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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.
  • NEHGS Library - Records Available for Genealogists
  • Tiernan's Wake
  • NERGC 2019 Information - Apr 3-6 2019
  • Diseases and Epidemics in America Over the Years


Date: March 26, 2019

"NEHGS Library - Records Available for Genealogists"

Speaker:  Ann Lawthers

 Ann G. Lawthers assists our library patrons in enhancing their research skills and in bringing alive their family histories. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, the Harvard School of Public Health and has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research program. She has conducted genealogical projects as an independent researcher. Ann is familiar with resources for Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey; and has research experience with Quebec and the Canadian Atlantic Provinces, Ireland and Germany.


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 Date:  April 23, 2019

"Tiernan's Wake"

Speaker:  Richard T. Rook

The author will talk about his book - a search for family and the Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley

     I was born in 1948, grew up in Rhode Island, and graduated Georgetown University (1969) and Boston University Law School (1976). In 2016, after 39 years as a practicing attorney and 20 years as a consulting genealogist, I decided to become a writer -- to keep a promise that I made to an inspirational high school English teacher in 1964. Better late than never.

      I wanted to write a book that reflected our “noble quest” -- the never-ending search for family roots and connections. I eased into it short stories, which won several awards and encouraged me to keep going. My debut novel Tiernan’s Wake, an historical mystery, was published in 2018. I hope to have the sequel ready for publication in 2019. Tiernan’s Wake was Winner of the American Book Fest 2018 American Fiction Award, and a finalist for the Chaucer Award (historical fiction) in the Chanticleer International book competition.

      I am married to Dyan Gingras Rook, an artist, retired public school art teacher, and direct descendant of a 14th-century female French pirate who appears in the novel. We live in Wrentham, Massachusetts.




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NERGC 2019

Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past

April 3-6, 2019

Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown (Formerly the Radisson Hotel)

700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH  03101

Registration is NOW Open

(Click link below for more information)

NERGC 2019 Registration






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Date:  May 26, 2019

"Diseases and Epidemics Over the Years"

Speaker: Lori Lyn Price

Epidemics of smallpox, measles, yellow fever, diphtheria, and other illnesses were common ailments in New England from colonial times up through the 19th century. Learn more about these diseases, why they were so greatly feared by our ancestors, and what remedies they may have used. 

 Prof. Lori Lyn Price is a professional genealogist and an assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

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