Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Inside Scoop: Boasting about Boston

The Inside Scoop: Boston Boastings

Next year FGS is in Boston and there are plenty of good reasons to consider attending, but since I live in the area, I'll give you the inside scoop.

  • Boston is a fun city.

Sure, the Puritans settled the area and that makes people think the residents are puritanical. Nonsense. Bostonians like to have fun. We have plenty of tourist sites and shopping malls, but the area also has several major league sports teams and some world-class museums. It's a major metropolis with choices for everyone. Don't believe me? Then check out the listings on Boston.com.
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You'll find lots of things to do while you're in town for FGS whether you decide to walk a few blocks or take public transportation.

  • Ride the "T"

(Not a cuppa) It's what Bostonians call their public transporatation system of trains. The MBTA or "T" for short connects suburbs and neighborhoods. Different colored trains take you around the town and conference attendees can save money by purchasing a visitor pass. Downloadable or printable tables are available on their website www.mbta.com.

  • Genealogy Galore

What's only a few blocks from the conference and has one of the largest genealogy collections in the country? The New England Historic Genealogical Society at 101 Newbury St. dates back to 1845. It was the first genealogical society in the United States. Visit their website www.newenglandancestors.org to plan your research trip to their library. Include on your itinerary the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Massachusetts State Archives. All are just a short walk or ride away.

Look for more information on all these facilities in future issues.

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