Tuesday, September 29, 2020

October 2020 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar


October is National Family History Month!

For this October I have combined the virtual and "in-person" events in this one blog post.

Scheduled virtual events are listed first in chronological order, followed by a short list of "in-person" events, and ongoing programs are listed at the bottom (just scroll down).  Some events are free, and some have fees. Most are open to the general public.  At the time of publication, this was the latest information I had on whether or not some of these events were happening "in-person".  Please check with the host organizations and don't forget to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

For last minute additions, please email me at vrojomit@gmail.com and I can edit this post, and also check the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/  


September 30, Wednesday, 6pm, It’s Not About the Stuff:  Stories Revealed at the Intersection of Genealogy and Archaeology, hosted by the Boston Public Library, and presented by the Boston City Archaeologist Joe Bagley on a talk about recent discoveries from Boston sites whose true meaning was revealed through genealogical research.  This event is happening over Zoom. Register here:  https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5eebcea4651c5f45004fd4a1

September 30, Wednesday, 7pm, Online Local History Talk:  Ornithological Devotions of Celia Thaxter, hosted by the Portsmouth, NH Public Library.  Free to the public. Presented by Dr. Ellen M. Taylor. No registration is required.  Connect with this link (the password is 3GWdHC)  https://zoom.us/j/9491308975?pwd=RFl4THdMQnR4VGIrbmdRVEpGMjcwZz09#success

October 1, Thursday, noon, Rule Britannia: Imperial Patriots and the Siege of Louisbourg of 1745, an online program presented by the Massachusetts Historical Society via Zoom. Presented by Amy Watson of the University of Southern California. See this link to register: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/event?event=3376 

October 1, Thursday, 5:30pm, Political Cartooning, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, and presented by Paul Szep, two time Pulitzer Prize and Thomas Nast Prize winner; and best selling historical fiction author William Martin.  This event will be held via Zoom. Registrants will receive email instructions:  https://masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3350

October 1, Thursday, 6pm, David Hill with The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice, this online event is presented by the American Inspiration Author Series at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public.  Register here:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S-ixnBUTQTWyFT4KRVUr-w 

October 1, Thursday, 6pm, Welcome to the Graveyard: A Virtual Tour of Cemetery Art, History and Symbolism with Brenda Sullivan of the Graveyard Girls, hosted by Kings Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts.  Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcome-to-the-graveyard-with-gravestone-girls-tickets-122101138793?fbclid=IwAR0lGxz7Ez6lOk2W9nbbC8rHYBn1cifr6VPaEd5G-KZkcRc4cFg3z2tzZXY   

October 1, Thursday, 8pm, Author Jane Hampton Cook and her new book Resilience on Parade, hosted by the History Camp via their Facebook page. The story of women’s suffrage. See this link:       https://www.facebook.com/HistoryCampOfficial/?fbclid=IwAR25WAiW60zBX0h0imJI1OezXze6DsK6dXsTok2K-9fN0RGS5ed3zbKtgHM

October 3, Saturday, 9:45am, “Finding My Ne’er-do-well Scoundrel Swedish Grandfather” hosted by the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Greg Paris.  Please register here to receive an email with information on how to join the online meeting:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3963479243056931595

October 3, Saturday, 1pm, Finding Early Plymouth: An Archaeological View of Burial Hill, hosted online by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society with Facebook Live.  Fee to the public. Presented by Dr. David Landon, Archaeologist. https://www.facebook.com/plymouthantiquarian 

October 6, Tuesday, 5:15pm, “Our Turn Next”: Slavery and Freedom on French and American Stages, 1789 – 99, an online program by the Massachusetts Historical Society via Zoom.  See this link for more information and to register:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar 

October 6, 7pm, Virtual Class: Packing Away and Caring for Textiles, hosted by the Vermont Historical Society.  Free via Zoom for VHS members, $10 class or $20 for the series of classes for non-members.  Register here:  https://vermonthistory.org/calendar/virtual-class-packing-away-and-caring-for-textiles 

October 7, Wednesday, 7pm, Quebecois Journalist Patrick White’s “The Exodus of French Canadians to New England: The Story Behind the Story”, hosted by the Rhode Island Historical Society via Zoom online. Please register by emailing mowc@rihs.org

October 7, Wednesday, 7pm, Partnership of the Historic Bostons Presents: A Tale of Two Colonies.  Will be presented online via Zoom.  Free to the public, donations accepted. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-tale-of-two-colonies-tickets-117341522653

October 8, Thursday, 3pm, A webinar What’s New at AmericanAncestors.org?  sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society of Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Register here:  https://hubs.americanancestors.org/newamericanancestorsresources  

