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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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Free access to Civil War records this month!
The web's premier collection of original military records.
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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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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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It was just announced that the registrations for the NERGC conference in Providence Rhode Island has hit a record total of 924!  NERGC, the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (www.nergc.org), holds a biennial conference in various New England cities.  This year's will be held in Providence Rhode Island and there's still time to register!
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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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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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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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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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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At the NERGC luncheon sponsored by NEAPG on Thursday 16 April 2015.
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+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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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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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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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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Marla, Thanks for coming on board with us!!!  Looking forward to your posts!
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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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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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