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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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Dave Robison
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New York State Researchers!

The New York State Family History Conference is being held this September in Syracuse, New York.  Similar to the recent New England Regional Genealogical Consortium conference held in Providence, Rhode Island, this event is a regional conference, “A Federation of Genealogical Societies.”  Early bird rates apply until May 31, 2015.  The full 3-day conference is only $150 (early bird) or $175 after May 31st.  Read all the details here: http://www.nysfhc.org/index.html where you can see the extensive list of outstanding speakers, the rates for partial registrations, hotel rates, exhibitors and sponsors.

I’m planning on registering myself and would be happy to travel with someone.  I’m going to spend some time with my sister and her family while I’m out there….save a little on hotel expense!  

Let me know if you’re interested at dave@oldbones.info. 
September 17 - 19, 2015 in Syracuse, New York. The Central New York Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society are pleased to announce that our 2015 New York State Family History Conference has been chosen by the Federation of Genealogical Societies as one of ...
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Ernest Blett

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can anyone help me find a man named Samuel B(r)ush Morehouse 1783-1870 with sisters Thankful (Morehouse)Chapman 1785- 1845 and Pemelia(Parmelia)(Pamela) Morehouse(Moorehouse,Moorhouse) they are posiably the Children of Thomas Morehouse(Moorehouse,Moorhous e)
1759 –  of Brookfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States and Wife living in Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts in 1790 or the children of John Morehouse
1762 – 1828 and his Wife  living in Williamstown, Berkshire, Massachusetts in 1790
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Thank you +Emery St. Cyr  I'd also like to hear from Mr Blett with his OK.  
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Dave Robison
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Genealogy Education  - 
 
For those of us who reside anywhere near Worcester, Mass, the American Antiquarian Society is quite often the best kept secret in family research in New England.  

Subscribe to the blog "pastispresent.org" for some real surprises.  Better yet, visit the AAS in Worcester for some amazing surprises!
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Dave Robison
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Let's welcome +Ernest Blett of Negaunee, Michigan who includes the New York Public Library (an outstanding resource for genealogy research) and our friend "+Cousin Russ" in his circles.  +Ernest Blett , feel free to comment, ask questions or help us answer others!
Explore 828,825 digital items from The New York Public Library.
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Dave Robison
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NERGC 2015 was a record breaking event!  Now we're going to be looking for help with NERGC 2017 which will be in Springfield, Mass at the MassMutual Center.  Mark your calendars for April 26 through 29, 2017.
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Dave Robison
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One of our Community members, +June Butka just won a book in the drawing after the +Judy G. Russell webinar "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" at www.legacyfamilytree.com.  Congratulations, June!!  And a GREAT webinar, Judy!

PS: It was great meeting you in person at NERGC! 
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Dave Robison
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Say "Hello" to +June Butka a fellow member of our WMGS Community who, I believe, was attending her first biennial NERGC conference.  Hi June!  How did you enjoy your time in Providence????
 
Photo by +Heather Wilkinson Rojo​ of our very own +June Butka​ holding her blog book dedicated to Heather and DearMYRTLE. I'm honored to be June's friend. We are like sisters. ❤
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Great to see and hear all the news from #NERGC  
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Another of DearMYRT's AmbushCAM interviews.  This one with +Ed Thompson  who designed the very popular Evidentia software.  After listening to the interview, read about Ed and his software at www.evidentiasoftware.com
 
Myrt's AmbushCAM - NERGC - 04/17/15 - EvidendiaSoftware.com, our friend +Ed Thompson 
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David Cayen

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i stopped at the St Mary's cemetery in Haydenville and found my 2nd great grandparents headstone. As I was looking at it, I found two names on the back that I didn't recognize. A William and George Healey. A little searching on ancestry.com and I found them as 'wards of the state' and boarding at a house in Williamsburg. I asked a friend to help me out and I was surprised at what info I received.

It appears that they became foster children of my great grand uncle and his wife. They lived with them for many years and eventually moved out on their own. But then I got a real shock when I read some of the newspaper articles that were forwarded to me. It turns out that George Healey was murdered along with two others in Easthampton in 1977.

He was a boarding at a house in Easthampton when the landlords son appeared and killed the mother, daughter and George. A niece of the assailant survived the attack. The son was eventually tried and convicted.

I remember the murders, but never knew there was a family connection.
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What an amazing story. It always comes as a shock when we receive informaiton this way. God bless the Healey family.
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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.

Dave Robison
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More good news for New York researchers....well, sort of...www.GenealogyBank.com has just announced a large addition to their already huge collections of newspapers. They've added 12 newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries including the New York Gazette (New York, New York) for 1730 through 1738. It is a paid subscription site, but it is one I have subscribed to for many years. I don't know of any newspaper sites that could help me any better than Genealogy Bank! And that includes Google! This link should get you to the specific announcement: http://bit.ly/GenealogyBank-1700-1800.
Search over 1 billion genealogy records to discover your family history. Research the largest digitized newspaper archive online to trace your family genealogy now!
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GenealogyBank is one of my favorite resources.
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Family History  - 
 
Here's a project that will interest many, many researchers!
The National Library of Ireland is to digitise more than 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms and publish them online for free.
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Dave Robison
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Family History  - 
 
Pictures can tell a lot more than 1,000 words!
 
‘Our children are our eternity.’ - Robert Debré
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How can we get that message through to Washington?
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Dave Robison
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Free access to Civil War records this month!
The web's premier collection of original military records.
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Dave Robison
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At the NERGC luncheon sponsored by NEAPG on Thursday 16 April 2015.
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Dave Robison
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Genealogy  - 
 
+DearMYRTLE 's visit to Old Maps at NERGC, the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium's 2015 convention in Providence, Rhode Island. Stay tuned for news on the 2017 conference in Springfield, Mass! Take a look at www.old-maps.com
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Dave Robison
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Genealogy  - 
 
I was pleasantly surprised when, a few weeks ago, "+DearMYRT,  your friend in genealogy" aka +Pat Richley-Erickson  told me that she was coming to the NERGC conference with "Mr. MYRT" and +Cousin Russ  Worthington.  She conducted several "AmbushCAM" interviews.  They're short and informative and I plan to put all of them here on our WMGS Google Community Page.
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Dave Robison
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For those of you interested in attending the NERGC conference (New England Regional Genealogical Consortium) in Providence Rhode Island 15-18 April 2015, on-line registration ends Friday, 10 April 2015. Registrations will still be accepted at the door. Here's the link: www.nergc.org.  Feel free to "share" this message by clicking on the right-pointing arrow below!
Join us in Providence, Rhode Island for another great conference! Early Bird registration ended 28 February 2015. "Full Conference" Registration (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) is now $150. Single day registration (Thursday or Friday or Saturday is now $100. Tech Day (Wednesday) is now $60.
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Dave Robison
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Here's an example of +DearMYRTLE 's AMBUSH CAM in action!
Myrt's AmbushCAM: Saturday #2 Myrt interviews Hilary Gadsby (our gal in Wales) genemeet.blogspot.com theedigeofsnowdon.uk… - DearMYRTLE - Google+
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Thanks +Dave Robison​ for spotlighting this interview with +Hilary Gadsby​. It was thrilling to meet "our gal in Wales" when she came to the US for RootsTech 2015 in Salt Lake City. 😊
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