Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Tracing Your Essex Ancestors" Seminar at NEHGS on 3 August 2015

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston, Massachusetts (88-101 Newbury Street) is holding an all-day seminar on Monday, 3 August 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on "Tracing Your Essex Ancestors."

The seminar will cost $35, and you can register online at

The page describes the seminar as:

"Since the early 17th century, there have been strong connections between the county of Essex in England and the New World. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, including several American presidents, can trace their ancestry to Essex. But how do you trace these connections? What records exist? And how can you access these resources? 

"Join Neil Wiffen and Allyson Lewis from the Essex Record Office to learn how to explore your English roots. This full-day workshop will include lectures, a demonstration of the website Essex Ancestors, and a special display of original records, including the parish register of Saffron Walden showing the baptisms and marriages of several Great Migration immigrants. 

"Note: The NEHGS library and archives will not be open for research during this event. View a list of Great Migration immigrants from Essex (compiled from The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640 by Robert Charles Anderson)."

The agenda is:

The speakers are:

"Neil Wiffen, Public Service Team Manager of the Essex Record Office, was born in and educated in Chelmsford before undertaking his first degree at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. At the University of Essex he completed an MA in Local and Regional History. He started working at the ERO in 2000 and has a strong interest in the history of the county of Essex.

"Allyson Lewis is an archivist with 30 years’ experience. She is a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford where she studied Modern History. She then undertook a Masters in Archive Administration at University College London. She has worked at the Essex Record Office for 12 years and is responsible for providing Access Points around the county to bring the Record Office closer to the public."

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