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Friday, September 6, 2019, noon - 1 PM

Resources of the Godfrey Memorial Library of Middletown, CT

Presented by Albert E. Fiacre, Jr., Chair of the Board of Trustees of Godfrey Memorial Library

American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE

The Godfrey Memorial Library of Middletown, Connecticut is a library dedicated to genealogical and family history research. Join Albert E. Fiacre, Jr. to learn about the history of the library, its collections, and the services they provide. Special focus will be given to the library's genealogical material, including unique items.

About our Speaker:
Albert E. Fiacre, Jr. , is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Godfrey Memorial Library and have been associated with the library since 2002 as a researcher, volunteer, Director of its Family History Center and board member. Fiacre's genealogical background includes work on numerous lineage applications, including DAR, SAR and Mayflower Society. In 2017, he published a genealogy of his maternal grandmother’s paternal family. This book was the 2018 winner of the National Genealogical Society’s annual competition for Best Genealogy and Family History. His particular areas of interest include early New England, New Jersey and German immigration into Pennsylvania research. Prior to retirement, Fiacre had a career in banking and finance and served as the Chief Financial Officer of two Connecticut banks. He received a BA degree from Middlebury College in 1972, a MBA degree from New York University in 1974 and in 2016 received a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA

I Found My Village, Now What? Researching Your Polish Genealogy

Speaker Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

Finding vital records for one's family in Poland is a critical step in exploring our 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 Roberts Szczepankiewicz 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.

Register online or by calling 978-623-8430

This program is free and open to the public.


Friday, September 13, 2019

TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc)

Genealogy Resources at the Boston Public Library

Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3
A short business meeting at 7:30 p.m., followed by our speaker, Linda MacIver (doors open at 7:00 pm)

The BPL is home to many collections and resources that can be useful to amateur genealogists and family historians. These resources are for all skill levels, whether you’re just starting out, or have been at it long enough to become an expert. Come to hear what this means as we look at traditional resources as well as databases and digital offerings, including the acclaimed newspaper collections and the maps of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center available from home 24/7 with your BPL card.

Linda B. MacIver is an educator, lecturer, librarian and genealogy researcher. She recently retired from a 27- year career at the Boston Public Library where she inaugurated the BPL patron genealogy classes. 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.

This meeting is free and open to the public.


Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists - Middlesex Chapter

Thomas Toohey will present "Wild Ireland"

Acton Memorial Library
486 Main Street
Acton, MA

Wild Ireland is a presentation that is part travelogue and part myth. It tells the stories of several “off the road” historic and mythological sites that I have visited in Ireland. These stories are examples of stories that could be interesting additions to any family history. This program uses animation, video and music and is designed to be entertaining as well as informative. The program handout includes a list of sources that researchers can use to enhance their knowledge of family stories.

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 a M.M. from the University of Hartford.

Free and open to the public.


September 17 - Brewster, MA

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society will feature Historian Norah Schneider who will present her lecture on “The USA and the Holocaust: Finding Family Resources.” She will trace the Third Reich’s rise to power at the outbreak of the Second World War and the impact it had on immigration in the US and Germany. Using her own family’s experiences, she will show how history influenced available resources to trace Jewish genealogy during this time. Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 AM, Brewster Ladies’ Library, Rt. 6A, Brewster. Arrive at 9:30 AM for coffee and donuts. http://capecodgenealogy.org


Tuesday October 22nd 7:00 p.m.

A Whole New World of Catholic Records

Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA

Catholic sacramental records can be genealogical gems as they identify important moments, places, times and cultural information about your ancestors. Board-certified genealogical researcher, Margaret Fortier, CG will discuss exciting developments in online Catholic records availability. Parish records for the United States and international Catholic communities will be covered. The presentation will address what the records mean, what they contain, and how to find them online and offline. Attendees will receive a locator chart for online Catholic records worldwid

Register online or by calling 978-623-8430

This program is free and open to the public.


Saturday, October 27 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Temple Emanuel

Speaker: Janeen Bjork – Finding Your Family in Online Newspapers, One Character at a Time; and

Spotlight Talk: John Simon – Finnish Jews: Strangers in a Stranger Land

Janeen Bjork shows how searching through newspapers can augment our genealogy research. She explains how newspaper searches are done and how to manipulate your query to find results. She presents a very useful and often underappreciated tool that researchers can use.

TV researcher and genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain ever since she found a story about the 1894 murder of her great-great grandfather, William Strutz, in a Syracuse, NY, newspaper. She’ll share her search methodology via several case studies that illustrate how anyone (you!) can find and preserve family items from online newspapers.

Followed by Spotlight Talk: John Simon – Finnish Jews: Strangers in a Stranger Land

The first Jews came to Finland as soldiers with the Russian army, when Finland (formerly part of Sweden) became a grand duchy of the Russian Empire in 1809. Although the rights of Jews were restricted for over a hundred years, during WWII, Finnish Jews as citizens openly served in the Finnish army, even fighting under German command. In his book, Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country’s Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops..and Survived, John Simon follows three generations of Finland’s small Jewish community exploring the historical, psychological and moral implications of the extraordinary circumstances into which these Jews were thrust.

John Simon grew up in Pleasantville, New York and studied at Hamilton College, Cambridge University, the Sorbonne and the University of York. In 1973, he founded a program serving at-risk youth in Manhattan described in his book To Become Somebody. In 1984, he moved to Finland where he worked for KONE Corporation as a communications officer.

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Temple Emanuel, Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459
https://www.jgsgb.org/event/janeen-bjork-john-simon/


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.


Tuesday December 3, 2019, 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.



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