Tag Archives: New England Historic Genealogical Society

Register for Getting Started in Irish Family Research

Date & Time:
June 3, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Getting Started in Irish Family Research
Learn how to get started uncovering the stories of your Irish ancestors! In this lecture, Melanie McComb, genealogist with American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will show you how to take the first steps in tracing your genealogy back to Ireland. Learn about the key records and resources available to you for uncovering your family’s history.

Melanie McComb, Genealogist, assists library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She also provides lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her areas of research interest include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Prince Edward Island, Québec, and Ireland, and she is experienced in DNA, genealogical technology and social media, Jewish genealogy, and military records.


Register for Finding Women in the Archives

Date & Time:
March 11, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Finding Women in the Archives
Women make up 50% of your ancestry, yet their lives, experiences, and even complete names are all too often forgotten by written history.  Although often overlooked in official records, throughout time women have been the keepers of family and personal history.  When they survive, diaries, letters, account books, family bibles, samplers, organization records, and more can reveal more about a women’s daily life than any government document. Genealogist Ann Lawthers will discuss how these unique records and manuscripts can be used to piece together a family story and how digging in the archives can hit genealogical gold.

Ann Lawthers, Genealogist, assists visitors to the American Ancestors Research Center, both in the building and online, with their family history research.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard School of Public Health, with Masters and Doctoral degrees in Health Policy.  With a long-term interest in history and family research, Ann Lectures frequently on behalf of American Ancestors.  Areas of particular interest include New England and New York, the Mid-Atlantic states, the southern colonies, Ireland, and migration patterns.

Researching Your Jewish Ancestry: Wednesday April 11, 2018

Researching Your Jewish Ancestry
Wednesday April 11, 2018
6-8 PM
Community Room, Main Library

Join us for a free, two hour workshop on researching Jewish ancestry, in collaboration with New England Historical Genealogical Society, the nation’s leading organization for genealogical research.

Family history research into Jewish ancestry brings with it a number of unique issues. From a multitude of languages, to the dramatic border changes in the European areas from which your ancestors emigrated, to the many names used by the family members, identifying your family and connecting them to the old country requires tenacity. When identified, however, your ancestors can bring a sense of belonging and a connection to history. Join Rhonda McClure, Senior Genealogist at New England Historic Genealogical Society, to learn some tips, best practices, and common challenges surrounding Jewish genealogical research.

Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist, is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy; is compiler of more than 120 celebrity family trees; has been a contributing editor for Heritage Quest Magazine, Biography magazine and was a contributor to The History Channel Magazine and American History Magazine. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of ten books, including the award-winning The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History. Some of Rhonda’s areas of expertise include: Immigration and naturalization, Late 19th and early 20th Century urban research, New England, Mid-West, Jewish, German, Italian, Scottish, Irish, and French Canadian research.  Registration is mandatory. REGISTER HERE

NEHGS Event in Cambridge: Discover Your Italian Family, Saturday May 20

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is sponsoring a day-long workshop on Italian family heritage on Saturday May 20th at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts.   The keynote speaker is Mary Tedesco, co-host of Genealogy Roadshow.    NEHGS’ Jeanne Belmonte, who was a guest speaker at the CPL’s Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop last month, will be giving a talk on how to apply for dual American/Italian citizenship.  The description of the workshop, including the day’s schedule and cost is available at AmericanAncestors.org.

New, 6-Week Genealogy Workshop Series Being Offered at the Library

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series
Join us for a 6-week, beginner’s genealogy workshop.  For an hour each week, we will demystify the overwhelming process of sorting through online records as well as give tips for how best to make use of research visits to local repositories.  We will help you find ancestors, discover your family history, and organize your research.  Come with a new question every week and leave with an answer and something tangible to bring home, such as a copy of a birth certificate.  The workshop includes two guest speakers with expertise in genealogy and local history and a field trip to the Cambridge City Clerk’s office to tour the vaults and experience in-person vital records research.  Attend all six classes and receive a certificate of completion.  All classes take place at the main library at 449 Broadway in the computer classroom unless otherwise noted.

To register, please call 617-349-7757 or e-mail apacy@cambridgema.gov.

Class Schedule
April 5
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 1: Introduction to Resources
Discover what an archive is and what kinds of records will you find there. Find out about vital records and where can they be found.  Learn how to use city directories.  Locate military and immigration records and obituaries.

April 12
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2:  Document Your Research
This session focuses on the importance of documenting research, keeping physical copies of records, making sure copies of newspaper articles and obituaries include the masthead, and knowing what can be thrown away.

April 19
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 3:  Online Resources

We will delve into ancestry.com and help guide your searches.  We will also explore other databases, such as Family Search and My Heritage, and discover less well-known online resources, such as the Ellis Island Foundation and the Zimmer Newspaper Index.  Learn how to search online newspapers for free and get a Boston Public Library e-card to search their online genealogy resources.

April 26
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 4 (Part 1): Build Your Family Tree

We will go over a variety of online and printed options and help you begin to develop your family tree.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Session 4 (Part 2):  Guest Speaker
William A. McEvoy, Jr., Local Historian

“The Forgotten Irish of Mount Auburn Catholic Cemetery”
Location:  Community Room

William McEvoy has embarked on several ambitious research projects involving local cemeteries, such as Mount Auburn Cemetery and the cemetery at Rainsford Island in Boston Harbor.  His most recent project, documenting those buried at the Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery in East Watertown, was the result of a four-year, 7,000+ hour, in-depth study of the 23,000+ people buried there, the vast majority of whom were Irish fleeing the Great Famine of the 1840s.  McEvoy will present his findings, including a complete statistical analysis of those buried at the cemetery.

May 3
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 5: Guest Speaker
Jeanne Scaduto Belmonte, Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society
“Getting Started in Genealogy”
Genealogy is one of the most valuable pursuits you can participate in—learning about who you are, where you come from, and “meeting” the thousands of people who came before you, can be a rewarding and even life-changing experience. But, how do you get started? You may have inherited family papers or research from a relative, have dabbled on a number of websites, or started your research and have already found a few records of interest. What’s next? There are plenty of websites, libraries, and printed sources out there, but access to all that information can leave a beginner feeling overwhelmed.

In this course you’ll learn how to navigate the first steps in tracing your family history and gain basic strategies for researching and recording data. Even if you’ve already been doing research for a few years, I’m sure you’ll learn a new tip or two!

Jeanne assists NEHGS library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. Prior to joining the staff, she served as a volunteer in the library and also contributed to an NEHGS book publication project. Jeanne is an expert in Italian genealogy and is also interested in studying British, Canadian, German, Irish, and medieval genealogy.

May 10
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 6:  Field Trip
– Cambridge City Clerk’s Office
Meet at the Cambridge City Clerk’s Office on the first floor of Cambridge City Hall (795 Massachusetts Avenue) to learn more about the process of requesting city and town records.  City Clerk Donna Lopez will show examples of birth, marriage, and death certificates as well as historic city documents and Cambridge “treasures.”