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NEHGS Comes West: Navigating New England and New York Resources

Where: Berkeley, CA

When: September 13, 2014 9:00AM - September 13, 2014 8:00PM


Join the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society as we partner to offer a one-day seminar on exploring your New England and New York roots. NEHGS genealogists Chris Child and Alice Kane will present resources and tips for navigating the records of New England and New York. Special emphasis will be placed on resources available online.

Useful genealogy and history books will be available for sale by both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society, and CGS will also offer a used books sale and silent auction.



Hotel Shattuck Plaza

2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704


Toll Free 866-466-9199

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. Doors open

9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. Migrations Into and Out of New England, 1620-1900, Chris Child

From the Great Migration to early moves into other parts of New England, our ancestors relocated for religious, economic, and other reasons. Explore the major migration patterns into and out of New England, the reasons for these migrations, and research strategies to trace the travelers in your family tree. 

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Boston in a Whirlwind: A Primer Tour of 10 Repositories, Alice Kane

Research repositories are treasures and there are quite a few in the Boston area. The holdings of ten repositories in the Boston area will be featured, with a focus on remote access. 

11:30 a.m. Break (lunch on your own)

1:00 p.m. NEHGS Sources for New York Research, Chris Child

New York was a crossroads for many of our ancestors. Some families may only have stayed in New York for less than a generation, while others became permanent settlers. The lack of vital records prior to 1881 makes other sources necessary for genealogical research. Discover the important resources available at NEHGS that can help you solve the thorny problems of New York research.

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. I Had Him in My Sights, and POOF! Strategies for Relocating the Disappearing Ancestor, Alice Kane

Every family history researcher has at least one: an ancestor for which there are many records up to a point when that person disappears, seemingly without a trace. Several case studies will illustrate strategic methods for discovering the whereabouts of these elusive ancestors.

3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks 

3:30 p.m. Seminar concludes

6:00 p.m. Optional Dinner at Hotel Shattuck Plaza (additional fee)

Register online

Registration: $75  Pre-registration is closed. Walk-ins will be accepted on space available basis.

Dinner: $75  Dinner registration is closed.

Or, call 617-226-1226 or toll-free 888-286-3447 to register by phone or download a registration form.

Cancellation Policy
Written cancellations received before August 20, 2014 will be subject to a $25 per person cancellation fee. No refund is possible after this date. There is no refund for services or portions of the event not taken, or for participants who do not complete the program.

Hotel Information
Reservations are available at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza for the nights of Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at our group rate of $165 per night, plus tax. To make a reservation, use our dedicated link or call the hotel directly at 510-845-7300 or toll free 866-466-9199 and ask for the New England Historic Genealogical Society Group Block. Reservations must be made by Monday, August 11, 2014 to receive the group discount.

The Hotel Shattuck Plaza is conveniently located adjacent to the BART Downtown Berkeley Station.

Parking is available near the hotel.

A wide variety of lunch options are available within the hotel and in the surrounding neighborhood. Click here for more detailed information on dining options.

About our speakers

Chris Child has worked at NEHGS for fifteen years and has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. Chris is an expert in genealogical research in Southern New England, especially Connecticut; New York; ancestry of notable figures, especially presidents; genetics and genealogy; African-American and Native-American genealogy, 19th and 20th-Century research, and westward migrations out of New England; and applying to hereditary societies. Chris has authored several articles in American Ancestors Magazine, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and The Mayflower Descendant. He is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton (NEHGS, 2011) and co-compiler of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2011).

Alice Kane assists patrons of the NEHGS research library with queries and genealogical challenges of all kinds. Prior to joining the NEHGS staff, Alice was a librarian at the Boston Public Library for nineteen years. Alice is an expert in using mobile tools for genealogy, Chinese and Chinese-American genealogy, and also has experience with French-Canadian, Irish, and German research. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard University.

About the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the country’s leading resource for family history research. NEHGS is a non-profit, member organization that is open to the public. We help genealogists of all skill levels improve their knowledge and understanding of their family and its place in history. Although our name says New England, we provide expertise and research in nearly all aspects of family history, from 17th-century colonial New England through 20th-century immigration research. Our award-winning website,, is the online repository for more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond. Our Online Learning Center offers webinars, courses, how-to videos, and digital downloads to aid in your research.

About the California Genealogical Society

The California Genealogical Society, organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique, covering people and places in California and the rest of the country. The Society offers research services, online one-of-a-kind genealogical indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world.

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