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Emily's First Communion, with Molly, 1886
Middlesex Genealogical Society


The Middlesex Genealogical Society was established to encourage research in family history. The Society does not limit its focus to Darien or Fairfield County. MGS volunteers are available to provide assistance for all researchers, members or non-menbers, to help with research problems, or just to get you started. If you are just starting out, you may want to look first at Getting Started. If you need someone to do in-depth research, your best course of action is to hire a professional genealogist such as ones available through CPGC or APG. If you would like to serve as a volunteer, send an email to:

Register with a Volunteer for "Genealogy One-on-One"

Date to be determined, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Genealogy One-on-One: How to get Started. In the Harris Room on the Second Floor of the Darien Library. Registration required.

Do you want to get started on your family history but don't know where to begin? Skilled genealogy volunteers from the Middlesex Genealogical Society can help! They will show you how to find important clues in your ancestors' paper trail using databases such as,,, and more. Uncover those many clues which already exist online in census data, naturalization records, military records, birth, death and marriage indices. Or, discuss anything genealogical. It's your hour, let's discuss whatever you like. And it's free. Bring your family tree if you have one, and any details you have to make searching or future planning easier. Space is limited. To request a time spot, send an email to:

Contact a Volunteer

To contact an MGS volunteer, use the table below or send an email to:

Include in your email any information you may have which will make it easier for the volunteer to know what you are looking for. Volunteers normally do not do in-depth research.

VolunteerArea of Interest Email
John DriscollNew York City genealogy
Mary LavinsGerman, Dutch, French research & basic translations. Also Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey
Rob MartinelliItalian
Steve HaywoodNew York State, from Dutch colony to NY City in early 20th century. Also, Mayflower/Plymouth research
Ed O'HaraGenealogy for beginners. Irish genealogy. Swedish genealogy
Pete KenyonIntro to
Virginia BanerjeeAnalyzing data/records. Pennsylvania, Indiana, Connecticut. Beginning genealogy. Probate and vital records. Organizing
Lloyd SturgisBasic genealogy. Connecticut
Len ChristieNew York City and Boston
IreneTranslation from
Peter BigginsY chromosome DNA testing and analysis. Website