Thursday, July 30, 2020

August 2020 Virtual and "In Person" Genealogy Event Calendar

This month I have combined the virtual and "in-person" events. 

Scheduled virtual events are listed first in chronological order, followed by a short list of "in-person" events, and ongoing programs online are listed at the bottom (just scroll down).  Some events are free, and some online classes have fees.  Most are open to the public. At the time of publication online, this was the latest information I had on whether or not some of these events are happening "in person", please check ahead and don't forget your masks and social distancing! 

For last minute additions, please email me at and I can edit this post, and also check the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at  



July 31 – August 31, The Virtual Celtic Connections Conference, sponsored by TIARA (The Irish American Research Association).   All 25 pre-recorded presentations will be available from July 31 to August 31.  Live chats with the presenters. Safe, convenient, and less expensive.  Renowned genealogists on a variety of topics. See the website 

August 1, Saturday, from 9am to 9pm EDT, America’s Summer Roadtrip.  Visit 12 historic sites in 12 hours, featuring one livestreamed tour every hour from 9am to 9pm Eastern.  Sign up for updates, including the names of the 12 sites as they are released at  
      Some New England sites include:
      Minute Man National Historical Park
      Boston National Historical Park
      Rebecca Nurse Homestead, Danvers, MA
August 1, Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Maine Historical Society's Forum 2020:  The Great Upheaval of 1675 - 1725: How Wars, Rebellions, and Refugee Crises Shaped Early America.  This is a virtual Zoom broadcast. Free to the public. Registration available at  

August 3, Monday, 7pm,  Virtual Tour of Marblehead, Massachusetts.  Hosted by New England Curiosities, tickets are $15.  Conducted on Zoom - an email link and password will be sent to all registered participants. 

August 4, Tuesday, 7pm,  A Pictoral History of Lynch Park, hosted by Historic Beverly.  Learn the 250 year history of the park that dates back to the time of Woodbury's Point and the Revolutionary War.  This virtual event is $10 or free to members.  Register by emailing
August 6, - 8, Thursday – Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm, Summer Research Stay-At-Home, live broadcasts presented by the experts at American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Register by July 23. Program includes six lectures and access to recordings, lecture handouts and materials, two consultations, activity and demo sessions, and access to the experts via online chat.  Cost $375. See this link: 

August 6, Thursday, 7pm, Tales of the Wicked and Weird in New England, hosted by New England Curiosities and the Tewksbury Public Library. Join author and storyteller Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public. An email link and password will be sent to all registered participants. Register at  

August 6, Thursday, 8pm,  History Camp Online with Author Robert Forrant: Discussion Topic The 1912 Bread and Roses Labor Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, hosted by History Camp.

August 7, Friday, 5pm, Odd Things I’ve Seen in New Hampshire, hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  This online presentation by award winning travel author J. W. Ocker is free and can be joined by phone or your computer using free Zoom software.  Attendance is limited, so please sign up in advance using this link:  

August 11, Tuesday, 6pm, American Inspiration Author Event:  Gretchen Sorin with “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights”, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public.  Register at this link:  

August 11, Tuesday, 7pm, Online Local History Talk:  Urban Legends, Local Lore, and Real History, hosted by the Exeter Historical Society and the Portsmouth Public Library (New Hampshire).  Presented by Barbara Rimkunas. No registration is required. Free to the public. Visit the library's calendar for the link and password to connect via Zoom.

August 14, Friday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Speed, Style & the English Country House:  Auto, Horse, and Airplane Racing at England’s Historic Houses, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, curator of special collections.  Free to the public.  Register here: 

Saturday, August 15, 2020 1pm - 2:30pm  Researching Your Howland Roots!  A virtual event hosted by the Descendants of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.  Join Peter Arenstam (Executive Director of PJHS), Jean Albert (PJHS Registrar), Eldon Gay (PJHS Historian) as well as David J. McRae (Administrator of “Descendants of John Howland & Elizabeth Tilley (Mayflower Passengers)”) as they come together to talk about the Pilgrim John Howland Society and the history behind the society; how you can become a part of it as well as the benefits of joining the society. They will also discuss the history of the Jabez Howland House as well as other Howland-related landmarks in Plymouth that individuals can visit!  To register for this event, simply click on this link and fill out the registration page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

August 16, Sunday, 2pm, The Rebel and the Tory, a virtual lecture hosted by the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington, Vermont.  The Ejectment Trials of 1770 are an important moment in American history, but no historian had read the transcripts until recently.  One of the authors of the book, Gary Shattuck, shares what the transcripts revealed. Hosted virtually on Facebook, YouTube and the Ethan Allen Homestead website.  

