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WMGS's Next Hangout  - 
 
Wednesday 2 March 2016 is the first Wednesday of the month. That's an important date because that's when Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society meets at the Agawam Senior Center at 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts. This month, we present Jennifer Alford who will instruct us in the "Basics of Land Records," an important element of anyone's genealogy research plan. Join us live at the Center or "tune in" from home by clicking the link below at 6PM on the 2nd of March.
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+Dave Robison Thanks! Archivists have so much to offer because they work with the records on a daily basis and can truly help the genealogists. Hope to be able to present to the WMGS again
next year!
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+Judy G. Russell clarifies and explains certain policies at cemeteries regarding photography on the grounds.Some are common sense and a few will surprise you! I'm sure there would also be policies regarding cleaning the stones which I don't recommend...ever. 
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+Tony Proctor I advise folks to use an LCD flashlight even during daylight hours. It will do a reasonable job in clarifying the lettering without distressing the stone. I also object to cleaning as it destroys the ancient patinas that give the stone itself and the cemetery its character.
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Genealogy Education  - 
 
Probably the easiest method to make sure your citation remains with your image.
Adding a citation to an image Note: Two years ago, The Legal Genealogist wanted to show off a favorite program, and so ran a how-to post rather than a why-to post. The question is how to save sourc...
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DNA  - 
 
In the world of genetic science, always be prepared for just about anything!
We had thought that all men share a common male ancestor who lived within the last 140,000 years – but one African American man has broken the mould
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Jan Murphy

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Interesting find from the G+ feed of Maps on the Web.
 
Boston Corner, NY - In 1855, Massachusetts ceded its southwest corner to New York. Situated on the far side of a mountain, it was essentially inaccessible to Massachusetts authorities and had became a “city of refuge” for fugitives, outlaws, and illegal boxing matches.
Boston Corner, NY - In 1855, Massachusetts ceded its southwest corner to New York. Situated on the far side of a mountain, it was essentially inaccessible to Massachusetts authorities and had became a...
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Follow this guy!! Randy Seaver is an award winning, respected genealogist who writes a comprehensive genealogy blog loaded with useful information, insights, opinions, websites, Google Hangouts, conferences and anything other genealogical subject you can think of. And he's a distant cousin of mine whose family reaches back to colonial Massachusetts.

The link I've included here is an example of the kinds of things you can learn from him. Subscribe...you'll like it!
I was reviewing the latest digitized databases on Findmypast (a subscription site) today, and discovered that they have a sizable collection of U.S. Newspapers, based on the large NewspaperARCHIVE collection. However, it is...
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Here's a link to one of +DearMYRTLE's Google Hangouts. The link takes you to a YouTube video, one of hundreds of DearMYRT's international broadcasts. This one is from one of the GenTools series. Request membership in her community and you'll have the option to watch and listen live or perhaps join the panel and contribute live. She and her +Cousin Russ have perfected the technology to make it easy for you to listen and learn from genealogists from around the world who participate. People from the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia and other localities. That's a lot of experience to draw from! But the best aspect is the cost: $Free!
DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community
Family history "how to" advice.
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Genealogy  - 
 
Another "deal" from Thomas MacEntee. Enter with just a couple of clicks.
What would you do with an extra $500? Buy some genealogy books you’ve always wanted? What about organizational supplies for your ”geneacave”? Or even a wardrobe for your next genealogy research trip? Enter the Amazon Genealogy Shopping Spree Contest this week and you could win a $500 Amazon Gift Card. We’ll select one lucky winner! This is a $500 USD value and you could win if you enter by 11:50 pm CST on Sunday 7 February 2016. Enter below!
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Announcements  - 
 
Tuesday, 2 February 2016 was a great day for Punxsutawney Phil (no shadow) and users of Family Tree Maker (FTM) and RootsMagic (RM) for building their family trees, collecting and storing photos and documents and adding source citations. With last December’s announcement that Ancestry was discontinuing support for their Family Tree Maker product at the end of 2016, FTM users collectively groaned “Oh no!” which could be heard around the genealogical globe.

Please read the rest of this blog at www.oldbonessearch.com. Feel free to follow and/or comment.
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I just read this article at the Huffington Post: http://bit.ly/Black_History_Month_Google_Cultural

Great for researchers interested in Black History. And I know there are quite a few WMGS members who would benefit.
The Google Cultural Institute has made rare historical artifacts -- including writings by Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglass -- digitally accessible.
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WMGS has been assisting the genealogical community for over 40 years. Meeting the first Wednesday of every month year round, WMGS consistently sponsors interesting local and national speakers and events. The Society also sponsors genealogy research clinics which are free to members or $10 per session for non-members. Annual membership is only $25.

