Monday, January 26, 2015

February 2015 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

January 27, Tuesday, 1:30pm, Intro to Genealogy in the computer lab at the Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Free to the public, but requires advance sign up.  To reserve a spot call the reference and information desk at 978-373-1586 ext. 608.

January 27, Tuesday, 7pm, Italian Genealogy Research Techniques, presented by Virginia Gerante Cater and sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society at the American Legion, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Free to the public, all ages and levels of experience are welcome.  For more information contact Mary Hasselmann at 978-730-8344 or

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, 10am, Mastering Evernote for Genealogy, a video presentation by Thomas MacEntee and Lisa A. Alzo presented by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, Massachusetts.  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 4, Wednesday, 6 – 8 pm, Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep, presented by Judy G. Russell, “The Legal Genealogist”, sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Genealogy Society. At the Agawam Senior Center at 945 Main Street in Agawam, Massachusetts. Learn how to play detective with court records to unmask those black sheep in the family tree.  Understand the criminal process in both federal and state courts, and find the records to put meat on the bones of the skeletons in your family’s closet.

February 6, Friday, noon - 1pm,  Stories of Life in Records of Death: Discovering Mount Auburn Cemetery's Historical Collections, part of the First Friday Brown Bag Lecture Series at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Meg L. Winslow, the curator of historical collections at Mount Auburn, you will learn about the cemetery's collections, the stories they hold and how to access them.  Free to the public.  Registration required call 617-226-1226 or email 

February 7, 10am New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  FREE to the public.  This tour introduces the resources available at the NEHGS research facility.  Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive.

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 11, 4pm, Wednesday, The Arc of Memory: Bending the Future of Historic Preservation, a distinguished faculty lecture by Professor Max Page, free to the public at the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass Amherst Campus.

February 13 and 14, 6:30 pm , Friday and Saturday, (also Sunday, February 15th at 4:30pm) Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, at the Boston Tea Party Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, $35 each or $50 couple.  Includes a glass of champagne, unlimited tea, fruit and cheese, advance ticket purchase recommended by calling 1-617-338-1773 or at the museum ticket booth.

February 15, 10am to 3:30pm, Sunday, Taking Needle to Fabric, a workshop for re-enactors and history buffs presented by “The Hive” The Ladies of Refined Taste & Friends of Minute Man National Historical Park, Free to the public, at the Minute Man Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, Massachusetts.  Follow the Hive signs.  If you have questions email or check the website

February 16 - 19, Monday to Thursday, 10 am to noon, February Kid's Week at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Craft sessions for children (make dream catchers, basket weaving, write with quill pens, drawing) and games. See this link for more information     Fee to students and children under 18, children must be accompanied by an adult.  

February 18, Wednesday, 10 – 11:30am for grades 2 – 8, Back in the Day Adventures!  National Archives at Boston (Waltham) Free February Vacation Program.  On Wednesday the program for kids and their chaperones will help kids find their true family stories in historic records, and to explore genealogy in the reference room where there are free online subscriptions to various online resources. FREE with required registration 781-663-0130 or email  Free parking and handicap access at the National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts.

February 18, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Reflections on Firm and Family: Augustine Heard & Company and the Nineteenth Century Opium Trade, a lecture by Anne Page at the Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts.   Free to members, $10 to not yet members. 

February 19, Thursday, 7pm, New England Powder Houses, presented by local author Matthew Thomas at the Beshara Room of the Kelley Library, Salem, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public.

February 21, Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Family Day at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH – learn about the history of Manchester while enjoying some crafts and games including weaving, old fashioned games, scavenger hunts, children’s books, and more.  Included with regular admission, children must be accompanied by an adult.

February 22, Sunday, 2pm, Boarding in Boston: Education, Embroidery and Refinement in the Late Colonial Period, a lecture at the Deerfield Community Center sponsored by Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  Free and open to the public. Call 413-774-5581 for more information. 

February 24, Tuesday, 1:30pm, Intro to Genealogy in the computer lab at the Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Free to the public, but requires advance sign up.  To reserve a spot call the reference and information desk at 978-373-1586 ext. 608.

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. 

February 25, Wednesday, 7pm, Remembering the Battle of the Crater, sponsored by the Civil War Round Table of Central Massachusetts at the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main Street (Rt. 122A), Holden, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.

February 26, Thursday, 7pm, Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire, presented by Professor Robert Goodby of Franklin Pierce College, at the NPL Theater in the Nashua Public Library, Nashua, New Hampshire, FREE to the public.

March 3, Tuesday, 7am to 7pm, Genealogy Research Trip to Boston, Massachusetts sponsored by the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, a popular excursion to do family research in Boston with a choice of the New England Historic Genealogical Society library or the Massachusetts State Archives.  $25 per person for members and their guests.  See the website for more information.

March 4, Wednesday, 11am, John Perrault: The Ballad Lives!  at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  Free to the public, call 503-434-4073 for more information.  A program of traditional and original ballads and New England songs, John Perrault follows the traditional ballad from the British Isles to North America.  

March 10, Tuesday, 7pm, Researching Your Irish Ancestors with Mary Ellen Grogan, at the Memorial Hall, Andover, Public Library, Andover, Massachusetts.  Free to the public, register online or call 978-623-8401 presented by the Andover Genealogy Club

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. 

March 14, Saturday, 10:30 to noon, Manchester, NH Public School Buildings 1785 – 2014, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH, included with regular admission to the museum, free to members.  AARP members receive a $3 discount (bring your AARP card).

March 21, Saturday, 1:30pm Paleography: Reading Old Handwriting, sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, presented by Edwin W. Strickland.  Free and open to the public, please pre-register at 860-569-0002 or email

March 24, Tuesday, 1:30pm, Intro to Genealogy in the computer lab at the Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Free to the public, but requires advance sign up.  To reserve a spot call the reference and information desk at 978-373-1586 ext. 608.

April 8, Wednesday, 7pm, Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers, sponsored by the Medford Historical Society,  10 Governor’s Avenue, Medford, Massachusetts. Free to the public.

April 15 – 18, Wednesday – Saturday, The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference “Navigating the Past: Sailing into the Future”, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.  Registration for NERGC 2015 is now open online at

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. 

May 30, Saturday, 2015 Southern Maine Genealogical Conference sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will be held in Portland, Maine.  The keynote speaker will be Margaret Dube, CG.  For more information see

July 11, Saturday, The Maine Genealogical Society Fair at the Cultural Building, Home of the State Library, Archives and Museum, Augusta, Maine, Free admission. Visit with genealogical and historical societies from around the state of Maine.

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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    Northern essex Community College Haverhill Ma offers a free genealogy discussion group the ist tuesday of every month at 10am. Location Pailes room upstairs in the Library Bldg.

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