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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 member discussion groups are scheduled for an hour before the Saturday presentations or on Wednesday evenings.
Saturday meetings are in the Community Room on the first floor of the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road (at Hecker Avenue), Darien, Connecticut. Phone: 203-655-1234. Presentations start at 2:00 pm. Informal member discussion groups, when scheduled, start at 1:00 pm. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Vice President-Programs Len Christie welcomes ideas for future meetings.
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 1:00 pm. Come Talk About Your Work.
This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where all are invited to participate. 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. The goal is to share your experiences and to help your fellow genealogists and hopefully gain new insights.
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.
Marian Wood is a marketing expert turned college textbook author who has been tracing the branches of her family tree since 1998. 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, England, Ireland, and Scotland. For the past few years, Marian has been making presentations to genealogy clubs around Western Connecticut and in Westchester County on topics such as online genealogy, Jewish genealogy, and Facebook for genealogy. Ms Wood blogs about her genealogical research at Climbing My Family Tree.
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 pm. "Finding Italian Records - Italian Genealogy." Presented by Toni McKeen.
January 30, 2016. "Intermediate Genealogy." Presented by Tony Lauriano. (postponed from Jan. 23)
Anthony Lauriano 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:
January 13, 2015. Genealogy Drop-In Help. Twelve people attended an informative and stimulating roundtable discussion. We didn’t have the time to address everyone’s questions during the two hours, so we will have to consider how to best approach this to maximize our time in the future. We will try to get a larger room for the next one if it’s available. The next meeting is February 10.
January 13, 2015. German Genealogy Group. Our first German genealogy researchers meeting was attended by 13 people. We did an around-the-table--people introduced themselves and spoke about what they were working on, and the brick walls they were having trouble with. People’s needs varied from how do I start, to more complex research needs. All in all, the 2 hours were informative and stimulating. We learned about the diversity of everyone’s German-speaking ancestors.
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. “As soon as you tell someone that you are doing genealogy, the response is usually either 'How far back do you go’ or ‘How many people do you have on your tree?’” said Ms McKeen. While both are interesting numbers, it is equally important to tell the life story of one individual with stories, documents, charts, and photos." Toni Mckeen took attendees through the process of recording another person’s life with easy, step-by-step directions, with the end result being a book that will be treasured by future generations.
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