Thursday, February 25, 2016

March 2016 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

( FYI  I try to edit this with updates during the month, and I also post additional events as I learn about them at my Facebook page "Nutfield Genealogy" at this link:  )

February 25 – 17, Winter Weekend Research Getaway at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Register at this link:  Escape to NEHGS for three days of research, consultations, lectures and social events.

February 27, Saturday, 2pm, American Sweepstakes:  How One Small State Bucked the Church, The Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age, at the NH Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Presented by author and TV journalist Kevin Flynn as he talks about his new book.  Free to the public.

March, 2016,  Beginning the Journey of Genealogy, a four week genealogy course at the the Montachusett Regional Vocational Tech School, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts by genealogist Jake Fletcher.  See this link for more information:

March 1, Tuesday, 7pm, I Can’t Die But Once – Harriet Tubman’s Civil War, at the North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton, New Hampshire, presented by living historian Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti.  Free to the public.

March 1, Tuesday, 7pm,  New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools:  The Romance and the Reality, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  A presentation by Steve Taylor on the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.  Free to the public.

March 1, Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Introductory Genealogy Research Assistance, at the Worcester Public Library, Worcester, Massachusetts.  One on one assistance with a librarian.  Allow at least one week lead time for research on specific topics.  Please register online at the library website.

March 2, Wednesday, 11am, New Hampshire's One Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Amoskeag Mills Chapter of Questers and the NH Humanities Council.  Presented by Steve Taylor.  Free to the public. 

March 3, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn: "So Hemmed in": Land and Identity Among the Middleborough Indians, at the Hornblower Visitor Center at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, a lecture presented by speaker Jon Green.  Bring a bag lunch. Free for members, $8 for non-members, For more information see this link: 

March 3, Thursday, 6 - 8pm, Genealogy Gathering, at the Montague Public Libraries, 201 Avenue A, Turner's Falls, Massachusetts.  A casual drop-in session to talk about genealogy, our successes and brick walls.  Use all the resources in the library because the building is closed except for the genealogy group. 

March 4, Friday, 2pm,  Fellow Laborers: The Friendship of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Sara Sikes, Associate Editor of the Adams Papers, and Sara Georgini, Assistant Editor.  Free to the public.

March 5, Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm, Trial of the Century: Boston Massacre Trial Reenactment, at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Watch lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bostonians during the Boston Massacre. $10 (admission to the Old State House) space is limited, tickets for both performances are available with museum admission. 

March 5, Saturday, 7pm, Boston Massacre Reenactment, at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. 

March 5, Saturday, 2pm, Midnight Ride, Industrial Revolution:  Revere’s Evolution from Craftsman to Entrepreneur, at the Scottish Rite  Masonic Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, Massachusetts, Free.  A lecture by Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College of Engineering.  Book signing to follow.

March 5, 5, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, Saturdays and Sundays, Maple Days at Sturbridge Village, see the entire maple sugar making process- from tapping the trees, to "sugaring off" and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in colonial New England. See demonstrations of traditional Native American methods, early 19th century New England, 20th century metal buckets and contemporary tubing used to gather maple sap. Included with museum admission. For more information see   

March 6 (and more), 2pm, Sundays, Sundays at the Forsyth, at the Forsyth Chapel, at the main entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Avenue, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.  Two Sundays in February, March and April.  Each presentation covers a topic that highlights the residents or grounds of Forest Hill Cemetery.  Light refreshments. $10 per person. Email or 617-524-0128 for more information.
Mar 6: SS Pierce: A Boston Tradition- by Anthony Sanmarco
Mar 20: Women of the Theater - by Dee Morris
April 3: The History of Forest Hills Cemetery- by Anthony Sanmarco
April 17: The Other New England Patriots- by Dee Morris

March 6, Sunday, 1pm to 3pm, Using Gedmatch: A Third Party Tool for Genetic Genealogists, at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, on the corner of State and Gray Streets, Portland, Maine.  For more information 207-232-2001 or $5 members, $10 non-members.

March 6, Sunday, 9am – 4pm, Irish Family History Day, at the Courtyard Marriott, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, cost $85.  Register for a 20 minute one-on-one consultation session with an expert for an additional $30.  Questions?  Call 617-226-1226 or email  Register online at

March 8, 15, 22, 29, Tuesday, 9am, 10:15am, noon and 1:15pm, Researching Your Family History, at the SeniorsPlus Education Center, Lewiston, Maine, presented by Carroll N. Holmes, researcher, one-on-one, one hour class using several genealogy web sites to help find your family tree. For more information call 1-207-795-4010. 

March 8, Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Introductory Genealogy Research Assistance, at the Worcester Public Library, Worcester, Massachusetts.  One on one assistance with a librarian.  Allow at least one week lead time for research on specific topics.  Please register online at the library website.

