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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.
  • A Terrible Malady: Disease and Epidemics in New England
  • To My Dearest - Civil War Letters of George and Emily Ward
  • Save*Organize*Share - Your Memories Now and for Generations
  • Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Research


Date:  May 26, 2019

"A Terrible Malady: Disease and Epidemics in New England"

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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Date:  June 25, 2019

Annual Dinner Meeting

"To my Dearest"

Civil War Letters of George and Emily Ward

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, George Ward was asked to raise the 15th Massachusetts Regimen.  In August 1861, he left his wife, Emily and their two small children to go to war. They wrote to each other frequently.  In all, 116 letters survive in the collection of the Worcester Historical Museum. They detail the pain of prolonged separation, the challenges of single parenting and the horrors of the battle front.

Join Lynne McKenney Lydick and Thomas R. Lydick as they share the personal and poignant letters of this Worcester couple.

 This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council and a grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.



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Date: July 23, 2019

"Save * Organize * Share"

Your Memories Now and for Generations

Speaker:  Tammy Jo Kirby

Many disasters and accidents strike each day.  Have you safeguarded your memories?  We should all have a plan in place for protecting the photos and documents that hold our one-of-a-kind memories.  Tammy Jo will present the importance of having a strategy for protecting your photos in case disaster strikes. She will provide you with a process for organizing, digitizing and protecting your photos.

Tammy Jo has been keeping her family's story since 1997 and has been helping people manage their photos for over 18 years.  She continues to educated herself and stay current with today's media conversion, digital storage and safe guarding memories.  She has been a guest speaker at several organizations.


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Date:  August 27, 2019

"Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Research"

Speaker:  Kathy 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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