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


Meet with a Volunteer for Free One-on-One Help

Skilled MGS volunteers are available to help jump-start your family research or to help rethink your strategy or evaluate already found documents. You do not need to be a member of our society to meet with a volunteer. Most of our volunteers are “from” everywhere, not just Darien or Fairfield County. They have a broad range of interests and are skilled in many research and genealogical topic areas. If you are just starting out, have a look at our Getting Started page first. There are many online resources you can tap into to get started, and many are free. Family research webpages, online databases, facebook genealogy groups are all indispensable. After this, if you have more questions or simply want another set of eyes to review your strategy or documents, send an email to and a volunteer or two will be happy to meet with you for an hour or so at no charge. Our genealogy volunteers can show you how to find important clues in your ancestors' paper trail using online databases such as Family Search, Ancestry, Find A Grave, and more. These databases are essential tools to uncover census data, naturalization records, military records, birth, death and marriage indices.

Beyond Volunteers

If you need more in-depth research assistance beyond our complementary hour or two (or three), some of our volunteers would be willing to work with you through a mutually agreed private-pay basis. Beyond this, if you need professional genealogist assistance, there are other paid services you can use such as through CPGC or APG.

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
Tara ForschinoIreland, Canada, NYC, New England. DNA
Mary LavinsGerman, Dutch, French research & basic translations
Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey research
Rob MartinelliItalian
Steve HaywoodNew York State, from Dutch colony to NY City in early 20th century
Mayflower/Plymouth research
Ed O'HaraGenealogy for beginners. Irish genealogy. Swedish genealogy
Pete KenyonIntro to
Lloyd SturgisBasic genealogy. Connecticut
Len ChristieNew York City and Boston
IreneTranslation from
Peter BigginsY chromosome DNA. Website