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    Cost of Annual Membership: Individual: $15.00 Family: $20.00; Organization: $25.00 Read More
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    Meetings are held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, MA 01440 Read More
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    Members of CMGS have compiled several publications. Read More
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    • Welcome to the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Inc.
    • CMGS was founded 29 June 1993 in Gardner, Massachusetts.
    • Membership is open to all those interested in family history.
    • We meet January through October on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Our November meeting is on the third Tuesday in November from 7:00 to 9:00PM. There is no meeting in December
    • Membership extends from January to December.
    • Our members are always happy to help those just starting with genealogy or with questions for finding their ancestors.
    • Guests are welcome for a $2.00 donation.
    • Please use the navigation menu to see further details about our organization.
  • Follow the Cannon: Clara Barton's Civil War Letters
  • Volunteering with the Archdiocese Catholic Records
  • SPECIAL EVENT - An Afternoon of Genealogy in Gardner
  • Transatlantic Genealogy: Linking American Ancestors to Ireland


Date:  June 26, 2018

Annual Dinner Meeting

"Follow the Cannon:  Clara Barton's Civil War Letters"

Clara Barton as portrayed by Lynne McKenney Lydick

Clarissa Harlow Barton, Clara, born on Christmas Day, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts, earned the name Angel of the Battlefield for her limitless courageous and unfailing spirit in bringing supplies to the battlefields of the Civil War.

Armed with medicinal supplies, clothing and food she saved the lives of countless soldiers on both sides who would have perished without her. With her phenomenal organizational skills, her determination to be of full use in the war, her boundless energy and perseverance, she gained the trust and respect of soldiers, battlefield surgeons, generals and politicians alike. Join Lynne McKenney Lydick as she brings this inspirational woman to life!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council and a grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.



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July 24, 2018

"Volunteering with the Archdiocese Catholic Records"

Speaker:  Rachel Adams



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Saturday, August 11, 2018

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Date:  August 28, 2018

"Transatlantic Genealogy: Linking American Ancestors to Ireland"

Speaker:  Mary Daly

Mary E. Daly is one of the fournders of TIARA, a former president of TIARA, 30-year employee (retired) of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, where she worked as the CFO, Library Director and Senior Genealogist. She has been involved with Irish genealogy since 1976, and has traveled to Ireland on numerous occasions. She has written and lectured on Irish genealogical topics, among which is her latest publication, Genealogist's Handbook for Irish Research.

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