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Worcester Chapter

Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday night of the month at 7:00 PM except that winter meetings (November-March) are held on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 AM. Check the calendar below.

MSOG is made up of chapters throughout Massachusetts: Bristol, Martha's Vineyard, Merrimack Valley, Middlesex, and Worcester. Each chapter has its own governing board of officers, annual meeting, and election. Each chapter is a member of the state board and is represented by the chapter's president. Chapters do not meet during the months of July and August.

Worcester Chapter MSOG Board 2013-2015

Officers 2013-2015

President: Seema-Jane Kenney
Vice President: Judy Goodwin
Secretary: Janet Bessette
Treasurer: John Grady
Membership: William Doherty, Steven D. Yankus
Publicity: Nancy A. Schultzberg

Schedule of Speakers 2014-2015

Date/Time Speaker/Topic Location
September 16, 7:00 p.m. Michael Strauss, AG
MICHAEL L. STRAUSS, AG is the principal owner of Genealogy Research Network and an Accredited Genealogist since 1995. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Virginia and has been an avid genealogist for more than 30 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. Old Soldiers Never Die: Examining your World War II Ancestors:

Discover genealogical information about your World War II family members or other relatives. Coupled with the losses of records in the monumental fire in St. Louis, Missouri in 1973 and strict privacy laws in place in many states-this lecture examines and focuses on new ways to reconstruct military service for you ancestors who served their country during the war including records of morning reports, missing air crew reports, and many other related records .
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
October 14, 7:00 p.m. Lori Lyn Price A Recipe for Well-being
Health and Illness in Colonial New England
Lori Lyn Price is a professional genealogy speaker. She first started working on her own family history 15 years ago. She loves sharing her passion for social history and genealogy with others. Lori Lyn is working towards a master's degree in history at the Harvard Extension School. Her thesis topic focuses on medicinal recipes from a manuscript book from 1600s England.
Have you ever wondered what British colonists in New England used for medicine? Learn about some of the popular theories of the causes of illness as well as some common illnesses and treatments, including the roles of food, herbs, bleeding, cupping, blistering, purging, religion, astrology and superstition. Examples of some of the treatments will be presented and their efficacy discussed. This talk will help genealogists place the role of health and medicine in their colonial ancestor’s life into perspective.

Stephanie Fattman, candidate for Register of Probate, Worcester County, will also join us as an extra speaker. Stephanie is interested in running the office more efficiently and in community outreach. She is interested in hearing what we, as genealogists, have to say and how the office can accommodate our needs as well as the general public. She is willing to meet with the local genealogy groups to discuss this effort.
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
November 11, 7:00 p.m. Luanne Crosby
Civil War Songs
A live performance
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
December 6, 10:00 a.m. Which ancestor would you most like to meet? Member discussion. Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
January 3, 10:00 a.m. Marjorie Turner Hollman
Courtship, Marriage, and Murder
Telling the Difficult Stories
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
February 7, 9:30 a.m. Thomas Toohey
Irish Genealogy 202
Another approach to Irish research using passenger lists, the Irish census, collateral research, place name guides, the tithe books and the cancellation books.
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
March, 10:00 a.m.   Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
April, 7:00 p.m.   Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
May 12, 7:00 p.m. Michael Brophy
MA Record Repositories
The lecture offers a highly practical guide to Genealogical record repositories and their major resources in Massachusetts with an emphasis on Eastern Massachusetts and Boston. Repositories to cover included but not limited to are: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, the Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, National Archives branch-Waltham, The State House library, National Archives Waltham, Massachusetts Vital Records Office, Massachusetts Archives, Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Boston City Archives, Boston Public Library, and the American Antiquarian Society. On site resources will be explained less emphasis on on-line tools. Staff from each institution offers a “golden nugget” of a record source that is little known or underutilized but offer significant genealogical value.
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
June, 7:00 p.m.