August 18, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, this online program is hosted by the Goffstown, New Hampshire Public Library with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.  Pre-registration is required, please see this link:  

August 20, Thursday, 6pm, Online Genealogy Workshop:  17th Century Handwriting: Reading Bradford’s Journal and Transcribing Old Town Records, hosted by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Public Library.  Presented by Robert Cameron Weir.  Please register in advance at this link:  

August 20, Thursday, American Inspiration Author Event:  Susan Eisenhower with “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decision”, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in partnership with the Boston Public Library.  Free to the public.  See this page for registration information: 

August 25, Tuesday, 4pm, Jews in the Catskills During and After the Holocaust, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Phil Brown.  Free to the public.  Register here:  

August 29, Saturday, 2pm, Facebook Live:  "The Story of the Revolution" in Beverly, Massachusetts: The Artists, hosted by Historic Beverly, Massachusetts.  Presented by exhibit curator Abby Battis. Free to the public at the Facebook page for Historic Beverly. 

August 30, Sunday, 7am - 10pm, Scottish Indexes Conference, hosted by the Scottish Indexes  To register for this free conference, join the Facebook group to watch the livestream  

September 8, On-line Certificate in Genealogical Research, from Boston University.  This 15 week online course is for experienced researchers.  See this link for more information:  or contact an enrollment advisor at 617-502-8822. 

September 8, Genealogical Principals Class, from Boston University.  This 7 week introductory class is geared towards serious students new to the field.  Students will solve identity problems, design a research plan, evaluate a report to meet proof standards, and work with genealogical DNA tests.  See this link for more information: or contact an enrollment advisor at 617-502-8822. 

September 11, Friday, 4pm, Special Webinar: All Roads Lead to London:  Supreme 19th Century World City, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, curator of special collections. Free to the public.  Register before September 11 here: 

September 22, Tuesday, noon, Fundraising and Communication for Preservation Projects in Challenging Times, hosted by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.  This is a virtual round table discussion.  Email with “July 14” in the subject line. Participants will be sent sign-in information for video or phone access. 

October 8, Thursday, 7pm, Brown Lecture Series: Kenyatta Berry, a virtual event sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  Kenyatta Berry will present her work and contributions to the 1619 project. See this link for virtual log-in information:  

October 31, Saturday, Annual History Seminar of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists will be presented this year via Zoom.  See this link for more information:  

November 7, Saturday, 8:30 – 4pm, Annual Meeting 2020 of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. 45th Anniversary Year.  Free for Society members. Presentatios from Richard Bell, the author of “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home” and Paula Stuart-Warren, certified genealogist, FMGS, FUGA.  Paula will present “DNA Done? Now Find Those 20th and 21st Century Relative Connections”. Registration information will be o the members page at  



July 30, Thursday, 4pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, at the Pavilion at the Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hosted by the John Hay Estate at the Fells. Free to the public.  

August 1, Saturday, 2pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Graveyards, hosted by the Cook Memorial Library, in Tamworth, New Hampshire.  Meet up outdoors at the Riverside Cemetery, Whittier Road, in Tamworth for a presentation by Glenn Knoblock.  Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing and follow the instructions of the program hosts. Made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free to the public. In recognition of Tamworth History Center’s “Women of Tamworth” exhibits, Glenn will highlight some of the notable women buried at Riverside.

August 1, Saturday, 10am – 2pm, Wampanoag Ancestors Walk, at the Plymouth Waterfront, Water Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  This event will be led by the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts.  Participants will pay homage to the original 69 villages of the Wampanoag nation, Massasoit and King Phillip.  Drum ceremony and reception. Hosted by Plymouth 400  

August 5, Wednesday, 7pm New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Center at Eastman (Droper Room), 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Center at Eastman Community Association.  Free to the public.

August 8, Saturday and Sunday, A Historical Timeline, at Fort McClary, Route 103, Kittery Point, Maine.  Park admission is $4 or $3 for Maine residents.  Children 5 to 11 are $1 and under age 5 or over 65 are free.  This is a new living history event. Talk to reenactors, watch demonstrations of hearth cooking, spinning, musket demos and battle scenarios. 

August 10, Monday, 7pm, Jennie Powers:  The Woman Who Dares, sponsored by the Washington Historical Society, with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, presented at the Camp Morgan Lodge, 229 Millen Pond Road, Washington, New Hampshire by Jenna Carroll.  Free to the public. This one hour illustrated presentation introduces you to Jennie’s life story and the politics of the Progressive Era (1890s – 1920s) from a New Hampshire perspective. 

