Fréamh Éireann’ Lecture

Fréamh Éireann’s First Zoom Lecture
January 9th @ 10:30am
Please note : Access is limited  ~ Zoom information TK
Featuring Kathleen Kaldis The Ancestor Finder
“Through the Looking Glass: The Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters”

This unique collection contains valuable genealogical information about Massachusetts Irish Catholic Ancestors and their family. You might even find out which parent they most resembled!

Kathleen Kaldis (Genealogist, NERGC 2020 Director, and Lecturer)

A professional genealogist who is known as The Ancestor Finder. Her interest in genealogy started at a young age when she heard stories about how her great great-grandfather, who was born on Cape Breton Island, came to Boston to build Fenway Park. Go SOX! Her enthusiasm shines through when she shares her passion of genealogy with her clients and audiences.

Kathleen is a professional genealogist and genealogical speaker. She has worked as a Genealogist at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and The New England Historic and Genealogical Society and specializes in lineage and forensic research.

She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and has successfully completed many advanced level genealogical institute courses. Kathleen is very active within the genealogical community and serves in many leadership positions for many organizations. A proud member of the Lexington Massachusetts DAR and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Her areas of genealogical expertise are: New England and the Atlantic Canadian Provinces, lineage research, forensic research, Greek Research, Researching Mariners who Sailed the Seas, and Resolving Tough Genealogical Problems.

Kathleen and her husband grew up on Cape Cod and went to Dennis -Yarmouth High School. She currently resides in Leominster, Massachusetts and has three grown daughters.

The Massachusetts Catholic Order of Forester (M.C.O.F.) records are a unique genealogical collection containing valuable genealogical information about Massachusetts Irish Catholic Ancestors and their family. The M.C.O.F. was a fraternal insurance society for the Irish Catholics of Massachusetts founded in 1879 to help provide financial security to the community. The collection contains membership applications, death certificates, beneficiary information, letters. The membership applications are the best part. In order for the applicant to obtain a policy, they had to disclose detailed medical information for his/her immediate family (parents & siblings). The researcher will also learn how the M.C.O.F. records connect to other genealogical record groups of interest.

Plus, there is a delightful surprise within the membership application – not found in other genealogical collections!

Register On-Line: Registration is required and is capped at 100 spots. The lecture is open to all GAC members. Please register in advance using the following link:

Contact: Bob Abercrombie, Fréamh Éireann Chairman @

Access is limited  ~ Zoom information TK