On a recent Saturday I attended the Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) 2014 Annual Seminar, held at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield on July 26. I was thrilled to participate in four excellent sessions during the day: photo detective Maureen Taylor’s "Solving the Case: Photos, Genealogy, and History," Italian genealogy specialist Mary Tedesco’s "Adventures in Italian Genealogy," French-Canadian genealogy authority Michael Le Clerc’s "Advanced Research for Quebec Ancestors," and Irish genealogy expert Judy Lucey’s "Discovering Your Irish Ancestors in Print and Online Sources." Each presentation afforded new techniques and approaches to assist in my various research projects. In addition, "table talks" during lunch presented the opportunity to partake in a wide array of genealogical discussion topics, and I had the pleasure of joining Mary Tedesco’s Italian genealogy table to continue an ongoing discussion about Italian genealogical research. Recently I hired Mary to obtain Italian vital records in my ancestral communes of Gaeta and Scafati. Mary did a fantastic job in obtaining the desired records, which has opened new avenues in my ongoing Italian genealogical research.
The Massachusetts Genealogical Council protects the rights of genealogists to access Massachusetts vital records. For more information about the Massachusetts Genealogical Council please visit their website at http://www.massgencouncil.org/.
I wish to thank the officers of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and the organizers and presenters of the annual seminar for a truly wonderful event.