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Please click the WMGS website link then click on "Application."  We'd love to count you among our enthusiastic members!
Welcome to the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society. The purpose of this Web Site is to introduce ourselves and let you know the types of services we provide to our members who are seeking information about their ancestry in the Western Massachusetts area. Click on the link above to ...
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Angie Bush is worth listening to!  Tour her DNA Community and, if it looks as though she could help you, simply request membership and join her in her discussions on Google Hangouts!
DNA Genetic Genealogy Interest Group
Making connections through DNA and Genealogy
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+DearMYRTLE  and +Cousin Russ will be attending this year's NERGC conference.  She is a well know blogger, instructor , Google Hangout "maven" and the person who, with Cousin Russ conducted "Ambush Cam" interviews at Roots Tech this year.  Here's what she wrote:
 
"Cousin Russ and DearMYRTLE are coming to NERGC with some awesome give-aways: a Microsoft LX-300 Headset Mic, a Logitech C920 HD Video Web Cam and a Samsung Galaxy tablet."
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+Karen Trearchis  Checking out all the booths is on my agenda!  I'll be helping Seema with the 2017 NERGC booth as well as helping set up the NEAPG booth.  I promise, I won't miss anybody! Unless, of course, it's Saturday between 1:45 and 2:45!
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Devastation beyond what anyone could imagine as the result of an ice jam!
Here is some extended video from Maumee where the ice jams completely covered a horse farm pasture, blocked River Road, and destroyed most of Riverside Cemetery.
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Looking for a scintillating genealogy session today?  Monday's with Myrt will begin at noon eastern/9 pacific.  See you there!
 
THIS is where all may VIEW and COMMENT on Mondays with Myrt - 9 Mar 2015. Practical, down to earth advice for family historians. Let's talk about what's trending in the world of #Genealogy. We start at:

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter, here's one DearMYRTLE recommends:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

We open the "green room" 15 minutes early if you'd like to test out your microphone and webcam. Consider JOINing the panel when we "scramble" to mix up the conversation a bit with new panelists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXoOvb-KISI
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Found this picture in the attic amongst some of my grandfather's papers.

Co. G 104th Mass. N.G. Camp Devens July 1924

Seated in front, on the left is my great grand uncle Leon Lavalle. Seated on the ground next to him, we believe is my grandfather.


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Received confirmation from the MA National Guard historian. My grandfather was in this picture along with my great grand uncle.
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But it only goes up to 1485!!
A rare and historic Royal document dating from the 15th century could bring up to £40,000 at auction next month. A Dominic Winter auction will offer...
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I can't help adding some more cool stuff here.  While there are all kinds of reservations (like cousins marrying cousins, etc.), if you count each generation as 25 years, and you use 2000 years as your total, then there are 20 centuries, with 4 generations per century, or a total of 80 generations here.  This means that in the first generation of the first century, each of us have the possibility of having a total of 2 to the 80th power of ancestors.  I did a quick check on Wolfram Alpha and found that this is ~1.21 x 10^25 possible ancestors in this generation alone.  Obviously, there weren't that many people alive then, so we are all the products of a lot of inter-marrying over these 80 generations.  What fun! 
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Simple concepts that are not very easily understood!
Copyright issues are a major problem in the genealogical community. Genealogical speakers are the backbone of learning in our field. We traverse the country giving presentations that help people learn the methods and techniques for researching their family history. Often we barely cover our costs for all of this. We do it not because we…
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Good reminder!
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For those of us (meaning all of us) who are attracted to "Free" here are some places to start!
There are many free genealogy sites available on the web. Here is a handy reference of 10 of the largest and most useful free family history resources.
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Did you know European names and surnames are constructed from words from the ancient Egyptian dual hieroglyphic languages of Amarigna and Tigrigna? See European words written in hieroglyphs up to 5100 years ago... http://files.ancientgebts.org/Amarigna_and_Tigrigna_Qal_Roots_of_English_lo.pdf
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WMGS has been assisting the genealogical community for over 40 years. Meeting monthly for 10 months of the year, WMGS consistently sponsors interesting speakers and events. The Society also sponsors genealogy research clinics which are free to members and only $10 per session for non-members.

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Marla, Thanks for coming on board with us!!!  Looking forward to your posts!
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The Iceland population---a geneticist's dream laboratory!
The results uncovered a host of previously unknown gene mutations that may play roles in ailments as diverse as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and gallstones.
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Which of Dear Myrtle's cousins will we meet tonight!  
 
HERE is where all may VIEW and COMMENT on WACKY WEDNESDAY - HeritageQuest Online.  Let's see which of DearMYRTLE's very distant cousins will demonstrate the site live. WHEN:
9pm Eastern (New York)
8pm Central (Chicago)
7pm Mountain (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

If you need a time zone converter, this is the one Ol' Myrt uses:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x4fTOTyy30
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Here's a first!  But mostly I want to get another message out there about NERGC.  It's only 3 week away!
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Amazing attendance!  I'm hoping this year's NERGC conference in Providence, RI breaks 900!  Register here: ww.nergc.org and see yo in Providence April 15-18, 2015.
 
FamilySearch: RootsTech 2015 Breaks Records and Keeps Giving

The fifth annual RootsTech 2015 conference, hosted by FamilySearch, is officially in the record books as registering 23,918 attendees over three days, an 83% increase over 2014. And it’s not done yet as the world’s largest family history conference. There are already plans to deliver over 1,000 local family discovery day events throughout the remainder of 2015. It’s another indicator that family history continues to be a strong and growing interest not only in the United States, but internationally as well. Attendees to RootsTech 2015 came from far and wide, hailing from 49 states (West Virginia was the holdout) and 37 countries.

The popular conference’s formula for success included attracting well-known keynote speakers, such as former First Lady Laura Bush, Donny Osmond, Tan Le, and A. J. Jacobs, who shared inspiring family stories, and offering a rich combination of more than 500 classes, exhibits, demonstrations, and fun entertainment designed to appeal to multiple generations of family members and broad family history interests. Select sessions from RootsTech 2015 can be viewed for free at RootsTech.org.

RootsTech 2015 also included Innovator Summit and Family Discovery Day. RootsTech-specific registrations were up 43 percent (10,216 paid attendees versus 7,253 for 2014) and Family Discovery Day was up 125 percent (15,765 attendees versus 6,900 in 2014, which includes some who also paid to attend RootsTech). Registrations for both were closed early because of popular demand and full sessions. Additionally, 20 sessions were broadcast live online, pulling in another 128,000 viewers. Family Discovery Day sessions and highlights can be viewed at lds.org/discoverfamily.

The Innovator Summit at Rootstech featured cutting-edge content for developers, business leaders, and enthusiasts seeking to use family history data and services. The summit saw increases in attendees, developer apps, and prize money from sponsors ($25,000) for the growing RootsTech Innovator Showdown that challenged developers to submit their entries for a possible share of the reward purse. This year’s big winner was StoryWorth, which provides simple solutions to help families preserve and share their family stories.

Another exciting fact is that before the lights were turned off for RootsTech 2015 on February 14, volunteers from locations worldwide were already busy preparing to deliver their own free local family discovery day events. Select sessions and planning resources from RootsTech 2015 have been recorded, translated in 10 languages, and made available online to support these local volunteer organizers. By the first week following the conference, 65 local family discovery day events had already been held, including 27 in Latin America, one in Korea, and another in the Philippines. Over 1,000 more events are expected to be held throughout 2015, significantly extending the reach and impact of this popular conference. Search online the growing list of local family discovery day events to find one near you.

The most popular question posed by many conference goers, media, and exhibitors was, “What about next year?”

Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, which hosts the popular conference replied, “We are just thrilled to provide a forum where families and people of all ages can enjoy the thrill of family discovery and learn new ways to share and involve others, and the growing attendance numbers are certainly very encouraging.”

In 2016, in addition to the venue in Salt Lake City, the conference’s organizers plan on taking more advantage of live broadcasting, recording of content for online viewing, and further offering local family discovery day events worldwide as a way to continue expanding the popular conference’s reach.

To view select sessions of RootsTech 2015 online, go to RootsTech.org and lds.org/familydiscoveryday.

#genealogy   #familysearch   #rootstech2015   #rootstech  
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Thanks for letting me into the group. I have been working on my tree for a couple of months. Learning a lot of interesting things about my family.
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Excellent! The next meeting is April 1st. You can take a look at our last newsletter on our website to see up coming speakers and dates for the research clinics. Yell if you have any questions!
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50 Free Genealogy Sites from Family History Daily
Looking for a list of free genealogy sites to search? Here are 50 no-cost family history resources where you will find birth, marriage and death records, o
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Let's hope for another great season!
 
All new season returns 3/8, Who Do You Think You Are? | TLC #genealogy #WDYTYA
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Just days after four Magna Cartas were united for the first time in 800 years at the British Library in London, another ancient version of the document has been discovered by chance in a medieval coastal town in England.
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