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ancestry-com-inc’s mission is to help everyone discover, preserve and share their family history. is the world’s largest online family history resource. We have been a leader in the family history market for over 20 years and have helped pioneer the market for online family history research. We believe that most people have a fundamental desire to understand who they are and from where they came, and that anyone interested in discovering, preserving and sharing their family history is a potential user of We strive to make our service valuable to individuals ranging from the most committed family historians to those taking their first steps towards satisfying their curiosity about their family stories. 

The foundation of our service is an extensive and unique collection of billions of historical records that we have digitized, indexed and put online over the past 13 years. We have built the world’s largest online community of people interested in their family histories, and we believe that this network is highly valuable to our subscribers. Our community is a large and growing source of user-generated content uniquely focused on family history. 

Boston University

Genealogical Research Programs

When genealogical research is used to authenticate an identity, solve a medical mystery, trace property ownership, find lost friends and family, or write accurate historical discourses, the results must be irrefutable.

The Genealogical Research Program at Boston University's Center for Professional Education introduces current genealogical technologies and research methods that reflect the exacting standards and investigative best practices used by professionals. Developed in collaboration with—and taught by—some of the premier genealogists in the country, the Genealogical Research Program employs lectures, demonstrations, hands-on learning, workbook exercises, practice activities, and open discussions to help students identify and evaluate evidence, design research strategies, and write quality reports.

The program leads to a certificate from Boston University, and is excellent preparation for those who seek certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

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The New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) is the local chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

APG is an independent organization whose principal purpose is to support professional genealogists in all phases of their work: from the amateur genealogist wishing to turn knowledge and skill into a vocation, to the experienced professional seeking to exchange ideas with colleagues and to upgrade the profession as a whole. The association also seeks to protect the interest of those engaging in the services of the professional.

NEAPG is designed to be a place where professionals from a wide variety of specialties can come together with the common ground of genealogy.

Many of our professional genealogists will be happy to assist with your research; speak to your group on numerous genealogical topics or provide a variety of other services. We know you want excellence in the services you seek and we encourage you to contact our members to see if one can address your needs.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest and largest genealogical society in America. It has more than 25,000 members and is the nation's leading center for family and local history research. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years. NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.


Mount Vernon Group Architects has developed a clear, simple, and detailed approach that takes every project from its inception through and beyond completion. This is how we are able to meet the unique needs of every client while maintaining an unmatched record for on-time, on budget performance.

Mount Vernon Group Architects was established in 1954 and is a full-service architectural firm with architects registered in more than 20 states. MVG is especially well-known for architectural design of award-winning educational, commercial, and residential projects. Our other services include Master Planning and Feasibility studies; Interior Design; and Historic Preservation; as well as Construction Management and Administration.

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The Irish Ancestral Research Association


TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) is a non-profit organization established to develop and promote the growth, study and exchange of ideas among people and organizations interested in Irish genealogical and historical research and education. Our monthly meetings educate and entertain our members, as well as foster interaction with other Irish researchers. We do NOT provide individual genealogical research services.

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth, study and exchange of ideas and information among people interested in Jewish genealogical research and family history. Formed in 1982 as a study group for people looking into their Jewish family history, we have evolved into an active group of over 400 members. We are affiliated with over seventy other Jewish genealogical societies worldwide.


Fold3 has the web's premier collection of original US military records. Many from the US National Archives and many other archives. Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served. 

The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

Family and Friends of Ruth Barber

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Ruth Leach Barber, who recently passed away, was an avid genealogist and humanitarian. She was a ninth generation descendant of Lawrence Leach, who came to Salem in 1629 from England. She worked as a nurse in WWII and with Medico in Haiti. Her family and friends will sponsor two speakers at the seminar in her memory.