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Why Should I Attend a Genealogy Conference?

Are you wondering whether you should attend a genealogy conference?

Here are some thoughts that were posted around the web: 

Goodharted Thoughts:Looking Forward to April! Michael talks about how the 2009 NERGC conference impacted him and how he's looking forward to 2011.

The Journey Takers Blog:Register Now for NERGC.  Leslie Huber provides six reasons why, if she could only attend one conference, she would pick NERGC.

Marian's Roots & Rambles: Why I attended My First Genealogy Conference. Marian talks about the benefits of attending her first genealogy conference.

 Photo Caption: Leslie Albrecht Huber, author of The Journey Takers Blog

Society Profile - The New England Historic Genealogical Society

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is one of the 22 participating societies in the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC).

Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's leading resource for family history research. They help build knowledge, skills, and understanding of your family and its place in history. Today they provide more than 25,000 members worldwide with access to some of the most important and valuable genealogical resources anywhere. Whether your family came to this country in the 17th century or the 20th century, NEHGS offers access to an incredible collection of primary materials and other resources that can make your research productive and rewarding.

Four NEHGS staff members will be speaking at NERGC:

David A. Lambert, NEHGS Online Genealogist
Michael J. Leclerc, NEHGS Director of Special Projects
Judy Lucey, NEHGS Archivist
D. Joshua Taylor, MLS, NEHGS Director of Education and Programs



The New England Historic Genealogical Socie…

Society Profile - The Cape Cod Genealogical Society

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society is one of the 22 participating societies in the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC).

Founded in 1971, the Cape Cod Genealogical Society acquires, catalogs, and preserves genealogical and historical information, emphasizing but not limited to Cape Cod.

The Society gathers and disseminates genealogical and historical information through a collection of diverse activities -

Monthly Programs: Meetings are held at the Brewster Ladies' Library Auditorium, 1822 Main Street, Brewster, MA, generally on the third Wednesday of each month, from 10AM to 12Noon. Occasional meetings are held on Saturday. After a short business session, presentations are given by genealogical research professionals, seasoned veterans, and other experts in genealogy and history. An annual luncheon is held in June. Check our current Monthly Program.

Special Interest Groups: (SIGS): Special Interest Groups are informal group gatherings for members of the Cap…

Help with Introductions for those on Facebook

Are you attending NERGC 2011?  Are you a little nervous because you don't know a lot of people?  Well, if you are on Facebook then making friends just got a little easier.

While preparing for the NERGC 2009 conference the Facebook page was created for attendees to get to know each other.  It worked out very well.  But then our Hospitality Chairpersons, Bonnie Sweatman and Mary Hasselmann, took it a step further.  They devised a way to make it easier for Facebook friends to spot each other.  They gave all the folks on Facebook a smiley face sticker when they checked in at the conference. That way when walking around the conference you can quickly see who else you might know from Facebook.

This worked so well and was such a great success that they are repeating it again this year at NERGC 2011.  If you're on Facebook, join the NERGC Facebook page and let everyone know you're attending.  Check out who else is attending.

In April, when you check in be sure to stop by the hospit…

The NERGC Society Fair - A Great Place to Connect

On Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm there will be a "Society Fair" in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom Foyer where twenty-one family, genealogical and historical societies from all over New England will provide information about their organizations.
The Society Fair is open to the general public at no cost so that anyone can make contact with society representatives, pick up brochures and registration material, or perhaps even make a more permanent connection by joining a group.
Who knows how many of these can be of service to you in your research? Come find out!!  It's a great place to meet and greet and gather in anticipation of the opening of the trade show at 6 p.m.. Don't miss it!
Ralph Wadleigh, the Society Fair Chairman says, "The Fair is a great place to meet and greet fellow attendees.  It’s also a place to gather information on family associations, area repositories and genealogical societies offering a variety of information and tools.  It’s be…

Librarians' and Teachers' Day - April 7, 2011

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL - LIBRARIANS’ AND TEACHERS’ DAY

NERGC's Third Librarians' and Teachers' Day will be held on
Thursday, 7 April 2011 at the Springfield Marriott. The day will be
devoted to showing attendees how genealogy can enhance
curricula, invite new patrons, and highlight collections.
Librarians' and Teachers' Day provides the opportunity for
professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their
dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as
ambassadors of genealogy resources for their schools and
libraries. All librarians and teachers who work with family history
patrons or genealogy-related research materials will benefit
from this special event.The cost is $35.00 per person and
includes lunch compliments of ProQuest.