October 8, Thursday, 6pm, East Boston Through Time, hosted by the Boston Public Library as part of the Local & Family History Lecture Series.  Presented by author Anthony M. Sammarco.  Free to the public, please register here for this online event: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5e95eb3ada783a2400583137 

October 8, Thursday, 6pm, David Michaelis with Eleanor, presented online in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the State Library of Massachusetts, and Porter Square Books.  The first single volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt in six decades.  Register here:  https://www.crowdcast.io/e/eleanor/register  

October 8, Thursday, 6pm, Lecture and Conversation with Alan Taylor “Liberty Men, Great Proprietors, and Main Today”, hosted by the Maine Historical Society online via Zoom. Free and open to MHS members only.  Not a member? It is easy to join!  Register here: https://www.mainehistory.org/events/event/988/signup?popup=1 

October 8, Thursday, 7pm, The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria: A Caldron of Religious, Economic, Social, and Political Ingredients Gone Awry, hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogist online.  For members only, but it is easy to get membership!  Presented by John Putnam.  https://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/ 

October 8, Thursday, 7pm, Explore Your DNA with Elizabeth Handler, for the Newton, Massachusetts Community Education. Register for this class at this link:  https://registration.xenegrade.com/nce/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=15325&fbclid=IwAR3PmAlXgE4y-Rw9FMvbmCiQLShSrlzkdI_U-_hq38SoSoM2RXf9TJHdkHQ

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:  https://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/brown_lecture_series_kenyatta_berry_the_family_tree_toolkit_a_comprehensive_guide_to_uncovering_your_ancestry_and_researching_genealogy?fbclid=IwAR0mjHWwyNDMLGKRJqyTiPSnWVTlknadA6_ZeCXcCH_COeUtMM_1v6OysaM#.Xw5guyhKiUm

October 8, Thursday, 7pm, Fur, Fortune and Empire: An Epic Story, hosted by the Alden House with support from the Duxbury, Massachusetts Cultural Council. This virtual event will be live streamed via Zoom. Free to the public, and presented by author Eric Jay Dolin who will chronicle the rise and fall of the American fur industry from its beginnings with the Pilgrims and early explorers to the conservation movement in the late 19th century. Register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N0k4UHVBRe2ylABvekmswg?fbclid=IwAR0BreE3-m_OQE6-Wa4w74VK6YH-jiErttFK9uDs3C8DdZfvnPgYpjE8b0E

October 8, Thursday, 8pm, Charles Fishman author of One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, hosted by the History Camp via their Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/HistoryCampOfficial/?fbclid=IwAR25WAiW60zBX0h0imJI1OezXze6DsK6dXsTok2K-9fN0RGS5ed3zbKtgHM 

October 9, Friday, 2pm, Tour of Boston Monuments, an online program hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Presented by summer intern Eleanor Citron. Free to the public. See this webpage for more information and registration:  https://18308a.blackbaudhosting.com/18308a/Tour-of-Boston-Monuments 

October 10, Saturday, 10am, Mt. Calvary Cemetery Tour, sponsored by the Manchester Historic Association of Manchester, New Hampshire. This is an interactive tour with live actors from the Majestic Theatre telling first person accounts of Manchester's most prominent citizens including sculptor Lucien Gosselin, Mayor George Trudel, and photographer Ulric Bourgeois. Meet at the parking lot of the cemetery office across the street from 474 Goffstown Road.  Guests will be divided into small groups for social distancing. Masks required. $10 Manchester Historic members, $15 general public.  Tickets are available through www.mancheterhistoric.org  

October 10, Saturday, 10:30am, Preserving Your Ancestor’s Textiles and Handmade Treasures, hosted by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented via GoToWebinar by Melissa Barker. Free to the public.  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1892885543102553614?fbclid=IwAR0hbdqjYY5YY9Ea-751iBpQFATJHY1YhnliEB-07BZHrJlGAhWqeZ66DWc

October 11, Sunday, 7pm, Halloween Through History, hosted by the Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. $10 via Zoom.    https://salemwitchmuseum.com/event/halloween-through-history/

October 12, Monday, 2pm -   The Virtual 2020 Conrad E. Wright Research Conference “Shall Not Be Denied”: The 15th and 19th Amendments at the Sesquicentennial and Centennial of their Ratifications, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, and presented by Ellen DuBois of the University of California Los Angeles, Thomas Dublin of SUNY Binghamton, N.Lynn Eckhert of Partners Healthcare International, and Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut.  Please register for each of the five conference sessions you would like to attend.  Free to the public. https://www.masshist.org/conferences 

October 12, Monday, 7pm, Cultural Appropriation + Being and “Ally” to Indigenous Nations, hosted by Haus Witch of Salem, Massachusetts, and presented by Claudia Fox Tree.  $7 via https://hauswitchstore.com/collections/virtual-workshops/products/oct-12-cultural-appropriation-being-an-ally-to-indigenous-nations-w-claudia-fox-tree  $7 to register, see the website.