March 11, Friday, 5:30 – 9:30, The Annual Genealogy Lock In, at the Memorial Hall Public Library, Andover, Massachusetts. Register for an evening of after hours genealogy research with exclusive access to databases, computers, microfilm and the Andover Room.  A light dinner will be served. $10 fee. Space is limited.

March 11, Friday, 7pm, Did Grandma Have a Filling Station?, at the Sloan Theater, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Massachusetts.  Tickets available through  Please register at this link.  Presented by Shari Strahan and Sara Campbell. Learn how to use Married Women's Business Certificates, historic newspapers, maps, and town directories to learn about the women business leaders in your family tree. 

March 11, Friday, The Irish Experience at The Philips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts, Find out about the daily lives of the Phillips family Irish domestic staff.  Space is limited. $20.  Registration required, please call 978-744-0440 

March 12, Saturday, 10am – noon, Masonic Genealogy Workshop, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Lexington, Massachusetts.  Led by Jeffrey Croteau, Director of the Library and Archives, and John Coelho, Archivist, they will discuss different types of Masonic records, where they are located, and how they may be useful to genealogical research.  $15 museum members, $20 non-members.  Registration required by March 5, email

March 12 and 13, Saturday and Sunday, The New Hampshire Old House and Barn Expo, at the Center of New Hampshire, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, New Hampshire.  $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and kids.  Presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes.  Have fun and learn from the experts at this one-stop-shopping trade show that helps old house and barn owners with appropriate and affordable solutions.  Over 60 exhibitors, hourly lectures, and demonstrations on gardens, architecture, history and preservation strategies. Children's expo scavenger hunt and crafts.

March 12, 19, and 26 (Three consecutive Saturdays), 2p m to 4pm , Workshop:  Getting Started in Genealogy with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, held at the New Hampshire Historical Society Library, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire. This class will introduce basic concepts in genealogy, tools for organizing your research, standard records and hints for conducting research.  For more information and pricing for members and non-members, visit or call Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621 to register by phone using a credit card.

March 13, Sunday, 3pm, Revolutionary Justice: Law and Society in the American Revolution, at Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Free event by the Friends of Minuteman National Park, presented by Professor Bruce Mann of the Harvard University School of Law. 

March 14, Monday, 7pm, New Hampshire's Grange Movement:  Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline, at the Stratham Fire Station, Morgera Meeting Room, 4 Winnicutt Road, Stratham, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the Stratham Historical Society and the NH Humanities Council.  Presented by Steve Taylor.  Snow date is March 21.  Free to the public. 

March 15, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Finding Your Female Ancestors, at the Worcester Public Library, Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Main Library, Worcester, Massachusetts. Contact librarian Cynthia Bermudez.

March 15, Tuesday, 7pm, An Evening with John Clayton, in the McAllister Room at the Bedford Public Library, Bedford, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the Friends of Bedford Cemeteries, John Clayton, the executive director of the Manchester Historic Association will present his well known book You know you are in New Hampshire When. Free to the public, donations welcome. 

March 16, Wednesday, 7:30, Mad for Glory:  USS Frigate Essex, at the Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Speaker, Robert Booth, $10 for non-members. 

March 16, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Paper Piecing:  a Quilt, a Doctor, a Widow, and Eliza, at the Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford, Massachusetts, presented by author/quilter Rachel May.  Free to the public.

March 16, Wednesday, 9:30am, Poor Houses and Town Farms:  The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst, New Hampshire.  Steve Taylor will present how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.  Free to the public. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the Nipmugs Chapter of Questers.

March 17, Thursday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers (see above), at the Francestown Town Offices, 27 Main Street, Francestown, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library and the NH Humanities Council.  

March 19, Saturday, 1pm, Online Resources for Irish Research, sponsored by the Essex Society of Genealogists, at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts, presented by Mary Ellen Grogan, a professional genealogist from Boston.  There will be a brown bag luncheon prior to the lecture.

March 19, Saturday, 10am - 2pm, Photo ID Day at the Manchester Historic Association Research Center, 129 Amherst Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Ever wonder where that old photo of Manchester was taken? Bring your photos and we will help you identify them! We will have local historians and MHA staff on site to help nail down some of your mystery photos.  FREE to the public! 

March 19 - 20, Saturday and Sunday, Opening Day at Plimoth Plantation:  All things Irish, at Plimoth Planation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The nation's premier living history museum opens for the 69th season! Discover the history sites and renovated craft center, traditional Irish music, 17th century Irish history, bread baking demonstrations and fun for the whole family. Free with museum admission. for more information. 

