Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting of CMGSO will take place on October 29, 2019 in the upper hall of the American Legion Post #129 at 22 Elm Street, Gardner MA.

Speaker: Daniel Earl: “Funeral Homes and Family History: They’re Dying To Meet You”

Most genealogists know how to look in a cemetery to find their ancestors, but what about funeral homes? Funeral home records can provide loads of genealogically rich information. This presentation will teach participants what types of records are typically found in funeral homes, how to locate these resources online an “in the field”, as well as provide real-life examples of how to search from ancillary clues in funeral home records.

Daniel Earl got his start at age 10 when he visited his great-grandfather’s grave. He spent the last 25 years researching his own family and helping others make history a part of their story. Daniel is a member of several groups and organizations and has experience doing research in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states in the United States, New England, Eastern Canada, Eastern Europe, Great Britain and Ireland.

CMGSO are always happy for visitors at their meetings so please drop in.

CMGSO annual membership is $15 for individuals or $20 for couples (Jan – Dec). Contact them at CMGSO, PO Box 811, Westminster, MA, or visit their website at www.cmgso.org

Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society Presents:

“A Match Made in Heaven: Uncovering A Jewish Immigrant’s Love Story”

Program by noted professional genealogist Keren Weiner.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm<
Springfield Jewish Community Center
1160 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA

Ms. Weiner will use the case study of a family’s journey from Civil War–era New Orleans to New York City to illustrate basic genealogy research methods.

Call 413-739-4715 to register. The program is open to all and admission is FREE.

Free Webinar from Legacy Family Tree

50 Records that Document Female Ancestors

Wed, Oct 9, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies, and social history and has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide.   She is the author of hundreds of articles and a number of books, many dealing with genealogy.  She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association and is the editor of their journal “Crossroads”.

Her presentation for this webinar is “50 Records that Document Female Ancestors“.  “Women can’t be found in genealogical documents.” “They are difficult to research.” While these statements can be true, there are records out there that document their lives. We will explore 50 records to consider as you research female ancestors from the colonial period to the 20th century in the United States.


Free Webinar from American Ancestors

Going Offline: Researching at Libraries, Archives, and Other Repositories

Live Broadcast: Thursday, October 17, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist
Cost: FREE, recording available on website following the presentation

Not everything is online! Learn how to identify repositories essential to your family history project and how best to prepare for doing research offline.


Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts 30th Anniversary Event

Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts 30th Anniversary Event

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Munich Haus Restaurant Banquet Hall
13 Center St, Chicopee, MA 01013

Join the PGSMA for its 30th Anniversary Lunch and Learn. This Saturday event will feature two wonderful speakers (Coleen Fitzpatrick and Daniel Bucko), a Polish luncheon catered by Munich Haus, a raffle, plenty of opportunities for questions and answers and meeting your fellow attendees.

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD: “DNA Results: What Can I Do With Them?”

In her talk, Colleen will review how you can use your DNA results to advance your genealogical research. Some of the tools she will explore with us include:

• Gedmatch Genesis – The Basics
• The Shared cM Project
• DNA Painter

Speaker: Daniel Bućko, Genealogist based in Poland : “Polish Vital Records and How Best to Find Them”

In his presentation delivered via Skype, Daniel will provide a comprehensive overview of how to locate records in Poland that you need to grow your family tree. Topics covered will include:

• Overview of the main Polish State Archives for each region of Poland
• Overview of the Polish Diocesan Archives for each region of Poland
• On-line resources for each region of Poland
• Limitations or what is not available to a researcher at this time in Poland
• Parish Archives and how to get the records
• Polish Civil Registers and how to get the records

Due to limited seating and luncheon service, pre-registration for this event is required. Cost is $30 for PGSMA members and $40 for non-members.

Register at http://pgsma.org/30th-anniversary-event.html