Monday, December 29, 2014

January 2015 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

January 2, Friday, noon – 1pm, Survival: Boston 1630, part of a new series of First Friday Brown Bag Lectures at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, FREE, presented by Rose A Doherty, registration required online at (click on “Add to Cart” and check out, total will be $0.00).

January 7, Wednesday, 10 – 11am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library Building, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, FREEE.  No registration needed.

January 10, Saturday, 9am – 5pm, Building Community through Oral History, at the Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Hopkinton, New Hampshire, A hands-on, one day workshop with historian Jo Radner will guide participants through designing oral history projects, effective interviewing, and preserving community stories.  Participants will leave with a repertoire of useful skills and a manual for future reference. Registration required.

January 10, Saturday, 3 - 6pm, Old Newbury Day Open House, at the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts, celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on 13 January 1701 with a tour of the 1690 manor house, hot cider and donuts in the visitor center, and then walk to the nearby town sponsored bonfire.  Call 978-462-2534 for more information. 

January 12, Monday, 6:30pm, Lost Boston, Author Talk, at the Charlestown branch of the Boston Public Library, by local author Anthony Sanmarco about the 68 losses to the Boston landscape including the Molasses Tank, Haymarket Square, Scollay Square and others he outlined in his new book.  FREE to the public. 

January 12, Monday, 7pm, Treasure from the Isles of Shoals:  How New Archaeology is Changing Old History, at the Stratham, New Hampshire Fire Department, 2 Winnicutt Road, Stratham, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public, contact 603-778-0434 for more information.

January 14, Wednesday, 6pm, Early American Crime & Criminals by author Anthony Vaver, at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  Vaver shares stories from his books about British convicts sent to America, and stories about pirates, counterfeiters and murderers. Free to the public. 

January 14, Wednesday, 7pm Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire, presented by storyteller Jo Radner.  Snow date January 15 same time and place.  Free to the public.  Call the library for more information 603-424-5021.

January 16, Friday, 10:15am, A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval,  at the Community Church of Durham, 17 Main Street, Durham, New Hampshire, FREE to the public.  Please join in for coffee at 9am with the program to follow at 10:15am,

January 17, Saturday, 7pm, Colonial New Hampshire, presented by the Walpole Historical Society, at the Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, New Hampshire, FREE to the public.  Call 603-756-3449 for more information.

January 17, Saturday, 10:30am to noon, Lecture- Lindencrest at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire presented by historian Ed Brouder, Free to members, regular admission fee for non-members, call 603-622-7531 for more information.  Lindencrest was an elegant mansion in the Queen city, and in the 1890s it was the scene of a scandal involving a widow, her teenaged daughter, a respected doctor and a bank executive who fled to South America.

January 17, Saturday, 2 – 3pm, Winter Weekends at the Phillips House, at the Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts. $5 Historic New England members, $10 non members. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while viewing film clips of the Phillips family engaged in their favorite winter activities.  Tour the house to see family items usually not on display, including sporting equipment, postcards, photographs and artwork.  Registration required, call 978-744-0440 for more information. 

January 19, Monday, 2:15pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public, Call 603 -229-1185 for more information.

January 28, Wednesday, 6pm, Get started on your Family History, at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Central Library.  Genealogist Rhonda McClure outlines the first steps to uncovering your genealogy.  FREE to the public.  

January 31, Saturday, 2 - 3pm, Sporty Saturday at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts, $5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers.  Kick off Super Bowl Weekend with a viewing of historic family films showing events like the Harvard football games and the Boston Marathon, canoeing and camping.  Registration required, please call 978-744-0440.  

February 11, Wednesday,  6pm, The Eliot School and the Catholic Exodus of 1859, by historian Alex Goldfeld at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  Goldfeld explores the 1859 incident of a Catholic schoolboy who was severely beaten for not reciting the required Protestant prayers in a Boston public school classroom.  Free to the Public. 

February 25, Wednesday, 6pm Paddy on the Net: Using Irish Genealogy Databases, by genealogist Michael Brophy, at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library.  Brophy will discuss the many resources now available online for discovering your Irish ancestors.  Free to the Public. 

March 11,  Wednesday, 6pm Life Stories in White and Black from Forest Hills Cemetery, by historian Dee Morris at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  Morris will describe the famous abolitionists and black citizens buried together at Forest Hill Cemetery - including William Lloyd Garrison, Edward Everett Hale, William C. Nell, and others.  Free to the public. 

April 29, Wednesday,  6pm, Sex, DNA and Family History, a lecture by Shellee Morehead at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  Certified genealogist Shellee Morehead will explain genetic genealogy- the use of DNA for defining ancestral relationships.  Free to the Public. 

May 13, Wednesday, 6pm, Women and Physical Culture in Nineteenth Century Boston, a talk by Helaine Davis and Linda Stern at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  This lecture is about how several pioneering women changed the face of sports and recreation in Boston at the close of the 19th century.  Free to the public.

May 27, Wednesday, 6pm, Finding Living Ancestors: Being a Genealogy Gumshoe, by genealogist Michael Maglio.  A discussion on how sometimes it is necessary to find a living relative in order to track down records, get a DNA sample, return a rare photo or family Bible, but finding the living can be as challenging as finding a dead ancestor.  Free to the public. 

On television!

Genealogy Roadshow, season 2 premieres January 2015 on PBS.  Check your local listings for times and channels in your area.

Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC new season premiere on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at 10 EasternTime, 9 Central. 

Coming Soon!

New England Regional Genealogy Conference - NERGC- Providence, Rhode Island, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 15 - 18 April 2015.

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