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Saturday, January 26
RIGS All Day Meeting
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Sts. John & Paul Church, 341 South Main Street, Coventry, RI
Have you ever wondered how some of your genealogy buddies find old photo albums and bibles on line? Where did they come up with some of these treasures? How do you look? How do you set your computer so it notifies you if something interesting comes up? Shopping for Your Family Treasures Online, KarenLu LaPolice, Helen Smith and Rachel Peirce will take a few minutes to give you some ideas on how to get started and have some online fun!
Next, Elaine Forman Crane, author of the book Killed Strangely: The Death of Rebecca Cornell, will speak on: Life after Death: Reconstructing Thomas Cornell After His Execution. Dr. Crane is Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at Fordham University in New York City, and is also the author of Witches, Wife Beaters, and Whores: Common Law and Common Folk in Early America and The Poison Plot: A Tale of Adultery and Murder in Colonial Newport.
Just before we break for lunch Lorraine Tarket-Arruda will discuss her new cemetery book Richmond, Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries. Copies will also be available for purchase.
After lunch, Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, will give us a brief demo of the new website on Providence history OldPvd.com. It is an interactive site with old photos and maps.
Next, Marcia Iannizzi Melnyk, a well known lecturer at national conferences, is returning to speak to the Rhode Island Genealogical Society on a new subject: Getting the Most from Land and Probate Records. This could be the way to break down that “brick wall” that has put a halt to your research. Friend her on Facebook and learn more about Marcia before her talk.
Facebook and Other New Methods for Collaboration and Education: The world of genealogy collaboration has changed enormously in the past 10 years. Today, Facebook is the quick and easy method for reaching out to our fellow genealogists all over the world for local info, translations, and collaborations. More and more genealogists are exploring new educational opportunities on the web including webinars and the 12-month ProGen collaborative courses. In-person education is gaining enormous popularity as well, with five “Institute” sites around the U.S. offering top level week-long training. Some conferences, include the largest of them all, RootsTech, offer free online presentations, and some presentations for purchase for those who stay home. And lastly, what does it mean to be a certified genealogist? Who does the certifying, and what is it like to apply? Diane MacLean Boumenot is an avid researcher of her family’s roots in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Nova Scotia.  She speaks on genealogical topics locally and through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She is the co-author with Maureen Taylor, in 2018, of the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States book, Research in Rhode Island, and maintains a website of her family history journey called One Rhode Island Family.

Saturday, March 16
RIGS Half Day Meeting
Date and place TBA.  Save the date and check back here!

Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19
Come Home To Rhode Island Weekend
Watch for more details of the Come Home to Rhode Island Weekend. 

Sunday, May 19
RIGS Annual Meeting and Book Sale