The Chelmsford Genealogy Club passed along news of two upcoming events. On Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, the club will host a Genealogy Jam Session at the Chelmsford Library. Using the more familiar jam session of musicians as a model, this is an opportunity for anyone from the just-curious to the advanced researcher to come together to ask questions, share techniques, collaborate on projects or just socialize. The event is free and open to residents of all communities (not just Chelmsford) and refreshments will be served.
The second event is Researching Your Civil War Records which will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7 pm, also at the library. The speaker at this program will be Dennis Ahearn who is described in the following paragraph from the library’s website:
Dennis Ahern will speak on researching individuals who participated in the American Civil War, touching on the resources available in Massachusetts, the National Archives in Washington and on the Internet. These records sometimes provide clues to an individual’s birthplace and family history through letters and affadavits in pension files. Mr. Ahern has lectured on a variety of historical and genealogical subjects in Ireland, Canada and the U.S., and has published articles in several journals. A trustee of the Acton Memorial Library since 1982, he is currently documenting all of the Civil War veterans of Acton. Born and raised in Arlington, he served as Vice President of the Arlington Historical Society from 1997-2001.
The notice from the Chelmsford Genealogy Club describes itself as “a friendly group of people who share an interest in genealogy” and emphasizes that attendance and membership is not limited to residents of that town. If you’d like more information about the club, this link on the library webpage allows you to subscribe to monthly e-newsletters.