Join us in 2019 once a month at Look Park for Afternoon Tea! Each monthly tea will feature a different speaker or activity.  Tickets are $10.00 per person and reservations are required. Teas will take place at the Garden House during the colder months. As the weather gets warmer, we will move outside. For questions or reservations, please call 413-584-5457.

February 20th, 2019

1pm to 3pm at the Garden House

$10.00 per person
Call: 413-584-5457 for reservations

The ABC’s of Genealogy: Getting Started with Family Research

  • Basic techniques for effective on-line research
  • It’s not all on the internet: libraries, archives, museums – even closets and attics
  • Records: Census, military, pension, probate, immigration and naturalization
  • Keeping track of where you’ve been as you go along, not later!
  • Recording your findings
  • Friendly, non-confrontational techniques for interviewing family
  • Pinball genealogy – A dangerous preoccupation


Dave Robison, owner of Old Bones Genealogy of New England, is a professional genealogist from Western Massachusetts. He holds a Certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University and has completed the 18-month ProGen course in Professional Genealogy.  Dave is the President of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society (WMGS) and of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (CSG). He has held several positions for the New England regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts and will be heavily involved with NERGC for the 2019 and 2021 conferences. He is the Registrar for the Pomeroy Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MASSAR) and holds memberships at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) – Worcester Chapter, Central New York Genealogical Society (CNYGS), the Alabama Society of Genealogists (ASG), the Smokey Mountain Genealogical Society and many others.

Dave has taught dozens of courses in genealogical research at all levels. The subject matter has covered basic and intermediate research strategies, common pitfalls of family research, the use of off-line research facilities especially New England resources, DNA, utilizing Facebook and other social media for research.

He has written numerous articles for genealogical society newsletters and has written several book reviews for Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Dave is a resident of Chicopee, Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Karen, an RN for the Chicopee School System. Between them, they have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren.