A Note from WMARE

We aren’t out of the woods, but things are looking up a bit. The pandemic numbers in Massachusetts and neighboring New York continue to trend downward, and Massachusetts is in Phase One of our cautious reopening. That’s all good news.

But the bad news, of course, is that much of what we genealogy folks rely on to do our research remains closed for now, except for online resources which we hope you are all taking full advantage of. That means there isn’t much genealogy news to put in a newsletter, so we are foregoing that again for another month. We will continue to update our website and Facebook page if there is anything to report. And we’ll reevaluate the situation again at the end of June and see where we stand.

We here at WMARE continue to hope you are all doing well and staying safe and we hope to see you all again soon.

Be Well,

The WMARE Team

A Note from the WMARE Team

As the entire country continues to suffer from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we here at WMARE hope you are all following the social distancing guidelines, wearing your face masks when out and about, washing your hands frequently and doing all the other recommended things designed to help keep you safe during these very trying times. We want you all to be able to join us again for genealogy research and maybe a class or two when things get back to normal!

But for right now, outside research is at a standstill with libraries, town halls and other research facilities closed until the pandemic passes. Local genealogy groups have had to suspend most of their meetings and events as a result of the restrictions on large gatherings. That means there isn’t much content to put into a monthly newsletter like ours, so we are suspending publication for the time being until we have something worthwhile to share with you. We’ll re-evaluate that each month, but in the meantime if anything comes up that might be of interest, we’ll publish it on our website blog (which you are reading now) and Facebook page, so keep an eye on those.

Hopefully we’ll be back soon. Until then, please stay safe, look out for each other, and if you can, do some research online at home, and for those of you who have joined us in class – don’t forget that online research is best done while wearing your bunny slippers.

Be Well,

The WMARE Team

American Ancestors Membership Sale

If you have ever contemplated an American Ancestors membership, this may be the time to take the plunge.  Through April 30th, membership is discounted $20.00.   The cost is normally $94.95 per year.  Membership benefits include full access to their extensive online databases and publications, access to their library in Boston and discounts on research-for-hire and consultations.

Follow the link for more information:

https://my.americanancestors.org/donate/i/12?&promoApplied=true

American Women and the Vote

American Women and the Vote

Wiki Education, in collaboration with the National Archives, is offering a virtual professional development course that trains individuals with a research interest in political science, women’s rights, history, and related fields to successfully contribute to Wikipedia.

Participants in this new course will learn how to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of the history of women’s voting rights in the United States in honor of an upcoming exhibit hosted at the National Archives Museum,  Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.. Take an active role in ensuring that the world’s most popular reference source is more representative, accurate, and complete. Apply to be a part of this unique initiative today!

 

Welcome

Welcome to the new home of WMaRootsEvents on the web!  As we grow, we will be adding more genealogy resources and related discussions to hopefully help you on your own genealogy journey.  Genealogy classes are offered periodically here in Western Massachusetts, and there are frequent events and speakers on genealogical topics throughout the area and we’ll try to include as many of these as we can here on our website and in our monthly newsletter.  If you would like your class, lecture, meeting or event publicized here, please email us at wmarootsevents@gmail.com.  Before submitting your information, please review our submission guidelines.

We hope you will find WMaRootsEvents to be a valuable resource and that you’ll visit us often.  If you would like to contact us please visit our Facebook Page, or email us at wmarootsevents@gmail.com.