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The mission of Connecticut Ancestry Society is to promote genealogical scholarship, preserve source material, and exchange family histories.
Connecticut Ancestry Society members are responsible, ethical genealogists and family historians who share a special interest in southwestern Connecticut and its neighborhood, either by living there, or by having ancestry there, or both; who pursue genealogical scholarship through networking, educational programs, and publication of reference materials and research results; and who extend full cooperation to other genealogical organizations, record repositories, and public record custodians.
Flyer for April 26 Roundtable
FREE Genealogy Roundtable on April 26, 2014 at the Trumbull Public Library. Registration begins at 10:00am. FREE and OPEN to the public!
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Connecticut Legislative Alert
A bill is pending before the CT legislature that will change availability of vital records to genealogists. It is SB 414: AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS
CONCERNING GENEALOGISTS' ACCESS TO VITAL RECORDS.
The current statute says genealogists have access to vital records "during all normal business hours." The proposed change would add this sentence: A registrar of vital statistics may grant a genealogist immediate access to such records or may require a genealogist to schedule an appointment to access such records, at the registrar's discretion. A registrar requiring an appointment for access to such records shall schedule such appointment as soon as reasonably practicable.
Obviously, this is a very broad revision and it could result in arbitrary restriction of access to vital records.
Your help is needed to work against passage of this bill. There will be a public hearing before the Public Health Committee on Friday, March 14. Members of the public may give testimony, or may just attend the hearing. Please contact your CT legislators and inform them you are opposed to this bill. More information about the bill, and the names of your legislators can be found at http://www.cga.ct.gov/
Please contact Nora Galvin firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments. Nora will be testifying against this bill on Friday.
The February journal went to the printer last Monday but seems to be taking it's sweet time to get processed by the printer and the postal service. Keep an eye out, and for those that cannot wait, we have posted an electronic copy in the Members Area of the website.
The February eNews talks about upcoming programs.
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Free Download of Every-Name Indexes to Our Journal
Two additional volume year every name indexes added for free download this evening. Check out the indexes on our Publications - Indexes page.
Also, the Table of Contents for each of our journals is available for review on our Publications - Past Journals page.
Check out our News page for additional stories about what has been happening with Connecticut Ancestry Society.