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.