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1789 Colles Map

The name "Middlesex" is shown on
the 1789 map of Christopher Colles.
Vertical road is Old Kings Hwy. N.
N is north
x is Congregational Church
Z is Brookside Road
47 is miles from Federal Hall
Scofield is Darien Historical Society
Squiggly arrow is Goodwives River
Y is Sedgewick Avenue (to Oxridge)
Middlesex Genealogical Society

About Us

The Middlesex Genealogical Society was established in 1982. The name "Middlesex" is derived from Middlesex Parish, the original name by which Darien, Connecticut, was known before becoming incorporated in 1820. The society's founders were from Darien and chose "Middlesex" to honor the town. The Society is registered with the State of Connecticut, thereby giving members access to vital records at town and city record offices in Connecticut.

MGS needs your help. We do not require a large time commitment. Come to a Board meeting to see what it's like. Please consider participating. Call Peter Biggins at 203-655-3694 to discuss your interests and how you would like to help.

Board of Directors et al.

The Board of Directors meets normally in the Conference Room on the mezzanine floor of the Darien Library. Meetings are open to all members. Our next meetings are scheduled for:

  • Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, October 30, 2017, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, June 4, 2018, 7:00 pm
Following is a list of Officers and Directors, as well as non-directors who work regularly with the directors. See Contacts for their phone and email. A director is elected by the Board for a term that lasts until the third Annual Meeting next following or coincident with the election. A director may be reelected for two more three-year terms. After three terms, a director may not be reelected until one year has elapsed from the end of the director's third term. The list below shows the last year of each director's current three-year term followed by the number of the term currently being served (I, II, or III).

Officers and Directors

  • Peter Biggins, 2018 III, President and Webmaster
  • Leonard Christie, 2018 III, Vice President-Programs
  • Pamela Shea, 2019 I, Secretary
  • Keeley Kriskey, 2017 II, Treasurer

Non-Directors

  • Sally Ijams, Darien Library Liaison
  • Blanche Parker, Darien Library Liaison
  • Charles "Chick" Scribner, Librarian

Directors

  • John Driscoll, 2019 II, Newsletter Editor
  • Mary Lavins, 2018 I, Email Communications
  • Tara Finn Forschino, 2019 II, Social Director
  • Robert E. "Pete" Kenyon III, 2018 I, Past Vice President-Programs
  • Robert Martinelli, 2020 I
  • Stephen Haywood, 2020 I
  • Edward O'Hara, 2020 I
  • Lloyd Sturges, 2018 I, Past President
  • Virginia Banerjee, 2018 I

Annual Meeting

There is an Annual Meeting of Members that includes a brief financial report and election of Directors. The next Annual Meeting is Saturday, November 18, 2017.

By Laws

MGS operates under By Laws updated January 6, 2014 and originally adopted May 10, 1983.

Job and Committee Descriptions

MGS Board Member
MGS President
MGS Vice President
MGS Treasurer
MGS Secretary
MGS Webmaster
MGS Librarian-Archivist
MGS Newsletter Editor
MGS Auditing Committee
MGS By-Laws Committee
MGS Genealogy Assistance Committee
MGS Hospitality Committee
MGS Nominating Committee
MGS Program Committee
MGS Publicity Committee

Past Presidents

1982-1987 Robert E. Fatherly
1987-1991 Doris W. Hollander
1991-1991 Janet Jainschigg
1991-1995 Ray Bartlett
1995-1997 David Bowley
1997-2002 David L. Mordy
2002-2006 Donna Moughty
2006-2013 Lloyd Sturges Jr.
2013-2015 Steven A. Anderson

Founding of the Society

The following announcement appeared in the Darien Historical Society "Notes - 1983 Summer Issue:"

"On December 10, 1982, ten members of the Senior Men's Association of Darien met at the home of the Robert E. Fatherleys to consider the matter of genealogy and founded the Middlesex Genealogical Society with membership open to all interested persons.

"The name Middlesex was chosen as a reflection of sentiment and respect for "Middlesex Parish" by which name Darien was known when originally established by the state legislature in 1737 and so remained until incorporated as Darien in 1820.

"Recognizing the current interest in genealogy as one of the fastest growing avocations in this country, the Middlesex Society seeks to encourage the activity in its pursuit by providing knowledgeable speakers at four meetings each year, to include an annual meeting in March; to organize workshops; to maintain a headquarters for the collection of a library of relevant books and periodicals; and to hold consultation periods for beginners with experienced members or outside authorities, to the end that such neophytes may receive instruction in the art of ancestor research.

"In addition, the Society is cognizant of the threat of destruction by our mobile populace of much valuable genealogical material, perhaps unappreciated in one part of the country because it is indigenous to another - and seeks to explore the practicality of causing its return to the place of origin and historical relevance.

"The Darien Historical Society has graciously provided the new venture the use of its address - 45 Old King's Highway North and its meeting facilities and the Darien Library is providing shelf and meeting space as well."

- R. E. Fatherley

The initiative for the founding of the Society was provided by Robert E. Fatherley (1905-1995) who for years had been interested in genealogy. Organization and activities were under way even before the above announcement appeared and much of the success of the organization to date has been due to his continued interest and efforts.

For the record, the ten men who met with Mr. Fatherley in December, 1982, were as follows:
  • Ray H. Bartlett
  • George Cushman
  • Leo J. Dunphey
  • Fred W. Farwell
  • Robert E. Fatherley
  • Raymond H. Gross
  • Charles F. Lemons
  • Carl K. Moses
  • Edward L. Warren
  • Donald E. Wentworth
No time was lost in carrying out the initial plans discussed on December 10, 1982. An announcement appeared in the December 16th issue of the Darien News-Review. At an ad hoc meeting of the founders a Nominating Committee was formed to prepare a slate of Directors and other Officers to be voted on by all persons attending the first public meeting.

Plans were made for the first open meeting of the Society to be held at the Darien Historical Society on February 4, 1983, with Grant M. Radmall, Librarian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Canaan, as speaker. This meeting, which was at­tended by a large number of interested persons, was the start of the Society which has prospered since that date.