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September 22, 2018 9:00AM


The Great Migration:
Researching 17th-Century New England


NEHGS is Coming to Oakland!
Saturday, September 22, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
In partnership with the California Genealogical Society

with Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project and Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of Newbury Street Press and Editor of Mayflower Descendant

Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel, One Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621
Cost: $125, includes five lectures and lunch

Spend the day with NEHGS in Oakland, California and hear from two renowned experts on early New England research: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project and Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press and Editor of The Mayflower Descendant. Learn about the genealogical and ideological connections among the Puritans who settled New England, understand the settlement and migrations within early New England, gain valuable research strategies for breaking down genealogical brick walls, and learn about ongoing scholarly contributions to the field of study.

Beyond lectures, participants will have the opportunity to chat with visiting NEHGS staff, enter to win door prizes, take advantage of NEHGS membership specials, and enjoy lunch with fellow family historians. CGS will host a membership table and have a silent auction.

On Friday, September 21, consultations will be available at the CGS Library with members of the California Genealogical Society who have considerable New England expertise including questions regarding the Mayflower Society. Click here to sign up for consultation.


9:00 Check-in, light refreshments; visit with NEHGS and CGS staff and view CGS Silent Auction
9:30 Opening remarks
10:00 Lecture: Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England, Robert Charles Anderson
11:00 Lecture: Migrations Into and Out of New England, Christopher C. Child
12:00 Lunch (provided); CGS silent auction
1:00 Lecture: Ongoing Scholarship and Published Materials for Mayflower Research, Christopher C. Child
2:00 Lecture: Thirty Years of the Great Migration Study Project, Robert Charles Anderson
3:00 Break
3:15 Lecture: Thinking Outside the Box: Breaking Down Brick Walls in Early New England, Christopher C. Child
4:15 Door prize and silent auction winners announced
4:30 Conclude

About the Speakers:

Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project was educated as a biochemist and served in the United States Army in electronics intelligence. In 1972 he discovered his early New England ancestry and thereafter devoted his time and energies to genealogical research. In 1983 he received a Master’s degree in colonial American History from the UMass Amherst and was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1978. He became a Contributing Editor of The American Genealogist in 1979, Associate Editor in 1985, and Coeditor from 1993 to 2012. He has been an editorial consultant to the Register since 1989.

Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press and Editor of the Mayflower Descendant, has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. He is the editor of the genetics & genealogy column in American Ancestors magazine and has written several articles in American Ancestors, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and The Mayflower Descendant.He is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton (NEHGS, 2011), co-author of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2011) and Ancestors and Descendants of George Rufus Brown and Alice Nelson Pratt (Newbury Street Press, 2013), and author of The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2014). Chris holds a B.A. in history from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His areas of expertise include 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, westward migrations out of New England, and applying to hereditary societies.

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