Home from the #NERGC2017

It was late by the time we got home and sleep called to us. Today’s tasks are going to include unpacking and offloading the footage which we shot along with a brief wrap up of our third day. 

I’ll try to keep my nose out of the internet, researching probate records, or any records for that matter so I can focus on a few other items first.

I did however find it appropriate that these were in my mailbox when I arrived home last night.

I’ll add one more errand to my all ready busy day but this one will certainly be worth it.

NERGC 2017 – Day 2 is in the books

Oh my!  Today was another eventful day at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference. We did some live streaming, we attended some lectures, and we did more browsing around the exhibit hall. I do wish I had the time to do a full recap but sadly it will have to wait.

I will leave you all tonight with one quote from the day.

I understand a record better, after we’ve been friends – F. Warren Bittner

In this case he was referring to really taking a record at more than face value. Sometimes, some things won’t make sense until you’ve made sense of other things.

Saturday we’ll do one last burst of filming and streaming and enjoy more lectures during the later half of the day.



NERGC – Day 1

Today was an eventful day at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium biennial conference.

After we checked in, our first stop was the Exhibit Hall… you know, to check it out for filming later.  We met a lot of great people and saw many great items. Friday we plan to return with the camera and live stream what we can.  We stopped into the blogger center and connected with Heather Wilkinson Rojo from ‘Nutfield Genealogy‘ blog, and she promptly introduced us to Thomas MacEntee of ‘High Definition Genealogy‘ who felt that video blogs / TV Shows were a great idea.

The ‘Conference Welcome’ was well attended and included chairs and co-chairs of the event as well as the Mayor of Springfield, MA who absolutely nailed his speech.  It was immediately followed up by the talk, ‘What Can Our Ancestors Teach Us About Genealogy?’ presented by the amazing, Mary Tedesco (www.originsitaly.com). This was pretty much a history of Genealogy Societies, Libraries, Computers, and other innovations over the years.

We returned to the exhibit hall for a few and then our separate ways for the afternoon of workshops and lectures.

I’ll split off a moment and introduce the other part of the ‘we’ I’m referring to over the past couple of days.  Dick Gagnon is a fellow genealogy buff with many American Canadian ties.  He’s been heavily involved with the ACGS over the years and, he’s the station manager for Access Nashua, home of Discovering Your Past.  He’s also my camera man for the weekend as well.

I attended a workshop on Paleography led by Edward W. Strickland. This was a very informative workshop filled with tricks and tips. The second half included the class translating old records and doing our best at it. I teamed up with the woman sitting in front of me and we struggled together, made some breakthroughs, and learned quite a bit. I’d love to have Edward on the show someday to chat with us about this sometimes difficult task.

The second lecture for me today was ‘Treats and Treasures: New Jersey Repositories.’ Michelle Chubenko had a lot of information to cover and she only scratched the surface.  While we may have heard about 10 or so sites, the syllabus contains over 100 links!  I learned quite a bit about New Jersey History through the short hour (and a bit.) While today it is divided into North, Central, and South Jersey, back in the day before reliable land transportation, New Jersey was divided into East and West.  The Coastal routes of the Atlantic Ocean to the East was that days Garden State Parkway, while the Jersey Turnpike to the west was the Delaware River. I’d like to spend the remainder of the night searching sites off of the list but alas, it is indeed way to late as it is.

The society fair was next and it was a great time.  We pulled out the camera, connected to the internet, and viola! Live to YouTube. (The geek in me finds this technology just amazing!)  We spoke with as many of the societies as we had time for (I will try to actually list them out soon,) and one of the co-chairs of the NERGC Conference as well. While I’ll go through at a later time and edit the footage down, you can see our raw – very much so at times – footage directly on our NERGC YouTube playlist.  Thank you to all that participated – Including Investigative Designer, David Seah.

Last up of the evening were the Special Interest Group round tables.  I chose to attend the one for Bloggers led by the aforementioned Heather Wilkinson Rojo. We shared a ton of ideas and stories.  It was a great end to the day.

Today’s Score from the NERGC 2017

So much for keeping this short…  Tomorrow brings another packed day.  We should be live streaming around 9:00am to noon or so from the exhibit hall. With the delay in chat, and the difficult time keeping it open on the cell phone, I’ll probably have to skip that portion though I encourage all of the viewers to chat together on the YouTube page. If I get a break I will try to check it. Oh, and if someone knows how to see the chat from a mobile device please please let us know (I’ve hacked my web browser on it right now to display the desktop version of YouTube, but it’s not great.)

In the immortal words of many a post card – Having a Great Time, Wish You Were Here!


The New England Regional Genealogy Conference begins tomorrow[1]It technically began on Wednesday with some special interest items but we were not able to attend. and I can’t wait! 

We arrived earlier this evening and took a walk to get the lay of the land. The conference will be held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA this year (pictured above.) 

Tomorrow I have signed up for a workshop on Palaeography by Edwin W. Strickland II. That is the fancy word for ‘reading old handwriting’. Something I need a lot of help with (as well as those trying to read my handwriting, but that’s another story.) 

As official bloggers, we will also be attempting to broadcast live from the event with interviews, new products and more. Be sure to head over to our YouTube page and hit subscribe, to keep up on the latest.


If your at the conference and you see us, don’t be a stranger either. We would love to meet you!

Notes   [ + ]

1. It technically began on Wednesday with some special interest items but we were not able to attend.

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 http://www.NERGC.org

Oh – and here is the Episode itself!

Other Links mentioned in this Episode:

New England Regional Genealogical Consortium – http://www.NERGC.org

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. – http://www.msoginc.org

Nutfield Genealogy – https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/

PRDH – https://www.genealogie.umontreal.ca/en/le-prdh

American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester, NH – https://www.genealogie.umontreal.ca/en/le-prdh

American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, RI – http://www.afgs.org/

Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society, Burlington, VT – http://www.vt-fcgs.org/

New England Historical Society Catholic Records – https://catholicrecords.americanancestors.org/

The Catholic Heritage Archive at Find My Past – http://www.findmypast.com/catholicrecords


Dear Myrtle – http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/
Ancestry.Com – http://www.ancestry.com
Family Search – http://www.familysearch.org

Produced with the help of Access Nashua, It’s your station – http://www.accessnashua.org