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Vice President-Programs Len Christie welcomes ideas for future meetings.
Meetings of Other Organizations
The Middlesex Genealogical Society holds five Saturday afternoon program meetings a year in conjunction with the Darien Library. Speakers make presentations on various topics of interest to all genealogists. Periodically, informal social hours or discussion groups are scheduled for an hour before the Saturday presentations.
Saturday meetings are in the Community Room on the first floor of the Darien Library. Presentations start at 2:00 pm. Informal social hours or discussion groups, when scheduled, start at 1:00 pm. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 pm. Social Hour: Come Talk About Your Work.
This is an informal social hour with others who are interested in genealogy. The goal is to share experiences with fellow genealogists and hopefully gain new insights. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us.
Book Exchange. This is also a good time to bring in genealogy books and periodicals that you are no longer using and make them available to people who can make use of them.
This presentation is a basic introduction to French-Canadian genealogy. The types of genealogical records used in French-Canadian research differ from typical American records, so to be most productive, family history research in French Canada requires a slightly different approach. I’ll begin with an overview of the kinds of records that exist and will describe how best to use them. Then we will take a look at the ways in which name variants and other problems specific to genealogical research in Québec can create confusion for researchers. We will access some specialized internet sites such as Nos Origines, the Archives Nationales du Québec, and FichierOrigine, and examine their online resources. I will explain the organization of standard French-Canadian print source materials, describe some of the resources available in the library of the FCGSC in Tolland, Connecticut, and end with a discussion of how to “read” original birth/baptism, marriage, and death/burial records in French Canada without actually needing to know more than a few words of French.
Maryanne Roy LeGrow is President of the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut and editor of the Society’s biannual journal The Connecticut Maple Leaf. She is a retired higher education administrator and a long-time genealogical researcher, with special interests in French-Canadian and Irish ancestry, and Colonial-era German settlers of eastern Pennsylvania. Maryanne holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education, M.A. degrees in English Literature and Adult Education, and a B.S. in Humanities and Technology. She has taught English, logic, writing and research techniques at several universities, and has spoken on genealogical topics at conferences in the U.S. and Europe.
This lecture provided a comprehensive introduction to conducting family history research in both the US and Ireland. American sources were examined that will hopefully lead to the identification of the family’s point of origin in Ireland. These include passenger lists, naturalization records, church records, voting records, gravestone inscriptions, business directories, newspaper sources and others.
Church and civil records of birth death and marriage in Ireland were also discussed and viewed as well as probate records, land valuation sources, census records, cemeteries, national school records, court records and miscellaneous other record collections. Internet sources and digitized collections of Irish records were also covered.
The complicated system of Irish administrative divisions was also presented as the correct identification of the proper registration district is essential in locating appropriate vital records. Handout.
Prof. Shea has on site research experience in various archival repositories in Ireland and is the grandson of immigrants from Co. Mayo and Co. Offaly who settled in Hartford.
January 21, 2017. "Finding Foreign Records from Home." Presented by Tony Lauriano.
Provides detailed information on obtaining genealogy records from Europe, Great Britain, Israel, and more. The lecture includes websites, private search firms, and more. All from your home. Tony is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a graduate of the University of Florida and St. Francis College, New York. He has been lecturing on genealogy since 2007 and has published numerous articles on genealogy in the Italian Genealogical Group newsletter
Ancestors’ photos, stories, documents, and heirlooms deserve to survive for many years to come. As part of your family’s past, they belong to your family’s future. This presentation will demonstrate how to organize, inventory, index, and analyze your genealogy materials; find good homes for duplicate or unneeded photos, collectibles, and memorabilia; and pass what you know to the next generation. Handout.
Marian Wood is a marketing expert turned college textbook author who has been tracing her family tree since 1998. She is a frequent speaker at genealogy clubs around Western Connecticut and in Westchester, making presentations on topics such as online genealogy, organizing genealogy materials, and Facebook for genealogy. Born in the Bronx, she's been searching for ancestors from England, Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, and Hungary and also researching her husband's family from Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, New England, and the United Kingdom. Ms Wood blogs about her genealogical research at Climbing My Family Tree.
Phil Hayes returned to present the following (Handout):
In this program, Mrs. McKeen will walk you through four possible methods to locating foreign documents, what you will need to know before “hopping the pond,” how to read them, translation tips, and how to determine what these documents really tell us. The research principles are also valid for other nationalities.
