The weekly newsletter and periodic press releases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society are getting to be a kind of Yankee torture. I may read “Come Research in New England” but what I see are gem-tone autumn leaves, wool sweaters, and sharp blue skies.
If you have New England ancestors and have never visited your ancestral haunts in autumn, add it to your genealogy ToDo List. There’s no better way to get started with New England research than by attending one of the outstanding programs offered at the New England Historic Genealogical Society headquartered on Newberry Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston.
The early Fall program schedule at NEHGS reminds me once again why I wish I lived in Massachusetts —
September 12, 2012 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Free lecture on how to use the features, tools, resources, and content of the NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org. With more than than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620, this is a top resource for New England research.
New Israel – New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America
September 12, 2012 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Author Michael Hoberman will discuss his book New Israel /New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America, which examines the history of colonial New England through the lens of its first settlers. The New England Puritans’ fascination with the legacy of the Jewish religion has been well documented, but their interactions with actual Jews have escaped sustained historical attention. New Israel/New England tells the story of the Sephardic merchants in Boston and Newport between the mid-seventeenth century and the American Revolution. It also explores the complex and often contradictory meanings that the Puritans attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people. This event is cosponsored with the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.
Writing and Publishing Seminar, Part I
September 15, 2012 9:00AM – 4:30PM
This is the first of a two-part seminar on writing and publishing your family history. Workshops in Part 1 include defining your project, writing in genealogical format, working with images, and adding narrative to your genealogy. Part 2, to be held on February, 23, 2013, delves into the editorial process and book production, and offers a chance to meet with publishers/printers and consult with experts.
Cost: Tuition: $110. Includes light breakfast, lunch, and all program materials.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-226-1226.