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5 Sinawoy, Cos Cob, CT 06907

March and October:

Danbury Public Library

170 Main St, Danbury, CT

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Trumbull Historical Society

1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611

May:

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!

NEXT MEETING

“Cruising Long Island Sound" with Fred Hart Jr. 

Saturday, February 6, 2021,10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking at 10 a.m.

This is a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

 

The CAS membership year begins on June 1st. We are encouraging you to renew or enroll by PayPal, saving our volunteers from unnecessary trips to the Post Office and the bank.

THE PROGRAM

This is a narrated introduction to the Long Island Sound region’s impact on the genealogy of families throughout its surrounding land areas. This regional aspect has had a major impact on family history ever since the earliest colonial times. The talk is illustrated with multiple examples of actual individual and group migrations from state-to-state and from town-to-town throughout the region. Any researcher of families in any of the shoreline towns, regardless of county or state, will want to consider this regional aspect and incorporate it into their research plans.

 

THE SPEAKER

Fred Hart is a native of Norwalk, Connecticut and a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB, 1958) and the Thayer School of Engineering (MSEE, 1960). His engineering career was with the Connecticut Light and Power Company and its successor Northeast Utilities (now part of Eversource Energy), where he held a progression of engineering, supervision and management positions until his retirement in 1995. He has held the Certified Genealogist credential since 1993 and was elected a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2007. He has held the position of genealogist with Connecticut Ancestry Society for many years, and is a member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, The New England Historic Genealogical Society and The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society where he serves on the Editorial Board of its journal, and where he was elected a Fellow of that Society in October 2015.

UPCOMING MEETING

“Mining DNA Results" with Janeen Bjork 

Saturday, March 6, 2021,10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking at 10 a.m.

Programs are a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event. 

Using case studies of two adoptees who were looking for their biological families, Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork will demonstrate some of the tools and strategies that are available for making the most of DNA results, particularly the tools for Family Tree DNA, ancestryDNA, MyHeritage and 23andMe.

UPCOMING MEETING

2021 Conference | NERGC

April 1st-May 31st, 2021

There will be no Connecticut Ancestry Society meeting in April, 2021, as we will be attending, and are encouraging all our members to participate in, the all-virtual New England Genealogical Regional Consortium conference. Look for a combination of live and on-demand events, including three programs from our own Nora Galvin.

 

Learn more: https://nergc.org/2021-conference-2/

“Think Like a Reporter to Avoid Genealogy Mistakes” with Jennifer Mendelsohn

Saturday, November 21, 2020,10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking at 10 a.m.

This is a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

 

The CAS membership year begins on June 1st. We are encouraging you to renew or enroll by PayPal, saving our volunteers from unnecessary trips to the Post Office and the bank.

Think Like a Reporter to Avoid Genealogy Mistakes

More than two decades of journalism experience has helped Jennifer as a genealogist, both to zero in on reliable information and not to be duped by unreliable information. She will talk about using the “Law and Order” method (follow the “dun duns!”) to track down information and how relying on simple principles like Occam’s Razor – that the most likely scenario is the least complicated – and logic grids can help you get further. We’ll go over pitfalls like not blindly using Ancestry hints, aassessing the credibility of sources, not being wedded to spelling, (hello, wildcard searches!) and why genealogy is like playing Concentration: you always have to remember the cards you’ve seen and turned over.

 

Jennifer Mendelsohn is a seasoned journalist and ghostwriter whose work has appeared in numerous local and national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, People, Slate, and USA Today.

 

A native Long Islander now based in Baltimore, Mendelsohn serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and is the administrator of Facebook’s Jewish genetic genealogy group. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she is the creator of the movement known as #resistancegenealogy, a project that uses genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past. Her work has received international media attention, including being featured on CNN.com, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.

“Genealogy and Technology: Problems, Pitfalls, and Lots of Promise” with Rob Locke

Saturday, October 10, 2020,10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking at 10 a.m.

This is a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

 

The CAS membership year begins on June 1st. We are encouraging you to renew or enroll by PayPal, saving our volunteers from unnecessary trips to the Post Office and the bank.

Rob has been researching his family tree off and on since 1976 thanks to close relationships with his now deceased grandparents, great-uncles, and great-aunts. Rob’s ancestry in the United States begins with the Great Migration to New England (1630s) with every northern European group arriving and marrying in.

 

Rob has also served on the boards of Connecticut Ancestry Society, New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, and Locke Family Association. He is a member of numerous other genealogical societies.

 

Rob is employed in the technology industry where he spent most of his time teaching seminars, writing curriculum, and developing classroom lab environments. Rob has trained and mentored thousands of certified technology professionals over the last 30 years. If you have Genealogy technology questions, he has answers!

"You Should Write a Book!" with Shelley Lowell and Janeen Bjork 

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking at 10 a.m. 

This is a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

 

The CAS membership year begins on June 1st. We are encouraging you to renew or enroll by PayPal, saving our volunteers from unnecessary trips to the Post Office and the bank.

Danbury artist and book designer Shelley Lowell and Greenwich Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork give you ideas and advice that will help you create the book your friends and family have insisted you should write.

"Insiders Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait" with Marian Wood

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking at 10 a.m. 

The Connecticut Ancestry Society is pleased to present Genealogy author, blogger and speaker, Marian Wood as she presents useful tools you can employ as "cousin bait."

 

She'll show you how you can find formerly unknown cousins via Facebook, Family Search, Ancestry, Find a Grave, and DNA websites, as well as by blogging online.

 

“Cousin bait” can include ancestor photos, old documents, surname lists, family trees, family stories. You'll receive practical ideas for easy and often free ways to set genealogical bait for cousins and to take the bait that potential cousins leave online.

This is a CAS membership benefit. All those whose memberships are current will be sent the ZOOM link to the event.

 

The CAS membership year begins on June 1st. We are encouraging you to renew or enroll by PayPal, saving our volunteers from unnecessary trips to the Post Office and the bank.

CAS Annual meeting + monthly program, "Reclaim The Records and You" presentation

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 1:00 p.m. 

THE CONNECTICUT ANCESTRY SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
The business meeting will review the 2019 annual meeting minutes, and elect officers for the next year. The meeting as well as the program will be conducted on the Zoom platform, and will be open to current CAS members, who will be sent log-in information by email.
 
THE PROGRAM
Alec Ferretti will discuss the accomplishments of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit that seeks to restore public access to genealogical documents.  RTR has succeeded in obtaining and publishing, for free, decades of vital records indexes from New York City, New York State, and New Jersey and is currently working on projects across the country.  He will explain the many ways to access these newly available collections. He will also provide the latest updates about RTR's ongoing endeavors. Finally, he'll tell you how you can get involved with the organization. 
 
Alec Ferretti is a member of the Board of Directors of Reclaim the Records. He is a graduate of Vassar College and a New York University’s Dual Degree Masters Program with LIU, in which he is earned two Masters Degrees, one in Archives & Public History, and one in Library Science. He has been doing genealogy research for nearly a decade, and has traveled throughout The United States, Italy, and Poland to trace his roots.

Genealogy Story Slam: "American Idol" meets "Finding Your Roots" 

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Snow date February 15th. 

The Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Friends of the Cos Cob Library are co-sponsoring a Genealogy storytelling competition in front of a live audience, for fun and prizes. No costumes, no visual aids, or special effects, just authentic tales of family history. Each storyteller will have five to ten minutes to tell a personal Genealogy-related story. The stories must be told and not read, notes and props are not allowed.

 

There will be a maximum of 12 contestants, who can sign up in advance by writing to info@connecticutancestry.org, or, if there are still places available, at the Cos Cob Library on the day of the event.

 

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Cos Cob Library

5 Sinawoy Rd

Cos Cob, CT 06807

"More Than a Will: Understanding Probate Records"

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Trumbull Historical Society are partnering to present noted Connecticut Genealogy speaker, Edwin W. Strickland II and his program, "MORE THAN A WILL: UNDERSTANDING PROBATE RECORDS," on Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. – noon. The program will begin with a discussion of the records that you find for probate, both the Docket Books and the files. Mr. Strickland will then review the probate process and the records that may be generated, including accounts, wills, and the appointment of administrators. He will also cover some of the matters that may be handled by the probate court, including: Guardianship; Mental Competency; Adoptions and Minors’ Trusts; Separation and Divorce, and Insolvent Estates. Many of these records can be found through the card catalog at Ancestry.com and the records at FamilySearch.org. Mr. Strickland has been doing genealogy both as an amateur and professionally for 40 years. He teaches and lectures throughout New England. His extensive professional associations include:

 

· Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, Inc. - Charter Member (1993). Consultant for Genealogy Road Shows

· Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. (1975) Life member, Past President and Board of Governors

· Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor, Inc. - Charter (1983) Life member, Past President and Genealogist over 35 years

· Foote Family Association of America, Inc. - Editor of Foote Family Genealogy and History, Volume III

· National Society of the Descendants of Textile Workers of America, Inc. - Charter Member (2014)

· New England Historic Genealogical Society, Inc.

· Sheldon Family Association, Inc. - Life Member

 

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. No reservations are necessary. 

Trumbull Historical Society

1856 Huntington Turnpike

Trumbull, CT 06611

“Let’s Write a Sketch (About Anybody You Like)”

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop co-sponsored by the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Danbury Public Library

Join Certified Genealogist Nora Galvin for instruction and support as you write a Genealogical Sketch. Bring samples of your work and whatever you write with (a tablet, a laptop, or pencil and paper) with you. The program is free and all are welcome

Danbury Public Library

170 Main Street

Danbury, CT

“Genealogy and Technology: Problems, Pitfalls, and Lots of Promise”

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - noon

A joint presentation of the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Friends of the Cos Cob Library. The interactive session will begin with several slides and demonstrations by Rob Locke, and continue with audience participation. Attendees are encouraged to bring any technology and genealogy questions they would like to have answered.  

Cos Cob Library

5 Sinawoy Road

Cos Cob, CT 06807

Wills and Probate

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - noon

If you are traveling from the north of Exit 9 on I-95, you are strongly advised to find an alternate route.
https://www.i95exit9.com/

A joint presentation of the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Friends of the Cos Cob Library.

Cos Cob Library

5 Sinawoy Rd

Cos Cob, CT 06807

WWI Show & Tell

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 1 - 4 p.m.

Our Show & Tell presentations included: 

 

  • Christine Pittsley from the Connecticut State Archives discussed resources that may be of interest to folks researching WWI ancestors. She also talked about the independent research she has done regarding Connecticut soldiers in the Great War, and the trip she will be making this sumer with Connecticut students to restore American trenches in Seicheprey, France.
  • A grandson spoke about the memorabilia he has from his grandfather's service in France. That included his uniform, his diary, and his Croix de Guerre and Distinguished Service Cross medals, as well as various citations.
  • The granddaughter of a Fairfield librarian spoke about her grandmother who went to Paris during the War with the AEF as part of the YMCA Canten Unit out of NYC. 
  • A rifle collector displayed his 1917 Enfield, the standard-issue American Army rifle that was manufactured in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The governor of  Connecticut was quoted in 1917 as saying that 55% of American munitions were produced in the Nutmeg state.
  • A daughter shared the wartime correspondence between her parents that she transcribed, and published and made available to the library of their local historical society.  
  • The descendants of two brothers who were separated by the war, were reunited by DNA testing in 2019. 

 

Fairfield Museum & History Center

370 Beach Rd

Fairfield, CT

2019 Conference | NERGC

April 3rd-6th, 2019

There will be no Connecticut Ancestry Society meeting in April, 2019, as we will be attending, and are encouraging all our members to attend, the New England Genealogical Regional Consortium conference. 

