January 2011 Events at NEHGS

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[Editor's Note: the following information was received from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and some great events are coming up next month!]

January New Visitor and Welcome Tour

Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston. You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

January 8, 2011 10:00AM – 11:30AM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

Using AmericanAncestors.org

NEHGS recently launched its new Website, AmericanAncestors.org. It is full of new features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ growing national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 135 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

January 12, 2011 10:00AM – 11:30AM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

Dom’s, An Odyssey

Join NEHGS as we welcome guest speaker Dom Capossela, who will discuss his recent book, Dom’s, An Odyssey. Dom’s, An Odyssey is an immigrant story. Through the lens of Italian immigration, with a tour of Boston’s 1950s North End, Dom takes us on a voyage of discovery which reminds us of the immigrant roots of All Americans.

January 19, 2011 7:30PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

Winter Weekend Research Getaway – Effective Use of Technology

NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

January 27, 2011 9:00AM – January 29, 2011 5:00PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

I hope this information will be of use to you and your readers. As always, if you have any questions please contact me via telephone, 617-226-1261, or email, amagno@nehgs.org . Thank you very much and Happy New Year.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Matt Wright Appointed Editor of FGS FORUM

Matt Wright

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Selects Family History and Publishing Expert to Head its Electronic Quarterly Magazine

December 27, 2010 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) today announces the appointment of Matt Wright as Editor of its electronic quarterly magazine, the FGS FORUM.

For the past 15 years, Wright has worked professionally in the publishing industry producing magazines, journals, books, and electronic newsletters. Matt graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1996 with a degree in Communications and currently works at BYU, where he builds online courses in the University’s distance education department.

During his career, Matt has also worked for FamilyLink.com, Ancestry.com, Utah Business magazine, and USATODAY® online, among other organizations and groups. He currently also works as editor of APGQ, the quarterly journal of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

With the helpful encouragement of a genealogist-father, Raymond S. Wright, III, Matt has participated in family history research on his own, and for others, for over 20 years. His more recent involvement has been focused on producing genealogy publications.

Beginning with the Spring 2011 issue of the FGS FORUM, Matt Wright takes over the editor duties from Sandra Hargreaves Luebking who announced her retirement in October 2010 after serving as editor for the past 25 years. During that period, Luebking built FGS FORUM into one of the most popular genealogy-related quarterlies available.

The member genealogical societies of FGS, as well as the entire genealogical community, look forward to working with Matt in his new position as editor of the FGS FORUM.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

NEHGS Holiday Genealogy Gift Ideas


[Editor's Note: 'Tis the season folks! We just received this press release from our friends at the New England Historic Genealogical Society with some great gift ideas for your favorite genealogist - or yourself!]

Give the Gift of Family: Genealogy Makes a Wonderful Holiday Gift

Boston Genealogy Center has great gift ideas for family history buffs.

Boston, MA – November 2010 – This coming holiday season, The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston offers a unique and possibly eye-opening holiday gift idea: The gift of finding your family.

This year, NEHGS offers two unique ways to give the gift of family this holiday season:

1)     Family Discovery Package: this new and unique gift includes 1.5 hours of genealogy research by an NEHGS staff expert, a copy of RootsMagic genealogy software, a printed pedigree chart with recipient’s information, an annual subscription to the NEHGS member magazine New England Ancestors, and tips for continuing with your research. Contact NEHGS research services department at 617-226-1233 or email research@nehgs.org. Package price: $99.

2)     NEHGS annual memberships make perfect holiday gifts for genealogists of every experience level, or those wanting to get started. Membership includes full access to the NEHGS Web site, www.NewEnglandAncestors.org which contains more than 110 million searchable names in over 2,400 databases. Members also have full access to the 8-story research library located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, and they receive two of the most trusted and respected genealogy publications in the industry, New England Ancestors member magazine and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Contact NEHGS membership office at 888-296-3447 or email membership@nehgs.org.
Annual research membership is $75.

NEHGS, founded in 1845, is a premier genealogical resource with a collection of more than 12 million artifacts, records, books, manuscripts, photographs, documents, and other items dating back more than four centuries. And whether your family has long New England roots or whether they arrived in this country more recently, NEHGS can help members explore and discover their unique stories. The NEHGS staff of experts includes some of the most respected and experienced genealogists in the country, specializing in a wide variety of research areas such as early American, New England, New York, Irish, English, Scottish, Jewish, African American, and French and Atlantic Canadian.

Today, genealogy is one of the fastest growing and most popular hobbies in the country, with millions of people around the world now engaged in their family research. Every day, more information is made available online, fueling a renewed interest in uncovering the stories of our families and our region. This holiday season give the gift of family with an NEHGS membership.

For more information, visit NEHGS at www.AmericanAncestors.com or call 888-296-3447.


Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogical organization. Located in Boston, NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials that help make accessible the histories of families in America. The NEHGS research library, one of the most respected genealogical libraries in the field, is home to millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. The award-winning web site www.AmericanAncestors.com offers access to more than 110 million names in 2,400 searchable databases. NEHGS has more than 23,000 members nationally. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, and Jewish genealogy.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee