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26 January 2016

Genealogy Trip: Boston's Calling

Ready to go on a Genealogy Road Trip?

Sign-up today for the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and Library Research Trip to the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) library February 28 - March 6, 2016.  The deadline is soon---Sunday, February 7th---so don't delay if you want to reserve your spot.

Join Jane Lindsey, former CGS president and past NEHGS Trustee, as she leads our biennial trip to Boston, Massachusetts.  

Yes, it’s winter in Boston, but don’t worry because you’re just steps to everything you’ll want to see.

The run-down
Accommodations are at the Charlesmark Hotel which is located in the Copley Square area of downtown Boston.  The hotel is across the street from the prestigious Boston Public Library and only 2 blocks from NEHGS

The tour begins Monday morning with a brief orientation. Since the NEHGS library is closed on Monday, participants will have the option that day of visiting a local repository.  One idea is the Boston Public Library, an amazing research institution in it’s own right.

The cost ranges from $1355.00 for a Double Bed room and $1515.00 for a Queen room based on single occupancy (airfare not included).  Unfortunately, no two-bedded rooms exist in the hotel.  Deadline for registration and payment via credit card is February 7, 2016.  

Visit our Eventbrite page listing for full details, including cancellation and refund policy. 

A gentle reminder:  Tour participants must be members of the California Genealogical Society to attend.  You can sign-up on our website.  Also, if you are not a member of NEHGS, please consider joining for $89.95.  You'll gain access to their great website and avoid a $15 daily user fee for non–members.  

What’s the trip like?
Our current President, Linda Okazaki, has been on our research trip before and offered the following observations, 

"First of all it's walking distance to NEHGS, so I didn't have to worry about transportation there and back.  Next, I really enjoyed learning from the world-class genealogy instructors in an amazing institution.  Last, but not least, was the camaraderie of the group.  We helped each other to maximize our research efforts, plus the group dinners were a wonderful way to connect with each other." 

What does the package include?

  • Optional pre-trip consultation & planning with trip leader, Jane Lindsey
  • Optional Monday visit to a repository
  • Orientation and lectures at NEHGS
  • 7 nights at the Charlesmark Hotel (located across the street from the Boston Public Library and 2 blocks from NEHGS)
  • Daily continental breakfast each morning at the hotel
  • Two group dinners (Monday and Saturday) at local restaurants

  • Research schedule
    Sunday: Arrive in Boston.

    Monday: There will be a brief morning orientation at the hotel.  

    Since the NEHGS library is closed on Monday, participants will have the option of visiting the Massachusetts State Archives, Suffolk or Middlesex county court houses, the Massachusetts Historical Society or the Boston Public Library---all AMAZING resources! You can also spend the day sightseeing in Boston.

    Tuesday-Saturday: The focus will be on NEHGS. The hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Extended hours on Wednesday (9:00 am to 9:00 pm).

    Also, the Boston Public Library, across the street from our hotel, is open until 9:00 pm, Monday - Thursday. It has an excellent microtext department, newspaper collection, and the excellent Norman B. Leventhal Map center. 

    Do you still have questions that haven't been answered here? Contact Jane Lindsey with your inquiries at

    Talk about a ringing endorsement:  Linda Okazaki, our current president and previous trip attendee, has just signed–up for the trip again.  Join Linda, Jane and the others on a genealogy trip you’ll never forget!

    Photographs courtesy of Jane Lindsey

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