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Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library Has Reopened

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library is now open to the public Tuesdays thru Thursdays from 11am to 3pm by appointment only.

Visitors must call ahead before coming (860) 569-0002. Masks must be worn. .

The library has received the State of Connecticut COVID self-certification safety seal which means we are compliant with all safety requirements put in place to re-open safely to the public. Our library has been professionally cleaned and sanitized. Additional safety signs and floor markings to ensure proper distancing have been added as well as research area spaced out appropriately. Hand sanitizer is available and required to use.

We look forward to having our researchers back with us again and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions as we ease back into this re-opening.
Sincerely,

The CSG Board of Governors


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THE NORWALK SENIOR CENTER IS CLOSED FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE

The Norwalk Senior Center Genealogy Club continues to communicate with its members via email.

Please email your interest or your questions to moc.loa|02nworbnahtanoj#moc.loa|02nworbnahtanoj.


“Going Beyond the Barbour Collection, One More Time!" with Mel Smith

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Sometimes you have to go beyond vital records to find your elusive Connecticut ancestor. At times you may have to utilize multiple primary source records that are unique for a given family, community, or state. Please join the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor via Zoom as Mel Smith of the Connecticut State Library's History & Genealogy Unit outlines a wide range of underutilized resources that are found at the State Library, and perhaps right at your fingertips on your computer or mobile device.

Cost: $8.00 per person, advance registration required for this Zoom meeting; go to https://dfaw.org/events/


"Connecticut genealogy Research: The Basics", Waterford Public Library

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10 am

There are certain sources that can be especially helpful when researching your Connecticut ancestors. This workshop will cover the most commonly used Connecticut sources. A hand-out is available for pick up at the Information Desk in the library.
This is a Zoom event. Please click this link to register: [https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpfuyopz8jGdD1ee9Q4jLbFQHbrKU0QHWk] After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Our speaker is Bryna O’Sullivan, a Middletown based professional genealogist and French-to-English genealogical translator. As owner of Charter Oak Genealogy, she specializes in lineage society applications.


Welsh Society of Western New England’s Welsh Genealogy-on-ZOOM

Monday October 5, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Researching Welsh genealogy, answering questions, helping each other with our brick walls.
RSVP to moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI#moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI required to be added to Zoom meeting invite.


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Welsh Society of Western New England’s Welsh Genealogy-on-ZOOM

Monday October 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Researching Welsh genealogy, answering questions, helping each other with our brick walls.
RSVP to moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI#moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI required to be added to Zoom meeting invite.


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"Mining DNA Results," virtual meeting delivered via Zoom

Saturday, October 17, 10:30 am - noon

Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork will demonstrate some of the tools and strategies available for making the most of DNA results, particuarly the tools for ancestryDNA and 23andMe.

Sponsored by Fréamh Éireann, the Gaelic words for “Irish Roots”, the genealogy group at the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield, CT. (Note: this is one week later than one usual meeting).

This is a members-only event. To become a member, please email moc.liamg|cagyratercesEF#moc.liamg|cagyratercesEF, or visit http://fegenealogy.org/contact-us/


Durham Public Library, Durham: House History Part I: Accessing CT Land Records, November 5, 7 pm.

Do you know how to locate your ancestor’s land records in Connecticut? Bryna O’Sullivan with Charter Oak Genealogy will walk us through how to access land records for 169 towns throughout our state. You’ll learn how to determine what town the records are in, how to search the records using the grantor/grantee index, and how to find and work with the records. Register at [https://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=DURHAMCT&curID=463645].


Welsh Society of Western New England’s Welsh Genealogy-on-ZOOM

Monday November 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Researching Welsh genealogy, answering questions, helping each other with our brick walls.
RSVP to moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI#moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI required to be added to Zoom meeting invite.


Durham Public Library, Durham: House History Part II: Who's Lived in Your House?, November 10, 7 pm.

Identify the homeowners and learn the history of your house! Using the census, local history, newspapers, photographs, maps, and architectural surveys to trace the story behind the people who once lived in your home. Bryna O’Sullivan will walk us through using these resources. Register at [https://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=DURHAMCT&curID=463644].


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“Think Like a Reporter to Avoid Genealogy Mistakes” with Jennifer Mendelsohn

Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., networking at 10 a.m.

This is a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

More than two decades of journalism experience has helped Jennifer Mendelsohn as a genealogist, both to zero in on reliable information and not to be duped by unreliable information. She will talk about using the “Law and Order” method (follow the “dun duns!”) to track down information and how relying on simple principles like Occam’s Razor – that the most likely scenario is the least complicated – and logic grids can help you get further. We’ll go over pitfalls like not blindly using Ancestry hints, assessing the credibility of sources, not being wedded to spelling, (hello, wildcard searches!) and why genealogy is like playing Concentration: you always have to remember the cards you’ve seen and turned over.

Jennifer Mendelsohn is a seasoned journalist and ghostwriter whose work has appeared in numerous local and national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, People, Slate, and USA Today.

A native Long Islander now based in Baltimore, Mendelsohn serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and is the administrator of Facebook’s Jewish genetic genealogy group. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she is the creator of the movement known as #resistancegenealogy, a project that uses genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past. Her work has received international media attention, including being featured on CNN.com, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.


Welsh Society of Western New England’s Welsh Genealogy-on-ZOOM

Monday November 23, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Researching Welsh genealogy, answering questions, helping each other with our brick walls.
RSVP to moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI#moc.liamg|ENWhsleWofnI required to be added to Zoom meeting invite.



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“Cruising Long Island Sound" with Fred Hart Jr.

Saturday, February 6, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., networking at 10 a.m.

Our programs are a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

THE PROGRAM
This is a narrated introduction to the Long Island Sound region’s impact on the genealogy of families throughout its surrounding land areas. This regional aspect has had a major impact on family history ever since the earliest colonial times. The talk is illustrated with multiple examples of actual individual and group migrations from state to state and from town to town throughout the region. Any researcher of families in any of the shoreline towns, regardless of county or state, will want to consider this regional aspect and incorporate it into their research plans.

THE SPEAKER
Fred Hart is a native of Norwalk, Connecticut and a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB, 1958) and the Thayer School of Engineering (MSEE, 1960). His engineering career was with the Connecticut Light and Power Company and its successor Northeast Utilities (now part of Eversource Energy), where he held a progression of engineering, supervision and management positions until his retirement in 1995. He has held the Certified Genealogist credential since 1993 and was elected a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2007. He has held the position of genealogist with Connecticut Ancestry Society for many years, and is a member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, The New England Historic Genealogical Society and The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society where he serves on the Editorial Board of its journal, and where he was elected a Fellow of that Society in October, 2015.


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"Rock Ridge Revolutionary: Caroline Ruutz-Rees and Rosemary Hall"

Saturday, February 20, 10:30 am - noon

An unusual surname and a storied life make Caroline Ruutz-Rees (1865 – 1954) an ideal case study for a program on best practices for conducting online newspaper research.

  • Caroline Ruutz-Rees broke ground in myriad realms. She broke ground in Greenwich as the headmistress (1890 - 1936) of Rosemary Hall, a progressive preparatory school for girls that emphasized academic excellence, athletics and student governance. Under her tutelage, Rosemary Hall transcended the girls’ finishing schools and rivaled the boys’ prep schools of the time. In addition to her academic career, Ruutz-Rees held leadership roles both locally and nationally, as an activist for women’s suffrage, in the war effort during World War I, and in Democratic party politics. A house in Port Chester, owned by Rosemary Hall, served as the headquarters of the Greenwich Committee for Maternal Health, during the 1930s when birth control was illegal in Connecticut. Although she never married, she adopted and raised two children.
  • The program will demonstrate the methodology used to trace the life of Caroline Ruutz-Rees and the history of the school she co-founded through online newspaper resources.
  • Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork will share some of her favorite tips and techniques for getting the most from online newspapers. Her methodology has helped others find the elusive items for their families.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cos Cob Library, the program is free and open to the public. To request the ZOOM link for the presentation, contact the Cos Cob library. Registration link: http://greenwichlibrary.evanced.info/signup/eventdetails?EventId=53802


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The Farmington Libraries present, "Getting Started in Genealogy"

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6-7:30 p.m.

