Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Genealogy Events

Local Club Meetings

Hudson Genealogy Club, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH  every 2nd Friday of the Month, at 1:30 PM contact Gayle St. Cyr 603-886-6030

Genealogy Roundtable, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  every first Tuesday of the Month, at 11AM  contact: Christine Sharbrough 603-432-6140

Chelmsford Genealogy Club, at the Chelmsford, MA Public Library, first Tuesday night of the month at 7PM in the McCarthy Meeting Room, contact Judy Sylvia 978-256-5521

Rye Genealogy Club, at the Rye Public Library, first Tuesday of the month at 2PM.

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Genealogy Events

A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, May 3 10:30 AM, a living history talk by re-enactor  Steve Wood at Bow High School, 32 White Rock Hill Rd, Bow, New Hampshire, sponsored by the Bow Baker Library, with funding in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, free and open to the public; Information: 603-224-7113

The 8th Annual Granite State Story Swap, Saturday, May 5, 8th at the Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd Rye NH, $16 includes breakfast & lunch, 2 story concerts, 2 story swaps, Information: Lauretta Phillips, 603-735-5965  or

History of the Negro Leagues, Sunday, May 6th, 3PM, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street,  Joe Caliro  will speak about the history of the Negro baseball leagues, and will display his collection of over 400 items of memorabilia including 48 autographed baseballs from the 1920s  1940s, Negro League artwork, posters, photos and even matchbook covers!  For more information contact Carol at 603-589-4610.

Dissent Among the Puritans, Monday, May 7, 2PM, Amherst, NH Town Library, 14 Main St., FREE, A living history presentation by Linda Palmer who portrays Ann Vassall in 1637, followed by a PowerPoint presentation chronicling the dissent among puritans in Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Capt. Josiah Crosby Chapter DAR, contact Helen Tognetti, 603-672-1952 for more information.

Basic Introduction to Genealogical Databases,  Tuesday, May 8th, 2:30PM at the Manchester, NH Public Library, Main Branch, Winchell Room.  Free

Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers, Tuesday, May 8th, 3PM at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, NH.  The Hutchinsons were America’s most popular music entertainers for much of the mid 19th century.  They sang about abolition, woman’s suffrage and temperance. FREE and recommended for all ages.  Hosted by the Anna Keyes Chapter DAR, Contact 603-465-3501 for more information.

Your Hit Parade: 25 Years Presenting America’s Top Popular Songs, Tuesday, May 8th, 7:30 PM at the Historical Museum, 310 Main Street, Salem, NH.  The radio and early TV show “Your Hit Parade” chronicled popular music from 1935 to 1959.  Calvin Knickerbocker will outline the history behind the music of the Great Depression, World War II and the advent of rock and roll. Hosted by the Salem Historical Society, contact Ann LeClair at 603-893-6783 for more information. FREE

New Hampshire Towns in the Civil War, Wednesday, May 9th, 7PM, Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway.  Jere Daniell of Dartmouth College will lecture on the home front during the Civil War.  Topics include rewarding the men who enlisted, helping citizens avoid military service, ostracizing war opponents, organizations and societies.  For more information contact the reference department at 603-424-5021. FREE

Using, Wednesday, May 9th, 10AM, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free. The NEHGS website,, is full of great features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

The Hand in the Snow: The Crash of Northwest Flight 4422, Friday, May 11th, 1:30 PM at the Rogers Memorial Library, Hudson, NH.  FREE.  Discover the story behind the search for the identity of the remains of a serviceman who died in this 1948 crash.  Forensic genealogists and DNA experts uncovered the link between the Conway family and the frozen hand found at the crash site. Contact Gayle St. Cyr for more information 603-886-6030. 

The Merrimack River Canals and Locks, Tuesday, May 15th, 7PM at the 1847 Schoolhouse, 520 Boston Post Road, Merrimack, NH.  Chuck Mower will speak about the Merrimack River canal system.  He is an authority on the subject and leads regular canoe/kayak tours to visit these sites.  FREE to the public.  Park across the street at the church.

Navigating the US Censuses, 1790 – 1940, Thursday, May 17th, at the National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts, 866-406-2379 or email

Songs of Old New Hampshire, Tuesday, May 22nd, 7PM at the First Baptist Church, 188 Deerfield Road, Candia, NH.  Singer Jeff Warner offers ballads, love songs and comic pieces from the days before movies and sound recordings.  Songs from the lumber camps, decks of sailing ships, textile mills offer a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 18th centuries in New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Fitts Museum Foundation, contact Ron Thomas 603-483-8189 for more information. FREE

Having a Fine Time in Manchester: Vintage Postcards and Local History, Thursday, 6:30PM, Hooksett Public Library, Hooksett Road.  Robert Perreault presents a program on the golden age of the postcard with vintage Manchester, NH postcards chronicling the history of the area. Hosted by the Hooksett Historical Society, contact 603-485-4951 for more information.  FREE

The New Hampshire Humanities Fair , Friday, June 1, at the NH Technical Institute, 8:30 to noon, 12:30 to 4:30; the public is invited to attend and hear and evaluate prospective programs for the Humanities to Go speakers bureau; information at or 603-224-4071

Searching for Seamen: 19th Century crew lists, shipping articles, citizenship and more, Tuesday, June 5th, 2 PM at the National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts, 866-406-2379 or email

Lunch & Learn: The Winslow Family & Their Servants, Thursday, June 7th, 12 – 1PM at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The Winslows were an up-and-coming family in colonial New England, who contributed to local politics, government and the military. While the family is fairly well documented, what about the servants and slaves who helped run their households? Join Dr. Karin Goldstein as she presents: The Winslow Family & Their Servants. Lecture will begin promptly at noon in the Accomack Building. A brief Q& A will follow. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Free.  Please pre-register at

Lunch & Learn: Wearing History- Reproducing Historical Clothing, Thursday, July 5th,12 – 1 PM at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plimoth Plantation is delighted to present Wearing History- Reproducing Historical Clothing with Manager of Historical Clothing and Textiles Denise Lebica. Lecture will begin promptly at noon in the Accomack Building. A brief Q& A will follow. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Free.  Please pre-register at

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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