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Education

MGC 2009 Seminar

MGC 2009 Seminar

            Massachusetts Genealogical Council           

            Annual Meeting and Seminar

            July 18, 2009

featuring Paula Stuart-Warren, cg, with special guest Vincent J. Cannato, Ph.D.

LaCava Center, Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts

 

Participating Societies:

The Irish Ancestral Association (TIARA)

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

New England Chapter - Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG)

 

Seminar Schedule

Schedule of Events

9:15am - 9:45am

 

Opening Session, Annual Meeting, and Other Business

 

10:00am - 11:00am

Session 1

Using the Resources of the Family History Library

Paula Stuart-Warren, cg

Getting the Most from NEHGS (online and offline)

Christopher C. Child

Irish-American Catholic Genealogy

Michael Brophy

11:15am - 12:15pm

Session 2

Panel Discussion: Becoming a Professional Genealogist sponsored by NEAPG

Internet Websites for Family History

D. Joshua Taylor

Rescuing the Relatives: TIARA's Foresters Project Fraternal Life Insurance Records of the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters

Susan Steele

12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch

 

American Passage - The History of Ellis Island

Vincent J. Cannato, Ph.D., (author of American Passage)

 

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Session 3

Using DNA in Your Genealogy

Christopher C. Child

Panel Discussion: Native American Research

Paula Stuart-Warren, cg, and

R. Andrew Pierce

First Generation Irish

Margaret Sullivan

3:15pm-4:15pm

Session 4

What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans

Paula Stuart-Warren, cg

 

Massachusetts Legislative Update

Barbara J. Mathews, cg, and

Bernard Couming

Under the Golden Dome, Genealogical Resources in the State Library of Massachusetts Eva Murphy

 

 

Class Descriptions

 

            Using the Resources of the Family History Library

(coming soon)

 

Getting the Most from NEHGS (online and offline) (sponsored by NEHGS)

Explore the cast resources of the New England Historic Genealogical Society to aid you in your research.  Topics will include collections at the NEHGS Research Library in Boston, as well as accessing materials online at http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org.

 

Irish-American Catholic Genealogy (sponsored by TIARA)

Beginning with the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922 near the end of the Irish Civil War this lecture will present the unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research. Research materials available on-line and through film rental will be shown with examples available without the time and expense necessary to travel to Ireland. Repositories including the holdings of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, New England Historic and Genealogical Society, the National Archives, and other repositories will be also be presented.

 

Panel Discussion: Becoming a Professional Genealogist (sponsored by NEAPG)

Join professionals from the Association of Professional Genealogists as they answer your questions about becoming a professional genealogist.

 

Internet Websites for Family History (sponsored by NEHGS)

Discover the vast resources of Footnote.com, USGenWeb, and other key websites for genealogical research. The lecture will also include tips and tricks for searching online databases and using search engines.

 

Rescuing the Relatives: TIARA's Foresters Project
Fraternal Life Insurance Records of the Massachusetts Catholic Order
of Foresters (sponsored by TIARA)

Come discuss the genealogical goldmine discovered within the insurance policies of a Massachusetts benevolent society. Destined for the shredder, the records were saved by a group of TIARA volunteers. The work is still in progress as the volunteers continue to prepare the records for digitization.

 

Using DNA in Your Genealogy (sponsored by NEHGS)

DNA has revolutionized genealogical research, and can provide many avenues for genealogists. Come learn how to effectively use DNA in your research, and get the most from DNA studies you commission. 

 

Panel Discussion: Native American Research

Two of the world's leading experts in Native American genealogy await your questions. Come prepared to discover additional tools and resources for research your Native American family.

 

First Generation Irish (sponsored by TIARA)

Documenting our first generation ancestors can yield surprising details about their lives and their immigrant parent's story.  With an emphasis on Massachusetts sources, we will consider the daily lives of Irish-American families through records of their employment, social and charitable organizations, education, military service, political activity, and death.

 

What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans

(coming soon)

 

Massachusetts Legislative Update

Learn from members of the MGC Board of Directors the latest news affecting open records access in Massachusetts.

 

Under the Golden Dome, Genealogical Resources in the State Library of Massachusetts
This lecture will examine the various resources available to family researchers at the State Library of Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Speaker Biographies

 

Featured Speaker

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Paula Stuart-Warren, cg, works full-time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. A Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, she has lectured at NGS and FGS conferences since 1993, and in many states. Her specialties include U.S. research, national level research repositories, American Indians, and unusual records.

 

Luncheon Speaker

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Vincent J. Cannato, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He was born in White Plains, New York, and raised in nearby Armonk, New York. He received his BA with honors in Political Science from Williams College and his PhD in History from Columbia University. At UMASS-Boston, Prof. Cannato teaches courses on New York City history, Boston history, immigration history, and twentieth-century American history.

 

            Christopher C. Child

Originally from Putnam, Connecticut, Chris Child has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. Chris graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in history from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in 2003. He belongs to the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta. His genealogical interests include the American and English descendants of Wolstone and Ellen (Empson) Childe of London; Southern New England, especially Connecticut; ancestry of notable figures, especially presidents; genetics and genealogy; African-American and Native-American genealogy. Chris has written articles published in a few genealogical journals, including an article in New England Ancestors in 2003 on the maternal ancestry of Abraham Lincoln.