August 12, Wednesday, 7pm, Votes for Women: A History of Women’s Suffrage, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire.  Free to the public. Tickets by Eventbrite: 

August 13, Thursday, 5:30pm, A Mid-Summer Night's Tour at Valley Cemetery, to be held at the Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Meet up at the stone chapel at the Pine Street entrance.  Guests will be divided into small groups.  Social distancing will be practiced, and masks required.  $10 for Manchester Historic Association members, $15 for the general public.  Pre-registration required at this link:   Join us for an interactive evening tour with live actors from the Majestic Theatre portraying some of Manchester's most prominent citizens.  Space is limited due to social distancing!

August 14 – 16, Friday to Sunday, The Battle of Walloomsac 2020, at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, Rt. 67, Wallomsac, New York.  Hosted by the Battle of Walloomsac and the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site.

August 15 and 16, Saturday and Sunday, History Alive!, Historic Hillsborough, in the town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

August 16, Sunday, 11:30am, The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns, at the Withington Barn, 690 Center Road, Hillsboro, New Hampshire.  Presented by John C. Porter, the author of “Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource”.  Free to the public as part of the two day History Alive Event in the town of Hillsboro.  Hosted by the Hillsboro Historical Society with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

August 21, Friday, 7pm, Jennie Powers:  The Woman Who Dares, sponsored by the Stoddard Historical Society, with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, presented at the Lakefalls Lodge, 750 Aten Road, Stoddard, New Hampshire by Jenna Carroll.  Free to the public. This one hour illustrated presentation introduces you to Jennie’s life story and the politics of the Progressive Era (1890s – 1920s) from a New Hampshire perspective. 

August 22 and 23, 9am – 3pm, Red Apple Farm Civil War Event, hosted by the Central Massachusetts Civil War Event, and located at the Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, Massachusetts.  View daily life of soldiers and citizens, with a battle re-enacted each day.

August 22, Saturday, 1pm, The Road to Suffrage: Dreams and Disappointments, hosted by the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts.  Tour will be led by volunteer docent Rosemarie Smurzynski.  Please register at this link: 

August 26, Wednesday, 7pm, New Hampshire on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, hosted by the Tuftonboro Historical Society Museum, 499 Governor Wentworth Highway, Melvin Village, New Hampshire. Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

August 29 and 30, 10am -4pm, Living History Weekend with Warner's Regiment, at the Fort at Number 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Visitors are asked to bring masks and to practice social distancing.

Ongoing VIRTUAL programs online:

Ancestry Academy, from, provides dozens of FREE classes online.  See this link:  

APGen, The Association of Professional Genealogists has several online events coming soon, see the list at this link:

Brigham Young University Independent Study, a variety of courses on family history topics completely free and available online.  See this link:  

Cape Ann Museum of Gloucester, Massachusetts has 71 videos on the history of Cape Ann.  Don’t miss this great collection of tours and lectures: 

Family History Library Classes and Webinars, from the LDS church, are listed at this link:   and also see this page for dozens of classes online:
Wednesdays 4pm (MST) on Facebook Live at Family Search   See this link   Free online genealogy presentations.  

FamilyTree Webinars are free to the public and sponsored by FamilyTree Legacy:  see this link:   and a list of their top 10 most popular webinars of all time here: 

GeneaWebinars, a blog with the latest news on what’s available to view online:  and also, their schedule of FREE family history webinars PDF can be found here: 

The History List has compiled a list of “Learning at Home” at this link:  
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2020 will be held virtually this year 26 – 31 July 2020.   Registration ends 11:55 EDT on Monday 6 July 2020. 

Lexington Historical Society – A page full of virtual tours  

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts has a page of online videos and resources for students and visitors.  See this link: 

Manchester Millyard Museum:  A collection of local history videos about Manchester, New Hampshire, please see this link:  

Old Sturbridge Village Museum has “Virtual Village” where the staff will bring the museum into your home with fun facts, activities, recipes, and videos.  You can see it on Facebook, Instagram and at this link:

Plimoth Plantation has several online workshops and discussions good for all ages
            People of the Dawn – Wampanoag culture and traditions $10
            Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving, $10
            Colonial First Families: Their New Worlds and Everyday Lives, $10
            Dressing History – a sneak peek into 17th century wardrobes, $10 

Virtual Genealogical Association -, has a complete list of 2020 live presentations.  Recordings are available to members for six months after the live presentation, dues are only $20 per year. 

And, as always, check Cyndi’s List for a complete list of online classes and webinars:

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