ONGOING:  One-On-One Genealogy Assistance at the North Adams Public Library
Are you stuck? Hit a brick wall? Not sure where to go from here? Just getting started on your family tree? Need to add a limb? If you live in the North Adams, MA area, you’re in luck! Alan Doyle Horbal is offering free genealogy assistance on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the North Adams Public Library.

Alan has in excess of 40 years of experience doing genealogical research and is a former volunteer at the National Archives. Assistance is by appointment ONLY, so contact the library at 413-662-3133, Ext 13 to make an appointment, or stop by the second floor of the library. The library is located at 74 Church Street. Parking is available.

November 2,  2019:  (9:30 am – 3:00 pm)  Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts 20th Anniversary Event, Munich Haus Restaurant Banquet Hall, 13 Center Street, 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

November 30, 2019:  (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)Informational Talk And Tour” presented by the Berkshire Family History Association, Inc.  Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA, 01201.

Come hear about BFHA’s activities, services, and membership benefits and to tour the local history and genealogy department.

GUEST SPEAKER – Michelle LeClair, professional genealogist with 25 years of experience. She teaches and lectures around the region and was a NARA volunteer for 5 years. A Brick Wall Toppled by a Single Funeral Card” See how Michelle used one new clue to trace back another two generations in a few hours.

No registration is required; attendance is free; light refreshments will be served. Contact Jan at 743-2732 with questions. Leave a message.