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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.
  • Beginning Evernote
  • The Pierce Mansion in South Gardner
  • Are Your Ancestors on Facebook? Using Social Media for Genealogy


Date:  January 28, 2020


"Beginning Evernote"

Speaker: Lisa Louise Cook

 Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials available to Genealogy Gems Premium Members and the books: Mobile Genealogy, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, and The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, as well as producer of the video series Google Earth for Genealogy and over 60 videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel.

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Date: February 25, 2020

"The Pierce Mansion in South Gardner"

Speaker:  Ken Watson

 The S.K. Pierce Haunted Mansion is a 6,661-square-foot Victorian. It was built in 1875 by Sylvester Pierce, across the street from his successful furniture business, S.K. Pierce and Sons Furniture Company. People inside the house over the years have claimed to see the ghosts of S.K. Pierce, his wives, and a pair of young children. People allege they've heard voices inside the house, doors slam and felt the presence of an otherly being when alone in a room.

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Date:  March 24, 2020

"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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