Genealogy researchers can benefit from upcoming meetings, trips and conferences

Loren Spears, executive director of Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, is one of the speakers at this month’s R.I. Genealogical Society meeting. She is a Narragansett/Niantic and has over 30 years experience in cultural education. Loren Spears, executive director of Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, is one of the speakers at this month’s R.I. Genealogical Society meeting. She is a Narragansett/Niantic and has over 30 years experience in cultural education.

Climbing the Family Tree

There are a variety of genealogical events coming up to brighten the cold winter months ahead.

Loren Spears, executive director of Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, is one of the speakers at this month’s R.I. Genealogical Society meeting. She is a Narragansett/Niantic and has over 30 years experience in cultural education.

Loren Spears, executive director of Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, is one of the speakers at this month’s R.I. Genealogical Society meeting. She is a Narragansett/Niantic and has over 30 years experience in cultural education.

• The next meeting of the R.I. Genealogical Society is an all-day event on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the North Kingstown United Methodist Church, 450 Boston Neck Road (Route 1A), North Kingstown. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., but come early for coffee at 9:30. A light lunch is $5, but reservations are required by Jan. 19.

Speakers include Jeanne Arnold Jeffries, president of the Sheldon Family Association. She will share information about the association and the database of over 76,000 names. Jim Connolly, an account executive for AMS Imaging, has been involved in document management for over 34 years. He will demonstrate the ScanPro 2000 microfilm scanner.

After lunch, Loren Spears, executive director of Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, will give a presentation, “Telling my Own History as a Narragansett.” Janet Uhlar, an author, lecturer and screenplay writer, is the final speaker. She is a trustee for the Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry. She wrote “Liberty’s Martyr: The Story of Dr. Joseph Warren” and “Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene.” She is working on a book about the Quincy family.

Everyone is welcome. To make lunch reservations by Jan. 19, send a $5 check made payable to RIGS to Priscilla Chappell, 12 Highland Ave., Narragansett, RI 02882. For questions, call 783-7006.

Ancestry Day with NEHGS is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston. The New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com invite everyone to a day of classes and sessions to help you get the most out of your research. I attended these the last two years and they’re great — for beginners or long-time researchers.

It’s also a chance to learn how to get the most out of NEHGS and Ancestry.com. The registration fee is $30. Register at www.americanancestors.org/ancestry-day. Space is limited. The library at NEHGS is open on Friday, March 1, with a limited number of 25-minute consultations with their experts. There is an extra $30 fee for a consultation.

• The R.I. Genealogical Society is again sponsoring a bus trip to Boston on Wednesday, March 13. The fee is $25 per participant. There are places nearby for lunch, but a bag lunch is a time-saver. Choose from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the Boston Public Library, or the Massachusetts State Archives.

If you want to research at the NEHGS library and are not a member of the society, there is a $10 charge. The library is free for NEHGS members, and access to the manuscript collection is available to NEHGS members only. The other two facilities are free.

The bus departs from the Warwick Park n Ride at 7 a.m. and then from the East Providence Park n Ride on Route 44 at 7:20 a.m. The bus leaves the Boston area at 5 p.m. Reservations should be made in advance.

Send a check for $25 payable to RIGS to Helen Smith, 530 West Reach Drive, Jamestown, RI 02835. Include your name, address and phone number, your choice of pickup location and the research facility you want to attend. For more information, call Ms. Smith at 423-0442 or e-mail HHSCTC@aol.com.

• The annual New England Family History Conference by the Hingham Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is at the LDS church in Franklin, Mass., on Saturday, March 30. Advance registration and lunch reservations are due by March 15. You can register at the door, but some classes may be full. The conference is free; lunch is $8. For more information, visit www.nefamilyhistory.com/index/main. A list of speakers and topics is on the website. Once registered, you have full access to the syllabus online or can order a paper copy for $8.

• If you have ancestors from Rhode Island, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has added “Rhode Island Roots,” a publication of the R.I. Genealogical Society, to its online database. The quarterly publication (and bonus issues called Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records) offers genealogies on Rhode Island families, transcriptions from town records, Bible records, family letters, book reviews and lots of other Rhode Island tidbits. If you don’t belong and you do New England research, you should check out the NEHGS website at www.americanancestors.org. It’s really worth the $79.95 a year and the library in Boston is fabulous.

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