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Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library Closed Until Further Notice

As the State of Connecticut continues to respond to the rapidly changing circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Society of Genealogists' library will be closed to the public indefinitely. This means that there will be no Genealogy Help Sessions on Thursday, March 26 or April 9, and whether there will be a session on April 23 is questionable.
The status of our scheduled April 18 program featuring Ed Strickland speaking on "More Than a Will" is also questionable.

In addition, in response to the Governor's policy requesting "nonessential" workers to stay home, CSG's office staff will not be available to answer telephone calls but can respond to emails and will be continuing to process dues, which may be mailed to us or paid through our website.

Be sure to check our Website, and follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the status of our April 18 program and May 16 Annual Meeting, and other news for the genealogy community.

We'll do our best to continue to keep you informed about what's happening at CSG. If you have any questions, please contact us at gro.cnigsc|cnigsc#gro.cnigsc|cnigsc. Please do not reply to this email as it is not checked and only used for sending out mass emails.


The CSG Board of Governors

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists presents Sandra Taitt-Eady of the Baobab Genealogy Society speaking on "The Connecticut-Caribbean Connection"

March 21, 2020 (Saturday)
1:30 p.m., Connecticut Society of Genealogists' Library, 175 Maple St., East Hartford, CT
Cost: FREE but please pre-register at gro.cnigsc|cnigsc#gro.cnigsc|cnigsc or call 860-569-0002 by February 12 as space is limited

Connecticut has long been known for its forests and colonial coastal trades, but did you know that one of its longest maritime trading relationships was with the island of the English Caribbean? Today, Caribbean people constitute Connecticut's largest immigrant group and this includes our Barbadian-American speaker, who will take us on a fascinating ancestral journey in the Caribbean while filling or research bags with fresh online genealogical resources and
proven methodologies for working with the Caribbean Islands and its diaspora.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE POTENTIAL COVID-19 THREAT. The program is being rescheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor Spring Meeting and Luncheon

When: Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9:30AM-3:30PM

Where: Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074 (junction of Routes 30 & 194).

Guest Speaker: Mel Smith, Reference Librarian CT State Library, "Going Beyond the Barbour Collection, One More Time!"

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. Join us as Mel Smith 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 — records which may reveal information about your elusive Connecticut family. Such primary resources discussed will include private family papers and bible records, court records with a special emphasis on divorce records, and specialized indexes that may provide information about the untimely death of your ancestor.

$27.00 per person including buffet luncheon; $7.00 per person program only.

See for more information and the registration form.




"You Should Write a Book!”

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Danbury book designer, artist and poet Shelley Lowell and Greenwich Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork completed a year-long collaboration in September 2019. Their work combined Genealogy research with the client's family photos, letters and memoirs, to create an heirloom quality publication for present and future generations. If you have ever thought about publishing your family history, or of writing a non-fiction book, you'll want to hear about the best practices for organizing, writing and publishing your work.

The program is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Danbury Public Library. It is free and all are welcome. Reservations with the library are recommended.

Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, Danbury, CT



Thursday, April 16th, 1-3 p.m., social time 1 - 1:30 p.m

Norwalk Senior Center Genealogy Club, the March meeting will be story-telling time. We are looking for volunteers to share their search experiences.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Please RSVP either to moc.loa|02nworbnahtanoj#moc.loa|02nworbnahtanoj, or call the reception desk at NSC, 203-847-3115.

Introduction to Using DNA for Genealogy

Four Mondays April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Non-credit course at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854
Class fee: $89. See page 33 of the online catalog


"Reclaim the Records and You"

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Connecticut Ancestry Society is pleased to present Reclaim the Records Board member Alec Ferretti.

Alec will discuss the accomplishments of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit that seeks to restore public access to genealogical documents. RTR has succeeded in obtaining and publishing, for free, decades of vital records indexes from New York City, New York State, and New Jersey and is currently working on projects across the country. He will explain the many ways to access these newly available collections. He will also provide the latest updates about RTR's ongoing endeavors. Finally, he'll tell you how you can get involved with the organization.

Alec Ferretti is a member of the Board of Directors of Reclaim the Records. He is a graduate of Vassar College and is currently in New York University’s Dual Degree Masters Program with LIU, in which he is earning two Masters Degrees, one in Archives & Public History, and one in Library Science. He has been doing genealogy research for nearly a decade, and has traveled throughout The United States, Italy, and Poland to trace his roots. Alec is the president of the New York Genealogy and Technology Group, a volunteer organization that organizes lectures and educational programming to foster the link between technology and genealogical research. He works as a family history researcher for The Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center. Alec was a winner of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) 2018 Young Professional Scholarship.

The meeting is free and all are welcome. Membership in the society is not necessary, but is greatly appreciated.

If needed, the snow date will be the following Saturday, April 25th.

Trumbull Historical Society
1856 Huntington Turnpike
Trumbull, CT 06611

Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Workshop

CANCELLED for April 18, 2020 Glastonbury, CT - Cancelled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEXT MEETING June 20 (see listing below)

The Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Workshop meets every other month to learn how to research Welsh roots.

Come for the day or part thereof. Bring your family tree and a lunch dish to share.

Workshop may include a 12 noon-1PM presentation on a genealogy topic.

Members, $5. Non-members - first Workshop complimentary, further workshops $10 per session.

