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MGC Has a New Co-Director of Civil Records

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MGC Immediate Past President, Barbara J. Mathews, CG, has been appointed Co-Director of Civil Records today. Barbara will monitor proposed legislation on the Federal level while Co-Director Mary Ellen Grogan will continue to keep an eye on Massachusetts bills. The work Mary Ellen and Barbara does is critical to all genealogists and we owe them a debt of gratitude. My guess is that they would rather being researching family history!

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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


  • Barbara Mathews
    Barbara Mathews Wednesday, 04 April 2012

    There is just too much work for one person, that's for sure. Thank you for the vote of confidence. I'll do my best. People should feel free to share their concerns about federal access issues with me at the email address Mary Ellen can always be reached through and is keeping watch on Beacon Hill.

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    Andrew Olejarz Wednesday, 04 April 2012

    Dear Friends !
    I am a Polish family genealogies of my native clan Olejarz. I have written many individuals and families Olejarz surname immigrants who live or lived in Massachusetts since 1900. I am looking for information about their ancestors, immigrants from Poland. Because at that time, the Polish state did not exist, because it was torn between three foreign invaders, so they are often given the nationality of Galicia (part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), Austria (or Austria-Hungary), Russia and Prussia. What I should do to find information on my ancestors-known immigrants to the U.S. then settled in Massachusetts?.
    Andrew Olejarz
    Silesian Genealogical Association
    Wroclaw, Poland

  • Bernard J. Couming
    Bernard J. Couming Friday, 06 April 2012

    Outstanding appointment (and subdivision of this most critical arena). I believe that Barbara speaks well as to the workload. There are short periods when the issues seem to fade, but even those are deceptive, as the interests of the "restrictionists" are like sleeping giants, always ready to launch new assaults on transparency and public record access. Good luck to both Barbara and MaryEllen in their efforts. I'm sure there are other members who might consider joining them in those endeavors.

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    Polly Kimmitt Saturday, 07 April 2012

    I can't think of anyone more capable, Bernie!

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