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DNA  - 
 
If it's about DNA, I'm going!
The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts and the Chicopee Public Library, along with a grant from The Chicopee Cultural Council (part of The Massachusetts Cultural Council), are pleased to present an exciting program on Forensic Genealogy by hosting Colleen Fitzpatrick. Colleen will give two talks - one at 2 pm and a second at 6:30 pm. (You must register for each event separately as space is limited!) Forensic scientists and genealogists ...
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Me, too.
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Dave Robison
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Genealogy Education  - 
 
Western Mass Genealogical just had an excellent presentation on Italian research by the very popular +Margaret R. Fortier. She began with a brief overview of the last 500 years of the history of what eventually became Italy. This was important to understand why various groups developed into what we know and recognize today. And the tragedies that befell the Italian people in the early 20th century is something that I had never been made aware of. Tens of thousands of people perished through volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides not to mention starvation and abject poverty.

Then she provided solid advice on how to get around roadblocks such as language barriers, documentation that is difficult to find and how to use some little known strategies.

Thank you Margaret for a great education in Italian Family Research. Adiamo!!
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Dave Robison
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WMGS Newsletter announcement: http://conta.cc/292mfmW
My thanks go out to everyone who contributed to what we all believe to be our best newsletter yet. Meet Margaret Fortier who will be our guest for the July meeting, notices about upcoming events, a review of June, guest articles and our monthly "Member Focus." ...
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Dave Robison
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Meet Tom and Anna Adams from El Dorado Hills, California. Past members of WMGS, Tom is in New England researching his Adams ancestors, beginning with Henry Adams, progenitor of thousands here in New England including 2 US Presidents. Tom is also a Second Vice President of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He and Anna will be attending the 2017 SAR Congress in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Dave Robison
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We had a visitor last night at the WMGS research clinic. Loyal members from El Dorado Hills, California! Tom and Anna Adams are in Massachusetts for a couple of weeks researching his descent from Henry Adams, progenitor of a couple of presidents and a collateral cousin in my own line. That means Tom and I are cousins at some level.

They've also came east to participate in this year's SAR conference. Yes, SAR, the organization that accepted my application just today! I asked Tom and Anna to come to the July meeting and he promised he'll try to squeeze it in.

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Dave Robison
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Back from repairs in Mystic, Connecticut, the Mayflower II returns to Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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It is exciting to get a chance to see it this summer at the Plantation. After this summer it will be in dry dock until the 2020 celebrations to finish the refurbishing.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, her husband Vincent and I alone with about 40 others had the rare opportunity to see her while she was at Mystic.

About a week after my visit, I found my Mayflower ancestor, Richard Warren.

I plan to visit the plantation this summer. It has been decades since I was last there.
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Dave Robison
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I've been asked how I became interested in genealogy, family history and DNA. Well, maybe it's in my genes, literally! http://bit.ly/GUILD-ROBISON-DNA. The article was published in 1963 when my uncle, Micheal Lee Robison was at Duke University. Sadly, he died tragically a year later.
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Dave Robison
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At the regular monthly meeting of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society, we were able to honor one of our founders, Diane Duquette Ascioti. Rather than me explaining it all, here's an article that was published to day online and will appear in the Springfield (Mass) Union at the end of this week: http://www.masslive.com/…/agawam_resident_celebrated_for.ht
Her son Dean drove her in and confided to me that his Mom was very excited to be recognized and welcomed "home!"
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Dave Robison
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The WMGS June meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St, Agawam, Massachusetts. June is the traditional month for our semi-annual Pot-Luck Dinner. Click here to read our newsletter: http://bit.ly/WMGS_June_2016_Newsletter

This year, we're inaugurating 2 new features:

First, we will be presenting the 1st Annual Diane Duquette Ascioti Founders Award. Designed to recognize a member who has volunteered "above and beyond" for the benefit of the Society, its members or the genealogical community in general.

Second is what we call "Artifact Night." It's an outgrowth of our traditional "Mic Night" which usually accompanies a pot-luck dinner. Members are encouraged to bring in a single family treasure that has significant meaning to them: a baseball glove, a diary, military medals or anything they feel will be interesting to attendees. We'll give each 3 or 4 minutes to describe the item and explain its significance to their family history.

The public is invited to join the others who have an interest in genealogy and family history.

See you Wednesday!
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Dave Robison
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Genealogy  - 
 
To all Irish Researchers! I've just received an email from Genealogy E-Books www.gen-ebooks.com offering "Irish Family History Resources Online." It's only $4.50 AUD or $3.46 US. You may have to open an account with them to process an order but I usually find good references from them and they're not to type of company that will flood you with marketing emails. I may get 3 or 4 offers a year and when I do, it's usually worth it. I ordered it immediately and within a couple of minutes, I had the 69 page PDF file on my laptop. I highly recommend it!
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Dave Robison
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+Judy G. Russell clarifies and explains certain policies at cemeteries regarding photography on the grounds.Some are common sense and a few will surprise you! I'm sure there would also be policies regarding cleaning the stones which I don't recommend...ever. 
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+Tony Proctor I advise folks to use an LCD flashlight even during daylight hours. It will do a reasonable job in clarifying the lettering without distressing the stone. I also object to cleaning as it destroys the ancient patinas that give the stone itself and the cemetery its character.
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About this community

WMGS has been assisting the genealogical community for over 40 years. Meeting the first Wednesday of every month year round, WMGS consistently sponsors interesting local and national speakers and events. The Society also sponsors genealogy research clinics which are free to members or $10 per session for non-members. Annual membership is only $25.

Mark Rabideau

Genealogy  - 
 
ManyRoads' "Genealogy: Getting Started" page has been revised & updated. If you are looking to update/ upgrade your genealogy & research skills, for free, this page might help.
http://www.many-roads.com/tips-opinions-pointers/genealogy-getting-started/
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Dave Robison
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A good friend of WMGS, +Pauline Cusson, contacted me the other day asking if she could come down to the Chicopee Library to experience the research clinic here. She lives in New Hampshire but has family and friends in this area. I'm sure most of you will remember Pauline from her very well received presentation on French-Canadian research last year.

Here's Pauline working with Bob LeBlanc of Chicopee who has just begun unraveling the "mysteries" of his family in Canada. Although Pauline is from Manchester New Hampshire, she has deep roots in Holyoke and Chicopee Massachusetts. As you can see, we put her "to work" right away! Thanks for all your help today, Pauline!
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Legesse Allyn

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Where did the words that make up your name really come from? You can find out by reading my "Roots of Male Names" and "Roots of Female Names" books, which show you the Ethiopian and hieroglyphic root words of your name in an ancient Egyptian name cartouche. Real hieroglyphic words that were written in ancient Egypt up to 5100 years ago!

You can read all the books for free online by going to...
http://slideshare.ancientgebts.org
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Dave Robison
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Users of www.familysearch.org may be unsettled by a message banner at the top of their website when logging in: "The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12:00 am MDT (6:00 am UTC) and may be down for up to 24 hours as we test the system."

Although I have no idea what they're up to, for a major site such as Family Search to prepare us for a possible 24 hour shut-down, it has to be a biggie! I recommend getting any urgent research projects done on Sunday or you'll be cooling your heels possibly until Tuesday!
Discover your family history. Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
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Dave Robison
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This is the best explanation I've run across in a long time. It'll take you about 3 minutes or less to read.
Did the workers at Ellis Island change your ancestor's name? It's an American myth. Truth is, they almost certainly did not, and here are the reasons why.
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Dave Robison
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Genealogy Education  - 
 
Hello friends! I’ve created another FREE genealogy tool for you. It’s a guide of common genealogical terms in eight languages: English, Latin, German, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainia…
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It was so nice to see Christina George's word list across so many languages. But just like our DNA ultimately comes from Ethiopia where our earliest ancestors' fossils were unearthed 4.4 million, 3.2 million and 165,000 years ago, so does our language. We all speak the same words with slightly different pronunciation sound change.

Did you know you can make a list, as Christina did, including not only European languages, but also Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Native American languages? It's true!

My Roots of Language book series takes a single set of nearly 100 basic words and show how we are all speaking the same language around the globe! So far the books have included the Ethiopian and hieroglyphic roots of...

* English Language
* Spanish Language
* German Language
* Hindi Language
* Japanese Language
* Chinese Language
* Russian Language
* Hebrew Language
And more to come, including Hawaiian, Chuj Mayan and Cherokee. All from the same word list, like Christina's did!

And my "Qal Roots of Male Names" and "Qal Roots of Female Names" books shows you the Ethiopian and hieroglyphic root words of your name in an ancient Egyptian name cartouche. Real hieroglyphic words that were written in ancient Egypt up to 5100 years ago!

You can see for yourself by going to http://slideshare.ancientgebts.org where you can read all the books for free online!

Little did we know that all the world's languages originated from the same place that our DNA came from, Ethiopia. One world, one people, one language.

Thank you.

Legesse Allyn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ancientgebts
legesseallyn@ancientgebts.org


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Dave Robison
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WMGS welcomes our newest community member, +Mary Tedesco, co-host of the popular PBS series "Genealogy Road Show." In addition to her work with PBS, Mary is the owner of ORIGINS ITALY specializing in Italian family history research. Please visit http://www.originsitaly.com/ where you can see the extensive amount of work she does for those of us with Italian ancestry.

Mary will be conducting an Italian Research clinic next spring at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) in Springfield, Massachusetts. More details on her clinic and the conference will be covered here in the next few months. You may also want to visit www.nergc.org.

Welcome Mary! 
Genealogy Roadshow aired on PBS stations on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Mary Tedesco (Genealogy Roadshow Co-Host & ORIGINS ITALY Founder) is pictured above with Roadshow guest Helen D. Mooty. Helen contacted Genealogy Roadshow wanting to know how deep her Texas roots run!
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Dave Robison
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Family History  - 
 
Family Tree Magazine offers a FREE book on search strategies to find your ancestors' military records. It starts with King Phillip's War in 1675. Here's the link to the download: http://bit.ly/FamilyTreeMag_MilitaryRecords
Learn how to find your American ancestors' military records from well-known wars and with this free eBook download.
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Jan Murphy

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New roundup from Kenneth R. Marks of The Ancestor Hunt shows where to find historical Massachusetts newspapers online.   It's helpful to look over the entire issue of the paper to get an idea of how wide the coverage goes.  In the town news sections, the coverage in the Republican and Union was a lot wider than I expected, and that may be true for other newspapers as well. 
 
2016 Massachusetts Update - 52 more newly added Free Online Historical Newspapers - Use these new and updated free links to search for your Massachusetts ancestor newspaper articles.

http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/massachusetts-online-historical-newspapers-summary
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Thanks Jan 
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