8:45 A.M - 9:30 A.M.
Registration and Welcome

9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
Strategies for Making Archival Records Accessible to Genealogists
Kathleen M. Reilly


An overview of strategies used at the Berkshire Athenaeum to make
scrapboo…

Early Bird Deadline Ending Soon

Don't miss the chance to register for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) before the Early Bird Deadline ends on Feb. 15th.

Save $25 by registering before February 15th!
At NERGC you'll find: Keynote Speakers: John Philip Colletta & Paul Milner Over 60 Expert SpeakersThe Society FairSocializing and NetworkingSpecial WorkshopsSpecial Interest GroupsThe Ancestors Road Showand much, much more.
Sign up for NERGC today!

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, MA. More information is available from the conference website.

Society Profile - Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor

The Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor is one of the 22 participating societies in the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC).

The Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor

Established in 1983, and now with over 650 active members nationwide, the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor is pleased to be part of the Eleventh New England Regional Genealogical Conference. With the settlement of Windsor located just 19 miles (about 25 minutes) down the Connecticut River from NERGC 2011’s Springfield conference site, attendees will not want to miss becoming familiar with this unusual society with roots in traditional lineage relationships but open to members regardless of their ability or interest in proving direct descendancy to one of Windsor’s Founders.

The purpose of the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor is to record and preserve the history and genealogy of the founders of ancient Windsor, their families, and their descendants. Pers…

Learn, Shop, Join, Explore - The Exhibitors Hall at NERGC

"The Search for the Identity of the Amnesiac Benjaman Kyle" by Colleen Fitzpatrick

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Talk: "The Search for the Identity of the Amnesiac Benjaman Kyle" [F-229] Date: Friday, April 8, 2011 Time: 4:45pm

Who is Benjaman Kyle?

Our ancestors lived without Social Security Numbers, drivers licenses, and sometimes even without birth certificates. Yet they had jobs, they may have owned property, they emigrated to other countries without needing a passport. It can be very difficult for their genealogist-descendant to locate them without much documentation.

Life nowadays is not that simple. Imagine what it would be like to live today without a Social Security Number, a driver's license, and a birth certificate. You could not get a job, you could not drive, you could not open a bank account nor apply for a credit card. It would be impossible for you to get through airport security to board a plane.

Benjaman Kyle must function under these conditions every day. Due to a severe beating, he suffers from retrograde amnesia. He does not…

Society Profile - The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants is one of the 22 participating societies in the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC).

The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

The Mission of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants is:

 To gather together to honor and perpetuate the memory of our Mayflower Ancestors and the ideals of American freedoms and democracy, which have evolved from The Mayflower Compact signed by the Pilgrim Fathers when they reached Cape Cod shores in November, 1620.


The renewed interest in American history brought about by the celebration of the centennial of the United States in 1876 spawned the formation of dozens of hereditary and patriotic organizations. By the mid 1890s organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution were attracting members interested in perpetuating the memory of their ancestors who had helped to found this country. Genealogy became a popular hobby and these organizations gave peo…

The Irish are Coming! The Irish are Coming!

If you do Irish research then NERGC is the place to be to help you research your ancestors.  Irish researchers will be coming from as far away as Ireland.  Many of the top Irish researchers will be giving talks at NERGC including, Paul Milner, Mary Ellen Grogan, Judy Lucey, Michael Brophy, Margaret Sullivan and all the way from Ireland, Eileen O'Duill.
Don't miss out on these great talks! "Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Records for the Beginner""Come to Ireland to Find Your Irish Ancestors""Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine""Griffiths Valuation: Gateway To Irish Research""First Generation Irish"

Full details on the talks can be found in the NERGC Program

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, MA. More information is available from the conference website.













Food, Drink and Great Friends

Join your friends and fellow genealogists for a relaxing evening of food, drink and camaraderie during the first of two evening banquets at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference.

When: Friday, April 8, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Springfield, MA
Sponsored by: The New England Historic Genealogical Society

Attendees will enjoy hearing Paul Milner speak on the topic "What Were Our Ancestors Really Like?"  A humorous look at the actions and motives of our ancestors as recorded in the records our ancestors left behind.