October 13, 20 and 27th, Tuesdays, 4pm, An Explosion of Beauty: The Art, Architecture, and Collections of British Country Houses, Part 1, a three part class of 90 minute sessions presented live online by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Register here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6289477400252472833 

October 13, Tuesday, 5:30pm, A People’s Guide to Greater Boston, hosted online by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Presented by Joseph Nevins of Vassar College, Suren Moodliar, and Eleni Macrakis.  Free to the public. See this link for more information and registration:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar 

October 13, Tuesday, 6pm, Maine at 200 Series: A Talk with Leland J. Hanchett, Jr. on Connecting Maine’s Capitals by Stagecoach, hosted by the Maine Historical Society. Free to the public. Registration required:  https://mainehistory.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YC3RO5IHTxiZmnh9dtGvtA

October 13, Tuesday, 7pm, Partnership of the Historic Bostons: Every Thing Proved a Staple – Colonial Boston and the Commerce of Empire, hosted via Zoom. Registration required:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/every-thing-proved-a-staple-colonial-boston-and-the-commerce-of-empire-tickets-117145783191

October 14, 21 and 28, Wednesdays, 6pm, Adoption Research, presented online by the experts at American Ancestors/ the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Cost $85 for three live sessions.  Register here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4622596882002690561 

October 14, Wednesday, 4pm, John Collins Warren: Man of Science, Faith, and Influence, hosted by the Boston Good Neighbor Series online via Zoom.  A panel discussion about the 19th century figure who founded the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Please register here:  www.eventbrite.com/e/john-collins-warren-man-of-science-faith-and-influence-tickets-115526560051

October 14, Wednesday, 6pm, Maine at 200 Series: A Talk with John Bunker “An Apple History of Maine”, hosted by the Maine Historical Society.  Free to the public via Zoom.  Register here:  https://mainehistory.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S4zyVTFITVm0A1qTyxIqSA

October 14, Wednesday, 7pm, Webinar:  The First American Jewish Woman Novelist:  Uncovering the Story of Cora Wilburn and her Spiritualist Novel, Cosella Wayne (1860), hosted by the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Jonathan D. Sarna. Free to the public.  Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bffv1uqoQqareUhw5gzxwA

October 15, Thursday, noon, Third Thursday Lecture Series:  Governor Phil Hoff and the Election of 1962, hosted by the Vermont Historical Society. Presented by Tony Lopez.  Held via Zoom at this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88630118646?pwd=WlM4dDdHK1Bob2dJblI5Z2l6aXNZZz09#success 

October 15, Thursday, 3pm, Using Bank Records in Family History Research, a webinar presented by Eileen Pironti from the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Register here:  https://hubs.americanancestors.org/bankrecordswebinar 

October 15, Thursday, 4pm, Witch Trials and Salem: Then and Now, hosted by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.  A virtual program via Zoom.  Hear from a variety of perspectives, including the Salem Wiccan community, local historians, and a third generation witch healer.  Panelists include Kristin Harris, Erica Feldmann, Juliet Diaz, Margo Shea, and Fara Wolfson.  Q& A to follow the conversation.  Register here:  https://my.pem.org/12885/13053

October 15, Thursday, 5:30pm, Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons, hosted online via Zoom by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Presented by Fiona Deans Halloran and Pat Bagley.  See this page for more information and registration:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar

October 15, Thursday, 7pm, Explore Your DNA with Elizabeth Handler, for the Needham, Massachusetts Community Education. Register for this class at this link: https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mdud?fbclid=IwAR3PmAlXgE4y-Rw9FMvbmCiQLShSrlzkdI_U-_hq38SoSoM2RXf9TJHdkHQ

October 17, Saturday, 11am, Where are the Cemetery Records and What Will They Tell Me? A virtual program hosted by the Bristol Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Presented by Beverly Baker. Free to the public.  Pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/BROct2020

October 18, Sunday, 2pm, Online Genealogy Workshop: Past the Cemetery Gate with the Graveyard Girls, hosted by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Public Library via Zoom.  Registration is required.  https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/library/genealogy 

October 18, Sunday, 7pm, Virtual Tour of Salem, Massachusetts: Charter Street Burial Ground, Howard Street Cemetery and Historic Sites,  hosted by New England Curiosities. Conducted via Zoom. An email link and password will be sent to all registered participants. https://newenglandcuriosities.com/activities/virtual-tours/

October 19, Monday, 6:30pm, Maritime Ghosts and Seafaring Spirits Presentation, hosted by the Langley-Adams Library of Groveland, Massachusetts. Presented virtually online by Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public. 

