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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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    • 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.
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  • Music and the Heart: Songs of Human and Historical Connections
  • Field Trip to Narragansett Historical Society
  • The Family History World in 10 Years Time


Date:  June 28, 2016

"Music and the Heart:  Songs of Human and Historical Connections"

Speaker:  Luanne Crosby

Luanne Crosby, singer and guitarist, will debut a special program developd for the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society (CMGS) at their June membership meeting.

Music and the Heart: Songs of Human and Historical Connections combines pieces of her Music of the Civil War presentation, which has been a popular offering for local historical and genealogical societies, while weaving in songs from other time-periods and some of her original compositions, including a special song celebrating genealogical research and those ancestors for whom we diligently search.

Over the years, Luanne has played extensively in this country and abroad at assorted venues includisng clubs, concert halls, corporate events and private parties, as the front woman of her own band. Now primarily a solo performer, she enjoys playing for occasions that celebrate the importance of community and give her the opportunity to sing songs that speak of legacy, love and the ties that bind us to our history and to each other.

Luanne has a deep belief in the power of music to touch the heart and her affecting voice and natural way of relating to her audiences does just that. For more information on Luanne and her music, visit her website


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July 26, 2016

Field Trip to Narragansett Historical Society

Discovering NHS treasures and History

Our host will be Brian Tanguay, President of the Narragansett Historical Society, and he will have docents on hand to take visitors through the society's collection of treasures.

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Date:  August 23, 2016

"The Family History World in 10 Years Time"

Speaker:  Dick Eastman

This presentation looks into a crystal ball to discuss changing research trends, a changing audience (have you noticed that today's genealogists are younger than they used to be?) and look at changes being made now by the "cloud" and the growth of handheld devices that are "online all the time" as it affects genealogy. Dick's talk also includes some discussion about using online genealogy programs. His unique opening video is a delightful introduction to what follows.

Dick Easman has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980.

Dick is a popular speaker on the genealogy and family history circuit here in New England, across the U.S., and even in the British Isles. He is also the author of a well-read online newsletter about all things involved with doing genealogy research in today's technically advanced society.

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