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Saturday, May 18
RIGS Full-Day Annual Meeting
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI 02818
The Annual meeting of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024. in person at New England Tech. Videos of the speaker's programs will be uploaded and available online at a later date for our members to access.
This full-day meeting will begin at 9:30 am with coffee and light refreshments, along with a business meeting, news and announcements. If you would like to bring something for the refreshment table, it would be greatly appreciated. Everyone is invited to attend, so bring along your non-member friends who have an interest in exploring their genealogy. Free and open to the public. Mark your calendar! We hope you will join us!
The theme of our meeting will be Writing and Publishing and will include a local RI Historical Societies Exhibition & Fair.
Our Speaker program will include:
Jenifer Kahn Bakkala - Beyond Names and Dates: Using Social History to Color Your Ancestors’ Stories 
   Genealogical research is often focused on a timeline of names and events. But how did our ancestors’ environments influence who they were and what they did? Almost always, research into social history can offer new color and insight to our ancestors’ lively and captivating stories.
   Jenifer Kahn Bakkala is a professional genealogist and author who specializes in a biographical narrative approach to family history. She is the author of three books, including The Maynard, North, and Deforest Families: A Story of Immigration, Industry, and Community, the 2023 winner of the National Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence in Genealogy and Family History.
Jenifer works as a freelance writer for the Newbury Street Press and is also a proofreader for the NEHGS Register and American Ancestors magazine. She is past president of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and currently sits on APG’s Board of Directors.
Drew Bartley - Sharing Your Genealogy: Writing it up Right 
   Drew will discuss the ways in which you create your research to publish, the purpose, why it is important, and how to write it up. He will cover the various styles and the elements making them up. The handout will have helpful guides,and the takeouts, how to embed links, a written example, and a footnote macro that can be used with Word.
   Scott Andrew Bartley (“Drew”) is a genealogist, archivist, librarian, and editor specializing in Vermont, Mayflower lineages, and colonial New England. He was formerly the manuscripts curator at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and later librarian/archivist for the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and editor of their journal, Mayflower Descendant. He was a Wiki Content Specialist creating research guides on Massachusetts, her counties, and Boston for FamilySearch.org and editor of The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, part 1 (2014), the last “silver” book to the published on the descendants of Mayflower passengers. He was the fact-checker for the
show “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. on PBS. He has written several books and many articles. He has returned as the editor for Vermont Genealogy (the journal of the Genealogical Society of Vermont).
   Drew is currently the genealogist for the Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 Study Project for the New England Historic Genealogical Society which has produced two published volumes so far with more than 725 sketches online. He is also a consulting editor for The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and the Mayflower Descendant. He is slowly researching and writing a genealogy of the descendant of George Lamphere of Westerly, R.I., with several articles already published.
Michael Leclerc - (Details to follow)
     From the North: Head south on I-95. Take Exit 24A - RI-2 East Greenwich/West Warwick. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto RI-2 S/Quaker Ln. At the traffic light, turn right on to Division Road. At the traffic Circle, continue straight to stay on Division Road. Take the first left and follow the road left to the front of the building.
     From the South: Head north on I-95. Take Exit 24A - RI-2 South to RI-4, East Greenwich. Merge on to RI-2. At the traffic light, turn right on to Division Road. At the traffic Circle, continue straight to stay on Division Road. Take the first left and follow the road left to the front of the building.