Four more from the #NERGC2017 Hall

Today we will visit with Evidentia Software, the NextGen Genealogy Network, the Drouin Institute and the American French Genealogical Society.

Evidentia Software is a unique beast. I’ve known about it for some time and its something I really want to try. It focuses on the source information which you then connect to a name(s) of the person(s) in your tree it belongs too. I really recommend heading to their website and taking a look at their tutorial videos.


NextGen Genealogy Network is a network of young genealogists building connections and promoting engagement in the genealogical community.


The American French Genealogical Society is out of Woonsocket RI and is a great resource for all things genealogy, not just American French ancestry


Lastly, The Drouin Institue is the home for Catholic certificates of baptism, marriage and burial of Quebec and the Protestant marriages.  They are two different sites with a few different things to offer.  Check them out at  and

NERGC2017 Exhibitors Hall

Today’s videos venture into the Exhibit Hall of the 2017 NERGC.

Hearthstone Legacy Productions produces a ton of historical maps. I am sad that I never had a chance to go back and browse some more. –

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants – Are you descended from a Mayflower Ancestor or do you want to find out?  The General Society of Mayflower Ancestors can help! We’ll find out more about the Society, 400th Anniversary, and the Silver Books. –

Publishers of Internet Genealogy Magazine and more, Moorshead Magazine speaks to us about their publications –

Need some German records translated?  SK Translations seems to be the place to go! (Her contact information is within the video itself – as it’s an e-mail address I don’t want her potentially getting hit with a bunch of spam.)


Four more Videos from the #NERGC2017 Society Fair

We have the last interviews from the NERGC Society fair which include The Welles Family Association, The Towne Family Association, and The Association for Gravestone Studies.

First though, we caught up with Dave Robison, Co-Chair of NERGC 2017 in Springfield to talk a little bit about the conference itself, what to look forward to in 2019, and a bit about his family story.


The Welles Family Association

It is open to all descendants of Gov. Thomas Welles. The purpose of the Welles Family Association is to honor our common ancestor by striving to emulate his sterling qualities; to foster an interest in the study of his life and activities; and to cement a closer bond of unity among his descendants in fellowship and service to each other.[1]Excerpt from

The Town Family Association

Dedicated to the descendants of William Towne and Joanna Blessing, who were married at St. Nicholas Church on April 25, 1620.[2]Excerpt from

Association for Gravestone Studies

Our mission is to foster appreciation of the cultural significance of gravestones and burial grounds through their study and preservation.[3]Exceprt from

Next up – We take a tour of the exhibitor’s hall.

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Three more videos from the NERGC 2017

Today we’ll be visiting the Thomas Stanton Society, The Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants, and the Pioneer Valley History Network.

The Thomas Stanton Society

We wish to honor the life and work of Thomas Stanton, colonial founder of Hartford and Stonington, CT.[1]

The Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants

Our goal is that the site serves as a useful starting point for those researching early Middletown, Conn. ancestors [2]

The Pioneer Valley History Network

The Pioneer Valley History Network is a resource for local history organizations in western Massachusetts—and the public they serve. [3]

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Live from the NERGC 2017 – First of the videos

Well it has taken longer than I had wanted but over the next several days I’ll be pushing out some of the videos from the 2017  New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference.  If you watched us live there’s not much new for the first couple of days but, since we didn’t get to go live on the third day… All sorts of new stuff! Of course if you did not get to watch the live stream – Well here is your chance to see some of what we got to see at the conference.

The first group are all from the society fair and today we’ll be going live with:

The Southington Genealogical Society

The Southington Genealogical Society Inc., founded in 1984, is a non profit organization located in central Connecticut that promotes the accurate recording, research and preservation of family history.[1]

The Harriman Family Association

An Association Of the Descendants of Leonard and John Harriman
Immigrants to Rowley, Mass., and New Haven, Conn. c. 1638[2]

The Maine Old Cemetery Association

The Maine Old Cemetery Association was founded in 1968 to foster interest in the discovery, restoration, and maintenance of Maine cemeteries, and to preserve records and historical information which relates to them. [3]

Look for more as the week continues!

