Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February Events at Godfrey Library

Febuary 3rd - Genealogy Club 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at the library 

Genealogy Show & Tell Stuck in a rut with your research? Looking for some new ideas to help you break through a brick wall? Come hear examples from Godfrey staff and members of resources and techniques we’ve used to make a find. Bring your own examples. Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. 

February 6th, 16th & 17th– Get help from an expert 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the library 


Whether you are just starting out or have hit a roadblock in research you’ve been conducting for a long time, we can help. Godfrey researchers will be available to consult on your research question and help you find resources and answers. For best results, bring your information with you. Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information. No pre-registration necessary. Free to Godfrey Members or $10 a session.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What's Happening at Godfrey Library in January

Get Help from an Expert
January  19 & 20 9:30 - 10:30 
Whether you are just starting out or have hit a roadblock in research you've been conducting for a long time, we can help.
 
Godfrey researchers will be available to consult on your research question and help you find resources and answers. For best results, bring your information with you.
 
Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information.
 
No pre-registration necessary.  Free to members or $10 a session.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Massachusetts Vital Records Project

If you have ancestors from Massachusetts before 1850, this site just may be the answer to your prayers.  I use it almost every week. 

First, not every town in Massachusetts has been completed. Some of the towns I really need to see are not done yet, but there is hope for the future. 

Once you get on the home page, you will have the option of clicking on surname or on town. If you know the town, that is the easier options. Once you click towns, you will then need to click on the county that the town is in. If you don't know, don't worry, if you click a county the names of the towns come up. Just keep looking until you find the one you need. 

Towns with a green star have an active link. That will take you the town and you then have the options of clicking births, marriages, and deaths. If you know the town, you will probably want to check all three. 

This site is an amazing resource and can help you to follow your family through several generations if they happen to be in the same town. In some cases, they will tell you that they have removed to another town. 

I think I also need to note that the towns in southern New Hampshire overlap with those of Massachusetts in these early records. So don't discount how useful these records can be in New Hampshire research. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What's happening at Godfrey Library

December 2nd - Genealogy Club 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at the library 

Using Military Pension Records Godfrey Board VP Al Fiacre will help us learn how to find these documents and how to understand them. He will focus on pensions and land bounty awards for Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War veterans in terms of the enabling laws, where to obtain the information and what information is contained in the pension file. These files contain a wealth of information as you will see from the examples Al will provide from both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 records. The talk will not include any discussion of general service records. Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's happening at Godfrey Library

November 4th - Genealogy Club 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at the library

Phthisis, Dropsy and Diptheria, Oh My! Death Records and Causes of Death over the Centuries 

Godfrey board member Laura Hobbs will describe the various places to find death records and what is typically in those records. Her talk will focus on causes of death and how they have changed over the years. Medical knowledge is not required. Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. 

November 7th - & 18th Get help from an expert 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the library 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Was someone looking for your Irish ancestors?

If you have Irish ancestors you know how frustrating your search can be. Records are non-existent, have been destroyed or are just impossible to find. However, if you want to try for a needle in a haystack, give this website a look. 

https://infowanted.bc.edu/results/

This site, provided by Boston College has links to the advertisements placed in the Boston Pilot by friends and relatives in Ireland trying to locate their loved ones in the United States. On the outside chance that someone was looking for your ancestor, this is worth a look. 

I did not find anyone but I certainly enjoyed looking. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Genealogy Conference in Cavan

TOWNS IN THE ULSTER PLANTATION – A CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY CUMANN SEANCHAIS
BHREIFNE (BREIFNE HISTORICAL SOCIETY) AND CAVAN GENEALOGY
Join us in Cavan for a one-day conference with some of Ireland's leading experts on seventeenth-century Ireland to discuss the Towns in the Ulster Plantation.
VENUE: Johnston Central Library, Cavan
DATE: Saturday 14 th October
TIME: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
TO BOOK: Contact Cavan Genealogy
First Floor, Johnston Central Library and Farnham Centre, Farnham Street, Cavan
Phone: +353 (0)49 436 1094
Email: cavangenealogy@eircom.net
Fee: €10.00
Fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full at time of booking. To guarantee your seat, early and full booking is essential. All major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and Laser are accepted.
For more information click the link below.