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Wednesday 01 July 2015 brings to the internet a private real time meeting of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society as we conduct a panel where members can ask questions whether they are in attendance or, if you can't make it to Agawam, sitting at home in front of your own computer. That's the plan...

But since this is our first virtual meeting in this format, please be patient as we experiment.  Coming to the meeting is the "no-risk" way to be a part of the discussion.  We apologize in advance if the technology becomes too complex!!  We're trying!

Click the link at 6 PM Eastern to participate watch at YouTube or just click the "TV" screen below. 
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Great idea. Will try to be on.
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Mark Rabideau

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If you are interested in the history of French Canada, I have just uploaded several dozen new texts for both the 1837 Patriot Rebellion & the Expulsion of the French (aka. Grand Derangement) from Acadia (Acadie) in 1755. 
http://goo.gl/JTBFsk
http://goo.gl/zVNssy
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Mark Rabideau

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I have updated and revised the ManyRoads Eastern German Expulsion & Flight area.  The area contains a large Photo Gallery, sets of Maps, as well as Texts & White Papers. You may find the materials at: 

http://www.many-roads.com/libraries/prussia-histories/die-vertreibung/

Feel free to share this with anyone you believe might be interested.
Eastern German Expulsions & Flight (1944-1950+) This page represents our Vertreibung/ Flucht (German Expulsion) collection. If you would like a 'quick' background on those topics most relevant ...
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Hello!  I just figured out that Hampden County Naturalization records are now part of Family Search's digitized record collection titled "United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906".  Very exciting not to have to look through microfilm!!!  I'm looking for a record around 1895 in Holyoke, so I'm paging through "Police Court at Holyoke->Petitions for naturalization, 1893-1896, vol 1  no 1540-2029B" one-by-one.  Couldn't find an index at the front or at the back.  Now I'm looking every 25 images for an index.  If anyone has figured out a trick for finding an index please let me know, otherwise I'll keep paging one-by-one.  Thanks!   
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Thanks for sharing it's now on my list to explore.
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Dave Robison
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This should help me figure out how to use Google Docs.  It might help you, too!
Recently I moved over from Dropbox to Google Drive and found a few unexpected benefits. At first I had a little trouble managing the space since the 1TB on my
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Dave Robison
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Little known but powerful resource for African-American freed slaves post Civil War.  The records run from as early as 1865 through 1872.
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The US National Archives (NARA) has videos about the Freedmen's Bureau records as part of their Know Your Record series.  The main page for the KYR playlist is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC641EF0E3F8AFDF9
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Dave Robison
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Family History  - 
 
This weekend, Karen and I attended a meeting of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  I have many ancestors who lived, worked, married, raised children, worshipped and died there.  Here's a link to a photo album, many of the photos have descriptions. 
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Wonderful pictures, Dave. Thank you for sharing.
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Dave Robison
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Our next meeting at the Agawam Senior Center will be held Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 6:00 pm.  It'll be the first July meeting we'll have in our new 12-month schedule.  We're planning another discussion panel which was a successful and well received program a few months ago.  
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Hello!  Was wondering if y'all knew any tricks to obtaining a 1923 death certificate as inexpensively as possible.  It looks to me like it would only be at the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, since the state archives ends at 1920.  The cheapest I see is $20 in person at the registry but I live faraway in Texas unfortunately.
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Holyoke is right next door. Send me the particulars. 
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Dave Robison
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Newsletter  - 
 
Here's our June Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter. We've got many plans that will unfold over the next several months.  Stay tuned!

Click the DropBox link to view and read the Newsletter.

Thanks
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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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A quick "Welcome" to the newest member of our community, +Pauline Cusson who we'll meet in person at our September meeting.
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Mark Rabideau

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If you are interested in early (1590+ to 1760) French Canada Genealogy, Tanguay's research & texts are invaluable. I have recently revised the ManyRoads download for these documents. They are very worthwhile and will almost certainly fit on your PC... no-charge. wink emoticon Please spread the word...

http://goo.gl/kP3Um
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Jan Murphy

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For those of you who are researching immigrant ancestors, I'd like to recommend the webinars given by USCIS.  Due to agency rules, they don't have on-demand versions of the webinars which you can watch at your convenience -- if you want to view them, you have to watch live.  The link below is to the Genealogy program's page where the schedule for the webinars is posted. 

If you'd like to find out if the USCIS has files on your ancestor, the "Genealogy Program Introduction" walks you through the process of how to request an index search, and how to order copies of the records if USCIS has anything (and why it is best to do the index search first, then ask for the records, rather than trying to do both at once).  "History Library Catalog and Services" shows you how to use the Catalog of the USCIS's History Library, including how to access some of their online resources.  "Guide to I&N History Research" shows how to use USCIS's records for historical research, and (my favorite) the series of "Records Found" Case Studies provides in-depth looks into particular record sets (one webinar earler this year focused on the passenger lists that were lost in the Ellis Island fire).  If you can free up a block of time to view these live webinars, you can get a sneak peak at what sort of records exist and how to navigate them. 
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For the problems of studying women's naturalization, there's a superb two-part article on the National Archives' website about the changes in the law.  Here's part one:  http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1998/summer/women-and-naturalization-1.html (There's a link to part 2 at the end of the article.)
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Mark Rabideau

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Updated & enhanced our free Quaker Genealogy Information and Links
http://goo.gl/4dgHLz
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Dave Robison
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Please look at the proposed legislation at the link below that will literally shut down conventional genealogical research.  This is a real possibility.  There are organizations that are fighting this tooth and nail such as the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.  Please consider signing the electronic petition on behalf of family research all over this country. I'll be happy to show you how else you can support this vital cause.
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Dave Robison
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I'll be participating in my first "Tweet Chat" tonight at 10 PM eastern.  Tonight's topic is using Google for genealogical research.  If you've been in a Tweet Chat before, you'll know how this works.  Tonight's chat is #genchat.  Maybe I'll see some of you there!
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Mark Rabideau

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If you are looking for some ideas on helping you find more genealogical clues, the following article offers some recent information (articles) I have 'stumbled' across and share... http://www.many-roads.com/2015/06/19/more-on-genealogical-clues/ 
As always, please feel free to pass the word to anyone you believe might find use in the information (share or like). 
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Mark Rabideau

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Welcome to the ManyRoads German/ Prussian Help Center! If you are new to Prussian/ German research or just 'stumped' for additional clues and resources, hopefully this page will provide new sources...
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Dave Robison
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Who would be willing to spend 3 months on the open ocean aboard this ship, the Mayflower II?
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Me too, +June Butka 
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