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

Friday, October 23, 2015


Presentation proposals are welcome from now until 12:00 noon on 1 March 2016 for the 14th New England Regional Genealogical Conference, “Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past,” to be held 26-29 April 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Links to the Call for Papers and to the portal to submit proposals are on the NERGC Web page,

Monday, July 13, 2015


The twelfth 2015 New England Regional Genealogical Conference E-zine is now available at It includes a "wrap-up" of the 2015 conference and a look ahead to the 2017 conference, which will be held April 26-29, 2017 at the MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Members of the Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Chapter, will be at each table at today's luncheon to guide a focused discussion. You must be registered for the luncheon in order to attend, but there is no registration for or guaranteed seating at specific tables. Seating at each table is first-come, first-served. As you enter Ballroom D/E for lunch, locate a table with a topic that appeals to you. If that table is already full, please pick a different table.


Session F-233 (Friday at 4:45) will be presented by Cheryll Toney Holley. The title of her talk is "Counting Quows & Sifting Storms: African-Americans in Vermont." Session S-333 (Saturday at 4:30) will be presented by Janet Horvoka. The title of the talk remains "Engaging Children, Tweens and Teens in Family History."


Saturday afternoon sessions S-334 through S-341 run from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., NOT 4:30 to 5:30 as shown on the turquoise Saturday "one sheet" daily schedule.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Our informal "Special Interest Groups" take place Thursday, April 16 from 7:45-9:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center. They provide a great opportunity to meet conference participants and speakers with similar interests. Here are the room assignments: Becoming a Professional Genealogist, Room 553B; DNA Research, Ballroom A; French Canadian Research, Ballroom B; Genealogy Blogging, Room 555A/B; Irish American Research, Room 552A; Italian Research, Room 550A/B; Jewish Genealogy, Room 552B; Rhode Island Research, Room 551A/B; Scandinavian Research, Ballroom A.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Rick Spenser will present a program of songs in the American folk music tradition for on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm. The presentation will take place on the second floor of the Rhode Island Convention Center, outside Exhibit Hall C. Presented in conjunction with the 13th New England Regional Genealogical Conference, the program is free and open to the public. The music presented will be selected with consideration of the theme "Songs Our Ancestors Knew and Loved." Rick will give a little background information on the songs and will encourage those who attend to sing along if they wish. Rick has been in the historical performance industry for over 25 years. He worked for 20 years as a researcher, historian and presenter of traditional maritime songs and sea chanteys at Mystic Seaport and has performed widely in the US, in Canada and Europe. The Conference Exhibit Hall and Society Fair open immediately following Rick Spencer's program and are also free and open to the public.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet the NERGC Speakers!

Judy G. Russell (The Legal Genealogist) interviewed by Lori Lynn Price of Bridging the Past

Lisa Louise Cooke by Cynthia Shenette of Heritage Zen

D. Joshua Taylor by Pam Carter of My Maine Ancestry

Michael J. Hall by Linda Hall Little of Passage to the Past's Blog

Marian Pierre Louis by Sara Campbell of Remembering Those Who Came Before Us

Dr. Blaine Bettinger by Jennifer Shoer of The Scrappy Genealogist

Harold Henderson by Elizabeth Pyle Handler of From Maine to Kentucky

Catherine "Casey" Zahn by Pam Carter of My Maine Ancestry

Dave Robison by Beverly Fieg of Knit Genealogist

Michael Tougais by Bill West of West in New England

Lisa Alzo by Melissa Berry of anceSTORY archives

Michael Brophy by Bill West of West in New England

Dear Myrtle by Jennifer Shoer of The Scrappy Genealogist

Nathaniel Lane Taylor and Cherry Fletcher Bamberg by Diane Boumenot of One Rhode Island Family

David Allen Lambert by Melissa Berry of anceSTORY archives

Special thanks to blogger extraordinaire Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy for coordinating the speaker interviews! Heather will be hosting the Genealogy Blogging Special Interest Group at NERGC on Thursday, April 16th from 7:45 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Don't miss the opportunity to explore Providence with Barbara Barnes, Tourism Services Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. This five hour tour leaves the Rhode Island Convention Center at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, returning to the Center 4:00 p.m. Cost for the tour is $49; lunch is on your own. You don't need to register for the full conference to take part, but pre-registration by March 16 is required and space is limited.

Monday, March 2, 2015


Beginning last Thursday, February 26 some folks trying to make hotel reservations found that the NERGC room blocks at both of the conference hotels were full. Since that time there have been a few cancellations at the Courtyard by Marriott, and we've been able to add some rooms at the Biltmore. If you register at the hotel of your choice right away, you should be able to get a room.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


There are only five slots left for the Mechanics of Writing workshop (F-201) with Michael Leclerc. If you're interested in getting hands-on experience turning your research into a family history, don't delay in signing up! Register today at


Both Tech Day tracks -- Research with Technology and Advanced Tools being held on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center -- are approaching a sellout. The cost is $50 per person for four seminars, a lunch presentation, and a luncheon sponsored by If you've been thinking about registering for one of the Tech Day tracks, don't delay. Register today at

Friday, February 27, 2015


A reminder that "Early Bird" Registration for the 13th New England Regional Genealogical Conference being held 15-18 April in Providence, RI ends tomorrow, Saturday 28. Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist," Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, D. Joshua Taylor, host of the PBS show Ancestors Roadshow, Michael J. Leclerc, Laura G. Prescott, Maureen A. Taylor are among the great lineup of speakers -- in all over 90 lectures plus the Ancestors Road Show, Special Interest Groups, workshops, luncheons and banquets, the Exhibit Hall, the Society Fair, and more. If you haven't registered yet, why pay full price? Register by tomorrow, Saturday, February 28 and save $30 on the full conference and another $10 on Tech Day. The savings will pay for a workshop or banquet! The 2015 NERGC registration brochure and online registration are available at To register by postal mail, see p. 16 of the brochure. Don’t delay, register today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Meet Michael J. Hall - 2015 NERGC Speaker

 Michael J. Hall

Meet Michael J. Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch in today's interview by Linda Hall Little of Passage to the Past's Blog.

NERGC Early Bird Registration ($120) ends February 28, 2015.
Single day registration increases from $90 to $100 after February 28, 2015.

95+ Genealogy Lectures for you to choose from!

15 - 18 April 2015
New England Regional Genealogical Conference
The Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island

View the program brochure here and register here.

See you in Providence!


The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is just around the corner, 15-18 April at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. The conference will include more than 90 lectures by speakers including Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist"; Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems Podcast; and Genealogy Roadshow host Joshua Taylor, as well as Librarians and Teachers Day, Tech Day, Ancestors Roadshow, Special Interest Groups, workshops, and a bonus track of presentations in the Exhibit Hall. Why pay full price? Save 20% by registering now! The Early Bird registration deadline is this Saturday, February 28th. To register online or download the Program Brochure, go to See you in Providence!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Legal Genealogist Comes to NERGC! Welcome to Providence, Judy Russell!

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist℠ and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠.

Judy's presentations include:

No Person Shall... Gallop Horses in the Streets (T-105)
Facts, Photos and Fair Use (T-122)
Don't Forget the Ladies: A Genealogists Guide to Women and the Law (F-215)
How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists (S-334)

Judy will also be the speaker for the Saturday luncheon sponsored by The Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

Roadblocks, Red Lights and Detours: Records Access for Genealogists  (S-317)
This was supposed to be the Age of the Information Superhighway. Instead, even as so many records are coming online, doors are being slammed shut on so many more – often records that aren’t and won’t be online, now and perhaps ever. As a community and as individuals, learn what we can do to protect records access.
Choice of:
Grilled Chicken Di Parma - $36.00
Baked Scrod w/ Tomato Caper Lemon Sauce - $36.00
Vegetarian - Portabella Stack w/ Sundried Tomato Coulis - $34.00

To download the brochure or register, please go to

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Save $30 on the full conference and another $10 on Tech Day. The savings will pay for a workshop or banquet! The 2015 NERGC registration brochure and online registration are available at To register by postal mail, see p. 16 of the brochure. Don’t delay, register today!

Friday, February 20, 2015


Special Interest Groups will be held on Thursday, April 16th, from 7:45 to 9 p.m. They offer participants an informal opportunity to get together with others with similar interests to discuss ideas for genealogy research on a particular topic. Room locations will be posted at the Conference. The SIGS are:

Rhode Island Research:

Looking for Rhode Island ancestors? What records can be found, and where will you find them? We'll discuss the standard sources and some which are more obscure. Come with your questions. Hosted by Helen Smith.

