Darien Library, 1441 Post Road (at Hecker Avenue), Darien, Connecticut 06820. Phone: 203-655-1234
The Middlesex Genealogical Society holds five 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 presentations.
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.
Meetings are held on Saturdays. 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.
March 15, 2014, 1:00 pm. Come Talk About Your Work. This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where all members 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.
March 15, 2014, 2:00 pm. "Finding Elusive Females." Presented by Toni McKeen. Locating females in our culture can present special problems when single women disappear under their husbands’ surnames. Finding key information is often a challenge, but careful, methodical research can lead to successful results. Happily there are many documents and web sites that can aid in the search.
Tony has been doing genealogy research on her own extensive Italian family and her husband’s Irish family for the last 28 years. For the past 10 years she has also been teaching several levels of genealogy in her hometown of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and has been a popular lecturer at various genealogical societies in the tri-state area and in Boston.
May 17, 2014, 1:00 pm. Informal member discussion group.
May 17, 2014, 2:00 pm. Virginia Banerjee. Case Study: Searching for Persons of Color. The case study concerns women of color before and after the Civil War. Virginia will share information about an unusual family: free women of color with substantial assets. Two free mulatto women, born in Georgia, appear in the 1850 Ohio
census with $5000 in real estate. Virginia, although unrelated, inherited the property from a granddaughter of the family who died at age 104˝. The program includes irginia’s first-hand memories of the last generation of the family, as well as things that they remembered…such as seeing the Lincoln funeral train! Exhibits include photos, as well as documents. Virginia will also offer ideas and methodology gleaned from her experience with searching for persons of color.
Virginia is a board member of our society as well as Frisbie/
Frisbee Family Association of America. She is a professional family historian with more than 40 years research experience. She teaches and lectures throughout the region and
has been published by several genealogical organizations. She has proven three First Families of Western Pennsylvania.
January 25, 2014, 2:00 pm. "Digitizing Genealogy." Presented by Philip Hayes. Combining the power of technology and the primary sources from historical documents, Phil developed his own family history Website based on the Word Press Content Management System (Our Family History - Phil and Colleen Hayes). It has inspired many people to develop an interest in the family’s history and has connected Phil to several undiscovered relatives and their family stories. In 2010 Phil developed a presentation aimed at teaching amateur and professional genealogists how to document their family’s history on the internet using a blog. If genealogists want to get the most out of their efforts, there are some basic strategies that must be employed.
November 16, 2013. "Difficult Case Studies." Presented by Tony Lauriano.
October 5, 2013. "Find Your Fabulous Ancestor." Presented by David Mordy.
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.
May 12, 2012. "Family History for the Whole Family." Presented by Virginia Banerjee. Handout 1. Handout 2.
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.
March 19, 2011. "Beyond Names and Dates: Uncovering Your Ancestors' Stories." Presented by Leslie Albrecht Huber. See summary on page 6 of the MGS Newsletter for May 2011.
January 29, 2011. "A Walk Through the New FamilySearch.org " - new and improved with images and new technology. Presented by MGS President Lloyd Sturgis.
November 20, 2010. "Research That Makes My Eyes Cross." Presented by Toni McKeen. See summary on page 4 of the MGS Newsletter for December 2010.
October 2, 2010. "How to Test Your DNA and Why." Presented by Peter Biggins. See summary on page 3 of the MGS Newsletter for October 2010. Slides. Handout.
May 15, 2010. The Story of DARIEN Connecticut. Presented
by Kenneth M. Reiss. About the book
March 20, 2010. "Maximizing the Use of the Census." Presented by Virginia Banerjee. See Joan Rinaldi's summary on page 3 of the MGS Newsletter for May 2010. Handouts
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.
October 3, 2009. "Getting the Most Out of HeritageQuest and Ancestry." Presented by Toni McKeen.
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