This blog brings you breaking news about the 15th New England Regional Genealogical Conference and the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Friday, December 31, 2010

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The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

It is one of the premier, yet affordable, genealogy events on the East Coast.

There will be over 60 speakers including headliners John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. and Paul Milner.

Visit the NERGC website for more specific information on the program and venue.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Final Call for Syllabus Queries

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots continues the tradition of printing genealogical queries in the NERGC Syllabus. The several hundred who attend will see your question, and hopefully solve your brick wall(s), and you don’t need to attend the conference to submit syllabus queries!

Cost remains the same as in the past - $5 per query, or three queries for $10. (Maximum of 50 words in each query.) You do not have to attend the conference to submit queries, and there is no limit to the number of queries you may submit.

Please type or print each query on a separate 8.5” x 11" sheet of paper. Preferred format asks you to use standard abbreviations, and have your dates written as 27 July 1927 (counted as one word). Show birth; death; marriage - in that order - with location of event shown before date, and all known information stated before the question is asked. Editor reserves the right to edit for space and/or clarity, without changing thought. Remember to include your contact information; name, address; Email.

SAMPLE QUERY: JONES< Mehitable b. Hartford CT abt 1790, m. Middletown CT 23 Mar 1823 to BUSHNELL, John, b. Hartford or Wethersfield, CT c. 1785. Need bdt., par of John. Janet Johnson; 50 Round Tree Road; Mashpee, MA 02649 or
Mail entries with check to Query Column; 40 Round Hill Road; Wethersfield CT 06109-2519. Entries must be postmarked by 1 January 2011. Please enclose a check payable to NERGC QUERIES. For additional information on queries, Email: or visit the NERGC web site at

Janet Horton Wallace; Queries Chair

Friday, December 3, 2010


Kathleen M. Reilly, Supervisor, Local History & Genealogy Department, The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts will be presenting “Strategies for Making Archival Records Accessible to Genealogists” from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7 in lieu of the previously-announced session with Elise Bernier Feeley.

During her session, Kathleen will present an overview of strategies used at the Berkshire Athenaeum to make scrapbooks, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, and photographs more accessible to genealogists, students and other researchers. Additionally she will discuss how the use of new digital technologies and targeted collection arrangement at the Athenaeum has streamlined the research process.

All librarians and teachers who work with family history patrons or genealogy-related research materials will benefit from Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day. The cost is $35.00 per person and includes lunch compliments of ProQuest. Participation is limited; be sure to register early to insure a spot.


The registration brochure is available in PDF format at It contains the full conference program, plus information on available luncheons and banquets, research trips, and special events. Print out or bookmark the brochure and plan your conference experience. Printed brochures have been distributed to Participating Societies and to many local libraries, museums and senior centers.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


For anyone thinking of reserving a booth at NERGC 2011 - you better act fast! Booths are going very quickly. All the information needed to reserve a booth can be found at:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Call for Papers

Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference to be held 6-10 April 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
SEE THE COMPLETE CALL AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS ON THE NERGC WEB PAGE, WWW.NERGC.ORG. Submissions may be mailed or emailed to the Program Chair on or before 1 March 2010.

The Third Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in conjunction with the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the series of sessions entitled, “Throughout the Ages and Throughout the Curricula: Genealogy as a Pursuit for all Learners." Ideal paper proposals will suggest strategies for how to optimize the human, material, and online resources that can assist students' and community borrowers' inquiries in addition to enhancing program development to attract all prospective patrons who might otherwise be unaware of local educational and archival resources. SEE THE COMPLETE CALL AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS ON THE NERGC WEB PAGE, WWW.NERGC.ORG. Lecture proposals may be submitted on or before 1 March 2010 by e-mail or by regular mail.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Featured Speakers for NERGC 2011

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots will feature two nationally known featured speakers:

John Philip Colletta

John Philip Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers. Entertaining, knowledgeable and experienced, he is based in Washington, D.C., where for 20 years he conducted workshops for the National Archives and taught courses for the Smithsonian Institution. Today he lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, AL) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Salt Lake City). He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, IL). His publications include two manuals -- They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans -- and numerous how-to articles. His latest book -- Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath -- is a history of the German-speaking merchants of the Mississippi Delta during Reconstruction. It is written around the mysterious destruction of his great great grandfather's country store, and its five unfortunate inhabitants. Dr. Colletta has appeared on local and national radio and television, is featured in Episode Four of "Ancestors," the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel aired in 2000. He has received many honors in his field, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.

Paul Milner

Paul Milner is a professional genealogist and lecturer. He is a native of northern England and has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for the past 18 years. He was raised in England and settled in the United States in 1975. Paul is a communication professional and has been designing workshops and lecturing to a wide variety of audiences for 23 years. He also holds a degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, the U.S. and research methodology.

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots, the Eleventh New England Regional Genealogical Conference, will be held April 6-10, 2011 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place and Springfield Marriott in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Plan to attend and enjoy conference activities in facilities directly off Interstate 91 and only minutes from the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Genealogy & Local History Library located in the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Armory Museum, and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial are but some of the nearby attractions.

Pauline Cusson and Richard Roberts are the Co-Chairs for the 2011 Conference, assisted by Carol Bosworth and Pat Long. The Program Chair is Allison Ryall.

Begin letting friends and fellow members of your organization know about the 2011 conference. Most importantly, insure that your genealogical society, historical society, or library will be in on the ground floor as we plan for 2011.

Each NERGC conference has been bigger and better than the previous one, and 2011 should be no exception! In keeping with the Conference theme, featured speakers John Philip Colletta, Paul Milner over 40 other speakers will help genealogists explore:

- New research pathways, methodologies, and strategies, including technology and online resources;
- The “pathways” their ancestors followed into and out of New England (including where and why they moved and settlement and migration patterns);
- Ethnic genealogy of all types, especially British Isles, Irish, Italian, French-Canadian, African American, and Native American;
- New approaches to discovering their ancestors’ worlds through directories, maps, atlases, gazetteers, and online imagery;
- Systematic approaches for finding and utilizing record sources (such as religious, civil, cemetery, military, newspapers, etc.);
- The wealth of information available in New England's repositories (archives, libraries, historical societies, etc.);
- New ways to plan and prepare for a successful research trip, including resources close to home;
- General genealogical skills and techniques;
- Family history writing and publishing.

In addition to the wealth of knowledge shared by expert genealogists, there will be opportunities to explore the Exhibit Hall -- and meeting hundreds of other attendees at the Conference who share your love for genealogy may be one of the greatest rewards of all!

The excitement for Exploring New Paths to Your Roots is already building. Watch our Website: for developing information.