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The New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC), September 17 - 19, 2015
Venue: Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY.

The second NYSFHC Conference will be a three day event consisting of three concurrent tracts, and will run from Thurs, Sept. 17, 2015 through Sat., Sept. 19, 2015.   This year's docket of nationally known presenters is sure to attract hundreds of researchers of all skill levels.

TIARA is again participating in this event and is in need of volunteers for our vendor booth to help with greeting guests, selling books and perhaps provide genealogy guidance.   Volunteers are needed during the following times:

  Thursday Sept.17 from 10:30 am - 12 noon

Vendor Hall hours:
  Thursday Sept. 17 from 12 pm - 8 pm
  Friday  Sept. 18 from 8 am - 6 pm
  Saturday  Sept. 19 from 8 am - 3:30 pm

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact TIARA NYSFHC Volunteers: Mary Choppa.

For more detail about the conference and registration information, please visit

Chelmsford Fall Genealogy Conference, Saturday September 26, 2015, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Venue: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford, MA.

The Chelmsford Genealogy Club and the Worcester Chapter of MSOG is sponsoring this FREE one day conference featuring four well-known speakers:

   Nationally known speaker, Michael Strauss AG.
   Your Genealogist, Drew Bartley.
   Find Your Roots', Carol P. McCoy PhD.
   TIARA's own Thomas Toohey.

TIARA will be sponsoring a Genealogy Road Show with free 15 minute consultations for conference attendees for both Irish and general research.   We are looking for volunteers to provide these consultations.   Note that conference attendees will be asked to provide their research questions in advance so there will be plenty of time to prepare your response.    Consultations will be held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and again from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm.   This will allow volunteer consultants to also attend the talks.   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact TIARA Chelmsford Conference Volunteers: Kathy Sullivan.

For more detail about the conference and registration information, please visit The Chelmsford Fall 2015 Genealogy Conference.    Note that although the conference is free, registration is required.   Also note that if you would like to purchase lunch, it must be purchased in advance via the registration process.

PBS' Genealogy Roadshow - Season 3 (Taping Event), October 3, 2015
Venue: Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA.

Saturday   (Oct. 3) - Hours: 8am to 6:30pm.

The PBS Genealogy Roadshow has invited TIARA to be a vendor at their Season 3 taping event at Faneuil Hall on Saturday Oct. 3, 2015.  This is a unique opportunity for TIARA to introduce ourselves to the PBS audience.   Once again, we are in need of volunteers for this event to greet guest and hand out promotional materials.   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact TIARA Roadshow Volunteers: Susan Steele.

Family Search Indexing Project has completed the 1940 census indexing project. It took only 124 days to index 132 million records, due to unprecedented support from thousands of volunteers.

TIARA is proud to have been a part of this effort. Thirty-three TIARA members gave their time and effort to this project, so that everyone would have free access to the 1940 census. Together the TIARA team indexed 138,140 records, and arbitrated 52,558 records. has many more projects to be indexed, such as Passenger lists for Atlantic and Gulf ports, naturalization records, WWI draft registartions, and pension files. Volunteers install software provided by FamilySearch on home computers, download images from the site, type the data they read from the image via the software, and submit their work back to the site. The data is eventually made available to the public -- free! -- at the FamilySearch website for use in genealogical and family history research.

Online tutorials are available. If you already have a login account at, you can add TIARA as your group.

This is a project that can benefit all of us! And you can do it on your own schedule, at home or elsewhere. Let's get started! Visit to download the indexing software and do a practice page.

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
Irish Arts, Sports & Music

Canton, Mass.

August Events of Irish Interest
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the Boston Irish Tourism Association

Current Events of Irish Interest
listed by
the Boston Irish Reporter

Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC)
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

TIARA is a member of these organizations. Check their web sites for upcoming events!

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