Saturday, January 17, 2009


Discovering Family Treasures continues the tradition of printing genealogical queries in the NERGC Syllabus. The several hundred who attend will see your question, and hopefully solve your brick wall(s).

Cost remains the same as in the past - $5 per query, or three queries for $10. (Maximum of 50 words in each query.) You do not have to attend the conference to submit queries, and there is no limit to the number of queries you may submit.

Please type or print each query on a separate 8.5” x 11" sheet of paper. Preferred format asks you to use standard abbreviations, and have your dates written as 27 July 1927 (counted as one word). Show birth; death; marriage - in that order - with location of event shown before date, and all known information stated before the question is asked. Editor reserves the right to edit for space and/or clarity, without changing thought. Remember to include your contact information; name, address; Email.

SAMPLE QUERY: JONES Mehitable b. Hartford CT abt 1790, m. Middletown CT 23 Mar 1823 to BUSHNELL, John, b. Hartford or Wethersfield, CT c. 1785. Need bdt., par of John. Janet Johnson; 50 Round Tree Road; Mashpee, MA 02649 or

Mail entries with check to Query Column; 40 Round Hill Road; Wethersfield CT 06109-2519. Entries must be postmarked by 28 February 2009. Please enclose a check payable to NERGC QUERIES. For additional information on queries, Email: or visit the NERGC web site at

Janet Horton Wallace; Queries Chair


One of the benefits to conference-goers is a free consultation at the Ancestors Road Show. A list of all volunteer consultants for the Road Show can now be found on the Ancestors Road Show section of the NERGC website. Over 36 experienced genealogists will be available to talk with you about your research needs.

Consider your problem areas, write a brief synopsis of your research question or subject to be addressed including the what, where, who and when. Then check the list of genealogical specialists which include many conference speakers and see who might be able to help you.
Instructions for pre-conference sign-ups will be posted on the Ancestors Road Show page by mid March. Make plans to take part in this popular conference activity.


Special Interest Groups, to be held on Thursday, April 23 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., will offer participants an opportunity to get together with others with similar interests and discuss ideas for genealogy research on a certain topic. If you’re interested in hosting one of these informal groups, contact Leslie Huber.


Attendees of past NERGC conferences provided feedback showing that the sharing, socializing, and networking that occurs at the meals was one of the most meaningful parts of the Conference. Don’t miss the opportunity for convenient, delicious meals, socialization, and networking with other participants. Choose from a Regular Luncheon at $26.00 or one of the intimate Hosted Luncheons, where you can converse with professionals such as Megan Smolenyak, Marcia Melnyk, and Dan Lynch. And no one will be disappointed with the informative and entertaining speakers featured at this year’s banquets! Each banquet is $40.00.

See the “Social Activities” section of your Conference Registration Form to reserve your spot!


To qualify for the “Early Bird” Full Conference rate of $110, your registration must be received or postmarked by February 28, 2009. After that, the price goes up to $135. Don’t delay! Register today!

The Conference Registration Brochure is available in PDF format on the NERGC Web page, Print out or bookmark the brochure and plan your conference experience. Then, either

Fill out the Registration Form on page 12 of the brochure and mail it with your check to the address at the bottom of the form


Take advantage of our Online Registration service. You’ll be guided through five screens to register for the Conference.

If you prefer, you can still obtain and use a traditional printed Conference Registration Brochure. Brochures have been distributed to Participating Societies and to many local libraries, museums, senior centers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


NERGC Manchester 2009 has met and exceeded its Radisson hotel reservations block and is asking for more rooms to accommodate the demand. More than 560 room nights have been sold. Only about 30 additional rooms are still available, so register soon at 603-625-1000. Be sure to mention our conference to get the conference rate. The Radisson is the only hotel physically attached to the Exhibit Hall and the conference meeting rooms. It is also the shortest walk to the cemetery where Donna Walcovy will be conducting her preservation workshop.