Sunday, February 5, 2012

Upcoming Genealogy Events

There are some fantastic upcoming genealogy events in this part of New England.  Don't miss them!

African American History and Genealogy Open House Day, Wednesday, February 8,  9AM – 9PM, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts
NEHGS Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert will help you learn how to trace African American ancestors, author and historian Alex R. Goldfeld will present stories of Boston’s earliest African American community, and former Executive Director of the Springfield Museums and author Joseph Carvalho III will share his revised edition of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, recently published by NEHGS. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. All participants will receive free access to the NEHGS research library for the day, with ample time for research.
FREE; registration required. Please call 617-226-1226 to register

They came from Canada, Thursday, February 16, National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, 6PM. Dr. Andrew Holman, Bridgewater State University will be the guest speaker.  FREE but please pre-register by emailing

Gravestone Art and Preservation, Saturday, 10 March, Taunton Old Colony Historical Society, 1PM FREE to the public by the Lydia Cobb - Quequechan Chapter of the DAR and the Old Colony Historical Society. The Gravestone Girls are three Massachusetts women who have made it their mission to "entertain and educate on the historical perspective of old cemeteries by documenting and preserving the beautiful art they contain".  Refreshments to follow.

A House on the Bay: Life on 17th Century New Hampshire's Coastal Frontier Sunday, February 12, Blaisdell Library, Nottingham, New Hampshire. 2PM.  Illustrated talk by Neill DePaoli on the home of Thomas Wiggins, recently discovered by a team of archaeologists.  Contact 679-8484 FREE

A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, Tuesday, February 21, Merrimack Library, Merrimack, New Hampshire, 7PM.  Hear a reading of the "Gettysburg" address by re-enactor Steve Wood as Abraham Lincoln, and then he will comment on his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.  Contact 424-5084

Finding Your New England Yankee Ancestors, Thursday, February 23rd, Worcester Public Library, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, for more information contact Joy Hennig 508-799-1670 or

Genealogy Lecture Series, Saturday, March 3, 2012, Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, Massachusetts, 10AM – 3PM,
Schedule:  10AM Michael Brophy: “Paddy on the Net” explore what’s new in Irish research online, 11:15 AM- Marian Pierre-Louis “Researching House History” how to research your own home using deeds, census records, probate and tax records, historical maps and other sources,  1PM Walter Hickey: “The 1940 census” Get a jump on the 2 April 2012 release of the 1940 census from a speaker from the National Archives.
978-979-4121 or email for more information

American Journey, March 4, 2:30 – 4:30 PM, Watertown, Massachusetts Arsenal Center for the Arts
NEHGS is a proud sponsor of An American Journey, produced and performed by the Revels Repertory Company. This original musical theater production brings the story of American immigration to life in partnership with Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts. The 90-minute production finds Italian, Irish, and Eastern European Jewish immigrants on a passenger ship bound for America circa 1907. Sharing their music and songs, their dances and their dreams, the diverse group of travelers become one, as they leave their hardships behind and steam toward America, the land of hope and promise.
Rhonda McClure, NEHGS Senior Researcher and an expert on American immigration, will give a pre-conference talk at 2:30 p.m. Learn more about finding your family in records, which can bring you closer to understanding how they lived and why they chose to immigrate.
Revels Repertory Co. is the touring ensemble of Revels, Inc., the national performing arts company that presents the Christmas Revels in ten cities across the U.S. The show is appropriate for adults and children ages six and up and includes audience participation.
Tickets: $20 adults ($18 for NEHGS members), $12 students/children 12 and under. Visit for tickets. NEHGS members may enter the discount code NEHGS2012.

New York Family History Day, Saturday, March 17th, Tarrytown, New York
Sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY.  Twelve classes offered to help you get started or to hone your research skills.  Full day registration $44, free parking.  Space is limited.  Please pre register at

New England Family History Conference, Saturday, March 24th,  Franklin, Massachusetts at the Franklin LDS Chapel 91 Jordan Road. An all day program with 28 different classes. See the website to pre-register

Worcester Library Genealogical conference, Friday April 27th and April 28th, Worcester Public Library, Saxe and Banx Rooms, for more information contact Joy Hennig 508-799-1670 or

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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