March 19, Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Telling Your Family Story, at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Registration is $50, including lunch, Register at or 603-627-0005.  Presenters will include WMUR's Fritz Wetherbee, John Clayton director of the Manchester Historic Association, and Meg Heckman a UNH journalism professor.  Archivist Lori Fisher of Bow's Baker Free Library will bring advice on preserving and protecting photos and family papers.  John Gfoerer of the video production company, Accompany, will demonstrate techniques to help put your stories on video.  

March 20, Sunday, 2pm, Winter Lecture Series: In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity Before the French and Indian War, at the Deerfield Community Center, Deerfield Massachusetts, Free to the public.  Today’s lecture will be “Colonization and Captivity in Native Space” by Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

March 20, Sunday, 2pm, Oral History- Family Stories:  How and Why to Remember Them, at the Levenson Meeting Room of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Presented by Jo Radner.  The importance of capturing and passing on family stories, bringing life to genealogical research.  Free to the public.

March 22, Tuesday, 7pm, "Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? - Recovering Hidden History from Married Women's Business Certificates", at the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society membership meeting, at the American Legion, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Presented by Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan.  Guests are welcome for a $2 donation which is applied to membership if they join at that same meeting. For more information contact Janet Fortunato at 

March 22, Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Introductory Genealogy Research Assistance, at the Worcester Public Library, Worcester, Massachusetts.  One on one assistance with a librarian.  Allow at least one week lead time for research on specific topics.  Please register online at the library website.

March 24, Thursday, 6:45pm, Margaret Bourke- White: America's Eyes, at the Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the Hooksett Library.  The Hooksett Historical Society's business meeting will begin at 6:30 with the program to follow at 6:45.  Presented by living historian Sally Matson.  Free to the public. 

March 26, Saturday, History Camp Boston 2016, at the Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Avenue,  Boston, Massachusetts (Near the Mass. Ave T stop).  See this link for more information registration and schedule:

March 28, Monday, 6pm, Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Avenue, Conway, New Hampshire, Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories.  Participants will practice finding, developing and telling their own tales.  Free to the public.

March 29, Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Introductory Genealogy Research Assistance, at the Worcester Public Library, Worcester, Massachusetts.  One on one assistance with a librarian.  Allow at least one week lead time for research on specific topics.  Please register online at the library website.

March 30, Wednesday, The Black Community in Colonial Dorchester and Boston, at the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by historian Alex Goldfeld.  Free to the public.

April 3, Sunday, 1pm to 3pm, Gleanings from Ireland’s Griffith’s Valuation, at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, on the corner of State and Gray Streets, Portland, Maine.  This valuable resource for Irish family history contains information for genealogy research.  Learn how to tap into this data set.  $5 for members, $10 for non-members. For more information call 207-232-2001 or or email

April 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday, Sleep in the 17th Century: A Bi-Cultural Overnight at Plimoth Plantation, at the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, Plimoth Plantation Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  This program is for Girl Scouts only.  Please register through the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.   

Looking ahead:

April 16 and 17, Massachusetts Genealogical Council 2016 Seminar, at the Courtyard Hotel, Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Register online, see the website

April 23, Saturday, Maine Genealogical Society Conference, keynote and workshops on “DNA Genetic Genealogy” with genealogist Blaine Bettinger, blogger at at the Elks Club in Augusta, Maine, $40 members, $50 non members, lunch included. Send checks by April 1 to Maine Genealogical Society, c/o Deborah Nowers, 72 Achorn Road, Belfast, Maine 04915. Register online or find more info at

April 30, The 2016 New England Family History Conference. For details see the website

May 21, Saturday, 11am – 3:30pm, Connecticut Society of Genealogists 48th Anniversary Celebration, at the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut.  More info at

May 21, Saturday, Southern Maine Genealogical Conference, featuring genealogists D. Joshua Taylor, at Keeley’s Banquet Center, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine,  For more information:

September 9 – 10, Western Massachusetts Genealogical Conference, details coming soon.

September 15 – 17, New York State Family History Conference, at the Holiday Inn Syracuse, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, New York.

September 17,  Saturday, Maine Genealogical Society, 40th Anniversary Conference, Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, Maine, for more information see this link or MGS, Box 2062, Waterville, Maine, 04903

October 15, Connecticut Society of Genealogists Seminar.  Details to come at

April 25 - 29, 2017, NERGC 2017, at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "March 2016 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 25, 2016, (  accessed [access date]).


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Seema! Everyone is anxiously awaiting more information on NERGC 2017!

  2. Hi Heather,

    Your readers may be interested in the genealogy series at Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, NH. They can view a pdf of all upcoming monthly classes here; The next event is Sunday, March 20th from 2-4.

    Thank you for putting together this useful schedule!