Sunday, September 30, 2012

Autumn Genealogy and Local History 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 1 – 2:30 PM.   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.


Lunch & Learn – Plimoth Plantation Lunchtime Lecture, October 4, 12 – 1 PM at the Accomack Building in Plimoth Plantation Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Lecture on “Crime and Controversy in Colonial New England” by Diane Rapaport, author of the book The Naked Quaker: true Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England. Bring a Bag lunch!

Unearthing the Past: The Alden Archaeology and Local Discoveries, Saturday, October 6, 1PM at the Alden House Historic Site, 105 Alden Street, Duxbury, Massachusetts, 781-934-9092 sponsored by the Alden Kindred of America FREE.  Explore the archaeology of the homestead of Mayflower passengers John and Priscilla Alden, as well as some discoveries unearthed in an area rich with colonial history.

Irish Genealogy, Saturday, October 6, at 2PM at the Amesbury, Mass Public Library, presented by Tom Toohey, this program offers a description of six ways to research Irish families.  Toohey will return on Saturday, November 3, at 2PM to present six more ways to find one’s Irish ancestors. Space is limited and pre registration is required.  Visit or contact Margie at the library at 978-388-8148, ext. 610 or email

Meet the Author of an American Girl Book for Afternoon Tea,  Sunday, October 7 at 2PM at the USS Constitution Museum's Figgie Theater, Charlestown, Massachusetts.  $25 per person ($20 USS Constitution Museum members) space is limited, please make a reservation at 617-426-1812, ext. 113.   The newest American Girl doll is Caroline Abbot, a girl who lived through the War of 1812, and the author of these books is Kathleen Ernst.  Dress up, bring your doll and enjoy an 1812 tea while listening to Kathleen's program about Caroline's world and how she developed her character.  Have your books autographed, too, and take photos with the author!

The Rise and Fall of Poorhouses in Massachusetts, Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 PM in the Orientation Room at the Boston Public Library.  FREE.  Heli Meltsner, author of the recently published Poorhouses of Massachusetts will describe life in a poorhouse, and the records available.

Runaway Wives: When Colonial Marriages Failed, Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 PM at the Weeks Public Library, Greenland, New Hampshire.  603-436-8548.  FREE.  When 18th century wives tired of the marriage contract they could run but they could not hide.  Husbands chased them down with newspaper ads, effectively removing their sources of credit and income.  Presented by Marcia Shmidt Blaine of Plymouth State University.

Remembering the War of 1812: A Sailor's Life in War, Wednesday, October 10, 7PM, at the Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth,NH, 603-431-2538, or  What was life really like for sailors during the War of 1812?  Join Sarah O'Connor for a discussion as she demonstrates clothing, weaponry and tools.  Refreshments will be served.  $10 or $25 to become a Friend of the Portsmouth Athenaeum and attend the entire program series for free.

Researching the History of your Derry Home, Thursday October 11, 6:30 - 8PM, at the Derry Public Library, 64 E Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  603-432-6140.  Presented by Genealogist and Reference Librarian Christine Sharbrough.  Come learn what resources are available at the library and other local repositories to research your home.  FREE

Tales and Ales, Friday, October 12 and 13, 6:30 – 9PM at the Swett Isley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Massachusetts, $35 Historic New England members, $55 non members.  An evening of historic fun around a tavern table enjoying local brews and a hearty tavern dinner while listening to true tales of sword fights, scandalous romances, and bloody brawls.  Registration required at 978-462-2634.

Digital Revolutions: Interpreting and Historicizing American Culture, the New England American Studies Association Fall 2012 Conference, Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, 2012, at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus, Providence, Rhode Island.  For more information and registration see and email with any questions.

Descendants Celebration Sunday, Sunday, October 14, First Congregational Church of Hampton, New Hampshire, 127 Winnacunnet Road. As part of the celebration of the 375th anniversary of the founding of Hampton descendants of founding families are invited to worship, a picnic lunch, a tour of the Tuck Museum and area cemeteries. Aids are available for genealogy research, see the registration form.  $5 for lunch on site, area restaurants are nearby, too.   Pre-registration is required by the form online.  

Dissent Among the Puritans, Monday, October 15, 2:15PM at the Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Ave, Concord, New Hampshire.  603-229-1185. .  Presented by Linda Palmer, a living history presentation as Ann Vassall in 1637, wife of one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Company.  Her wods of advice and narration of the events going on in town make you wish you had stayed in England or look towards New Hampshire or Connecticut as a place of settlement.  FREE

Food and Family - An Evening with Chef Jeremy Sewall, Tuesday, October 16, 6PM, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 Newbury St., Boston, Massachusetts.  Join NEHGS, Chef Sewall and author Eve LaPlante for an evening of discussion of the Sewall family roots, including Salem witch trial judge Samuel Sewall.  The evening will include a reception and sampling of Chef Sewall's cuisine. Tickets $30, registraton required at 617-226-1226 or online at

Gravestone Girls Present a Virtual Tour of East Brookfield Cemeteries, Wednesday, October 17, 6:30PM, East Brookfield Public Library, 122 Connie Mack Drive, East Brookfield, Massachusetts, FREE 508-867-7928 , The “Gravestone Girls” will present a 90 minute presentation of photographs taken in East Brookfield, of graves dating back to 1673.  There will be a demonstration of gravestone rubbing with hands on practice.