RSVP for Info & location to moc.liamg|ENWhsleW#moc.liamg|ENWhsleW

DNA: What to Expect When You’re Testing

June 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, Prospect Library, 17 Center Street, Prospect, CT 06712

Free and open to the public.


GSBC 2020 Seminar: Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®—A Three-Lecture Program

Saturday, 18 April 2020, 9:30 am–3:00 pm

Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 (North Jersey)

Join the GSBC as we welcome internationally known photo expert and speaker Maureen Taylor for a full day of talks about family photos: how to identify, understand, and preserve them. Whether you are organizing photos as part of your family research or enjoy old photos—this day and these talks are not to be missed!

  • 9:30 am—Coffee and Welcome
  • SESSION 1:Identifying and Dating Family Photographs An interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in family pictures. Learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
  • SESSION 2:Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.
  • SESSION 3:Preserving Family Photographs—1839 to the Present From daguerreotypes to digital imaging dilemmas, this in-depth seminar covers everything a family photographer needs to know about caring for photographs. Topics include printing and sharing digital images, and how to safely label your grandparents’ pictures.
  • Seminar includes beverages and light refreshments, an option to add a box lunch, chance to win one of our wonderful door prizes, and a Q&A session with Maureen Taylor!

COST: $40–$55; Hurry, early registration ends 18 March!
Registration is OPEN, see details at []

Please join us and Connecticut Society of Genealogists Governor Edwin W. Strickland II as he presents "More Than A Will: Understanding Probate Records" on Saturday, 18 April 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the CSG Library, 175 Maple Street, East Hartford, CT.

The cost is FREE and the program is open to the public, but please pre-register so we can plan appropriately.

For questions or to pre-register, please contact the CSG Office at 860-569-0002 or email gro.cnigsc|cnigsc#gro.cnigsc|cnigsc.

Join us on 16 May 2020 for The Connecticut Society of Genealogists Annual Meeting featuring Casey Duckett, founder of the Rhode Island Pirate Players, and “Dead Men’s Tales: A Discussion in New England and Beyond”

Place: Hilton Garden Inn, 85 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury, CT

Time: Registration begins at 10 a.m. followed by the Annual Business Meeting including election of new officers and governors for the 2020-2021 year.

Luncheon will be at Noon and the presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $29 – Please pre-register by 8 May 2020.

~ Event is Open to the Public. To register or if you have questions, contact the CSG Office at 860-569-0002 or email gro.cnigsc|cnigsc#gro.cnigsc|cnigsc.


The 100th Anniversary of U.S. Women's Suffrage: Greenwich Women Were on the Front Lines

Saturday June 6, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Friends of the Cos Cob Library

Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

+++A Kurpie Adventure trip to Poland
+++June 2020 you must register by January 15, 2020

The Polish American Foundation of CT presents The Road Home
A Kurpie Adventure
The trip starts in Warsaw on June 19, 2020 and ends in Warsaw on June 30, 2020.

The trip cost is $2,795 per person, double occupancy.
There will be an additional $ 500.00 fee for single occupancy.

The cost includes all ground transportation in Poland, hotels, professional tour guide, private tour bus, admission to scheduled attractions, basic tourist insurance, 11 breakfasts,
9 lunches and 10 dinners.

The trip size is limited to 15-18 people.
Deposits are due by January 15, 2020. Final payment is due by March 1, 2020

For more information or to make a reservation contact : moc.oohay|627anerod#moc.oohay|627anerod

Day 1 Warsaw Old Town
Welcome dinner
Night in Warsaw

Day 2 Royal Palace
Łazienki gardens
Museum of bread
Travel to Ostrołęka
Night in Ostrołęka

Day 3 Kurpie Wedding
Night in Ostrołęka

Day 4 Kurpie open air museum in Nowogród
Kurpie art workshop in Kadzidło
Night in Ostrołęka

Day 5 Genealogy on line lecture
Hands on genealogy workshop
practice Kurpie art workshop
Dancing class
Kielbasa roast
Night in Ostrołęka

Day 6 Surprise day trip!
Ceramic workshop
Night in Mikołajki

Day 7 Slow boat ride on Krutynia river
SPA time
Dinner on sailing boat
Night in Mikołajki

Day 8 Święta Lipka church & organ concert
Santa Claus Consulate
Wolf’s Liar
Night in Mikołajki

Day 9 Hot air Balloon trip – additional fee
Museum of Military Equipment
Biebrzański National Park
Night in Goniądz

Day 10 Tykocin synagogue
Stork Village
Uprising Museum in Warsaw
Night in Warsaw

Day 11 State Archives in Warsaw – lecture
Wilanów Palace & cooking class,
Museum of vodka
Night in Warsaw

Day 12 Shopping trip to the Gold Mall
Fly home

Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Workshop

June 20, 2020 (Saturday), 10:30am-5:15pm, Glastonbury, CT

The Welsh Society of Western New England’s Genealogy Workshop meets every other month to learn how to research Welsh roots.

Come for the day or part thereof. Bring your family tree and a lunch dish to share.

Workshop may include a 12 noon-1PM presentation on a genealogy topic.

Members, $5. Non-members - first Workshop complimentary, further workshops $10 per session.

RSVP for Info & location to moc.liamg|ENWhsleW#moc.liamg|ENWhsleW

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