Toni has been doing genealogy research on her own extensive Italian family, her husband’s Irish family, and son in law’s German family for the last 30 years. She is a popular lecturer at many genealogy societies in the New York, New England, and New Jersey areas.
March 12, 2016. "Using Facebook for Genealogy." Presented by Marian Wood. Facebook is home to more than 5,700 genealogy groups researching specific areas (like ancestors in New England, Indiana, and the British Isles) and specific groups (like Jewish genealogy and Irish genealogy). Using Facebook, we can not only connect with relatives and family friends, we can also connect with local historians and researchers, post genealogical queries, ask questions, get advice quickly, and share information easily. This presentation will show, step by step, how to use Facebook for your family history research. Handout. For a full listing of Facebook genealogy groups, go to Social Media Genealogy.
January 30, 2016. "Intermediate Genealogy." Presented by Tony Lauriano. This meeting was postponed from Jan. 23. Tony showed us how to search for secondary records and sources, to go beyond the basics, and to learn more about our ancestor’s lives. We explored:
Mary Ann West attended this meeting and wrote about it in the Huffington Post. She mentions her discussion with Don Cavett prior to the meeting when they realized they were distant cousins via the Virginia Randolphs. Jane Randolph Jefferson (1721-1776) was the mother of Thomas Jefferson.
March 14, 2015. "Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Ancestor." Presented by Toni McKeen.
November 15, 2014. "Discover Your Polish, Ukrainian, and Eastern European Ancestors." Presented by Prof. Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa. Handout. Also, see summary on page 4 of the MGS Newsletter for December 2014.
August 19, 2014. A Tour of the Godfrey Memorial Library.
May 17, 2014. "Case Study: Searching for Persons of Color." Presented by Virginia Banerjee. See summary on page 3 of the MGS Newsletter for September 2014.
March 15, 2014. "Finding Elusive Females." Presented by Toni McKeen. See summary on page 4 of the MGS Newsletter for May 2014.
January 25, 2014. "Fire Up Your Research...The Digital Genealogist Is Here." Presented by Philip Hayes. See summary on page 4 of the MGS Newsletter for March 2014.
November 16, 2013. "Difficult Case Studies." Presented by Tony Lauriano.
May 18, 2013. "Blogging Your Genealogy." Presented by Philip Hayes. Handout.
March 16, 2013. "Cruising Long Island Sound—Tracing Its Early Families with a Regional View." Presented by Fred Hart. Handouts: Some Resources for Long Island Sound Region Families; Political Affiliations of Towns in the Long Island Sound Region.
January 26, 2013. "Military Records Research." Presented by Tony Lauriano. See summary on page 4 of the MGS Newsletter for March 2013.
November 10, 2012. "Probate Records." Presented by Virginia Banerjee. See summary on page 3 of the MGS Newsletter for December 2012.
October 6, 2012. "Review of the 1940 Census, and Using the Steve Morse Website to Research Difficult Cases." Presented by Toni McKeen.
March 17, 2012. "Exploring the 1940 Census." Presented by Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist at the National Archives facility on Varick Street in New York City.
January 21, 2012. "Letting the City Directories Work for You." Presented by Toni McKeen.
November 19, 2011. "Sources for Irish Records." Presented by Donna Moughty, a former president of the Middlesex Genealogical Society.
October 1, 2011. "Effectively Using Ancestry.com in Researching Your Family." Presented by Toni McKeen.
May 14, 2011. “Genetic Genealogy." Presented by Nora Galvin.
January 29, 2011. "A Walk Through the New FamilySearch.org " - new and improved with images and new technology. Presented by MGS President Lloyd Sturgis.
May 15, 2010. The Story of DARIEN Connecticut. Presented by Kenneth M. Reiss. About the book
January 23, 2010. "Uncle Sam Wants You! - 20th Century Military Research." Presented by Larry Fermi. Outline
November 21, 2009. "Navigating Ship Manifests: Researching Immigration Records Like a Pro." Presented By Toni McKeen. See Joan Rinaldi's summary on pages 4 and 5 of the MGS Newsletter for December 2009.
May 16, 2009. "Crossing The Pond: Finding Your Immigrant Origins." Presented by Larry Fermi. Outline
March 21, 2009. "Effective Use of the Internet for Genealogy." Presented by Kathy Lenerz, Ph.D., Genealogical Lecturer. Slides
February 21, 2009. "Getting Started in Genealogy." Presented by Virginia Banerjee and Pete Kenyon, both members of MGS. Banerjee article