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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 (to Oxridge) is Sedgewick Avenue
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. . . . More History.

Membership in the Middlesex Genealogical Society is open to all those interested in family research. The Society is registered with the State of Connecticut, thereby giving members access to vital records at town and city record offices in Connecticut.

We fund our presentations and other activities through dues and donations. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so any donation is tax deductible and may be matched by your employer. See Membership.

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 16, 2019, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, October 28, 2019, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, December 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, March 2, 2020, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, June 8, 2020, 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

  • Tara Finn Forschino, 2019 II, Co-President and Social Director
  • Pamela Shea, 2019 I, Co-President
  • Mary Lavins, 2021 II, Vice President-Programs
  • Stephen Haywood, 2020 I, Secretary
  • John Driscoll, 2019 II, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor


  • Robert Martinelli, Membership Director, 2020 I
  • Robert E. "Pete" Kenyon III, 2021 II, Past Vice President-Programs
  • Sara Zagrodzky, 2022 I

Former Directors

  • Peter Biggins, Webmaster and Past President
  • Leonard Christie, Past Vice President-Programs

Darien Library Liaison

  • Sally Ijams
  • Blanche Parker

Auditing Committee

  • Leonard Christie
  • Stephen Haywood
  • Mary Lavins

Nominating Committe

  • Tara Finn Forschino
  • Robert E. "Pete" Kenyon III
  • Pamela Shea

By-Laws Committee

  • Sara Zagrodzky
  • Pamela Shea
  • Leonard Christie
  • Stephen Haywood
  • Mary Lavins

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 9, 2019.

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