Mark Your Calendars – NERGC Conference

Mark Your Calendars for the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) 2023 Conference, slated for May 3-6 in Springfield, Mass.

Featured speakers are Rich Venezia and Michael. D. Lacopo, DVM.

Rich Venezia is an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors, especially in underutilized record sources and federal records. He is the go-to guy for assistance with dual citizenship applications for Italy and Ireland. Other main areas of focus include Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New Jersey research. Rich treats all family histories as his own, and finds a great deal of joy in sharing this information with others. He believes that learning about your ancestors allows you to learn about yourself.

Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Dr. Michael D. Lacopo completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine—carefully, methodically and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession. He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives—living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.

Registration will open closer to the end of the year. More information is available at