Jan Murphy

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New roundup from Kenneth R. Marks of The Ancestor Hunt shows where to find historical Massachusetts newspapers online.   It's helpful to look over the entire issue of the paper to get an idea of how wide the coverage goes.  In the town news sections, the coverage in the Republican and Union was a lot wider than I expected, and that may be true for other newspapers as well. 
 
2016 Massachusetts Update - 52 more newly added Free Online Historical Newspapers - Use these new and updated free links to search for your Massachusetts ancestor newspaper articles.

http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/massachusetts-online-historical-newspapers-summary
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Thanks Jan 
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I have a question (okay, more than one) about town vital records in Massachusetts. I understand that a marriage can be registered in (potentially) three places -- the town where the marriage takes place, the town where the bride lives (if different), and the town where the groom lives (if different). 

Can a death be registered more than once?  What happens if someone dies in one county and is buried in another -- could the same person's death be in the printed death index books in two different towns?  And what happens when someone dies out of state but is buried in Massachusetts?  Does their death get registered in Massachusetts, and would it show up in the printed death index book?
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Thanks, +Leah Smith that's exactly the kind of thing I was curious about.  I have two death index entries with the same name, and I need to do some research to see if I have two different people with the same name, or one person recorded in both places.  I like to do as much background research as I can with the records I already have access to before I order certificates from the state.  Silly, I suppose, but the subscription access is already paid for.
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DNA  - 
 
Extracting DNA from strawberries? No big deal!
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Hello +Thomas Hegnby! Welcome to the WMGS Google+ Community. It's interesting to hear you talk about your Danish ancestors. My wife descends from a Fallstrom line which is Swedish. She was born in Grafton and grew up in Millbury. I'll have to ask her if she's familiar with that surname. I may have some suggestions for you. Are you looking only for a death certificate or a burial? What can we help you with?

By the way, I just downloaded a Massachusetts Death Record for a Lars Jensen who died in Randolph Massachusetts 31 January 1909 at the age of 83 years, 9 months, 3 days. It states that he and his parents were born in Denmark but his parents are not named in spite of the fact that his son was the informant. This individual was buried at the Oak Street Cemetery in Randolph which about 50 miles east of Millbury.
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Looking for contacts in Massachusetts, i am a Dane myself but my great grandfather was one of the 300000+ who crossed the Atlantic in the late 1890s. He settled near the Worcester area and i have been on the look for his final traces for many years now. Lars C Jensen was his name. He was a farmer and had a property on Grafton St. in Millbury.
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Interesting story about John Endicott and his tree!
America's oldest living fruit tree was planted by Pilgrims in 1630.
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Family Tree Maker Users, --- Here's another blogger I suggest you follow, especially if you are a Family Tree Maker user. +Russ Worthington is also known as "Cousin Russ," a cousin of "Dear Myrtle, your friend in genealogy." Russ is always the co-pilot on any GOOGLE+ Hangout that you find on hangouts.dearmyrtle.com. hosted by +DearMYRTLE 4 or 5 times a week.

Russ is an expert user, what you would call a "power user, of Family Tree Maker. There are hundreds of blogs you can browse through, all concerning FTM.

Dear Myrtle's Hangouts cover a wide range of genealogical topics. "Mondays With Myrl" is a 1 1/2 hour genealogical discussion forum. "Wacky Wednesdays" usually dials in on a specific topic, currently a series on planning a research trip. "Genealogy Game Night" is...interesting! Take a look! 
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+Dave Robison 

Thanks for the shout out. We try.

Russ
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DNA  - 
 
+Angie Bush is a well respected genetic genealogist. This quick sheet was just released and I just ordered mine. I suggest you take a close look and get one for yourself!
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Angie is a great teacher too! Glad to see this AtAGlance!
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You may have interest in the Wyman Family. Click the photo to read +Heather Wilkinson Rojo's blog, "Nutfield Genealogy. You'll probably want to follow her!
The Francis Wyman House, 2015 There is a lot of news coming from the Francis Wyman Association. Francis Wyman is my 10th great grandfather. He was born in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England in 1617 and settled in Woburn, Mass...
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Research  - 
 
Here's the Fold3 Google Community regarding Black History Month: https://plus.google.com/+fold3
The web's premier collection of original military records.
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Dave Robison
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We don't want anyone to miss the February 2016 newsletter! Here's the link: http://bit.ly/WMGS_FEB_Newsletter.

Rather than a virtual meeting, we have a live speaker on Wednesday, 3 February 2016 with +Hillary Schau presenting a program to help us all get our "stuph" organized! Hillary, you're almost TOO organized...if there is such a thing!!

We'll see everyone at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Agawam, Massachusetts.
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