Swedish American Genealogical Conference

Featuring Kathy Meade, from ArkivDigital

October 5 – 6, 2018 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
366 Main Street, Sturbridge MA 800-582-3232

(mention the Swedish American Resarch Association for a special rate)

Find your way back to Sweden Find your relatives in America and follow your Family in Sweden.  2 Days of enjoyable Skill Building with fellow Swedish – American Genealogists. Maybe meet unknown cousins. Research help will be available
Welcoming reception Thursday evening, October 4, 2018

CONFERENCE COST ($244) INCLUDES: Breakfast, lunch and Banquet, each day and all sessions.

Hotel separate

For more information: Contact: saraconference2018@aol.com Annual Dues $15 To see a brochure with detailed schedule and more information, click HERE for the conference flier in PDF format.

US Seamen’s Protection Certificates – from the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society September 2018 Newsletter.

By Michael John Neill

Under a US Congressional act of 1796 (the Act For The Relief and Protection of American Seamen (1 Stat. 477) signed into law on May 28, 1796), American seamen were periodically issued certificates to hopefully prevent them from being illegally impressed by ships from other nations. These documents can appear in one of three formats:
• registers–listing certificates that were issued–not all are extant, some are held by the National Archives and others by local historical societies

• applications–proof and evidence–generally held by the National Archives, available on microfilm or digitally and usually arranged by port
• certificates–usually kept by the sailor himself

The Mystic Seaport Museum has a database of entries from the Custom Houses of Fall River, Gloucester, New Haven, New London, Newport, Marblehead, and Salem.

FamilySearch includes these databases:
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1791-1861
Maine, Bath, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1833-1868
browse items in the FamilySearch catalog that match a keyword search for “seamen certificates”

Selected Ancestry.com databases:
Applications for Seaman’s Protection Certificates, 1916-1940
Indexes to Seamen’s Protection Certificate Applications and Proofs of Citizenship
Register of Seamen’s Protection Certificates from the Providence, Rhode Island Customs District, 1796-1870

National Archives research guide on the “Seamen’s Protection Certificates.” (PDF file)

(c) Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 23 Aug 2018

Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society October Monthly Meeting

The Western Massachusetts Genealogy Society speaker on October 3rd, will be Susan Sit. She presented for us back in March on the topic of Welsh and other ethnic research challenges. This time she will be speaking on British research.

Susan Davies Sit was born in North Wales and has been researching her own family tree and others’ trees for almost 40 years. She also enjoys helping others in their genealogy research including her husband’s Chinese American tree, which is as difficult as it sounds! Her specialty is researching in Wales, Scotland and England. She is a Professional genealogist (APG); President of the Welsh Society of Western New England (WSWNE); a member of the Gwynedd Family History Society (Wales); and the Welsh-American Genealogy Society (WAGS).

WMGS meets year-round on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Agawam Senior Center, located at 954 Main Street in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society September Monthly Meeting

On September 5th, join The Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society as Marian B Wood presents on the topic Using Facebook and Twitter for Genealogy – She will reveal the fun, benefits, and mechanics of Facebook and Twitter to connect with family-history researchers in areas where ancestors lived, request assistance, obtain translations, and learn more about genealogy sources, technology, and methodology. The many forms of Social media are easy to use and offer the opportunity for more immediate response compared with traditional surname message boards–to jumpstart genealogy efforts at any level.

Marian B. Wood is a popular genealogy speaker and hosts a blog entitled Climbing My Family Tree. She has also written a book “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past” available at the meeting and also at smile.amazon.com.

WMGS meets year-round on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Agawam Senior Center, located at 954 Main Street in Agawam, Massachusetts.


Irish Language Classes at Elms College

Elms College is once again offering a series of non-credit Irish Language classes beginning this month.  There’s still time to register for several of the classes, but they start soon so don’t delay if you’re interested.

For further information, cost, directions, class descriptions and registration information, visit this announcement at the Irish Cultural Center website.