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2020 NEWS


Catherine "Nan" (Holland) Crowther

Our friend Nan Crowther died 9 Jun 2020 on her 91st birthday. Nan was an anchor in our society, attending our programs, encouraging other genealogists, and serving on the Board of Governors. She was an enthusiastic family historian and had created a family tree containing over 9,000 individuals. At programs she made a point of speaking to as many people as possible, especially the ones she did not know. She served as Assistant Treasurer for over a decade until the time of her death. In that role she picked up Society mail from the Stamford post office, deposited checks, forwarded documents to the Treasurer and Membership Chair, and delivered materials to the Ferguson Library. This was a critical function which she performed cheerfully and with dedication. We treasured Nan and her contributions to our society, and we will miss her kind, loving and supportive presence.  


Photo credit: ED HILL / Staff Photographer



May is also renewal month since everyone’s membership expires on May 31. This year we are begging you to renew using PayPal. If you pay by check, our volunteers must go to the post office and the bank and process those renewals, which, technically, is not allowed at this time in Connecticut. We certainly don’t want to be out in public unnecessarily.
You can pay via PayPal without an account there, using a credit card. It is a safe and secure website and company, so please consider the Society volunteers’ health. To pay by PayPal, go to our and click on “Become a Member” on the left side under “Join Us.” On the next page scroll down until you see the buttons “Add to Cart” and click on the one that applies to you. When finished “shopping,” click on one of the check-out buttons (top if you have a PayPal account, bottom if you don’t). Provide name and credit card info as needed.  If you must pay by check, you can download the form from the “Become a Member” link. We cannot guarantee speedy processing of checks, so please send a check early to allow time. The address is at the bottom of this email.
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Due to the uncertain schedule for resuming meeting in person, your Program Chair Janeen Bjork is working to schedule three other programs to be presented via Zoom. Please watch for emails about these future programs. We hope they will establish an opportunity to expand our reach to members who do not live in the local area, and who have been wishing to attend our meetings.




The Annual Meeting will be held on May 9, 2020, at 1 p.m. Following the short business meeting we will have a presentation by Alec Ferretti about the project he’s involved in called “Reclaim the Records” which gains access for genealogists to public records being blocked by governments around the US. See our web page or Facebook page for more details. All genealogists are interested in record accessibility, so we hope you will join us for the meeting and program. We anticipate the meeting will last approximately 90 minutes.


2018 NEWS


Harlan moved to Maine in early 2018. He has had a decades-long association with Connecticut Ancestry Society, including many years on the Board of Governors and serving as President for two terms. His most important role has been as editor of the scholarly journal Connecticut Ancestry. The longest-serving editor in the Society’s 63-year history, Harlan held the position from June, 2003, until May, 2014, contributing to the editing effort even before filling the position full-time. His contributions to the continued existence of this important collection of Fairfield-County-based family histories have exemplified and furthered the mission of Connecticut Ancestry Society: to promote genealogical scholarship, preserve source material and exchange family histories.


He published innumerable articles of his own in Connecticut Ancestry (including two in this issue) and The Connecticut Nutmegger. He has been particularly fond of finding and publishing town vital records that were not included in the Barbour Collection, and he has made a study of families who lived in The Oblong, a disputed area of land on the Connecticut-New York border. His first publication was an article in The American Genealogist correcting an error by Donald Lines Jacobus.


In addition to CAS, Harlan has been active in the Newtown Genealogy Club, serving in leadership positions there. He also has been an active volunteer at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown where he has nurtured and expanded the Julia Brush Genealogy Collection. He volunteers there one day every week. Many clients of his genealogy research business benefitted from his careful and thorough work. He was a founding member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council.


Best wishes, Harlan. You will be sorely missed.

2017 NEWS


The Connecticut Ancestry Society is pleased to announce that Bob Hall has stepped up to fill the vacancy left by CAS President Paul Keroack’s relocation to Pennsylvania. Bob is uniquely qualified to lead the organization into its next chapter: He brings us knowledge and experience that comes from his career as an educational publishing executive, from his service to multiple organizations that preserve cemeteries and local history, and from the family history research he has pursued for the last 40+ years.


Bob retired from the publishing industry as Senior Vice President with Grolier Educational Corporation, New York City and Connecticut and World Book Inc., Chicago, Illinois.


