The NEHGS Book Club

Free registration

Saturday, April 29 1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
NEHGS Library and Archives, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Learn from leading authors in our field about the essential resources produced by our award-winning Publications program that will advance your research. From writing your family stories, to crafting a historical biography, to the latest from our genealogical study project for Early New England research, to essential how-to guides for approaching your Irish family history, our team of expert genealogists and publishing professionals will give practical advice to apply to your genealogy pursuits, provide insights into the research and writing processes, and entertain your questions in an engaging round of discussions.

1:45 p.m. Writing Your Family Stories, Penny Stratton, co-author of Guide to Genealogical Writing
2:05 p.m. Researching early New England Families, Alicia Crane Williams, FASG, author of Early New England Families, 1641-1700 Volume 1
2:25 p.m. Advancing Your Irish Genealogy, Judy Lucey, co-author, Genealogist’s Handbook for Irish Research
2:45 p.m. Break-out sessions for group discussions with authors


About the NEHGS Book Club presenters:

Penny Stratton is an NEHGS publications consultant following her retirement as NEHGS Director of Publications. Prior to joining the NEHGS staff, she edited and produced such notable books as Boston: All One Family (photographs by Bill Brett); Boston Rediscovered (photographs by Ulrike Welsch); A Short History of Boston by Robert Allison; Boston on Fire by Stephanie Schorow; and Witches, Rakes, and Rogues by D. Brenton Simons. At NEHGS, she has overseen the publication of, among many other titles, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales; Ancestors of American Presidents; The Descendants of Henry Sewall; The History of the Brigham Family; New Englanders in the 1600s, and Bill Griffeth’s The Stranger in My Genes. A popular lecturer at genealogical conferences on publishing family histories, Penny is the co-author of Guide to Genealogical Writing.

Alicia Crane Williams, FASG, is the lead genealogist on the NEHGS study project, Early New England Families, 1641-1700. Prior to joining the NEHGS staff, she compiled and edited numerous important genealogical publications including The Mayflower Descendant, the Alden Family Five Generations project, and the Harlow Family: Descendants of Sgt. William Harlow (1624/5-1691) of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Alicia has served as Historian of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Assistant Historian General at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and as Genealogist of the Alden Kindred of America. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in History from Northeastern University. In October 2016, Alicia was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists.

Judy Lucey joined the staff in 2003. She received a B.S. in Education from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Her genealogical interests include Irish genealogy, Newfoundland, 19th and 20th century genealogy, beginning-level genealogy, Italian genealogy, and the history of Cambridge and Somerville, Mass. A native of the Boston area, she currently resides in Somerville, Mass. In 2016, Marie Daly and Judy published the Genealogist’s Handbook for Irish Research, which offers tips for navigating the sometimes challenging course of finding Irish ancestors. Using real-life examples and many illustrations of records and techniques, they take a step-by-step approach to using American records to trace Irish ancestors in this country, with the goal of finding the place of origin.