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Here's a preview of what the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society is planning for the rest of 2015:

August 5th we will be at the Museum of Springfield History and Archives where millions of documents, books, Sanborn maps, school records and much, much more.  We will get a private tour of what's there and who to access it. Our "guides" will be Maggie Humberston and Cliff McCarthy.

September 2nd brings +Pauline Cusson  home to Western Massachusetts where she grew up.  Pauline is an expert in French-Canadian genealogical research and we're looking to her sharing her expertise.

October 7th we will learn all there is to learn about using City Directories to solve family mysteries.  I like to call it "Ringing Your Ancestor's Doorbell with City Directories."  But I'm sure +Russ Worthington has his own title!! 

November 4th Al and Betsy McKee  will be with us for a return engagement, this time to talk about cemeteries, gravestones and the changing customs here in New England.

December 2nd, we wouldn't even think of missing our annual holiday pot luck dinner where we all get to wish each other Happy Holidays and enjoy a casual evening of camaraderie.

And then there's 2016!! Stay tuned... 

If you're not yet a paid member, consider meeting up with us at one of these events.  Membership is a bargain at $25 for a full 12 month season.  We will begin archiving the recordings of our meetings on YouTube.  The links will be shared with the paid membership.  Meet our current board: +Fran Malone  President, +Ann McDougal Secretary, +Katy Krause Treasurer and yours truly, Dave Robison, Vice President.
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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Genealogy  - 
 
The September 2015 is LOADED with news! Check it out, click the link:
RENEW TODAY!! We now have PayPal; Letter from the President, Fran Malone; Wednesday, September 2, Pauline Cusson on French-Canadian research; Wednesday, October 7, "Cousin Russ" Worthington appearing virtually on City Directories; PBS "Genealogy Roadshow" is coming to Boston in the fall of 2016 ...
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Dave Robison
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Apparently, President Warren G Harding is the father if Nan Britton's illegitimate daughter.  At least according to AncestryDNA.  Click the link for the NYT article.
New genetic tests confirm that President Warren G. Harding had a daughter with Nan Britton, who scandalized the nation in the 1920s by claiming she bore the love child of the 29th president.
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Mark Rabideau

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What a surprise! Today, Familytree.com wrote about the ManyRoads' Genealogy mega-search engine(s). http://tinyurl.com/ntbud9u
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Dave Robison
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Tonight, the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society held their monthly meeting at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and Archives (I can type it faster than I can say it!) But we usually refer to it as "MOSH." 

The Archive itself is run by 2 highly qualified, knowledgeable individuals, Maggie Humberston and +Cliff McCarthy.  By special arrangement, Maggie and Cliff helped WMGS arrange a private, after hours tour of what I believe is one of the best kept research secrets in Western Massachusetts. 

My thanks go out to them for an informative night that introduced more than half of the attendees who had never visited to the amazing collections held there.  By amazing, I mean nearly 400 years of history, manuscripts, school records, photos, maps, vital records, private collections, French-Canadian collections, micro-media and on and on and on! Attendees were treated to a private tour into the collections room which normally is totally off limits!   

Thanks, Maggie and Cliff! We believe that you've converted quite a few new patrons. WMGS will be back next year! 
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Dave Robison
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A worthy cause that all family researchers  should be interested in. "Worldwide Indexing" will help us all in our efforts to efficiently find the right records! 
 
2015 Worldwide Indexing Project Kick-Off. +DearMYRTLE and +Cousin Russ support this week-long special indexing event sponsored by +FamilySearch and +FamilySearch Indexing. We begin our kick-off festivities as follows:

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

RECORDED VERSION
If you miss the live events, catch the archived version at your convenience: http://bit.ly/MyrtsPrevious
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Dave Robison
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I've just added this useful list of City Directory search engines to my "Useful Documents" which you can find at http://bit.ly/UsefulDocuments_OldBones. Click this link then the tab for "Useful Documents." It's the next to the last document titled "Websites - Blogs - FB Pages."
Useful Documents. Over the past few years, I've distributed hundreds, maybe thousands of useful documents, charts, lists of websites, genealogy related Facebook pages and lots of other “stuff.” It gets pretty expensive considering the ink and the paper and don't forget the wear and tear on even ...
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 Wow,  Dave!  Just looking at the titles, I can easily tell that you have generously shared a wealth of  information valuable to both beginning and experienced researchers.  I have my own versions of some of the forms, but I can see some links, I want to explore.
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Mark Rabideau

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If you'd like to better organize and plan your genealogy research, I just published an article with links, forms, etc on the subject:
http://tinyurl.com/or863r2
Please feel free to share, like, or pass this along...
  Better organize and plan your research! How many times have you felt or heard that refrain? If you are like me and feel you can always benefit from new approaches and ideas, hopefully this p...
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Mark Rabideau

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I just updated the ManyRoads German/ Prussian/ Austrian Genealogy help page; including adding a friend's location where he freely provides some 1400 German/ Prussian/ Austrian Genealogy resourcelinks.

http://www.many-roads.com/manyroads-services/german-prussian-genealogy-aids/
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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Ask Leo is a very informative newsletter from a highly experienced computer technician who once worked at Microsoft.  You should consider subscribing to his newsletter.  But first, he has some solid advice regarding Windows 10.
In anticipation of Windows 10 people are falling into three camps: never-ever, patiently waiting, and OMG!!!!. I have some advice for the OMG! crowd.
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I have to ask 'why?' The O/S (Windows) is just a framework to run applications, so where are the new or improved applications? IE is being discontinued. Outlook (not 'Express') is still there but is aimed at work rather than home. MS Office is the only thing I can think of. Who the heck wants yet another shrink-wrapped Windows with more gloss than functionality, an ever-changing UI, and incompatibility with most of the hardware that we have sitting in our homes?

...apologies for the rant. I seriously believe MS have lost the plot.
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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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Do you participate in Google+ Hangouts? Some are just video calls and some are complete on air group meetings that can be recorded and archived on YouTube and either left public or made private. Here are some basics that everyone needs to follow for a better hangout!
Send this to anyone you plan to get on a webcam with, if you want them to look good.
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Dave Robison
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Good to know!
 
This just in from +Amy Johnson Crow about Bryan Cranston's 3rd great-grandfather's record from the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers briefly mentioned during Sunday's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

http://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/2015/08/25/national-homes-for-disabled-volunteer-soldiers-a-surprisingly-rich-resource/
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Dave Robison
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While I don't want this page to turn into an advertising medium, I couldn't resist sharing the link below.

It seems they may have made a mistake, but what I can tell you is that I just bought this CD of 75 "Essential Family Tree Forms" at 25% off and then, at checkout, used the promo code REVEALDEAL and was given another 50% off. Check it out!
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Dave Robison
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AncestryDNA kits are currently on sale at a 20% discount.  They are normally $99 but have been reduced to $79 each thru August 17, 2015.  Ancestry only tests for Autosomal DNA, commonly referred to as "Cousin Finder." They no longer test Y-DNA (males only) or mtDNA. Although every human carries mtDNA, only the female passes it to her children. Therefore, only males can be tested for Y-DNA but everyone can be tested for mtDNA.
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Dave Robison
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Adoptee sold by a Georgia Doctor 50 years reunited with her birth mother and brother.
It wasn’t until decades later, as an adult, that Kriste Hughes learned she was sold by a doctor in Georgia to her adoptive parents as a newborn more than 50 years ago.
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Katy Krause

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The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College is moving to West Springfield!
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Mark Rabideau

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Do you have interest in attending a ‘distance’ Prussian-German Genealogy Working Group?

http://www.many-roads.com/2015/07/30/prussian-german-genealogy-workshop/
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Mark Rabideau

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For those interested in researching Prussian-German-Swiss-Alsacian Mennonites-Amish, I have re-organized the ManyRoads Amish-Mennonite libraries and added numerous new texts, as well.

http://tinyurl.com/oppuk23

Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.
Welcome to the ManyRoads Mennonite & Amish Help Center! If you are new to Amish-Mennonite research or just 'stumped' for additional clues and resources, hopefully this page will provide new sou...
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Dave Robison
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Some of you may be aware that I do quite a bit of research and volunteer work at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and Archives. We refer to it as "MOSH" to make it easy! I also teach a variety of genealogy classes there.  But that museum is heavily involved in Dr. Seuss and all his characters.  The center of the Quadrangle is devoted to several life-sized sculptures of Theodore Geisel and those characters.  Here's an event for those of you who live nearby or are willing to travel to Springfield, Massachusetts: http://bit.ly/SeussEvent_MOSH.  It's a celebration of the release of a newly discovered, previously unpublished book by Dr. Seuss. And while you're there, visit the Archives!  Millions of records, books, micro-media, maps!!!
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