Banquet attendees will have a choice of chicken, swordfish, steak or vegetarian meals.

Full details can be found in the NERGC Program.  Please note that the banquet registration is in addition to the conference registration.

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, MA. More information is available from the conference website.

"Where is Great Grandma Hiding? Finding Forgotten Females" by Sandra MacLean Clunies

Speaker: Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG Talk: "Where is Great Grandma Hiding? Finding Forgotten Females" [S-318] Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011 Time: 1:45pm
The photo remained hidden for decades in obscure family records. As did a poem she wrote about death. This elusive great-grandmother died in Massachusetts in childbirth at age 30 in 1872. What was her real first name? Did her sons forget her? Where was she born? Why did such a young mother write such a sad poem?
This lovely young woman was the inspiration for the NERGC 2011 lecture “Where is Great-Grandma Hiding? Finding the Forgotten Females” which will take place on Saturday, 9 April at 1:45 pm.
It took several years of research to uncover all the facts, filled with distracting detours as I had to discount many misleading details found in books and federal records.  I have found other elusive female ancestors by expanding the search circle to include all the men in their lives. Walk with me on this journey of discovery and add t…

Society Profile - The Godfrey Memorial Library

The Godfrey Memorial Library is one of the 22 participating societies in the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC).

The Godfrey Memorial Library

The purpose of the Godfrey Memorial Library is to promote the study of family history by:

- Inspiring individuals in all sectors of society to study their heritage and their own place in history.

- Supporting educational activities that create enthusiasm for family research.

- Making genealogical and historical resources available to all on a national and international level by continuing the expansion, modernization, and distribution of the collection of print, electronic manuscript and other information media as technology develops.


The Godfrey Memorial Library, incorporated in 1947, first opened its doors in May 1951. It was founded by A. Fremont Rider, a well-known publisher, author, inventor, genealogist, and librarian. He served for many years as director of Wesleyan's Olin Library. While in that position, he de…

71 Exceptional Reasons to head to Springfield, MA this April

Here are 71 exceptional reasons to head to Springfield, MA in April 2011


John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
Paul Milner
David Allen
Kathy Amoroso
Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG
Scott Andrew Bartley
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D.
Matthew Bielawa
Kathryn Smith Black
Mary Ann Boyle, Ph.D., CG
Michael Brophy
Paul J. Bunnell
Raymond Cassidy
Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG
Lucie LeBlanc Consentino
Robert S. Cox
Janis P. Duffy
Pamela Stone Eagleson, CG
Jean Elliott Nudd
Colleen Fitzpatrick
Nora Galvin
Sherry Gould
Diane Gravel, CG
Mary Ellen Grogran
Meredith Hoffman
Leslie Huber
Aleksandra Kacprzak
Richard L. Kimball, Ph.D.
David A. Lambert
Irene Lambert, MGA
Michael J. Leclerc
Lucie K. Lewis, Ed.D.
Patty Vigeant Locke
Judy Lucey
Jill Martin
Barbara Mathews, CG
Carol McCoy, Ph.D.
Linda McMeniman
Marcia D. Melynk
David L. Mishkin
Shellee A. Morehead, Ph.D.
Donna M. Moughty
Jolene Mullen
Muriel Normand
Eileen O'Duill
David Ouimette, CG
Marian Pierre-Louis
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
Laura Prescott
Connie Reik
Richard Clarke Roberts

Where is Springfield, Massachusetts?

The 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held in Sprinfield, Massachusetts from April 6-11, 2011.

Where is Springfield, MA anyway?!!

Springfield is located in Central Massachusetts and is easily accessible from I-90 (the Mass Pike) and I-84.

Springfield is:
...27 miles north of Hartford, CT
...141 miles north of New York City
...87 miles east of Albany, NY
...90 miles west of Boston
...85 miles northwest of Providence, RI
...52 miles west of Worcester, MA
...131 miles southwest of Concord, NH
...175 miles south of Monpelier, VT
...247 miles southwest of August, ME

Springfield is a terrific central location for New England and is easily accessible from most of the Northeast.  Not local but still want to come?  There are some great air fare deals being offered until January 4th, 2011.

How Many Societies Make Up NERGC?