Thursday, February 26, 2015

March 2015 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

March 1, Sunday, 2pm, Ona Marie Judge: A Historical Novel, upstairs at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 603-436-8433. The story of a woman who was formerly enslaved to Martha Washington.

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 4, Wednesday, 7pm, Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution, at the Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Celebrate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s second inauguration with historian and author Barbara F. Berenson for a journey through Civil War Boston.  There will be a book signing of Berenson’s new book Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution.  Co-sponsored by Historic New England and the Greater Boston Civil War Roundtable.  Registration is recommended, call 617-994-5912 to reserve a seat.

Thursday, March 5, 6pm, Irish Need Not Apply: A History of the Irish in Boston, by local historian Christopher Daly, with a multimedia presentation at the West End Branch Library, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public.

March 5, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn: Stepfamilies in Colonial America, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, $8 for non-members, FREE to members.  Speaker Lisa Wilson discusses the fact and fiction of blended families, which were common in colonial America, author of the new book A History of Stepfamilies in Colonial America. Click here for more info

March 6, Friday, noon - 1pm, Wills Tell Stories, part of the First Fridays Brown Bag Lecture Series at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Alice Plouchard Stelzer who will discuss how probate records are valuable resources in historical and genealogical research.  Free to the public, register online at or call 617-226-1226 

March 6, Friday, 6:30pm The Irish Experience at the Phillip’s House, at 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Discover the daily lives of the Phillip’s family Irish domestic staff.  Visit the servant’s work and living quarters, which are usually not open to the public.  $15 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers.  Call 978-744-0440 for a recommended registration.

March 7, Saturday, 9:30am - 12pm, "Taken with a Large Grain of Salt" - verifying family stories, presented by Erica Voolich and sponsored by the Worcester County Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Worcester, Massachsuetts.  Free to the public. 

March 7, Saturday, 10am – noon, Finding the Family: Problems, Successes and Rewards, with speaker Tim Firkowski, professional genealogist, sponsored by the Genealogy Group at the Kennebunk, public library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine, call 207-985-2173 for more information. Free to the public.

March 7, Saturday, all day and at 7pm, Boston Massacre Re-enactment and Commemoration, At the Old State House in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Bostonian Society.  Family programming during the day and at 7pm there will be a re-enactment on the spot outside the State House of the Boston Massacre. Come early to meet the patriots, loyalists and moderates who share their stories. For more information see the website

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 12, Thursday, 6:30pm Evacuation Day Lecture, at the Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarter's National Historic Site, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Free with admission.  RSVP at 617-876-4491

March 13, Friday, 1:30pm,  Start your Genealogy Research, sponsored by the Rogers Memorial Library Genealogy Club, Hudson, New Hampshire.  Laptop computers will be available for your use at the meeting.  No registration required. Free to the public.

March 13, Friday, 6:30pm The Gravestone Girls! at the Middleborough, Massachusetts Lodge of Elks, sponsored by the Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries, $5 suggested donation at the door.   

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 17, Tuesday, Evacuation Day Ceremonies,  enjoy the historical military exercises at the Dorchester Heights Monument, Boston, Massachusetts.  

March 18, Wednesday, 7:30pm “Boston: Origin of American Slavery” a Pre-Publication Book Talk by Journalists Lisa Braxton and Alex Reid, at the Royall House, 15 George Street, Medford, Massachusetts. Free to members, $5 non-members. See the website for more information

March 18, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Islands in a Storm:  The Plum Island Story, at the Ipswich Museum, Ipswich, Massachusetts, presented by William Sargent, consultant for TV's NOVA and author of five books on science and the environment.  This lecture is sponsored by the First Ipswich Bank and the Ipswich Historical Society.  Free to members, $10 for non-members.  

March 21, Saturday, 9am – 5pm , Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Strategies for Success, at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation at this all day seminar.  Fee $85.  Register at this link:

March 22, Sunday, 1 – 3pm, Exploring the Back Stairs: A lecture and Tour, at the Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine’s Estate, 100 Robert Treat Paine Drive, Waltham, Massachusetts. A lecture by Jennifer Pustz, museum historian and a backstairs tour of the servant’s quarters at Stonehurst.  $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers.  Co-sponsored by the City of Waltham and the Friends of Stonehurst.

