Promote genealogical scholarship Preserve source material Exchange family histories
Promote genealogical scholarshipPreserve source materialExchange family histories

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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

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Focused on southwestern Connecticut

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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.


Come join us by becoming a member or just come visit one of our meetings!

March 7    DNA workshop  How to Find Cousins from Your Autosomal DNA Test

So, you got the test, now what?! This is a 2-hour, hands-on workshop to be held 10:30-12:30 at the Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St. This workshop is for autosomal DNA (cousin finder or Family Finder). It will not include the other two types of DNA tests (Y-DNA or mtDNA). It will be most beneficial if you have already had your autosomal test done and you have the results. It will be even more useful if you have uploaded your data to (see below for info). The workshop will teach you how to use raw data to determine relationships with people you match. Strategies for determining which relatives to test will be discussed. Some background information about this type of test will be provided, but this is not a lecture. The autosomal test is the only one offered at and 23 & Me. At Family Tree DNA it is called Family Finder test. Bring a wireless-enabled laptop or tablet so you can work on your own data. Read the Help Sheet below for instructions on how to upload your data to

Presenter: Nora Galvin, CG

Upload DNA Data Help Sheet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [81.7 KB]

February Journal

The February journal has been sent to the post office 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.

February 7 Round-Table Meeting

Our February meeting is set for Sat., February 7, 10:30-12:00, at the Stamford Historical Society, 1508 High Ridge Rd., Stamford. Bring your research questions and successes and join in a spirited discussion of genealogical research. New and experienced researchers both welcome. Snow date Feb. 14.


November 8  Writing Workshop

Pack up your notes and your writing tools—laptop, tablet, pencil and paper. Meet us at the Trumbull Public Library, 10:30-12:30, for a workshop about genealogical writing. This is a hands-on activity, so be prepared to start writing. Or get expert help polishing a narrative or sketch you have already started. There will be opportunities to work in three areas: 1) history and biography, focusing on family stories and letters; 2) making use of visual material, such as photos and artifacts, to create a family story; 3) more formal genealogy reporting, such as writing articles for a journal. Fred Hart, CG, FASG, the Society’s genealogist, is leading the workshop. Harlan Jessup, former editor of Connecticut Ancestry, and Nora Galvin, CG, current CA editor, will assist. Hope to see you there.

Free Download of Every-Name Indexes to Our Journal

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.

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