Thursday, October 6, 2011

Legacy Genealogy Cruise hits Boston and NEHGS!

The nine day 2011 Legacy Genealogy Cruise left New Jersey a week ago and hit Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia and saved the best for last- Boston, Massachusetts!   A total of about 200 genealogists sailed on the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas and enjoyed 15 hours of personal genealogy instruction from instructors including Thomas MacEntee and Geoff Rasmussen.  

Sharon Sargent consults with one of the cruising genealogists
Today the vacationing genealogists hit the port of  Boston, and forty-five of them loaded into cabs and hit the New England Historic Genealogical Society on Newbury Street.  Geneablogger Barbara Poole and Yours Truly met with the group to assist with guiding their library research.  Genealogists Sharon Sargent and Mary Ellen Grogan offered 15 minute consultations for more in depth genealogy help.  Genealogist Emeritus, Gary Boyd Roberts showed up and gave his advice to many of the researchers in the sixth floor reading room, which was a surprise to most of the patrons.  I had fun watching him surprise some of the researchers with new lines for their family trees .  [If you’ve never had your charts “Gary-ed”, it’s a great experience!]

Thomas MacEntee meets up with a fan in Boston! 
The next Legacy Genealogy Cruise is actually two cruises, which can be combined or taken separately.  One cruise leaves Oslo, Norway on May 12th for ports in England, Scotland, France and Ireland for nine days.  The next cruise on May 21st is six days in Norway and Denmark, including scenic fjord cruising.  They can be combined for one extra long, extravagant genealogy vacation!  All the information on the ports of call, schedules and class information can be found at this webpage

It was fun meeting up again with Thomas MacEntee, who I had met for the first time at the SCGS Jamboree in June.  He is a popular genealogy lecturer, founder of the Geneablogger website, author of several popular blogs and other achievements too numerous to list here.  The cruisers were fun to work with, and of course while helping them with their research I made at least two cousin connections through their New England ancestry.  Serendipity strikes again!

DISCLAIMER-  I was not compensated in anyway by Legacy, Royal Carribean Cruises, or the New England Historic Genealogical Society for this blog post.  Of course, it would be fun to receive freebies (hint hint ) but I volunteered because Thomas asked nice.  And he bought me lunch. 

New England Historic Genealogical Society

The 2012 Legacy Genealogy Cruise

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for helping! Thanks to your tip, we are now ordering a reprint the book we found on my husband's ancestry. His father is going to be very excited come Christmas:-)