October 20, Tuesday, 6pm, Claire Messud with Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays.  Free to the public. Presented in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, The Boston Public Library, and the WGBH Forum Network.  Register here:  https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w1sp55HQSQGkNAmRNTxjzw 

October 20, Tuesday, 7pm, Home Collections Care: Virtual Class Handling and Cleaning Wooden Furniture, hosted by the Vermont Historical Society. Presented by VHS Executive Director Steve Perkins. Free to VHS members, or $10 class/ $20 series for non-members.  Register here:  https://vermonthistory.org/calendar/virtual-class-handling-and-cleaning-wooden-furniture

October 21, Wednesday, 6pm, Rainsford Island: A Boston Harbor Case Study in Public Neglect and Private Activism, hosted by the Boston Public Library as part of the Local & Family History Lecture Series.  Presented by author Bill McEvoy.  Free to the public.  Please register here for this online event:  https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5e95eb405ac6772f00100ab7

October 21, Wednesday, 7pm, Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America, hosted by the Connecticut Historical Society.  Presented online via Crowdcast by author Jim Rasenberger.  CHS members free, $10 for non-members. https://chs.org/event/author-talk-and-book-signing-jim-rasenberger-revolver-sam-colt-and-the-six-shooter-that-changed-america/

October 22, Thursday, noon, The Confederation Period Origins of American Migration Policy, hosted online via Zoom by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Free to the public.  Presented by Cody Nager, CUNY.  For more information and registration see this link: https://www.masshist.org/calendar

October 22, Thursday, 4pm, Virtual Library Presentation: Elizabeth Corwin, Her Book: Uncovering Women’s Accounts from 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts.  Presented by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, with Caylin Carbonell, Ph.D. candidate from William and Mary. For information and registration https://my.pem.org/12885/13115 

October 22, Thursday, 5:30pm, Hamilton the Musical, hosted online by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Presented by Richard Bell, University of Maryland who will explore the marriage of history and show-business. Free to the public.  See this webpage for more information and registration:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar

October 22, Thursday, 6pm, Maine at 200 Series: A Talk with Liam Riordan “Becoming Maine”, hosted by the Maine Historical Society. Free to the public via Zoom online.  Register here:  https://mainehistory.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cRPTkW2QQeadJBL27jUiyA

October 25, Sunday, 7pm, Stranger than Fiction: Chilling and Thrilling Stories, hosted by the Salem Witch Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, and presented by Jill Christiansen and Rachel Christ.  Stories related to the Salem Witch Trials, and eerie experiences by researchers.  $10 tickets through the website:  https://salemwitchmuseum.com/event/stranger-than-fiction-chilling-and-thrilling-stories/ 

October 27, Tuesday, 6pm, History of the Hub: Resources for Local and Family History at the Boston City Archives, hosted by the Boston Public Library. This online event is presented by archivist Marta Crilly.  This event will happen via Zoom, please register here:  https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/fq=program:(5a7375b7352af53f00f267d9)/event/5eebcef576fb0f2f00569e83 

October 28, November 4, 11, and 18, at 2pm, 17th Century English Research, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Else Churchill, Genealogist of the Society of Genealogists (UK). Cost $115. Register here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1642824713310095873 

October 28, 5:45pm, Virtual lecture “Winning the Vote with Words” with Claire Jerry, hosted by the Rhode Island Historical Society.  Will be presented via Zoom, please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpd-qpqjspGd0tOSGNoQBYoSCx0m6GodXo

October 29, Thursday, 5:30pm, Jefferson: Then and Now, hosted online via Zoom by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Presented by Peter Onuf, University of Virginia and Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University.  See this link for more information and registration: https://www.masshist.org/calendar

October 31, Saturday, Annual History Seminar of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists will be presented this year via Zoom. “Webinar: Beyond the Cemetery Gate – The Graveyard as a Genealogical Resource”. A Private member event, but become a member and see this webinar!  See this link for more information:   https://ctfamilyhistory.com/event/annual-history-seminar-save-the-date/  

Future events:

February 25 -27, 2021   RootsTech Connect:  FREE online conference!  Register here: https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng  

April 15 – 17, The New England Regional Genealogy Conference NERGC will be going virtual!  Stay tuned for more details:  https://nergc.org/2021-conference-2/  


In-Person Events 

Through November 21st, Tours of the Folsom Tavern Grounds, hosted by the American Independence Museum of Exeter, New Hampshire.  See this Facebook page for more details - https://www.facebook.com/events/338725110680684/ 

