American, and Jewish officers. A Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and former Vice-President of TIARA, Margaret has been researching her own Irish ancestors for 20 years, She is currently working with UMass Boston Archives and a group of volunteer genealogists to document the later lives of the police officers in the 1919 Boston Police Strike before the centenary in September, 2019.


Worcester MSOG Chapter meeting

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Dinner meeting at O'Connor's, starts at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, program following dinner

O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar
1160 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01608

TV researcher and Genealogist Janeen Bjork will present "Finding Family in Online Newspapers: Tips from My Great-Great Grandfather"
Janeen's great-great grandfather, William Strutz, was shot and killed in Syracuse, NY in 1894 by a jealous husband (who was also his former best friend). Janeen will share the methodology that helped her find 130+ accounts of the tragedy, despite the names being misspelled or misread by OCR, and stories being printed up to six weeks after the incident. The program includes a brief OCR lesson, examples of the methodology used, and comparisons of her favorite websites for finding historical newspapers.


Friday, May 11, 2018 - Waltham, MA

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc) http://tiara.ie/
A terrible malady: Disease and Epidemics in New England with Lori Lyn Price

7:30 p.m. A short business meeting followed by our speaker, Lori Lyn Pricel (doors open at 7:00 p.m.).
Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA - Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3.

Epidemics of smallpox, measles, yellow fever, diphtheria and other illnesses were common ailments in New England from colonial times up through the 19th century. Learn more about these diseases, why they were so greatly feared by your ancestors, and remedies they may have used.

Lori Lyn Price, MAS, MLA, has worked on her personal genealogy for 20 years and recently completed a master’s degree in history with an emphasis on history of medicine. She loves sharing her passion for social history, genealogy, and bringing ancestors to life by placing them in historical and social context. She can be found at bridgingthepast.com.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Acton, MA

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists-Middlesex Chapter
An Illustrated Genealogical Trip through the British Isles presented by genealogist Dave Backus

Acton Memorial Library
486 Main Street
Acton


Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Lynnfield, MA

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Essex Society of Genealogists
An Overview of Online Genealogy Subscriptions with Richard Reid

Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street
Join us for a bring-your-own lunch and social hour at noon, followed by the lecture at 1:00.

Among genealogy subscription websites, Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, and Family Search are the big four. In this presentation, Richard will explore the strengths and weaknesses of each - including free features you may not know about. In addition to the big four, there are many lesser-known subscription services that can be of great assistance in your family research.

Richard Reid is the director of Friends of Irish Research, based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, a website full of research resources, and provide consultations in Brockton or via email. Richard has worked in the computer industry and taught in high schools, trade schools, and colleges for over thirty years. He has co-authored four computer books, and established several computer training centers in New England. He is a member of MSOG, MGC, NEAPG, PCGI, and the Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association. He also pastors a Baptist Church in Brockton.


Friday, June 8, 2018 - Waltham, MA

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc) http://tiara.ie/
Be A Good Ancestor with Seema Kenney

7:30 p.m. A short business meeting followed by our speaker, Seema Kenney(doors open at 7:00 p.m.).
Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA - Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3.

While you may feel there's nothing important or noteworthy about your life, sometime within the next 100 years, someone who is researching their own history is going to want to know more about you. We'll look at a few ways to leave them something to find.

Seema Kenney is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member and officer of several societies.


Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Wayland, MA

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists-Middlesex Chapter (http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/chapter/mx/)
An Introduction to Polish Genealogy presented by genealogist Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

Wayland Memorial Library
5 Concord Road
Wayland


August 10-11, 2018

CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE 2018, Newton, MA

Registration is now open for the Celtic Connections Conference, “Pathways to our Past”, to be held on August 10-11 at the Boston Newton Marriott Hotel. This is the 3rd biennial conference co-sponsored by TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) and IGSI (the Irish Genealogical Society International).

An impressive slate of speakers from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada and the U.S. will present lectures about Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish and Welsh genealogy, DNA, and culture. You’ll learn about exciting new ways to discover and interpret your family history and ancestral roots.

The August conference will feature internationally-known genealogists Audrey Collins, Dr. Bruce Durie, Fiona Fitzsimons, Maurice Gleeson, John Grenham, and Christine Woodcock, along with Boston-area and national family history experts will introduce you to sources and research methods. Offerings outside the classroom highlight Celtic traditions in music, storytelling and conviviality.

Early bird registration is discounted until June 4, 2018.

Lodging is available at a special conference rate at the Boston Newton Marriot Hotel, Newton, MA. The 2014 and 2016 conferences drew attendees from across the U.S. and Canada and received rave reviews. No other conference offers this focus on Celtic ancestry and heritage, or such a stellar list of international presenters. Early registration is advised.

For schedule and program information and registration see: http://www.celtic-connections.org.
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Contact: Celtic Connections Conference
P.O. Box 66010
Auburndale, MA 02466
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