Monday, April 8, 2013

NERGC – New England Regional Genealogy Conference

Every two years the NERGC conference rotates around New England, and this year it will be held in Manchester, New Hampshire from April 17th – 21st, at the Radisson Hotel and Expo Center on Elm Street.  I attended my first NERGC in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2011, and I had a wonderful time.  There were lots of wonderful workshops and lectures, and I met up with some of my favorite friends, genealogists, bloggers and Mayflower cousins.  I highly recommend this conference if you are a New England genealogist or if you have New England ancestry.

NERGC 2013 is the twelfth genealogical conference, “Woven in History – The Fabric of New England”.  There will be lectures, workshops, a society fair, an exhibit hall, special interest groups and the popular “Ancestor’s Road Show” where experts will help you to find those elusive ancestors (think of the “Antiques Road Show” on PBS).   Best of all you can meet and mingle with hundreds of other attendees at the conference who share your love of genealogy.   Some of your favorite genealogy speakers will be there, including Thomas MacEntee and Lisa Alzo, among others.  The featured speakers will be Colleen Fitzpatrick and Stephen Morse.  The banquet speaker will be Milli Knudsen, who works for the state of New Hampshire organizing and indexing "cold case" files for the police, using her genealogical skills to help solve these crimes. 

Yours Truly, blogger Midge Frazel,  Mr. Frazel, and
blogger Russ Worthington at the NERGC banquet.
Don't we look like we were having a great time!

There is a librarian’s and teacher’s day on Wednesday, April 17th, with workshops developed especially for those groups looking to learn more about genealogy for students and library patrons.   Wednesday, April 17th is also Tech Day for both the technically challenged or tech-savvy genealogists. 

The Society Fair on Thursday night, April 18th, from 5 to 7pm will feature over 20 genealogical, historical, family and lineage societies.  This is a great chance to mingle with members of these societies and ask questions, and maybe join a few of these organizations.  Groups like the American Canadian Genealogical Society, the New Hampshire Mayflower Society, and the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will all be in attendance.

See the website for information and registration.

Volunteering at NERGC can expand your experience.  You don’t have to even be a registered attendee to volunteer.  The Volunteer Chair Christine Bard is looking for people who can give one or two hours of their time, for simple things like introducing speakers or manning the registration booths.   Please contact Christine Bard at if you can volunteer.

Check out the NERGC blog at

Click here for the NERGC e-zine

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. I hope to make one of these in the not too distant future, but sadly not this year. Both sons graduate from their graduate studies within 11 days of one another in two different states in just about a month, so no extra funds for genealogy travel this year! ;-)

    1. I understand, John, since I just came home from RootsTech in Salt Lake City. Fortunately my hometown of Londonderry borders Manchester, New Hampshire, so this is an easy trip for me!

  2. I wish I could make it to this conference but with a Friday afternoon dress rehearsal for a Sunday concert at NEC's Jordan Hall, I just don't think I can fit it in. The Dedham Choral Society concert is history-focused, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, so might be of interest to local genealogists / historians. See the Dedham Choral Society website for details.

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