October 1 - 31, Walk with Hawthorne: It’s Immersive. It’s a Little Scary.  It feels real, hosted by the House of Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Accessible via QR code online and on posters throughout Salem, and at the House of Seven Gables.  www.7gables.org 

October 10, Saturday, 10am, A Lovely Autumn Morning Cemetery Tour at Mount Calvary Cemetery, hosted by the Manchester Historic Association, Manchester, New Hampshire.  $10 members, $15 general public.  Buy your tickets online at this webpage: https://www.manchesterhistoric.org/events  

October 10 - 12, Saturday – Monday, Indigenous People’s Weekend, at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Learn about the Wampanoag people living in the area known as Patuxet.  Celebrate their traditions with song, dance, and craft.  https://www.plimoth.org/calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D141901073

October 13, Tuesday, 7pm, Welcome to the Graveyard! An Eye on Salem, NH Cemeteries, at the Salem, NH Historical Museum at the Old Town Hall, 310 Main Street, Salem, New Hampshire. Presented by the Gravestone Girls Brenda Sullivan.  Free to the public.

October 20, Tuesday, 6:30pm, From Beyond the Grave – Cemetery Stories and Legends, hosted by the Berwick Public Library of Berwick, Maine.  Presented by Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public.

October 20, Tuesday, 7pm, Welcome to the Graveyard! An Eye on Pembroke Cemeteries, at the Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, New Hampshire. Presented by the Gravestone Girls Brenda Sullivan.  Free to the public.

October 25, Sunday – October 27, Tuesday, Symposium: Conserving Our Painted Past, hosted by the Doubletree by Hilton, South Portland, Maine.  For more information email info@pwpcenter.org or visit www.pwpcenter.org/symposium

October 28, Wednesday, 7pm, Welcome to the Graveyard!  An Eye on Lexington, Cemeteries, at the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Presented by the Gravestone Girls Brenda Sullivan.

October 29 – November 1, Indigenous History Conference and Powwow, at Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. This four day conference will address the legacy of colonization experienced by the Wampanoag and other native people in New England. Hosted by Plymouth 400.  https://www.plymouth400inc.org/

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:   https://ctfamilyhistory.com/event/annual-history-seminar-save-the-date/ 

November 4, Wednesday, 7pm, Welcome to the Graveyard! A View from 1600 to 1800, at the Harvey Wheeler Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Old Concord DAR.  Presented by the Graveyard Girls. Free to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/811234156059652/ 

November 5, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn: Native Regalia and Clothing, at the Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Free to members, and $10 non-members.  How do native people dress now, and what are some of the current and upcoming influences on Native fashion?  A discussion of the importance of Native clothing of the past, present and future.  

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 on the members page at www.msoginc.org

November 18, Wednesday, 7pm, Pilgrims’ Progress:  Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers, hosted by the Plymouth Public Library and Seven Times Salt, at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.

November 19, Thursday, 6pm, The Immigrant Experience Concert, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Featuring Promised Land.  $20 per person.  This is part of the 2020 Four Nation Concert Series taking place in honor of the 400th Anniversary Commemoration of the arrival of the Mayflower in the New World. 

May, 2021  The Wampanoag Ancestors Walk, originally scheduled for August 2020 is moved to May, 2021.  Final date and details to come.  This walk will be led by the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts. Placards will be carried with the names of the original 69 villages of the Wampanoag nation.  Participants will pay homage to Massasoit and King Philip and will stop at designated sites to bless the spots where Wampanoag ancestors walked. The walk will conclude with a drum ceremony, followed by a reception. 

Ongoing programs online:

Ancestry Academy, from Ancestry.com, provides dozens of FREE classes online.  See this link:  https://www.ancestry.com/academy/courses/recommended  

APGen, The Association of Professional Genealogists has several online events coming soon, see the list at this link:  https://www.apgen.org/event_list?current_page=1&sort_type=upcoming&filter%5Bperiod%5D=all&display_type=default

Brigham Young University Independent Study, a variety of courses on family history topics completely free and available online.  See this link:  https://is.byu.edu/catalog/free-courses

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:   https://vimeo.com/capeannmuseum 

Family History Library Classes and Webinars, from the LDS church, are listed at this link: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars   and also see this page for dozens of classes online:  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Classes_in_the_Learning_Center

Wednesdays 4pm (MST) on Facebook Live at Family Search   See this link  https://www.facebook.com/familysearch/   Free online genealogy presentations.

