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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.
  • Field Trip to Narragansett Historical Society
  • The Family History World in 10 Years Time
  • Irish Genealogy 101


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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Date:  September 27, 2016

"Irish Genealogy 101"

Speaker:  Thomas Toohey

When Tom Toohey was a boy, his parents often hosted family parties. At these parties the family gathered around the fireplace and told stories about “the olden days.” When his parents died, Tom collected their stories in a two volume book entitled Images of Other Lives. This experience led him to become more interested in his ancestors from Ireland and he began to go there to see where they lived.

Since his first trip to Ireland, Tom has studied Irish genealogy with great zeal. He has read Irish history voraciously and attended dozens of lectures given by the most knowledgeable Irish genealogists. Tom has returned to Ireland 15 times and has found all the homes of his ancestors. These experiences have been emotionally powerful and life enriching.


An experienced teacher, Tom has developed a series of programs on genealogy. When attendees at his lectures requested video copies of his programs, Tom began to record them and will make them available soon through this website. His CMGS presentation will focus on both beginning steps of Irish family research and the more intermediate tips, tricks and resources that are available for the serious genealogist seeking Irish ancestors.

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