Witches, Pop Culture and the Past, Thursday, October 18, 6:30 PM at the Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, New Hampshire, 603-474-2044.  We still discuss the 1692 witch hysteria in everyday conversation, pop culture, literature, tourism and film  The truth, both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.  Presented by Robin DeRosa, Plymouth State University.  FREE

Genealogy Discovery Day, Saturday, 20 October 2012, 1:30 – 4:30 PM at the Chelmsford, Massachusetts Genealogy Club, in the main library of Chelmsford’s McCarthy Meeting Room.   To volunteer or to obtain more information, please contact: Judy Sylvia at or Paula McCarron at  See the website

Edward Lodi on Women in King Philip’s War, Sunday, October 21, 3PM at the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts 978-929-6655 FREE A number of remarkable women played major roles in King Philip’s War.  Mr. Lodi also includes accounts of what daily life was like for women on the frontier settlements.  A book signing will follow. 

Find Your Military Ancestors on, Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 PM in the Orientation Room at the Boston Public Library, FREE.  Laura Prescott, a consultant at and past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists will show you how to find your ancestors in the millions of military record images available on line. 

NH African Americans in the Revolutionary War, Thursday, October 25, 6:30 - 8PM, at the Derry Public Library, 64 E Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  603-432-6140.  Presented by Genealogist and Reference Librarian Christine Sharbrough.  Almost 200 African and Native Americans from New Hampshire fought in the Revolutionary War.  FREE


Third Annual Cemetery Tour, Friday, October 26, 7PM and Sunday October 28, 3PM, The Olde South Burial Ground, corner of Main Street and Shawsheen Street, Tewksbury, Massachusetts. members $6, non-members $8.  Children under 12 should come to the Sunday tour.

Tricks, Treats and Treasures, Wednesday, October 31, 5:30 – 7:30 at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem, Massachusetts. FREE.  Join the sea shanty singing Salem pirates for tricks, treats and treasures at the Phillips House on Halloween night.  Call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman, Wednesday, November 7, 1:15 PM at the Windham Town Hall, 3 Lowell Road, Windham, New Hampshire, FREE, 603-883-2932.  As men went off to the Civil War, women sowed their own seeds of rebellion and independence.  The First Lady was no exception.  Presented by Sally Mummey.

John Wight – Early Stone Carver of Forest Hill Cemetery, Thursday, October 8, 6:30 – 8PM, at the Derry Public Library, 64 E Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  603-432-6140.  Presented by Genealogist and Reference Librarian Christine Sharbrough.  John Wight was an early 18th century settler of Nutfield and his stone carvings grace many of the early gravestones in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Learn about him and his artwork.  FREE

Genetic Genealogy: Adding DNA to Your Toolkit, Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 PM in the Orientation Room at the Boston Public Library.  FREE. Michael Maglio, professional genealogist and owner of the Origin Hunters genealogy service, will present how genetic genealogy can provide new evidence to your origins.  Learn about your deep ancestry, confirm your existing family history or break through brick walls in your genealogy research.

New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 PM at the Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Road, Greenland, New Hampshire.  FREE.  603- 436-8548.  .  Long forgotton stories of historical events such as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution told through gravestone rubbings, photographs and stories. Presented by Glenn A. Knoblock.

Finding Clues in Obituaries, Thursday November 29, 6:30 – 8PM, at the Derry Public Library, 64 E Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  603-432-6140.  Presented by Genealogist and Reference Librarian Christine Sharbrough.  Come and learn how to pull the most information out of an obituary.  We will look at a few sample obituaries, talke about what records to search and how to find them.  FREE

Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Connect via Social History, Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 PM in the Orientation Room at the Boston Public Library, FREE.  Lori Lyn Price, a professional genealogy speaker, will present a lecture on connecting with ancestors via social history- an aspect of genealogy that brings ancestor’s traditions and culture to life.  Learn to incorporate local history, and other sources of social history such as occupation, military service and war, daily life and recreation into your genealogical research to gain a greater understanding of your roots.

Tracing Your Medical Heritage, Thursday, December 13th, 6:30 – 8PM, at the Derry Public Library, 64 E Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  603-432-6140.  Presented by Genealogist and Reference Librarian Christine Sharbrough.  A medical pedigree of your family gives you the ability to provide any healthcare provider with essential information that is often necessary when diagnosing and treating family members.  Learn how to create one using records you may have already collected during your genealogical research. FREE.


Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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