Genealogy Interest Group to host author Aimee Gagnon Fogg on Sept. 12

WOLFEBORO — The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group will hold their September meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Wolfeboro Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first hour will strictly be a question and answer period, followed by a program presented by Aimee Gagnon Fogg at 7 p.m. 

Fogg's program will highlight the process of researching and writing her book "The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle." In 2009, Fogg began searching to discover what happened to her uncle, Paul Lavoie, who died while fighting in Europe during World War II. She wanted to know more about the man, where he served and how he died. Through research at archives and historical societies, the help of a World War II veteran, and a trip to retrace her uncle's path, Fogg was able to learn more about Lavoie. Her search revealed that he was buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in Belgium. While at the cemetery, she realized she wanted to tell the stories of all the New Hampshire men buried there.

With the help of the staff at Henri-Chapelle, some family members of the fallen men and a lot more research, Fogg was able to gather the histories and stories of the 40 New Hampshire men buried in the cemetery. The venture has been so successful that she has been asked to write a similar book about the Henri-Chapelle men from Vermont.

Fogg holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and History. Recently appointed New Hampshire Coordinator for Poland Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, Fogg is also involved with various Jewish cemetery restoration projects and mass grave memorializations throughout Eastern Europe. She is the author of the "Wind Wails" and "There Exists a Fence."

For more information call Dee Ide at 630-8497 or Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428.