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Episode 4 – French Canadian Sacramental Records

In our long-awaited fourth episode,  Denise Picard Lindgren joins us to chat about French Canadian Sacramental records. She will be speaking at the upcoming NERGC Conference (New England Regional Genealogical Consortium) April 26 – 29, 2017.

Speaking of the NERGC Conference, we talk with blogger Heather Wilkinson Rojo a bit about the conference itself.

More details about the conference can be found at

Oh – and here is the Episode itself!

Other Links mentioned in this Episode:

New England Regional Genealogical Consortium –

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. –

Nutfield Genealogy –


American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester, NH –

American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, RI –

Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society, Burlington, VT –

New England Historical Society Catholic Records –

The Catholic Heritage Archive at Find My Past –


Dear Myrtle –
Ancestry.Com –
Family Search –

Produced with the help of Access Nashua, It’s your station –


Episode 3 – The Family History Center

A couple of months back I had the pleasure of interviewing the former, and current directors of the Nashua, NH Family History Center.  It took some time for us to connect and on the day of taping here in the studio – we had a power outage.

Well, not wanting to be held back by this Brick Wall – we grabbed a location kit and drove across town to the Family History Center itself and had a chat about the resources that they have to offer, research tips, and stories to help inspire you.

The Family History Center in Nashua is located at:
110 Concord Street
Nashua NH 03064

Links Discussed in this Episode:

Nashua FHC on Facebook – [Link]
Nashua FHC on the Family Search Wiki – [Link]


Editing Away on Episode 3

Just a quick follow up tonight.  A while back I had the pleasure of interviewing four wonderful people involved with Nashua’s Family History Center.  We had scheduled to do this in the studio and with about 5 minutes prior to them arriving, we lost power throughout the area due to an accident.  Not letting that get us down, we quickly packed a location kit and drove across town to the Family History Center itself to shoot what I am sure, is a much stronger piece than had we done it at the station.  Everything for a reason.


Well life got in the way but tonight I was able to make significant headway on the project and soon I will be happy to announce that this episode will be ready.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Nashua Family History Center on their Facebook page [Link] or their page on the Family Search Wiki [Link]

Discovering Your Past – A long overdue update

It has been some time since my last post but it has not been for a lack of trying.  The long and short of it boils down to my busy work schedule during the holiday season in the shipping industry followed by the need to catch up at my second job with the television station once it is all over.


Photo by Ryan McGuire -

What is great however is that now I can continue on this genealogical journey and bring more episodes to air.

Coming soon (and in no particular order,) Sue and I will be talking about our adventures in Southern Maine searching for one of her ancestors graves and how Maps, a bit of ‘Geocaching’, talking with the locals, and a wee spot of luck all helped in our hunt.

We will have a chat with the director of Nashua’s LDS Family History Center and find out how valuable this resource is in today’s digital age.  We will also take a tour of the center and perhaps take a peek into some Hungarian records.

The American Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester, NH will join us to discuss their resources, the Drouin collection, and talk about their most recent publication.

Lastly, in the works is an exciting interview with a Woman who has been tracing her ancestors into Nova Scotia and has discovered a special connection they share with a song of the sea.

So keep an eye out for all of the exciting things in the near future on Discovering Your Past!


Family History Center: Nashua, NH

The American Canadian Genealogical Society

Episode 2 is Finally Here!

Join us on another great episode of Discovering Your Past!

In this episode, my wife Susan Young chats with Deb Sweeney from (and Episode 1,) about creating a research plan.

Then, I discuss some hints and tips for recording a family interview after I had a chance to sit down with my Mother, Claire Young.

We hope you enjoy!

Links Mentioned in this episode include:


Research Plans: