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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

Focused on southwestern Connecticut

Welcome to Our Website!

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!


Google Earth for Genealogy

Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - noon 

Learn how to use Google Earth, Google Maps, websites with antique maps, and your own uploaded maps to find where your ancestors lived, and to travel with them as they immigrate and migrate. Bring your own electronic device and travel along.


Trumbull Public Library

33 Quality Street

Trumbull, CT 06611


Genealogy Publishing Made Simple: Sharing Your Stories [or Research] in as Few as Four Pages

Saturday May 5, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the Connecticut Ancestry Society for our annual meeting and a presentation to help genealogists and non-genealogists understand what it takes to publish one's research or stories.


Join us for a presentation on the steps required and the options available for publishing your work. Painter, graphic artist, illustrator and book designer Shelley Lowell has experience with the creation of books that range from four pages (a story about how a gun saved a family) to 700+ pages (an annotated Bible). The photo of Shelley was taken in late 2017 when the author of the book "Home Front" presented her with a first printing of the front cover she illustrated for his book about his experience of being raised by his mother while his father was away fighting in WWII and the awkwardness of his father's return to the family.


Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Road

Fairfield CT 06824

Autosomal DNA Workshop

Saturday March 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Led by Nora Galvin, CG.

The workshop is free and open to the public.
Genetic Genealogists of all levels are welcome.

Snow date: March 10, 2018


Danbury Public Library

170 Main Street

Danbury, CT

DNA Roundtable

Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - noon 

Join Certified Genealogist and former biology teacher, Nora Galvin, as she leads a roundtable discussion about DNA Testing for Genealogy Research. Bring your questions and your relatives who are reluctant to test! The program is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Stamford Historical Society. It's free and all are welcome.


Note: The Connecticut Ancestry Society does not meet in December or January.


Stamford History Center

1508 High Ridge Road

Stamford, CT 06903

Writing Workshop

Saturday November 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The program will begin with a presentation by Shannon Green of Greenwich Genealogy on how she wrote her article that was published in the June National Genealogical Society Quarterly. That will be followed by a workshop with Nora Galvin, CG, and others available to coach while attendees write.


Trumbull Public Library

33 Quality Street

Trumbull, CT 06611

DNA for Genealogy Roundtable

Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

The event will be led by Nora Galvin, who appeared on "Where we Live" with Lucy Nalpathchil on August 10th, 2017 on WNPR Radio.


Click Here to Listen!


Cyrenius H Booth Public Library

25 Main St

Newtown, CT 06470

Free or Fee Genealogy: Finding Free Records, Deciding When to Pay

Saturday, September 16th, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - noon 

Textbook author, marketer and Genealogist, Marian Burk Wood, whose book, Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past, was released in late 2016, will share tips for making the most of your genealogy dollars. The program is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Stamford Historical Society. It's free and all are welcome.


Stamford History Center

1508 High Ridge Road

Stamford, Connecticut 06903

DNA Roundtable

Saturday, August 12, 10:30-12 noon

Fairchild-Nichols Branch of the Trumbull Library

1718 Huntington Turnpike

Trumbull, CT 06611

(phone) 203-452-5196

United States Census: Your #1 Building Block for Genealogical Research

Saturday July 15, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - noon 

Have you found your ancestors on every possible census? Do you read all of the questions on each population form? Are you wringing every possible tidbit from this resource? Learn the ins and outs of US censuses including secrets of the pre-1850 enumerations, and information about marriages, citizenship, education and more. Presented by Nora Galvin CG.


Danbury Public Library

170 Main St

Danbury, CT

Genealogy 101 Workshop

Saturday June 3, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Connecticut Ancestry Society Past President, Robert A. Locke Jr., introduced the best practices for getting started and for continuing in Genealogy. The event was co-sponsored by The Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Stamford History Center. 



Stamford Historical Society

1508 High Ridge Road

Stamford, Connecticut 06903

Annual Society Meeting and Tour of the Museum and its Collections

Sunday May 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.

The Connecticut Ancestry Society held its annual meeting and program on Sunday May 21, 2017 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield from 1-4 p.m.


Following a brief society business meeting, the Fairfield Museum & History Center's library director Elizabeth Rose introduced and described the Collier Collection. The contents of the impressive and extensive library were donated to FMHC in 2016 by Christopher Collier, who served as Connecticut’s State Historian from 1985-2004.

Fairfield was one of the earliest and most important Connecticut colonial settlements and served as county seat during that era.


Fairfield Museum & History Center

370 Beach Rd

Fairfield, CT

New England Regional Genealogical Conference

April 26-29, 2017

Connecticut Ancestry Society, one of NERGC's sponsoring societies, offered planning, publicity, and hands-on support for the conference. CAS members volunteered at the registration desk and in the tallying of evaluations. The Society's President, Paul Keroack, was available to answer questions at the Society table throughout the conference. CAS also sponsored Janeen Bjork's closing day presentation, "Using Newspapers to Track Your Family, Character by Character."

MASS MUTUAL Convention Center

Springfield, MA

CT Ancestry Society and the Trumbull Library System present a lecture:

"NARA: How can their records bring my Civil War relatives to life?" By Bruce D. Frail of American Civil War Ancestor

Saturday April 8, 2017,10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Records are available for Civil War veterans at NARA for all branches of service. You'll learn how these records can assist you in your genealogical research. You'll also learn how these records can be used to write your veteran's war sketch, or regimental history while he served.  


Trumbull Public Library

33 Quality Street

Trumbull, CT 06611

Writing Workshop 

Saturday March 4, 2017,10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Writing up your family history for publication. Nora Galvin, CG. 


Danbury Public Library

170 Main St

Danbury, CT

Roundtable Discussion & DNA Interest Group

Saturday February 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Bring your success stories and brick wall problems to discuss with the group. There will be a separate discussion about DNA testing led by Nora Galvin, CG.

Stamford Historical Society

1508 High Ridge Road

Stamford, Connecticut 06903

Genealogy 101: Robert A. Locke, Jr., "Helping You Get Started With the Best Practices in Genealogy Research," Saturday, 10:30 AM, November 19th, Fairchild Nichols branch library in Trumbull

Connecticut Ancestry Society and Trumbull's Fairchild Nichols Memorial Branch Library present, "Genealogy 101: Helping you get Started with the Best Practices in Genealogy Research," a lecture by Robert A, Locke Jr., on Saturday November 19, 2016, from 10:30-12 noon, at 1718 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull (Merritt Parkway exits 51/52). Free and open to the public.

Rob has given this popular talk before but always manages to have interesting facts and new ideas even for those of us who are not beginners.

The lecture and meeting are 10:30-12:00.


This program is open to the public. It will be at the branch library, not the main library. This is a new venue for us.


The branch library requests that attendees pre-register. Just enter your name and contact information on this page:


Fairchild Nichols Memorial Branch

Trumbull Public Library System

1718 Huntington Turnpike

Trumbull, CT 06611


Two Roundtable Discussion Groups at Danbury Public Library, October 1st, 2016, 10:30-12:00

Connecticut Ancestry Society's regular October Round Table meeting will be augmented with an informal DNA discussion group guided by Genetic Genealogy expert Nora Galvin, CG. This is an opportunity to talk about your DNA test and learn how to use the results.   Those not interested in DNA will have the option to participate in a group discussing other aspects of genealogy.   Place: Danbury Public Library Time: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10:30-12:00.


Photograph courtesy of the Danbury Public Library.


Saturday, September 10th, 2016: Janeen Bjork, "Explore Connecticut Newspapers for Genealogy," at the Stamford Historical Society

The Stamford Historical Society and the Connecticut Ancestry Society present a program on utilizing online newspaper resources for Genealogy, Saturday, September  10, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, at 1508 High Ridge Road, Stamford , CT. The program will be presented by television researcher Janeen Bjork. In addition to details of Connecticut newspapers that have been digitized and indexed, Bjork will demonstrate the pros and cons of some of her favorite free and subscription sources of newspapers. She'll offer tips, tricks and the methodology she uses to uncover hard-to-find items.


This workshop is free and open to the public.


Come join us at 10:30 AM at the Stamford Historical Society, 1508 High Ridge Road, Stamford.

Saturday, June 11, 2016: Nora Galvin, CG, "How to Use Your 'Cousin' Autosomal DNA Results from FTDNA, 23&Me or"

DNA Workshop Flyer June 11, 2016
CAS Stamford DNA June 11 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [305.0 KB]

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 and Microsoft Excel.


This workshop is free and open to the public.

Annual Meeting, Sunday, May 15, 2016: Maureen Taylor, "The Last Muster: Photographs from the American Revolution"

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.

Cover of The Last Muster

Member Meeting, April 9, 2016: Frederick C. Hart, Jr., “Cruising Long Island Sound," in Trumbull

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
Trumbull, Connecticut

A steamer operating between Bridgeport and Long Island, from the collection of Fred Hart.

Member Meeting Feb 6 in Stamford

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.

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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