About Us

Our History

The Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society has been an organization since 1972 and we have been bringing quality programming to all of our members since our start. As a group and as individuals we are devoted to the research and documentation of our family ancestry and history. We also assist others in the pursuit of discovering their ancestry.

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Monthly Meetings: We meet year-round on the first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.  Our calendar and membership year is from September through August.
** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all WMGS meetings are being conducted virtually, via Zoom.

Speakers: The Society, since its beginning, has always engaged local, regional and nationally known speakers who share their broad experience to educate us and improve our research skills. Thanks to a strong inner circle of Genealogists, we have been able to get local speakers as well as national speakers in the field of genealogy. By using technology such as Zoom Online Meetings, we have brought national speakers to our meetings both virtually and in-person.

Watch our meetings online:  Our Speakers (and Members) join us from all over the U.S. and beyond. We archive our monthly meeting presentations in the  Members Only section of the website.

Listen to Local and National Speakers: Be sure to check out our Newsletter for future Speakers and their topics.  Over the past year our Speakers have included:

John Putnam

    • Untangling Your New England Roots: An Overview from Settlement to the Seven Years War
    • The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria: A Cauldron of Religious, Economic, Social & Political Ingredients Gone Awry

Thomas MacEntee

      • Genealogy Pit Stop: Research in 15 Minute Increments
      • Don’t Chop Off That Branch!  A Genealogy Arborist’s Handbook
      • Backing Up Your Genealogy Data

Marian Pierre-Louis

    • Understanding Massachusetts Vital Records

Peggy Clements Lauritzen

    • Migration Trails Across America

Network and Talk with Fellow Members: The monthly meetings are not all about the speakers though. Some of our past programs have been binder workshops which help members organize their work and understand the importance of citing the various sources. We also have had panel discussions, show and tell, open mic night, and field trips. The panel discussions are very popular because it gives members a chance to ask questions to our more experienced members. The open mic lets members talk about their research while the exclusive field trips allow members a chance to do some research at the Genealogy Library at the Springfield Museums.
** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all WMGS meetings are being conducted virtually, via Zoom.

Training Sessions & Special Interest Groups (SIGs): These sessions are an opportunity for members to explore a topic in greater depth, to get help with your research problems, and meet (virtually) with other members.  Each month, we’ll offer a different topic and list the details in our newsletter and on our website calendar.  Come and see what they’re all about!

Our Training Sessions & Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meet on the third and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. using Zoom Online Meetings.

The Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society Board of Directors for 2019-2020 year is comprised of the following individuals.

PositionNameTerm
PresidentJeanne Leblond2021 – 2023
Vice PresidentDave Lapierre2020 – 2022
TreasurerDeb Woodford2021 – 2023
Assistant TreasurerJeanne Lockhart2020 – 2022
SecretaryDorothy Cichonski2020 – 2022
DirectorCarol Lynne Bagley 2020 – 2022
DirectorJoanne Mason2021 – 2023
DirectorCara Seitchek2021 – 2023