He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx and is also the Chairman of the Woodlawn Conservancy Board of Directors. Bob is the Past President of the Bronx County Historical Society Board of Directors.


Bob has been involved in researching family genealogy for over 40 years.


He was born in the Bronx and currently resides in Danbury, Connecticut. Please join us in congratulating Bob as he begins in his newest role for the Connecticut Ancestry Society.


CT Ancestry's Nora Galvin appeared on "Where We Live," with Lucy Nalpathchil on August 10, 2017, on WNPR radio.


Paul Keroack resigned in September 2017, part way through his second two-year term as Connecticut Ancestry Society president, due to his relocation to Collegeville PA.


Paul became involved in the society in 2009 when he retired from full-time employment at the Norwalk Public Library where he had been a reference librarian. He became a board member, then vice president of the Board of Governors for one term before being elected president.


Having been an amateur genealogist since 1974, Paul was pleased to accept a part-time position offered by the Norwalk Library as coordinator of the Norwalk History Room, an archive opened there in 2013. He held that position four years before resigning this Fall. 


He wrote several articles published in the society journal since 2009 on finds of genealogical interest in the Norwalk archives, as well as genealogical studies of several Norwalk families, and of two immigrant families to Bridgeport, one Irish and one Polish.   


Paul hopes to find genealogical and historical activities to interest him in the Philadelphia area.  


Priscilla Anne (Noyes) Chatfield 1924-2017 


Our dedicated longtime member, Priscilla Chatfield, passed away at her home in Easton on 7 July 2017 at age 93. Her husband, John Chatfield, who was also well known to our local members here in Fairfield County, had passed away in 2012. They leave three children, Priscilla Anne (Chatfield) Anderson of Eliot, Maine, John Farquhar Chatfield III of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Joel Alden Chatfield of New York City, and five grandchildren.


Priscilla contributed much to our Society, serving as Secretary from 2001 to 2007 and as a library liaison and/or a board member at-large from 1995 until the time of her death, most recently with emeritus status. She was a competent researcher and writer and, over the years, contributed fifteen articles to our journal, Connecticut Ancestry, plus at least nine or ten articles for other genealogical journals, on a wide range of New England families and subjects. One of those articles, “Robert and Phebe (Hubbell) Clarke of Huntington, Connecticut,” was selected for inclusion in Connecticut Ancestry’s Special 50th Anniversary Issue in 2004. She was also a member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Historical Societies of both Fairfield and Easton, where she was a regular contributor and volunteer.


Her many interests included a love of classical and church choral music, singing for many years in the choir of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, and with the Fairfield County Chorale.


Priscilla and John met while they were both students at Syracuse University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1945 with degrees in Speech and Drama. When their children were grownups she had a very successful two-decade career as an Analyst for the Aetna Life and Casualty. She was certainly a person of many interests and talents, always friendly and gracious with a smile, and she will be greatly missed.

Robert A. Ferry
Robert A. Ferry 1925-2017 


It is with sadness that we must report the death of Bob Ferry on January 31 of this year. Bob was editor of the Connecticut Ancestry Society journal from 1994 to 2003, longer than any prior editor. A “Tribute to Robert A. Ferry” was published in our “Ferry Recognition Issue” of August 2003, together with Bob’s article, “Family Research: A Report on a Decade of Learning.” 


Bob was raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was a radio gunner in the Air Force in World War II, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an electrical engineer. He was employed by General Electric Company and later for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also served as deacon and as church clerk at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich. 


As editor Bob manually put together each issue of the Connecticut Ancestry journal for nine full years. He delivered his master copy of each issue to the printer, collected the printed issues, stuffed them in envelopes which he had labeled from the membership list, sorted them in zip code order to achieve the best mailing rate, and delivered them to the Stamford post office.

Further, he personally contributed many articles and book reviews through his term as editor. 


Bob is survived by Mary, his wife of 57 years (and an active helper in the manual tasks of mailing each journal issue), and also by sons Allan and Thomas and by two grandchildren.

2016 NEWS

Rob Locke Hits the Pause Button

Rob Locke teaches Genealogy 101 to the Locke Family Association.

Stamford - 8 Feb 2016 -- 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.

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