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.

March 25, Wednesday, 7:15pm Embattled Farmers:  Profiles of Revolutionary War Soldiers, at the First Church of Christ Congregational in Bedford, Massachusetts, 25 Great Road, Bedford, Massachusetts.  Meet outside the doors to the Upper Fellowship Hall at 7pm.  Lincoln historian and author Richard Wiggin will describe the research for his newest book, and tell the story of the many Lincoln farmers who had connections to the war. 

March 27, Friday, 9am – 12:30pm, Digitizing Basics: Editing, Preserving and Sharing Family Photographs, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, (optional afternoon consultations), $50, please register ahead at 617-226-1226 or email  Join Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, and Carly Sentieri, Associate Photographer at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to learn how to digitize your collections, to improve the appearance of digitized images, and to share you digitized collections online.  Various methods for capturing digital images (tablet, scanner, camera) will be demonstrated.

March 28, Saturday, 10am, Evernote Boot Camp for Genealogy, Part 1 of a webinar presented remotely by Thomas MacEntee and sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  At the Nevis Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, Massachusetts. 

March 29, Sunday, 2pm, Meet Rachel Revere - Petticoats at the Revolution.  At the Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts, Admission is $10 per person, performed by Joan Gatturna, who will tell the sotory of the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere and kept the home fires burning while he fanned the flames of revolution.  See the website for more information  

March 31, Tuesday, 6pm Life at Colonial Harvard: The Archaeological Evidence, at Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Meet in the small lobby outside the lecture hall at 5:45.  Join Diana Loren and Patricia Capone in a presentation of the project’s findings to date.  “Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard” exhibit will be open in the Peabody Museum, adjacent to the lecture hall, until 9pm.

March 31, Tuesday, 7pm Plain and Fancy: Domestic Needle-work at the turn of the last century, at the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy Street, Arlington, Massachusetts.  Free, sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society, presented by Kim Salazar, Author of Domestic Needlework.

April 1, Wednesday, 6pm, Founder’s Son:  A Life of Abraham Lincoln, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $20 for the general public, register by phone at 617-646-0578, presented by Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review and author of eleven books.

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 10, Friday, 8pm, Uncovering History: The Story of Captain Parker’s Revenge, at the Lexington Historical Society, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, Massachusetts. A panel of noted historians and archaeologists will tell us about their exploration of what happened on the morning of April 19, 1775.  Free to the public.

April 10, Friday, 1:30pm, Why Story Matters? Memoir Writing, sponsored by the Rogers Memorial Library Genealogy Club, Hudson, New Hampshire. Learn to write down the stories of your life.

April 11, Saturday,  New England Family History Conference, at the Franklin LDS church on 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, Massachusetts.  See the website for more information and to register online.

April 11, Saturday, 10:30am to noon, Book Signing and Lecture: Stark – The life and Wars of John Stark, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH. Authors Richard V. and John F. Polhemus detail the role that John Stark played in both the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War.  Included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum.  Pre-registration is requested. 

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 16, Thursday, 6:30 pm, Always Something Doing & Scollay Square, a talk by David Kruh at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston, Massachusetts, call 617-416-0718 for more information.  FREE to the public.  David Kruh has written two books on Scollay Square, and he will relate stories from John Winthrop (who settled here in 1630) to Sally Keith (who entertained there in the 1950s) to Government Center today.  Optional pre-registration at this link:

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 2, Saturday, 12 noon – 4pm, Ipswich Back in Time, Commemorating the 1657 Alexander Knight House, A Fun Family Day of Exploring Where History Comes to Life, The Ipswich, Massachusetts Historical Society.

May 9, Saturday, 10am – noon, Uncovering Your Family History in Federal Publications, speaker Connie Reik, professional genealogist, sponsored by the Genealogy Group at the Kennebunk, public library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine, call 207-985-2173 for more information. 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

May 30, 1pm Summer Walking Tours of the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Meet up at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire from May to September.  There will be a fee involved.  Stay tuned or call for more information.

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.

July 26, Sunday,  Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and Seminar, Mansfield, Massachusetts

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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