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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.
    • Please use the navigation menu to see further details about our organization.
  • Are Your Ancestors on Facebook? Using Social Media for Genealogy
  • Gone a Whalin: Western Mass Crews on Whalers
  • "Researching Your Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Ancestors"


Date:  March 24, 2020 - CANCELLED

"Are Your Ancestors on Facebook? - Using Social Media for Genealogy"

Exploring Facebook and other Social Media for Genealogy

Speaker:  Sara Campbell

Sara began teaching workshops in Genealogy at Greenfield Community College about 2001.  Interest in the community has grown, topics expanded to include Beyond the Shaking Leaf (internet research), Missing Persons (census research), They Didn't Change His Name at Ellis Island (immigration research), Using Land Records, Overlooked Municipal Records, One Cotton Sock, Unfinished (Probate Files), Digging into Women's History, Did Grandma Own a Filling Station? (married women's business certificates, and a Civil War Case Study.

Sara has presented programs for the Pioneer Valley Institute, Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Wistariahurst Museum, Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts, Lowell Genealogy Club, and local area libraries.  Several of the topics were sponsored by Local Cultural Councils under the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Date:  April 28, 2020

"Gone a Whalin: Western Mass Crews on Whalers"

Speaker:  Dennis D. Picard

 When many of us imagine life aboard a 19th-century whaling vessel we think of crews filed with men who had grown up with salt air in their lungs. Hear the true stories of inland crew members from Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Learn about the jobs they filled, their life on a whaler and how they fared.


       N.B.: All talks are done in period costume with accompanying artifacts

 Dennis D. Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for over forty years.  He began his career at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge Massachusetts, in 1978, where he eventually spent twelve years filling various positions including the lead interpreter, researching and designing many public programs which are still offered by that institution today.  He also served on the staff of Hancock Shaker Village as a historic trade craftsman and site interpreter. Dennis is the recipient of various grants that allowed him to serve as project coordinator for research and implementation of programs and events at several historic sites and museums.

Dennis, with his background and museum experience, has authored many articles on the lifestyles and folkways of New England and has also served as a consultant for many Historical Societies and Museums.  He has edited film scripts and reviewed historic novels for accuracy of content.

          He has held the position of Assistant Director and Director at several sites including Fort Number Four in Charlestown New Hampshire, the Sheffield Historical Society in the Massachusetts Berkshires and retired as director after 27 years at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield Massachusetts. Picard teaches the class - for credit 200 level - “Museum Studies & Historic Site Interpretation” at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Valley History Network and a member of the editorial board of the “Country School Journal” and grants committee of the Country School Association of America.

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Date:  May 26, 2020

"Researching Your Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Ancestors"

Speaker:  Kathleen Kaldis

This lecture focuses on the resources available for researching the New England Planters and the Scots who settled up in Cape Breton.

 Kathleen Kaldis fell in love with genealogy at a young age, she is a professional genealogist known as The Ancestor Finder.  Her interest in genealogy started when heard stories about how her great great-grandfather, who was born on Cape Breton Island, came to Boston to build Fenway Park.  She used to be a Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston and enjoyed working with the patrons.   She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and has successfully completed many genealogical institute courses though the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH).   Kathleen is very active within the genealogical community serving in many leadership positions within many organizations.  She is a member of the Lexington DAR and personally brought in 125 new members in two years.   As a lecturer her enthusiasm will show through as she shares her passion of genealogy with the audience.

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