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  • While the LIVE events are over, you can continue to watch the pre-recorded sessions any time through 11:55 PM EDT on May 31st.

  • Don’t forget to take advantage of the $20 membership discount from American Ancestors for seminar attendees. Visit the Society Showcase page and visit American Ancestors or click HERE to get the discount code. It’s good for both new and renewal memberships.










  • MGC did not record Stephen Morse's presentation Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index. However, you can watch a version of the presentation on the One-Step Webpages by clicking HERE. If you want to try many of the tools on Steve's website the link is: www. Don't be fooled by the website for a singer of the same name but different URL.



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Track 1: Culture


Track 2: Repositories


Track 3: Technology

Track 4: Town & County Records


Track 5: Unique Records

 Kabria Baumgartner 

Searching for Sarah: Education, Activism, and Archival Research in Boston 

 Thomas Green

History of the Massacusett Tribe

Michael J. Leclerc, CG®

French Canadians and the American Revolution

Alice Nash, PhD

Indigenous Peoples in the Archives

Adina Newman, EdD

Conducting Jewish Genealogical Research in Massachusetts

John Warner, PhD

Riders in the Storm:  Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

Track 1: Culture


Track 2: Repositories


Marta Crilly

Old Records Made New: Using Newly Accessible Records at the Boston City Archives 

Janis P. Duffy

Passenger Lists for the Port of Boston, 1848-1898

Kimberly Toney

Exploring your Ancestry at the American Antiquarian Society

Jessy Wheeler

An Overview of Genealogy Resources at the Boston Public Library


Alec Ferretti

Thinking Outside the (Search) Box:  Ancestry Search Strategies 

Susan M. O'Connor

Pinpointing Your Ancestors Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Jennifer Zinck, CG®

Tools and Techniques for Connecting with DNA Matches

Track 3: Technology


Michael J. Leclerc, CG®

Massachusetts Town Records 

Beth Finch McCarthy

Who Lyeth There?  Digging Up Colonial New England Ancestor Records

Rhonda R. McClure

Genealogy Research in New England

Claire Smith

Piecing It Together - Uncovering a Family Secret in Massachusetts

Track 4: Town & County Records


Margaret R. Fortier, CG®

Catholic Records in Massachusetts 

Kathleen Kaldis

Huzzah! Researching Your Revolutionary Roots

Margaret R. Sullivan

Crowdsource Genealogy:  Documenting the 1919 Boston Police Strikers

Track 5: Unique Records


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