FamilyTree Webinars are free to the public and sponsored by FamilyTree Legacy:  see this link: https://familytreewebinars.com/#   and a list of their top 10 most popular webinars of all time here:  https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2020/01/top-10-genealogy-webinars-of-all-time.html 

GeneaWebinars, a blog with the latest news on what’s available to view online:  http://blog.geneawebinars.com/  and also, their schedule of FREE family history webinars PDF can be found here:  https://familytreewebinars.com/pdfs/ftwbrochure-1577464068.pdf 

History Camp Boston 2019 – There are links to the 47 different lectures given last year!  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzf6zwbpmhjoOKWFBUt5JXJxl3f9UHJfW&utm_source=History+events+in+New+England&utm_campaign=dbda6354ca-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4221dc88a-dbda6354ca-1210446589&mc_cid=dbda6354ca&mc_eid=6d4fffd2a5     

 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg will be virtual this summer. See the website for classes offered June 21 – 26, July 6 -10, and July 19 -24. Some classes are postposed to the summer of 2021.  https://www.gripitt.org/   

The History List has compiled a list of “Learning at Home” at this link:   https://www.thehistorylist.com/resources-for-learning-history-at-home  

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2020 will be held virtually this year 26 – 31 July 2020.  https://ighr.gagensociety.org/   Registration ends 11:55 EDT on Monday 6 July 2020. 

Lexington Historical Society – A page full of virtual tours   https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/virtualtours.html  

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts has a page of online videos and resources for students and visitors.  See this link:  https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm 

Manchester Millyard Museum:  A collection of local history videos about Manchester, New Hampshire, please see this link:  https://vimeopro.com/mpts16/john-clayton-presents-manchester-moments

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:  https://www.osv.org/virtual-village/

 Plimoth Plantation has several online workshops and discussions good for all ages

            People of the Dawn – Wampanoag culture and traditions $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-people-of-the-dawn-tickets-100175628000

            Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving, $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-fact-or-fiction-investigating-the-first-thanksgiving-tickets-100177236812

            Colonial First Families: Their New Worlds and Everyday Lives, $10   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-colonial-first-families-new-worlds-and-everyday-lives-tickets-100019129910

            Dressing History – a sneak peek into 17th century wardrobes, $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-dressing-history-tickets-101055676248 

 Virtual Genealogical Association - https://virtualgenealogy.org/, 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:  https://www.cyndislist.com/education/online-courses-and-webinars/




Henry M. Caldwell,died 1862 Civil War, buried at Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Dunbarton Center Cemetery, in Dunbarton, New Hampshire

Son of
Wm. & Eliza I. Caldwell
in Falmouth, Va.
July 12, 1862.
A.E. 23 yrs 7 mos.
His character was without stain, and in the
storehouse of having recollections his memory
will be enshrined in beauty forever.

Henry Mills Caldwell was the youngest son of William Caldwell and Eliza Ireland, born 22 December 1839 in Dunbarton, and died 12 July 1862 of fever during the Civil War at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia.  He attended Dartmouth College and was enlisted as a captain in the Company F, Second Regiment US Sharpshooters on September 1861.  "A friend describes him as possessed of a generous, noble, and manly nature." ( from page 455 of the book Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College, by the Rev. George T. Chapman, D.D., 1867)   According to an 1861 commencement program, he wrote a poem "The Struggles of Liberty in the Netherlands" which he read at the graduation ceremony.  (see the blog post "1861 Commencement program, Darthmouth College at Hanover, New Hampshire", dated 20 January 2012  https://www.heirloomsreunited.com/2012/01/1861-commencement-program-dartmouth.html

William Caldwell was born 30 October 1794 in Dunbarton, and died there on 25 April 1879.  His wife, Eliza Ireland was born 25 September 1800 in Salem, Massachusetts and died in Dunbarton on 18 August 1880.  


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Henry M. Caldwell,died 1862 Civil War, buried at Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 29, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/09/henry-m-caldwelldied-1862-civil-war.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

An Old Barn - Weathervane Wednesday

Today's weathervane was photographed in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.

This old barn is near the center of Dunbarton, at 31 Stark Highway North (Route 13).  It is in rough shape, but still supports the cupola with the traditional weathercock.  These rooster weathervanes can be seen on barns, farmhouses, and churches all over the world.  Like many old barns in New England, this one has seen better days.

This barn is next to Chanticleer Gardens, a local cut flower business. Every time we drive by in nice weather, there are vases of cut flowers for sale on an honor system out in front of the barn next door. This is an 150 acre, organic farm, owned by Susan and Ken Koerber, who also hold internships, workshops and classes known as WWOOFER (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms).  Behind the farmhouse are acres of organic gardens.

