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Seminar Program


MGC 2012 Annual Meeting and Seminar
July 21, 2012     8:30am - 4:00pm

New location!
Brandeis University
Hassenfeld Conference Center - Waltham, Massachusetts 

~ Massachusetts Genealogical Council ~
Safeguarding researchers' access to Public Records in Massachusetts and
providing educational programs for the genealogical community.



Massachusetts has been a landing point for immigrants since 1620, and though the predominant nationalities of immigrants have varied in different eras, the challenge of locating those newly arrived, impoverished and disenfranchised ancestors has remained equally challenging through the centuries.

Our program this year is greatly expanded and includes
22 Speakers in
6 Program tracks,
11 Vendors and
9 Sponsors!

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  • More than 20 carefully curated programs and 2 workshops to help you stay at the forefront of your ethnic genealogical and historical research.
  • Opportunities to network with more than 200 of your peers and colleagues
  • Continental breakfast and a delectable lunch are included with the registration fee!
  • Exhibit Hall with genealogy vendors and organizations with products/services for genealogists, archivists, and historical researchers.
  • Fabulous door prizes!

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The MGC 2012 Annual Meeting & Seminar offers 20 programs and 2 workshops. Over half of the programs focus on these ethnicities:

  • English
  • Armenian
  • Irish
  • Swiss-German
  • Chinese
  • Native American
  • Jewish
  • African American
  • Scottish
  • Italian

Program titles include,

  • They Became Americans: Finding Ethnic Origins
  • Locate the Origins of Your Immigrant Ancestors on Fold3
  • Immigrant Clues in Photography
  • Clusters and Chains for Italian (or any!) Genealogical Success
    ... plus 18 others!

Visit the Programs page to find out more.

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Loretto "Lou" Szucs, FUGA, holds a degree in history, and has been involved in genealogical research, teaching, lecturing, and publishing for more than thirty years. Previously employed by the National Archives and Records Administration, she is currently Executive Editor and Vice President of Community Relations for, Inc.. She has served on many archives and genealogical boards, and was founding secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Currently, she serves as a director on the FGS Board.

Lou Szucs

Lou has edited newsletters and quarterly journals for several genealogical societies, including the FGS Forum. She authored The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy (with Sandra Luebking), as well as They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins; Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America’s Gateway; The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (also with Sandra Luebking), and Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records (with Matthew Wright). Lou was also the executive editor of Ancestry magazine.

Since 1980, Lou has lectured at numerous genealogy workshops and national conferences. She has presented at the American Library Association conference and has been interviewed for the Ancestors series, ABC News, CNN news, and most recently on ABC television show, The View. In 1995, she was awarded the designation of fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and has received numerous other awards.

MGC is thrilled and honored to have Lou Szucs as our Featured Guest a the MGC 2012 Annual Meeting & Seminar!

Three Programs offered by Lou Szucs!

  • They Became Americans: Finding Naturalizations and Ethnic Origins – Critical clues may be found in a naturalization record, a photograph, in an archive or even in someone’s attic. This presentation focuses on some fascinating sources for finding more precise information on your ancestors’ origins.
  • Hidden Treasures at – An informative look at one of the most popular online collections of genealogical-related data in the world. Lou will illustrate how to use to dig up those hidden treasures that make us say “Wow!”
  • (Luncheon Event) Mysteries, Myths and Miracles – Lou recalls some special moments while performing genealogical research.

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MGC is pleased to present renowned genealogy experts including,

Loretto "Lou" Szucs • Laura G. Prescott • Lisa Alzo • Karen Mauer Green • Marie Daly • David Lambert • Mary Tedesco • Lilly Cleveland • Meredith Hoffman • Phil Hermann • Margaret Sullivan • Mary Ellen Grogan • Marian Pierre-Louis • Alice Kane • Michael Maglio • Claire Banks • Shellee Moorehead • Barbara Mathews • Melinde Byrne • Sharon Sergeant 

And of course,

Visit the Speakers page to learn about these experts.

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Two advanced level workshops are offered. Seminar Registration is required to attend the workshops. The fee for each workshop is additional $20.00. If registering online, click the "Add More Events" button.

Advanced Genealogical Methods Workshop
Karen Mauer Green, CG, Instructor

Using documents relevant to an actual (solvable) case study, attendees will work through the problem in groups, punctuated by class discussions. Discussions will examine research methods and strategies, evidence analysis, recognition of dead-end tangents, and construction of a solid and convincing argument presenting the solution. 

Griffith's Valuation of Ireland Workshop
Mary Ellen Grogan, Instructor
The Primary Valuation of Ireland or Griffith’s Valuation — carried out between 1848 and 1864 — is an important Census Substitute. It provides the only detailed guide to where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and to the property they possessed.

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~ Massachusetts Genealogical Council ~
Safeguarding researchers' access to Public Records in Massachusetts

Leaders in the field of Genealogy in both Massachusetts and nationally, Melinde Lutz Byrne, Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, Barbara Matthews, Mary Ellen Grogan, and Sharon Sergeant will lead an in-depth examination at how SSDI legislation at the federal level and bills presently in front of the Massachusetts Legislature restrict access to public records and directly impact YOU.

MGC worked on your behalf in 2011 to thwart restrictions. That work continues this year as U.S. House Bill 3475 seeks to close all genealogical access to the SSDI. On Beacon Hill, house bills H603 and H609 also bear close scrutiny. Contribute to the conversation about the legislative process and how you can make your point of view heard.

For over 30 years, MGC has safeguarded researchers' access to Public Records in Massachusetts and has provided educational programs for the genealogical community.

Join MGC NOW using the NEW Online Membership Regisration! With your help, our mission will continue! Your MGC membership gives you the opportunity to make a real difference by making your voice heard when efforts are made to restrict access to Public Records in Massachusetts.

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Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch along with an opportunity to win any of several door prizes!

A free downloadable version of the seminar handouts will be available at the MGC website by mid-July for seminar registrants only.  A printed copy of the handouts can also be ordered for an additional $5 during seminar registration (either online or using the paper registration form).  These pre-ordered printed copies will be provided to attendees on the day of the seminar.  A limited number of additional printed copies will be available for walk-in registrants.

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