Learn more:  https://www.nergc.org/2019-conference/

Radisson Hotel

Manchester, New Hampshire

Computers and Technology: Problems, Pitfalls, and lots of Promise" with Rob Locke

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - noon

While Rob will kick off with several slides and demonstrations, this is intended to be a more interactive session with attendees encouraged to ask lots of questions.

Danbury Public Library

170 Main Street

Danbury, CT 06810

DNA for Genealogy Roundtable

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - noon

The event will be co-sponsored by the Friends of the Cos Cob Library. The program is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Snow date, February 9th, 2019.

Cos Cob Library

5 Sinawoy Rd

Cos Cob, CT 06807

DNA Technology Workshop

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

Certified Genealogist and former Biology teacher Nora Galvin demonstrated DNA websites ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA.com and GEDmatch.com

Trumbull Historical Society

1856 Huntington Turnpike

Trumbull, CT 06611

Genealogy Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:30 a.m. - noon

"Land Records: More Than Metes the Eye"

Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:30 a.m. - noon

Genealogist Edwin W. Strickland II offered eight case studies that demonstrated how to get proofs, connections and relationships from land records. 

 

Cos Cob Library

5 Sinawoy Rd

Cos Cob, CT 06807

DNA Genealogy Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:30 a.m. - noon

Trumbull Historical Society

1856 Huntington Turnpike

Trumbull, CT 06611

Discover FamilySearch.org

Saturday, July 7, 2018 10:30 a.m. - noon

Connecticut genealogical researcher, teacher, and French-to-English translator Bryna O’Sullivan demonstrated some of the many ways FamilySearch.org can be used for Genealogy.

 

Danbury Public Library

170 Main Street

Danbury, CT 06810 

“Let’s Write a Sketch (About Anybody You Like)”

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop co-sponsored by the Connecticut Ancestry Society and the Stamford Historical Society

Certified Genealogist Nora Galvin offered instruction and support to workshop participants as they crafted Genealogical sketches. 

http://www.connecticutancestry.org.

 

Stamford History Center

1508 High Ridge Road

Stamford, CT 06903

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

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

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

2017 Meetings

February 4 in Stamford
DNA Genealogy Roundtable 

 

March 4 in Danbury

Nora Galvin’s Writing Workshop 

  

April 8 in Trumbull
Bruce Frail, “NARA and Civil War Ancestors" 

 

April 26 – 29 in Springfield, Mass.  

New England Regional Genealogical Conference  

  

May 21 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center
Annual Meeting: Tour of the Museum and the Collier Collection 

  

June 3 in Stamford
Rob Locke’s Genealogy 101 Workshop 

 

July 15 in Danbury  

Nora Galvin, “US Census: Your #1 Building Block for Genealogical Research” 

 

August 12 in Trumbull 

DNA Roundtable 

  

September 16 in Stamford
Marian Wood, "Free or Fee Genealogy: Finding Free Records, Deciding When to Pay" 

  

October 7 in Newtown
Nora Galvin, DNA Roundtable 

  

November 11 in Trumbull
Shannon Green, Writing Workshop 

2016 Meetings

February 6 in Stamford
Genealogy Roundtable

 

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

 

May 15 in Fairfield
Annual Meeting: Photo Detective Maureen Taylor, "The Last Muster: Photographs from the American Revolution"

 

June 11 in Stamford
Nora Galvin, CG, "How to Use Your 'Cousin' Autosomal DNA Results from FTDNA, 23&Me or Ancestry.com"

 

September 10 in Stamford
Janeen Bjork, "Explore Connecticut Newspapers for Genealogy"

 

October 1 in Danbury
Two Roundtable Discussion Groups

 

November 19 in Trumbull
Genealogy 101: Robert A. Locke, Jr., "Helping You Get Started With the Best Practices in Genealogy Research"

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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