 

            Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, columnist and lecturer in the Boston area. He is currently Publicity Director of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and past Treasurer of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He holds an MBA degree from Suffolk University (1996) and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst (1987).

 

            Susan Steele

Susan Steele, Director of TIARA's Foresters Project has given lectures in the Boston area and at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth

 

            Margaret Sullivan

Margaret R. Sullivan is Records Manager and Archivist for the Boston Police Department.She is Publicity Chair for TIARA/She is a member of the TIARA Board of Directors.

 

            Eva Murphy

Eva Murphy is the Volunteer Coordinator for TIARA and serves on the TIARA Board of Directors. She is also a reference librarian at the Massachusetts State Library.

 

            Barbara J. Mathews, CG

Specializes in colonial Connecticut research. She was a former contributor to the Connecticut research area of NewEnglandAncestors.org and a verifying genealogist for the Massachusetts Society of The Colonial Dames of America. She is a former Vice President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and currently serves as Secretary. Barbara is the president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

 

            Bernard Couming

Bernard Couming is the Director of Civil Records for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

 

            D. Joshua Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor "Josh" is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Josh is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies where he currently serves as Parliamentarian and chair of the Outreach and Bylaws committee. Josh also serves on the conference planning committee. A columnist for Digital Genealogist his articles have appeared in UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and New England Ancestors, and other publications. Currently, Josh is the Research Services Coordinator at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts, and is Program Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

 

 

            R. Andrew Pierce

Professional genealogist since 1984; access to all archives and libraries in the Boston area. Founding member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Enquiries Service. Specialties are Irish-American connections, 18th and 19th century New Englanders, missing heirs, and Native Americans of southeastern Massachusetts. Publications include The Stones Speak: Irish Place Names From Inscriptions in Boston's Mount Calvary Cemetery (NEHGS, 2000); and The Wampanoag Genealogical History of Martha's Vineyard (GPC, 2003).

 

 

 

 

 

Other Information

 

Registration:

 

Early Registration (if postmarked before June 15, 2009): $55 (includes syllabus, continental breakfast, luncheon, and lectures).

 

Walk-In Registration: $65.

 

Other Events:

 

Exhibits from TIARA, NEHGS, and other organizations.

 

Special "Beginning Workshop" sponsored by NEAPG (more information coming soon!)

 

Silent Auction

 

Location:

 

The LaCava Conference Center at Bentley College, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02452 (www.conferencecenteratbentley.com)

 

Registration:

 

Simply fill out the registration form (link to form), attach your check, payable to Massachusetts Genealogical Council, and mail to:

 

MGC Seminar

P.O. Box 5393

Cochituate, MA

01778-5393

 

Questions? E-mail massgenseminar@gmail.com

 

Directions to Bentley College

 

DIRECTIONS TO BENTLEY FROM POINTS NORTH

 

    * Take Route 95/128 South to Trapelo Road, exit 28

    * Turn left at top of exit ramp

    * Follow Trapelo Road 2.6 miles toward Belmont

    * Turn right onto Forest Street

    * Proceed on Forest Street for .9 miles, the main entrance is on your left

 

DIRECTIONS TO BENTLEY FROM POINTS SOUTH

 

    * Take Route 95/128 North to Totten Pond Road, Exit 27A

    * At the end of the ramp, take a right and follow Totten Pond Road for 1.2 miles to the end

    * Take a right onto Lexington Street and go .2 miles

    * Then take a left onto Beaver Street; travel 1 mile (go around the rotary and continue on) and take a left onto Forest Street

    * The main entrance is about .3 miles on your right

 

DIRECTIONS TO BENTLEY FROM POINTS EAST/BOSTON

 

    * Follow Storrow Drive (west) or Memorial Drive (west) to the end and follow signs toward Arlington

    * Bear left at the sign that reads "To 16 S Watertown/Waltham"

    * Follow for .6 miles and turn right onto Belmont Street after passing the Star Market shopping center on the right

    * Continue on Belmont Street until it intersects with Trapelo Road

    * Bear right onto Trapelo Road and continue for 1.7 miles

    * Take a left at the light and follow the sign that reads "60 Waltham to Rte. 20;" This is Waverley Oaks Road (Route 60)

    * At the next traffic light, turn right onto Beaver Street

    * Continue on Beaver Street past the tennis courts for .9 miles to Forest Street

    * Turn right onto Forest Street and the main entrance is about .3 miles on the right

 

DIRECTIONS TO BENTLEY FROM LOGAN AIRPORT

 

    * Take the Ted Williams tunnel to Route 90 (Mass Pike) and follow to Exit 14

    * Take Exit 14, follow signs to Route 95/128 North

    * Continue as directed below in "Directions from Points West"

 

DIRECTIONS TO BENTLEY FROM POINTS WEST

 

    * Take exit 14 off the Massachusetts Turnpike

    * Follow signs to Route 95/128 North

    * Take Route 95/128 North to Trapelo Road, exit 28A

    * Turn right at the end of the exit ramp

    * Follow 2.6 miles toward Belmont

    * Turn right onto Forest Street

    * Proceed on Forest Street for .9 miles, the main entrance is on your left

 

REGISTRATION FORM

For members only: Cost is $55 if registering before June 25th.

For members registering after June 25th or at the door, and for all non-members, the conference fee is $65.

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Send completed form (with check payable to Massachusetts Genealogical Council) to:

MGC Seminar, P.O. Box 5393, Cochituate, MA 01778-5393.