I’m a proud member of the R.I. Genealogical Society (RIGS). If you don’t belong, you should consider it. They offer great talks at their meetings, free learning seminars (one is coming up in Portsmouth) and research trips (there is one to three locations in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 15. See more below).
Meetings take place around the state and the all-day fall meeting will be coming to the East Bay on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road. Things kick off with coffee at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10.
A light lunch is served at full-day meetings by the Hospitality Committee (which does a great job) for $5. Advance reservations for lunch are required by Sept. 21 at the latest (see the address below).
The RIGS meeting is hosting guest speakers:
• Larry Wilson, long-time RIGS member, who has been working for over a year on the new website and will spend a few minutes showing how easy it is to renew membership online and how to look up other members who are researching some of the same lines you are.
• Carole Villucci, director of the Barrington Preservation Society Museum, who will talk about Barrington history and what the museum has to offer. RIGS members will be able to visit the museum after lunch.
• Jeff Howe will give a talk on Thomas Bicknell’s newspaper series from 1918, “Barrington Homes of 80 years ago.” The presentation will include new research and photos.
• Representatives of DAR, SAR and the Mayflower Society will be on hand to offer assistance with lineage papers anyone is trying to get completed. Bring your papers and research along with you and sit for a one-on-one with a representative — get your papers finished and get them submitted for membership acceptance.
• Anne Wagner will conduct a show and tell, “Members’ Treasures and Keepsakes.” Members are asked to bring family treasures of interest to share.
The old section of the historic Prince’s Hill Cemetery is almost next door to the library. Maps will be available for anyone who wants to take a walk through the cemetery.
For lunch reservations, send a check for $5 per person made payable to RIGS to Priscilla Chappell, 12 Highland Ave., Narragansett, RI 02882. Include your name, address, phone number and how many are attending. For more information, call 783-7006.
Researching Jewish roots
“How to Find Your Jewish Great-Grandparents, Even Though You Know It’s Impossible” is the topic of the first “Time for Me” Adult Education Series at Temple Habonim, 165 New Meadow Road, Barrington. On Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., noted genealogist Meredith Hoffman will offer hints for researching Jewish and Eastern European ancestors, both with online and local resources.
Ms. Hoffman, a graduate of the Boston University Genealogical Research Program and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research, specializes in Jewish immigrant ancestors and the solving of difficult Jewish name problems.
She is the founding editor of the “Success! Stories” webzine on JewishGen.org. For more information, go to www.templehabonim.org or call the temple office at 245-6536.
The 2013 Rhody Awards presented by Preserve Rhode Island and the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission honor people, organizations and projects that help preserve the state’s historic places.
Among the honorees on Sunday, Sept. 29, will be John R. Tschirch of Bristol. He will receive the Frederick C. Williamson Professional Leadership Award for his career spent interpreting the social and architectural evolution of historic houses and landscapes for the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Boston research trip
The R.I. Genealogical Society is offering a research trip to Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Choose from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the Boston Public Library, or the Massachusetts State Archives. The cost is $25. Bring a bag lunch or eat at a small restaurant next door that has breakfast and lunch items.
If you are not a member of NEHGS, admission for the day is $10. (It’s free for members). The other two facilities are free.
Learn more about these locations and what each offers on their websites: NEHGS is at americanancestors.org, the library is at bpl.org and the Archives is at sec.state.ma.us/arc.
Departure is from the Warwick Park and Ride at Routes 95 and 117 at 7 a.m. and from the East Providence Park and Ride on Route 44 (just down the hill from Gregg’s Restaurant) at 7:20 a.m. Return is at about 7 p.m.
Send a check for $25 per participant payable to RIGS to Helen Smith, 530 West Reach Drive, Jamestown, RI 02835. Include your choice of pickup location and which research facility you will attend. For more information, call Helen at 423-0442.
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