DNA Research:

Genetic genealogy is the use of DNA as it relates to family history. DNA is one of the most powerful tools available to modern genealogists. Join us for a discussion about available tests, testing companies, and how personal genomics can help you advance your family history when your paper trail runs out. Hosted by Jennifer Zinck and Blaine Bettinger.

Genealogy Blogging:

What is a genealogy blog? Do you read genealogy blogs? Do you write your own blog? Have you ever thought of starting your own? Come meet some bloggers and learn all about blogging! Hosted by Heather Wilkinson Rojo.

Irish-American Research:

Can't find the place of origin for your Irish ancestor? Come join Michael Brophy as he leads a discussion group with other Irish-American researchers. We will discuss sources and strategies for finding your elusive Irish ancestors across the Atlantic. We will also discuss the ever-growing world of Irish research over the internet and the best sources to use for doing Irish research here at home and in Ireland. Hosted by Michael Brophy.

French-Canadian Research:

Come to this discussion of  French Canadian genealogy, hosted by the American-French Genealogical Society. Learn about available resources and tips to find your ancestors. Ask questions, and share your knowledge with the group. One topic will be the “King’s Daughters,” or “Les Filles du Roi.” If you have traced your line back to one of these women and have participated in our certificate program, please wear your pin. Enjoy some French Canadian music before and after our discussion. Some light refreshments will be served. Hosted by Jan Burkhart.

Italian Research:

Do you have Italian ancestors? Italian genealogical research has exploded in the last 15 years. The resources available to today's family historian will amaze you. Bring along your research, problem ancestors, and questions about Italian records and hopefully we will be able to give you new avenues and sources to further your family tree in Italy and the US. Hosted by Marcia Iannnizzi Melnyk.

Jewish Genealogy:

Come join us to talk about strategies and hints for researching your Jewish ancestors. Depending on your interests, we might look at how to find the records of your immigrant ancestors, both here and in the "old country"; how to find people if they've changed their names; how to find the villages that your ancestors came from; and how to locate families lost or scattered by the Holocaust. Bring your questions and research problems and we'll look at both online and local resources that could help you in your search. Hosted by Meredith Hoffman.

Scandinavian Research:

Connect with other genealogists doing research in Scandinavia. This is an ideal way to network with others who share your interest. This special interest group offers something for genealogists at any level. Hosted by Sharon Christenson.

Becoming a Professional Genealogist:

You love the thrill of the research hunt and think it would be heaven to be paid, too. Learn what you need to consider before and during your transition to becoming a professional. Hosted by Shellee Morehead.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


NERGC’s fifth Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day will be held on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at the Providence Biltmore in Providence, RI, in conjunction with the 13th New England Regional Genealogical Conference. The day will be devoted to showing attendees how genealogy can enhance curricula, attract 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 $40.00 per person and includes lunch compliments of ProQuest. For additional information, including a list of speakers, go to To register for Librarians' and Teachers' Day -- or for the full conference, go to

Monday, January 12, 2015


Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore Providence, the Renaissance City, on this five hour, customized tour led by Barbara Barnes, Tourism Services Director, of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Learn about the founding and development of the city, its rich historical and cultural heritage, and its original proprietors and prominent families, while winding around the streets of the city for a ninety minute coach tour, with stops at the Roger Williams National Memorial and the First Baptist Church in America. Enjoy a mid-day stop for lunch on Providence’s Federal Hill, Providence’s “Little Italy,” which was home to various immigrant groups from the late nineteenth century to the present, with time for browsing this lively scene of shops, restaurants, bakeries, and galleries. Finally, peruse the artistic treasures of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, a prominent art museum known for its collections across many cultures, time periods and media. Meet at the Information Center, street level, of the RI Convention Center at 11 a.m. The cost for the tour is $49.00. Lunch is not included. You do not need to register for the full NERGC conference in order to take part in the tour. However, advance registration is required, and space is limited. The deadline for registration is 16 March 2015. To register, go to and click on "Register online here".

Saturday, January 10, 2015


800+ conference attendees will view the popular Query Column in the 2015 syllabus. You do not need to attend the conference to submit a query. Deadline for submission is 15 January 2015. See for details.