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Saturday, September 30
All Day Members' Meeting  (RIGS Member Meetings)
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington, R.I.
The first RIGS meeting of the fall will be held on Saturday, September 30th at the Barrington Public Library. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 9:30 am. There will be a light lunch served by the Hospitality Committee for a cost of $5.00. Advance reservations for lunch are requested, one week prior to the meeting (see below).
Our first speaker at 10:00 am will be Jeff Howe, a long time RIGS member. His topic will be “Solving a Mayflower Dead End Problem.” Jeff will present a slide show presentation that will reveal how he solved a long-standing, unproven Rhode Island genealogical connection to the Mayflower. It has previously been well-studied but not accepted by the Mayflower community. It concerns the Block Island Mitchell family, and Experience Mitchell who married Jane Cooke, daughter of Francis Cooke.
At 11:00 am, Cherry Bamberg will speak on “Rhode Island’s Beginning: What They Didn’t Teach Me in Seventh Grade.”
After lunch, John Stedman will speak on “Saving Genealogical Stories.”
At 2:00 pm, we will have “The RIGS Story Hour.” Last spring, at our annual meeting everyone was asked to write down a story about one of their ancestors. It could be a short incident or a longer tale, but everyone has stories to tell about their ances- tors and this will be the time to share. We have already received one from a member whose grandfather was a “Rum Runner.” The ancestor does not have to be famous and the story can be about something good or something bad. Some of you may have interesting DNA story results you’d like to share. If you want to tell it there will be time. If you would rather write it down and have someone else read it, that’s fine as well, but come with a story.
Please join us and bring along a non- member friend. All are invited to attend!
 
Please contact Pat Chappell for your lunch reservation by Sept. 23 at 401-783-7006. 



RIGS Boston Research Trip
Wednesday, October 11
RIGS Boston Research Trip  (Research Trips)
7:45 am
Wickford Junction or other commuter rail stops
For those interested in going to Boston and doing some research at New England Historic Genealogical Society this fall, we have set aside two dates. The first will be Wednesday, September 13th and the second Wednesday, October 11th. We will meet at Wickford Junction and take the 7:45 am MBTA commuter rail and arrive at Back Bay at 9:29 am. We plan to return on the 4:30 pm train from Back Bay arriving back at Wickford Junction 6:09 pm. Parking at Wickford Junction is free and plentiful. Train tickets may be purchased on board for $15.50 each way or half price ($7.75) for seniors, should you wish to share that fact with the conductor. If you live further north and Wickford Junction is not convenient, you can board the train at the Airport, Providence, or even South Attleboro.
Once we arrive at Back Bay, it is a five block walk down hill to NEHGS. If walking is not your thing, there is the option of catching a cab, Uber or Lyft, possibly sharing the cost with a fellow traveler. There are restaurants around NEHGS, but most of us take a lunch so we do not have to give up research time. If you are a member of NEHGS, using the library is included in your membership. Library cost is $15 for those who are non- members.
If you like a bit of research adventure, contact Helen Smith at 401-423-0442 or hhsctc@aol.com. Come join us! We talk genealogy all the way there and all the way back. There is even WiFi on the train!


Saturday, October 28
Half Day Members’ Meeting  (RIGS Member Meetings)
American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket
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