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February, June and September:
Stamford Historical Society
1508 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT
March, July and October:
Danbury Public Library
170 Main St, Danbury, CT
April, August and November:
The Trumbull Library
33 Quality St, Trumbull, CT
Fairfield Museum & History Center
370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc.
PO Box 249, Stamford, CT 06904
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.
Stamford Historical Society and Connecticut Ancestry Society present a workshop on using your DNA cousin results in several different DNA test sites, presented by Nora Galvin, CG, June 11, 2016, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Bring your laptop or tablet for a hands-on experience with these three websites and using the tools GedMatch.com and Microsoft Excel.
This workshop is free and open to the public.
Maureen Taylor, “The Photo Detective,” will give the featured presentation at the Connecticut Ancestry Society’s annual meeting program, on Sunday May 15, at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT. The events will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Beginning at noon, Maureen will spend an hour in consultations about photos brought in by audience members. The cost for a consultation is $20 per photo (cash, check or credit card). This service is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There may be some time at the end of the meeting for additional consultations.
At 1 p.m., after a short business meeting, Ms. Taylor will speak on The Last Muster: Photographs and Stories from the American Revolution. Maureen says, “As unbelievable as it seems, many individuals who participated in the American Revolution lived beyond the advent of photography in 1839. Learn about the detective work involved in uncovering these “misplaced” pictures. Hear the stories of the men and women who were members of the first photographed generation.”
Maureen will deliver an extended program, incorporating tips from some of the Last Muster photos which help in identifying the time the photo was made.
The program is co-sponsored by the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
This program is free and open to the public.
Member Meeting, April 9, 2016, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Frederick C. Hart, Jr., “Cruising Long Island Sound”
Was your ancestor a “coaster” or a captain in the federal census? Does your ancestry seem to include a lot of relatives from New York? Frederick C. Hart reprises his talk about how Long Island Sound connected the Connecticut shore families with relatives along the seacoast and on Long Island back in the day. This lecture illustrates how much easier it was to travel by water, and how this affects the family history of many Connecticut families. Fred will look at several migrations over the centuries and show maps of the area.
Trumbull Public Library
33 Quality Street
In November, 2015, Rob Locke stepped away from his leadership positions in CAS. Rob has been a stalwart of Connecticut Ancestry Society for years. He was a past president and current webmaster, membership secretary, and treasurer. He represented us at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium where he served as chair of the Signage Committee and more recently as treasurer. After attending one of our writing workshops, Rob wrote a genealogical sketch of his Swedish great-grandfather which was published in Connecticut Ancestry’s August 2015 issue. Rob brought CAS into the 21st century in terms of our web presence. We relied on him to know what to do and to have the technical flexibility to do everything.
Rob’s talents are also recognized by his employer, Red Hat. Rob is a specialist on open source software and was recently promoted to the Design Engineer for Learning Systems (all learning, from in-person classrooms to virtual online classrooms to self-paced online learning). The time demands on him are increasing quickly. With his work in mind, Rob had to hit the Pause Button on his many CAS responsibilities in November.
He might be one person, but it will take a village to replace him here at CAS. Nora Galvin immediately stepped into his shoes to see us through the transition. We have been recruiting several new people to the board to aid in this effort to replace Rob’s talent. The volunteers in his positions will be Judy Goss, Membership Secretary; Sue Murphy, Acting Treasurer; and Barbara Mathews, Webmaster and Social Media Administrator.
The March 2016 meeting in which he will present the beginning genealogy workshop is an opportunity for us to celebrate his contribution.
Thank you, Rob. We’ll miss you and look forward to a time when you can hit the genealogical Play button again. Don’t forget to come to meetings to catch up with us.
Please join Connecticut Ancestry Society for a genealogy round table discussion at the Stamford Historical Society, 1508 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT. These discussions are a fun and interesting romp through multiple topics and methods. The exact topics depend on who comes with questions or stories of successes. Everyone can contribute their expertise. If you have a difficult ancestor (who doesn't!?), then this meeting is for you. Meeting starts at 10:30. So bring your burning issues and we will see you there! As always, our meetings are free and open to the public.
Our November meeting is this Saturday. The program is a workshop on using Microsoft Word for Genealogy by Janeen Bjork. She will demonstrate inserting pictures and captions, using footnotes, creating forms and more. Bring your laptop and participate with Janeen. She will be distributing electronic documents for you to practice with. Trumbull Public Library, 10:30-12:30.
The August journal has been sent to the printer for those subscribed to a postal journal. Electronic copies have been emailed to those subscribed electronically. Available to all members the past journals are posted in the Members Area of the website.
Connecticut Ancestry Society and The Trumbull Library host a Genealogy Roundtable on Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, at Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull, CT.
Join fellow genealogy researchers in sharing your problems and successes. Free and open to the public.
It happens to the best of us, and this month it happened to our printer. By accident, our printer grabbed the February journal email from our editor when preparing the May journal for distribution. So, yes, it is not your eyes. You did receive a February journal in the mail recently. The printer is working diligently to print and mail out the May issue to all of our postal members. In the meantime, remember you can see the latest issue in the Members Area of the website (the password is on your membership card).
Two additional volume year every name indexes added for free download. 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.