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We're Taking Genealogy to the State House!

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Members of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council board braved the elements in December to present the first of two talks introducing genealogy to State House staffers. By all accounts it was a great success and we are happy to announce the second talk in the series. Please join us!

Learning about Family History

Tuesday, March 18, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

State Library, Massachusetts State House, Room 442

Bring your lunch and listen to Sharon Sergeant, Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt,CG, and Mary Ellen Grogan talk about the resources and techniques used to discover the story of your family. This is a follow-up to the talk on genealogy given on December 11. We will be discussing different aspects of research, but you will be able to follow the talk even if you weren’t able to attend in December. Sharon will be talking about various records and how one set of records will lead to another; Polly will talk about DNA and genealogy, specifically the efforts of the Department of Defense to use these methods to identify and return the bodies of war dead to their families; and Mary Ellen will talk about educational sources for genealogy. Sharon, Polly and Mary Ellen will stay to answer questions. The Massachusetts Genealogical Council’s mission involves preserving public record access and a commitment to genealogy education Click here to register. You may also call the Reference Department at 617-727-2590 or send an email to to let us know you will attend.

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Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt is a Board-certified genealogist specializing in Massachusetts research. She has been taking clients for sixteen years and researches a variety of topics from Mayflower lineages to locating townlands of Irish immigrants. She is a case worker under contract to the US Army on repatriation cases, helping to locate family members of servicemen missing or killed in previous conflicts. She currently serves as a director at Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and editor of the FGS Voice Newsletter, and is past president of MGC. You can read her personal blog at


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