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American-Canadian Genealogical Society Fall Conference and Annual Meeting


Sep 27, 2014
08:00 AM until 04:00 PM


Annual Meeting and State of the Society. You do not have to be registered for the conference to attend the Annual Meeting.

Early Bird Fee: $50/ by September 15, 2014
Full Conference Fee: $60 after September 15, 2014.

Friday, September 26, 2014 

Library opens – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Extra librarians on duty.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Chateau Event Center


  • 8 a.m.    Registration – Coffee and pastries; Mix and mingle
  • 9 a.m. Welcome by President Jim Gaudet
  • 9:15 s.m. Walter Hickey – A Treasure Trove of Naturalization Records Online
  • 10:30 a.m. Stretch break
  • 10:45 a.m. Sandra Goodwin – Writing A Genealogy Your Relatives Will Want to Read
  • 12 p.m. Buffet luncheon - includes cold cut buffet, pasta, tossed and tuna salad and desserts.
  • 1 p.m. Auction and raffles
  • 1:30 p.m. Michael Leclerc – Advanced French-Canadian Research
  • 2:30 p.m. Stretch break
  • 2:45 p.m. Annual meeting and election of officers and directors for 2014/2015

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – Library hours for Conference attendees 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please let us know if you would like to do research on Sunday.

Some excellent items are being donated for our raffle– join the fun. Check our newsletter for more details.

Sandra Goodwin, past president of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, has been researching her family's history since 1992. Besides researching, she has also spoken at local, regional and and national conferences. She has also taught family history writing and beginning and intermediate genealogy classes at various local venues as well as through Worcester Night Life. She is currently the producer of Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast and can be contacted at

Title: Using Print-on-Demand: Write a Family History Book Your Relatives Will Actually Want to Read Genealogists love to discover a compiled genealogy of their surname of interest. The thicker the better! But how does the rest of your family feel about reading it. Would they sit down and read it even if YOU were the author? This lecture covers three related issues: how to leave behind your materials when you’re gone, how to choose a project that’s not as intimidating as a compiled genealogy, and how to construct it in a format that your family will find riveting. Discover how to write creative print-on-demand books that your family won’t want to put down!

Walter Hickey recently retired from the National Archives after 25 years, having served at both the Waltham and Pittsfield regional archives. He has been a frequent speaker atgenealogical societies and conferences throughout New England on Federal records, including those relating to naturalization and immigration.

Naturalization Records Online and More:

This session will present an overview of some of the naturalization records available on line, as well as the records series available from the Genealogy Program of the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS), formerly the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). This program makes available several series of genealogically important naturalization files.

Michael J. Leclerc is the grandson of French-Canadian immigrants. He started researching those roots back in the 1980s and became a professional genealogist twenty years ago. He currently serves as Chief Genealogist for Mocavo. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former Vice-President of Administration for the Federa- tion of Genealogical Societies. He is the author of numerous articles for scholarly journals and popular genealogical magazines. He is co-editor of Genealogical Writing in the Twenty-First Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition, and editor of the Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, Fifth Edition.

Title: Advanced French-Canadian Research
Move beyond indexes and images from parish registers to propel your research. Discover a variety of online, print, and original records that will help you blast through brick walls and give you more information about your ancestors.


Early Bird Fee: $50/ by September 15, 2014 Full Conference Fee: $60 after Septem


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201 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH

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