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    Cost of Annual Membership: Individual: $15.00 Family: $20.00; Organization: $25.00 Read More
  • Meetings

    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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    Links to Genealogy Resources 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.
  • Why You Should be Using Libraries as a Genealogy Tool!
  • Decendancy Research
  • No Meeting in December

 

Octorber 25, 2016

"Why You Should be Using Libraries as a Genealogy Tool!"

Speaker:  Libby Feil, Director, Jaffrey Public Library

Libey Feil - a longtime genealogist and librarian at places such as the California State Library, St. Joseph County (Indiana) Public Library, and New England Historic Genealogical Society, will talk about how libraries are a powerful tool genealogists should be using. Through online resources, microfilmed records, archival documents, and important books, libraries will provice you with a wealth of unique or hard-to-find information AND save you money! Libby, now director of the nearby Jaffrey, NH Public Library, will provide examples from public libraries nationwide as well as from that fabulous regional resource, the NEHGS.

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Date:  November 15, 2016

"Decendancy Research"

Speaker:  Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. He was the first Treasurer of the New England of Association of Professional Genealogists. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 

Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers. In 2010, Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are?, on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

 

He has lectured on a wide variety of genealogy subjects at the National Genealogy Society’s Annual Conference in 2014, 2012 and 2011 and The Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR). He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy subjects. His genealogy education includes eight certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.

 

 

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No meeting is scheduled for December

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