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. Meetings are at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road (at Hecker Avenue), Darien, Connecticut. Phone: 203-655-1234.
Meetings are held on Saturdays at 2:00 pm, in the Community Room on the first floor. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Vice President-Programs Pete Kenyon welcomes ideas for future meetings.
January 25, 2014. "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 Combining the power of technology and the primary sources from historical documents, Phil developed his own family history Website based on the Word Press Content Management System (Our Family History - Phil and Colleen Hayes).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.
Phil is the CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC. In that position he served as Technology Solutions Consultant and Web Applications Programmer for Fortune 500 companies, large municipalities, and hospitals. He is fluent in SQL, ColdFusion, PHP, and Javascriipt programming languages. He is also a power user of of the WordPress Content Management System, commonly used for blogging. Phil is a member of numerous historical and genealogy societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists.
March 15, 2014. "Finding Elusive Females." Presented by Toni McKeen. Tony has been do-ing 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. Virginia Banerjee. Case Study: Searching for Persons of Color
. Virginia is an experienced family historian whose interest in genealogy began when she was a teenager but became more focused over the past 40 years. She has published articles, taught and lectured widely, and is a director of the Middlesex Genealogical Society and of a family association of an old Connecticut family. She completed research and private publication of a book concerning Indian history, her late husband’s Indian family genealogy, and memoirs of their life in India in the early 1950s.
November 16, 2013. "Difficult Case Studies." Presented by Tony Lauriano. Tony has been a genealogy instructor for five years and has published a number of articles in the Italian Genealogical Group magazine. He is a regular lecturer on genealogical subjects throughout the tri-state area including Nanuet (NY) High School; New City (NY) Library, Valley Cottage (NY) Library, Clarkstown Central School District, New City, NY; The Valley Hospital, PrimeTime Program, Ridgewood, NJ; Chilton Memorial Hospital, Community Out-reach New Vitality Program, Pompton Plains, NJ; Westchester Italian Cultural Center, Tuckahoe, NY; POINTERS Italian-American Club, Elmwood Park, NJ; and South Orangetown Central School District, Continuing Education, Orangeburg, NY.
October 5, 2013. "Find Your Fabulous Ancestor." Presented by David Mordy. Mr. Mordy is a Past President of the Middlesex Genealogy Society, and after living many years in Darien, he now resides in New Canaan. He will speak about researching and writing family history and genealogy from his own experience in published and not-yet-published projects. Along with co-authors Perney and Storey, he published Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Morgan and Polly Frost in 1996. With co-author James Mordy, he published William Radford, Revolutionary Patriot of the Continental Marines (2011) and The Phoenix Privateering Syndicate and Marine Captain John Floyd (2012).
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. The program was fully illustrated, including maps, examples of migrations within the region, etc. 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