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MSOG, Inc.
P.O. Box 215
Ashland MA 01721-0215

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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
Co-Vice Presidents: Denise Driscoll, Judy Goodwin
Secretary: Janet Bessette
Treasurer: Marilyn O'Brien (1 year term)
Membership: William Doherty, Steven D. Yankus
Publicity: Nancy A. Schultzberg

Schedule of Speakers 2013-2014

Date/Time Speaker/Topic Location
September 17,
7:00-9:00pm
Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records - Was Grandma a bootlegger? Did Grandpa pay his taxes? Records of the Federal courts are among the National Archives’ largest holdings-and yet some of the least used records. Open a new chapter of your family history and discover little known branches in your family tree as the records of the Federal Court system are discussed in detail.
Speaker: Michael L. Strauss - 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.
Additional credentials include:
• Qualified Expert Witness in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
• Approved genealogist for the United States Army to locate DNA-qualified family members of MIAs and POWs from WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam.
• President-Virginia Beach Genealogical Society-Virginia Beach, VA-Term: 2012- 2014
• Faculty Member–Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Instructor: HIST493R-Family History Research (Summer, 2000, 2004, 2008)
• Faculty Member–Samford University, Birmingham, AL Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research-Military Records-Course #9)
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
October 8,
7:00-9:00pm
The Civil War Soldier
There will be a short meeting and then Robert Ducharme will give his "A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier" presentation. He has made numerous presentations throughout the area on several different aspects of the American Civil War and his presentation this evening will show what life was like for the typical Civil War solider from 1861 to 1865, emcompassing conditions under which he lived, food he ate, where he lived and slept, and what activities made up his everyday life.

Speaker: Robert Ducharme - Mr. Robert Ducharme is a retired teacher of 37 years in the Oxford School Department and is a resident of Dudley, MA. He is a member of the Civil War Roundtable of Central Massachusetts, the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Sons of Veterans Reserve and the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Reenactors. His avocation is that of historian/reeanactor/researcher, who for the past 20 years has researched extensively the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment and its experiences during the American Civil War. In addition he has researched the lives of many soliders from throughout the Worcester County area who served during that most trying time in our nation's history.
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
November 12,
7:00-9:00pm
The Mills of the Blackstone Valley presented by Philip Wheelock.
PHILIP WHEELOCK, long time resident of the Blackstone Valley and descendant of Mill Owners in Uxbridge. The Mills of the Blackstone Valley Philip has photographs and stories that tell of the workers' lifestyles, clothing, and working conditions.
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
December 7,
10 a.m.-12:00pm
CHAPTER OFFICERS - Gadget demo of flip-pal, wand scanner, etc. Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
January 4,
10 a.m.-12:00pm - CANCELED
CHAPTER OFFICERS - Webinar demo - How to find & watch a webinar (free genealogy education) PLUS - Research Assistance Member to Member Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
February 1,
10 a.m.-12:00pm
Colonial Gardens - Meaghan Siekman, Ph.D., Curator, The Fairbanks House. - Meaghan will provide background for us on the different types of gardens maintained by a colonial New England family and the various family members who helped in the maintenance of these all important food sources. Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
March 1,
10 a.m.-12:00pm
Irish Genealogy 101 by Thomas M. Toomey - Six steps to find your ancestral home. An animated explanation of the classic steps of Irish Genealogy.
Speaker: Thomas M. Toohey. - Thomas M. Toohey, was a teacher for forty years and has done many presentations as an adjunct professor, an educational consultant and guest lecturer. Tom has a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and a M.M. from the University of Hartford. He was a teacher for forty years and has done many presentations as an adjunct professor, an educational consultant and guest lecturer.
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
April 8,
7:00-9:00pm
Using Print-on-Demand: Write a Family History Book Your Relatives Will Actually Want to Read!- Do your relatives' eyes glaze over when looking at a typical published genealogy? Discover how easy and fun it is to write your family's story in short, manageable snippets that will be difficult to put down.
Presented by Sandra Goodwin
Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
May 13,
7:00-9:00pm
  Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester
June TBD