The program is for genealogy novices as well as for those returning to America's #2 hobby. You'll get a tour and some lessons on the Genealogy resources of the Farmington Library website, like Ancestry Library (the library version of ancestry.com) and ProQuest newspapers (which includes The Hartford Courant) and the Farmington Valley Herald newspaper. There will also be an introduction to the 1940 U.S. Census, the "nosiest census ever." The information from that census is a valuable jumping off point in a journey that can lead to birth, marriage and death dates; immigration records; naturalization and military records, city directories and newspapers. Every document found and studied is another step in the adventure of discovering your family history and understanding the people whose DNA you share.

The event is free and all are welcome. Registration is required.
https://farmingtonlibraries.librarymarket.com/events/virtual-presentation-getting-started-genealogy


Intro to Genealogy, March 2 and 23, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Two lectures via Zoom, plus two hours of one-on-one time. $99.

Sponsored by Greenwich Adult & Continuing Education.

REGISTRATION LINK:
https://www.greenwichace.com/CourseCatalog/ScheduleView.asp?ScheduleId=13274


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“Mining DNA Results" with Janeen Bjork

Saturday, March 6, 2021 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., networking at 10 a.m.

This is a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

Using case studies of two adoptees who were looking for their biological families, Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork will demonstrate some of the tools and strategies that are available for making the most of DNA results, particularly the tools for Family Tree DNA, ancestryDNA, MyHeritage and 23andMe.


Writing Your Family Story

March 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Friends of the Cos Cob Library are pleased to welcome back Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork, who will present a free program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20th, entitled “Writing Your Family Story.” The program will discuss the options that writers have for releasing their work.

The options include Do-It-Yourself projects (scrapbooking or self-publishing with a print template), hiring photo and design help, to commissioning a company that specializes in producing heirloom-quality family books. Janeen will share the insights she gained from working with clients and a professional book designer and artist to preserve family letters, diaries, documents, and scrapbook entries for posterity. The program is aimed at Genealogists of all levels, who are looking for best practices for writing their family stories, and who are interested in making their families come to life for others.

The program is free and all are welcome. Registration is required. https://greenwichlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=54079&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2021/03/12


GODFREY MEMORIAL LIBRARY - Zoom Genealogy Club Meeting

Saturday, April 17, 2021 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Understanding Evidence, Proving Your Point – Presented by Al Fiacre

Godfrey Memorial Library Board Chair and Senior Researcher Al Fiacre will discuss what is involved in doing professional quality genealogical research, something we all can aspire to. Are your sources original, derivative, or authored? How about the informant for that source – primary, secondary, or undetermined? Is your evidence direct, indirect, or negative? Have you studiously ignored conflicting information, or found and resolved it? Why does any of this matter? Al will present a couple of case studies to help illustrate his points.

Premium Godfrey Scholar members can register for free at the following email: gro.yerfdog|noitartsigermooz#gro.yerfdog|noitartsigermooz

If you are not a Premium Godfrey Scholar member and want to view the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal (web address: paypal.me/GodfreyMemorial). Then register at the email above.

Please register by 4:00 pm Friday, April 16.


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New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference 2021

April 1 - May 31, 2021

There will be no Connecticut Ancestry Society meeting in April, 2021, as we will be attending, and are encouraging all our members to participate in, the all-virtual New England Genealogical Regional Consortium conference. Look for a combination of live and on-demand events, including three programs from our own Nora Galvin.

Learn more about: https://nergc.org/2021-conference-2/
For a summary of conference information: https://web.cvent.com/event/dd0f52ce-f347-4603-83c1-5e63cadd92ca/summary
Register here: https://web.cvent.com/event/dd0f52ce-f347-4603-83c1-5e63cadd92ca/regProcessStep1
For more information about the organization: https://nergc.org/


The Connecticut Ancestry Society presents: "Reasonably Exhaustive Research: Do You Know All the Online Resources for Connecticut?" with Nora Galvin, CG

Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Networking at 10 a.m.

The Genealogical Proof Standard’s first step is to perform reasonably exhaustive research. How can we do that if we don’t know all the resources available to us? This lecture will help you zero in on Connecticut resources online at sites like FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, AmericanAncestors.org and the State Library website. Make sure you are taking advantage of these accessible databases.

The program is a CAS member benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event. The society's membership year is June 1st to May 31st.



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