Friday, December 30, 2011

Upcoming January/February 2012 NEHGS Programs

NEHGS is ringing in the new year with some fantastic education programs for the months of January and February!

January 2012 New Visitor and Welcome Tour
When: January 4, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston.

Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and other items, NEHGS can provide researchers of every level some of the most important sources of information.

You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

Using AmericanAncestors.org - January
When: January 11, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: The NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org, is full of great features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

February 2012 New Visitor Welcome Tour
When: February 4, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting. There is so much information to be found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for members and non-members. This orientation and tour introduces you to the NEHGS research facility, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston.

Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and expert staff to help you navigate it all, NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history.

You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings.

Black Families in Hampden County - Lecture and Book Signing
When: February 8, 2012 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: Join us for an evening with former Executive Director of the Springfield Museums and author Joseph Carvalho III, as he shares his revised edition of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, recently published by NEHGS. The book presents genealogical, bio­graphical, and historical information about Afri­can American individuals and families who lived in the area now known as Hampden County in western Massachusetts. For this event Carvalho will discuss the genesis of the book project and the development of the African American community in western Massachusetts from its earliest colonial origins to the end of the Civil War. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Getting Started in Genealogy
When: Wednesdays, February 15, 22, 29 6 –8 p.m.
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: How does one go about getting started in genealogy? There are plenty of websites, libraries, and printed sources available, but access to all that information can leave a beginner feeling overwhelmed. Let an NEHGS expert help navigate the first steps in tracing family history. Senior Researcher Rhonda R. McClure will share her knowledge and helpful strategies for beginning a family history journey in this three-part course. Pass this information on to that friend or family member who has been looking for the right place to start their own research! Tuition: $30. Registration required; register online or by phone at 617-226-1226. More information is available on AmericanAncestors.org.