Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall Genealogy Calendar

Genealogy Club Meeting, 1:30 PM every second Friday of each month at the Rodgers Memorial Public Library at 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 603-886-6030 or

Genealogy Club Meeting, 1 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. in the Beshara Room. The ongoing group explores genealogy topics and use of the library's online resources. 603-898-7064 or

Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses open house, 1-5 p.m., Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, every Sunday through Columbus Day weekend, no reservations; guided tours first come, first served, children under 42 inches tall are not permitted to climb to the top, and adults are not permitted to carry children up the stairs, 44 stairs and a 7-rung ladder to the lantern room, $4/adults, $2/12 and under,

Icons of History: Objects that Define New Hampshire, through December 31, 2011 at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 6 Eagle Square, Concord, NH. An exhibition of objects reflecting NH’s rich history, character and culture.   Museum admission required, please see the website or call 603-228-6688.  

Haunted Happenings- A month long celebration of Halloween during the month of October in Salem, Massachusetts.   Silly, fun, scary, interesting events as well as historical plays and lectures.  Check the schedule for more information.

Hurrah!  Abraham Lincoln, September 24, 2011, 1 PM, Exeter Town Hall Gallery, 10 Front Street, 2nd Floor, Exeter, NH.  A commemoration of Lincoln’s 1860 speech in Exeter, New Hampshire.  603-772-3101

Maine Genealogical Society’s 2011 Family History Conference, Saturday, 24 September 2011, at Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, Maine.  $40 for MGS members, $50 for others, $15 for the luncheon.  Send registration to Maine Genealogical Society, c/o Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield, Maine, 04270.

Genealogy 101,  Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:30 PM at the Derry Public Library.  Christine Sharbrough Reference Librarian and Certified Genealogist (SM) presents a lecture on the basics of genealogy research for beginners.  All ages and skill levels welcome! 

Colonial New Hampshire, October 3, 2011, 7PM  A lecture by Professor Jere Daniell at Stevens Memorial Hall, 1 Chester Street, Chester, NH, for more information contact Web Anderson at 603-887-4911

Genealogy and Using Census Records, Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Derry Public Library. Christine Sharbrough Reference Librarian and Certified Genealogist (SM) presents a discussion of federal and state census resources, special census schedules, and more!  Beginners welcome, best for intermediate and expert researchers.

Polish American Heritage Month at St. Joseph Church in Claremont, New Hampshire open to the public. On Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm, the 20th Annual Polish Cooking Class will be held in St. Joseph Church Hall. A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of food served. Please call Sharon Wood at 603-542-6454 or Arline Marro at 603-543-5933 to register ahead of time so that enough food can be prepared. Please do not wait until the last minute to call, since the cooks need to have an accurate count to prepare enough food for sampling. Photo Scanning Days will be held on Saturday Oct 8 after the regular 5pm Mass and on Sunday Oct 16 after the 10am Mass, Do you have photos of events at St Joseph Church from years gone by? Are you willing to help preserve our church history by allowing them to be scanned and saved to CD? Please bring them to one of our photo scanning sessions. Refreshments & entertainment will be provided while photos are scanned and returned to you. 

Leif Ericson Parade, Durham, NH  Celebrate your Scandinavian Heritage!  Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 6:30 AM .  Meet at the laundromat on Main Street and march 25 feet to Young's restaurant for the breakfast celebration!

Genealogy and On Line Resources - Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Derry Public Library. Christine Sharbrough Reference Librarian and Certified Genealogist (SM) presents a lecture on genealogy research using a variety of online databases including, HeritageQuest, and  All ages and skill levels welcome!

Silent Movie Performance with Richard Hughes,  Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7PM, at the Londonderry Leach Library, Mammoth Road.   Pianist Richard Hughes will provide a glimpse into cinematic history as he discusses the silent film industry and performs several sample musical pieces of the day.  He will present several short comedy films with their musical accompaniment, including a Buster Keaton Film, a Charlie Chaplin Film, and Laurel and Hardy’s Habeas Corpus

Pine Grove Cemetery Walking Tour – Honoring Manchester’s Greek Community, October 16, 2011, 2 – 4 PM, Pine Grove Cemetery, Brown Avenue, Manchester, NH  $5 Manchester Historic Association members, $10 general public, 603-622-7531 history

Front Row Seat in the New Hampshire Primary, Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7:30PM at the Florence Speare Memorial Museum, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, NH  603-883-0015  Mike Pride, Editor Emeritus of the Concord Monitor, will outline the history of the New Hampshire Primary and share stories of the eight presidential primaries he covered.

Genealogy and Vital Records, Thursday, October 20, 2011, 6:30 PM at the Derry Public Library.   Christine Sharbrough Reference Librarian and Certified Genealogist (SM) presents a lecture on the history of vital records in the USA and strategies for finding evidence of births, marriages and deaths pre-civil registration.  Best for intermediate and expert genealogical researchers and those interested in the history of the development of US vital record keeping.

75th Anniversary – Manchester: The City that Wouldn’t Die!  Saturday, October 22, 2011 10AM to 4PM at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH   A special event to celebrated the flood of 1936, the worst flood in Manchester history, and the same year the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, the city’s largest employer, declared bankruptcy- all during the height of the Great Depression.  603-622-7511  Tickets included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum. 

Family History Day “What’s YOUR Ancestral Story?”  Saturday, October 22, 2011, 9 AM – 1PM, Concord LDS Church, 90 Clinton Street, Concord, NH.  This workshop is FREE, open to the public, over 16 classes to choose from!  Please pre-register since there is limited seating.  For more information see the website

Genealogy and the Treasures of the New Hampshire Room,  Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:30 PM, at the Derry Public Library, Christine Sharbrough Reference Librarian and Certified Genealogist (SM) presents a lecture on the hidden gems and unique local genealogy materials in the Library's local history room.  All ages and skill levels. 

Ghosts of the Winter Street Cemetery, Saturday, October 29, 2011, 4PM at the American Independence Museum, One Governor’s Lane, Exeter, NH  603-772-2622  Here’s your chance to meet some of Exeter’s famous departed residents, John Taylor Gilman, Elizabeth Folsom, Ann Taylor, and many others.  $10 adults, $8 under age 12.  Pre-purchase tickets through the website and dress appropriately for the weather   May not be appropriate for young children.

New Hampshire Open Doors, November 5 – 6, 2011,  A statewide shopping, arts and touring event.   Check the website and plan your own day on the scenic roads of New Hampshire past farm stands, artisan shops, galleries and sample local cuisine. 

Meet Nathaniel Hawthorne on  Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at the Londonderry Leach Library.  The library presents Rob Velella as Nathaniel Hawthorne. In this program, actor Rob Velella portrays author Nathaniel Hawthorne. As Hawthorne, he will briefly introduce himself and then read from several of his well-known short stories, such as "The Minister's Black Veil" and "The Birth-Mark."

The “Fighting Ninth” Massachusetts Infantry:  Boston’s Irish American Regiment and the Civil War  Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 6 PM  Boston Public Library, Orientation Room.  The Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was a unit of Irish Bostonians who chose to bear arms for the Union. Boston's Irish American soldiers exhibited their loyalty to the United States and acted as citizens, strengthening their identity as Americans in the process. The wartime experiences of Irish Americans helped bring about recognition of their full citizenship through naturalization, and also caused the United States to pressure Britain to abandon its centuries-old policy of refusing to recognize the naturalization of British subjects abroad.  Presented by lawyer Christian G. Samito,  instructor at Boston College and Boston University School of Law.

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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