Thursday, October 20, 2011

New England Cruise Prompts Research at NEHGS, New England Historic Genealogical Society at Boston, Massachusetts

Linda Robbins and Thomas MacEntee, High Definition Genealogy, Guest Speaker on the Explorer of the Seas Legacy Family Cruise that departed Liberty Cruise Terminal September 29, 2011. Thomas is also well known for creating and maintaining, presenting genealogy webinars, and speaking all over the country at Genealogical and Historical Society Meetings and Conferences. Thanks to Ken Robbins for taking this picture. 

Barbara Poole, Genealogist from Boston, Massachusetts volunteered her time at NEHGS when Legacy Family Tree software program cruisers from the Explorer of the Seas spent one day in Boston researching their New England ancestors.Thanks to Barbara Poole for sharing the pictures below. 

 Geoff Rasmussen, Legacy Family Tree and Thomas MacEntee, High-Definition Genealogy, were speakers on the Legacy Family Tree Cruise with ports at Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Linda Robbins reads a Robbins book housed at NEHGS on the Sixth Floor in the Reading Room at NEHGS. I received excellent help from the Reference Librarians and David Allen Lambert, who I had met in 2009 at the Little Rock FGS Conference. 

Ken Robbins was all ready for the large group picture of the Legacy Family Tree Group in the Theater. There were 178 Legacy Family Tree cruisers and approximately 22 presenters and other guests for the 9-day cruise and three days of At Sea Seminars. They were very informative and fun. 

Recently Ken and I completed a cruise on Explorer of the Seas with the intention of my attending classes for my genealogy software program Legacy Family Tree. Our cruise was very successful with five ports including Boston where I and others taxied to NEHGS, New England Historic Genealogical Society--Founded in 1845 at 99-101 Newbury Street (, courtesy of cruise presenter Thomas MacErsntee's planning and area genealogy friends who volunteered to meet us there and assist us with our research.

The results of my research helped me locate further documentation about my husband's Robbins, Love, Wheeler, and Tower ancestors in New York, Massachusetts, and other New England states. I also had the privilege of meeting Barbara Poole, another genealogist and volunteer for the day at NEHGS. It is rare that genealogists get to meet each other in person. Not everyone gets to go on a genealogy cruise or walk in the doors of NEHGS in Boston. I am thankful and grateful for the chances to experience these opportunities.


  1. Thanks Linda so much for the kind words and taking the time to document this fun "journey!" I have yet to write my own post about the Legacy Family Tree Cruise but it will be up soon!

  2. Thank you Linda for a lovely article of your day. I didn't realize your husband was there, I wish I had taken his photo too. If you want me to check something out at the library, just ask.

  3. Ken stayed on the ship that day. He is a "silent" genealogist partner who shares stories about his family and corrects mistakes I may inadvertently make along the way. Thank you for your offer about checking out something from NEHGS. Your friendship and knowledge is greatly appreciated. If you ever need something from Texas or one of the states my our ancestors came from, just let me know. Take care! Linda


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