In 2019 the Five Rivers Conservation Trust received a $100,000 LCHIP grant from the state of New Hampshire (through the Moose license plate program) to permanently protect the 133 acre Koerber Family Forest on nearby land adjacent to the Dunbarton Elementary School. This grant ensures that the students, teacher and public can use the property as an outdoor classroom. The public access allowed the town of Dunbarton to build trails to connect to nearby conservation land including the Five Rivers protected Stone Farm.

For the truly curious:

Chanticleer Farm, Dunbarton, New Hampshire:

A blog post from Apotheca (a florist in nearby Goffstown) about Chanticleer Farms:

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "An Old Barn - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 23, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/09/an-old-barn-weathervane-wednesday.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Robert Alexander, died 1818 Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Dunbarton Center Cemetery in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.

In memory of
Mr. Robert Alexander.
who died
March 3, 1818.
In the 93 year
of his age.
Stop passinger as you go by,
Remember you are born to die. 

Robert Alexander, born 9 August 1724 in Scotland, son of John Alexander and Katherine Walwood, came to Dunbarton from Bedford, New Hampshire.  He moved into the former farmstead of John Raymond.  (from page 252 of The History of Dunbarton, by Caleb Stark, 1860)new


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Robert Alexander, died 1818 Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 22, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/09/robert-alexander-died-1818-dunbarton.html: accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Genealogy Research in New England During the Pandemic: What’s Open? How is the Records Access?

I haven’t been out much during these last five or six months to research in-person.  Most of my personal genealogy work has been online, or some day trips to quiet cemeteries where no one else was visiting.  However, as I get braver about venturing outside safely, this is what I learned about some local genealogy repositories.  Caveat: Please contact these locations for the latest information about their hours and availability during the pandemic. Things sometimes change overnight, and may not be reflected in this blog post!


American Antiquarian Society https://www.americanantiquarian.org/ :
185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts (508) 755-5221
Closed to the public until further notice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Canadian Genealogical Society  https://acgs.org/ :
Recently relocated to 1 Sundial Avenue, Suite 317N, Manchester, New Hampshire (603) 622-1554 and reposed as of June 24th to the public.  The library is open on two shifts per day, and patrons can sign up for the 8 spaces available for each shift.  Reservations are no longer required, but with the limit call the librarian to make sure there is a place for you. Masks required by visitors and volunteers, see this page for safety guidelines https://acgs.org/acgs-library-reopening/   One major change outlined on this page is that all books that have been used will be quarantined for 72 hours before the librarians put them back on the shelves. This could be problematic for anyone wanting a certain book upon arriving at the library. Use the website or call to make a reservation in advance.  Members are free, and the non-member day fee is $10.  You may become a member when you come in to visit. The website contains links to much information, but most is available to members only.

Boston Public Library  https://www.bpl.org/resources/genealogy/   :
700 Boylston Street (Central Library), Boston, Massachusetts  (617) 536-5400 email ask@bpl.org
Available only for patron pickup of items during limited hours at the current time.

Connecticut Historical Society  https://chs.org/  :
One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut  (860) 236-5621
Researchers by appointment only at the Waterman Research Center. Free to members, or $12 for non-members. Public access is restricted due to a renovation project. Call at least 2 weeks prior to your visit at ext. 228. 

Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library https://ctfamilyhistory.com/  :
175 Maple Street, East Hartford, Connecticut  (860) 569-0002
The library opened to a limited capacity on July 7th by appointment only.  Please call ahead, masks must be worn. 

231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut  (860) 757-6500
Closed until further notice.

Maine Historical Society https://www.mainehistory.org/ :
489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine  (207) 774-1822
Research by appointment only Wednesdays to Saturdays 1pm – 4pm.  Members free, non members $10 a day. See this webpage for more information:  https://www.mainehistory.org/library_visit.shtml 

Massachusetts State Archives https://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ :
220 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, Massachusetts (617) 727-2816 or fax (617) 288-8429
The research area is open with regular hours, but call ahead to find out if what you need is available and the staff will determine if they can assist you remotely before you come in.  Reference phone: (617) 727-2816 or email archives@sec.state.ma.us  Updated COVID-19 policies are on this page:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/covid-19/covid-19.htm 

Massachusetts Historical Society https://www.masshist.org/ :
1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  (617) 536-1608
The MHS library is currently closed until further notice.  The reference team is available to assist you remotely.  Please see this page for more information:  https://www.masshist.org/library/visit  The MHS has been holding several online events every month, and their card catalog is online.

150 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts  (617) 740-2600 

There are limited in-person services at the Mass. VRs.  The Public Research Room is closed. They are taking mail and web requests, and limited counter service, see this page for details:  https://www.mass.gov/alerts/massachusetts-registry-of-vital-records-and-statistics-rvrs-covid-19-update#1459986

4 Winslow Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts (508) 746-3188, ext. 11 or email the librarian library@themayflowersociety.org  or support@themayflowersociety.org  The research library is closed to the public until further notice. The staff will be working remotely from home with limited access to the library materials.  Usually it is open to the public by reservation.  Free to members, $5 research fee for non-members. Copies of approved lineage papers can be purchased for $10. 

National Archives at Boston (NARA)  https://www.archives.gov/boston :
380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts  (866) 406-2379
The research room is closed currently.  You may experience a very long delay to your requests and Freedom of Information Act requests or appeals.  https://www.archives.gov/boston/research There are many online research tools available.

New England Historic Genealogical Society https://www.americanancestors.org  :
99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, (888) 296 – 3447
The library and archives in Boston remain closed to the public until further notice.  Members may use the website to access databases online.  There are many virtual events being held online for the general public, see this link:  https://www.americanancestors.org/education/online-classes

New Hampshire Historical Society Library  https://www.nhhistory.org/
30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire  (603) 228-6688
The library is now open by advance appointment for research on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm.  Free to members, $7 for adult nonmembers. See this webpage about the new safety measures: https://www.nhhistory.org/Research/Using-the-Library  or email research@nhhistory.   The society also offers librarians who available for information  by email or phone, and also research services for a fee. 

New Hampshire County Registries of Deeds  https://www.nhdeeds.org/
Effective June 18, 2020 The registries of deeds are open to the public.  Face masks are encouraged, or required and available upon request.  Each county registry has different safety requirements, and limits on the number or individuals allowed access to the records, please check the website. 

New Hampshire State Library  https://www.nh.gov/nhsl/ :
The state library is open to the public by appointment only, with safety measures in place until further notice.  Appointments are for 30 minute and 60 minute sessions only.  See the website for more information.  The statewide interlibrary loan program is suspended for the time being.

9 Ratification Way (Formerly 71 South Fruit Street), Concord, New Hampshire, 603-271-3242.   
During the COVID-19 pandemic the Archives and Vital Records are closed to walk in traffic.  The public is encouraged to use the website.  You may call 603-271-2236 with urgent business or email info@sos.nh.gov 

Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum https://www.pem.org/visit/library  :
306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, Massachusetts
Only three researchers are allowed in the reading room each day, and appointments are required by contacting research@pem.org 
See this blog post for more information:

The Rhode Island Historical Society   https://www.rihs.org/ :
10 Benevolent Street, Providence, Rhode Island  (401) 331-8575
The Robinson Research Center has reopened to the public by reservation only.  Free to Rhode Island residents, $8 to non residents ($5 for students and seniors).  Please contact the staff reference@rihs.org

Rhode Island State Archives  https://www.sos.ri.gov/divisions/state-archives :
33 Broad Street, Providence, Rhode Island  (401) 222-2353 statearchives@sos.ri.gov
Closed to the public.  Archivists will provide reference and general assistance by phone and email.  Some resources are online. 

82 Smith Street, Room 208, Providence, Rhode Island  (401) 222-2473
The state house is closed to the public, including the state library.  Librarians will provide reference and general assistance by phone and email. Some resources are available digitally through the online catalog.  Email statelibrary@sos.ri.gov

Rhode Island Vital Records https://health.ri.gov/records/ :
Rhode Island has changed some service, and closed some walk-in service, so please check this webpage for more information: https://health.ri.gov/about/customer-services-updates.php   They recommend using VitalChek for online ordering of vital records. 

UNH Dimond Library
18 Library Way, Durham, New Hampshire  (603) 862-1535
All UNH library locations are currently closed.  See this page for updates and resources you can access remotely:  https://www.library.unh.edu/news/covid-19

Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library https://vermonthistory.org/leahy-library/  :
60 Washington Street, Suite 1, Barre, Vermont  (802) 479-8509
Open by appointment only.  See this page for COVID-19 safety procedures:  https://vermonthistory.org/leahy-library-covid-19-procedures

Vermont Vital Records and Archives   https://sos.vermont.gov/vsara/about/hours-directions/  :
1078 Route 2, Montpelier, Vermont (802) 863-3208 or email vitalrecords@vermont.gov  or sos.archives@vermont.gov
The vital records office is currently closed to walk-in services, but curbside services may be arranged in advance. The reference room is available by appointment for researching records in the state archives https://sos.vermont.gov/vsara/research/ 


Cite/Link to:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Genealogy Research in New England During the Pandemic:  What’s Open? How is the Records Access?", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 17, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/09/genealogy-research-in-new-england.html: accessed [access date]).