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DNA is certainly a hot topic and rightfully so. The regular meeting of WMGS is scheduled for 4 October 2017 at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St, Agawam, MA from 6 to 8 pm. Click the image below to access our website then click the "October Newsletter" link.

Here's a description of this month's presentation:
The October 4th meeting will feature Nora Galvin on the topic of DNA. "You got
your 'cousin' DNA test results. Now what?' This lecture will describe how DNA is
passed from one generation to the next, why it's important to get older
generations tested first, and provides testing strategies that will help you get the
most from your DNA test dollar.

Also on her agenda: What is a segment? How do I make sense of my data? How do I organize my data? What are the pros and cons of the three big testing companies (FTDNA, 23 & Me, AncestryDNA)? What is and why is it important? It's an hour packed with information that you don't want to miss.

Nora's website is Aunt Lizzie’s Trunk ( She is originally from Cincinnati, OH. She holds a BS in Biology and a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies. Her careers include being a secondary-school science teacher and a research scientist at a major pharmaceutical company. It was here that she learned the power of DNA in research.

See you there!

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It's still free but now you'll have to register and get a username and password.

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A post from the Ancestor Hunt with news regarding Fulton History, a "go-to" site for New York research.

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Some updates from MyHeritage and their DNA program.

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Take a few minutes out of your day to listen in as a group of genealogists talk about just about anything related to family history and genealogical research. From DNA to pedigree charts to citations to websites...If we don't bring it up, let us know what you want to hear by tapping out a note in the chat. It's really an easy group to join in with!

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A shout out here from DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ!

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In light of the fact that has ended their microfilm lending program, WMGS is conducting a group indexing project. Indexing is what makes names searchable on the internet.

Coincidentally, there is a worldwide indexing project from coming up which is being appropriately titled "Worldwide Indexing Project." Participation is, of course, voluntary but it would be a good idea to "sign up" at It will run from 20 October to 22 October. That isn't to say you can't or shouldn't index at your own convenience or come to our gathering on the 16th. WMGS is simply supporting the campaign to work toward all records being indexed for the benefit of many.

We will meet in the computer clinic at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts Monday evening, 16 October 2017 at 6 pm and at least once a month thereafter. We will have the guidance and support of at least one member of the LDS church to assist. Then, everyone is encouraged to index on the 20th, 21st and 22nd as a part of the Worldwide Indexing Project!
Come for the camaraderie, personal guidance, and the satisfaction that you are an important part of making millions even billions of records searchable at

Space is limited. Please contact to reserve a spot!

Please come prepared with your own account. Registration at is both free and easy!

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Come visit Hangouts with Dear Myrtle, your friend in genealogy... Every Monday at noon Eastern friendly people from all over the world (US, Canada, Scotland, Wales, England, Australia...) gather together to talk about all things genealogically oriented. No agenda, completely freeform. Watch and listen or ask a question in the chat. You may have something big or small to contribute. (The message below may reference 10 AM but that's Mountain Time. That's noon for us eastern folks!)
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