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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
  • Publications

    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.
  • Music and the Heart: Songs of Human and Historical Connections
  • Understanding & Using the Results of Your DNA Tests
  • Field Trip to Narragansett Historical Society


Date:  June 28, 2016

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

Speaker:  Luanne Crosby

Luanne Crosby, singer and guitarist, will present a program on the Music of the Civil War at the Annual Dinner Meeting

Over the years, Luanne has played extensively in this country and abroad at assorted venues including 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 the occasions that celebrate the importance of local community connections. She comprises selections from an impressive song list which includes hundreds of rock, pop, blues, folk, jazz, country and classics from many artists and time periods, as well as over 300 original songs in various styles with moving words and notable mucicality.

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 at

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Date:  May 24, 2016

"Understanding & Using the Results of Your DNA Tests"

Speaker:  Jeff Carpenter

Jeff Carpenter is a genealogy enthusiast and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc., Middlesex Chapter since 2004 and a Past State Treasurer. Jeff became interested in DNA in 2007 when he had his own DNA tested to see what he could learn and apply to his genealogy. Shortly after receiving his DNA results, he was not only hooked, but was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail from the Carpenter Surname group at Family Tree DNA notifying him he was a member.

Jeff has been interested in genealogy since about 1984 and has spoken on genealogy DNA related topics for several area organizations that have a specific interest in this topic.

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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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