Next meeting: 30th Anniversary Celebration, April 22, 2014

The public is invited to attend the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Southington Genealogical Society on April 22, 2014.  It has been a long and winding road.  Though the Societies meeting place has changed locations over the years, its core mission of promoting the accurate recording, research and preservation of family history has never changed.


Antique will be the theme for the 30th Anniversary Celebration.  What is your heirloom worth?  Does it have limited monetary value or priceless sentimental family value?  There will be antique appraisers for family heirlooms (3 items/$12) and please bring photos only of furniture.  On-site research of visitor’s antique family history will also be conducted.  The Society’s history will be showcased.  Members will display their genealogical projects.  Refreshments will be served and don’t miss the Door Prize.


Join us on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm at The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart St. Southington, Connecticut for our 30th Anniversary Open House Celebration.   For more information visit us on the web at  Like us on Facebook.  Contact the society at

Next Meeting: Nora Galvin on DNA and genetic genealogy, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend an admission-free presentation by Nora Galvin on DNA and genetic genealogy at The Orchards hosted by the Southington Genealogical Society on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

Nora Galvin is a former secondary-school science teacher and research scientist at a major pharmaceutical company where she worked using DNA.  Her science background allows her to combine DNA technology with conventional genealogical research for a more comprehensive understanding of ancestral history.

Nora Galvin holds a B.S. in biology from Ohio State University and a Masters from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, New England chapter program chair; Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, the president of Connecticut Ancestry Society and a member of the publication committee for the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.  Her website is Aunt Lizzie’s Trunk.

7:30 p.m., March 25th at The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart Street, Southington, Connecticut.

Next Meeting: “The Genealogy of Your House”, Webinar, February 25, 2014


Sally Lewis Home
(photo: WPA Architectural Survey,CT State Library)

Webinar: “The Genealogy of Your House”

On February 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm, the Society will be showing a prerecorded webinar, “The Genealogy of Your House”, by Marian Pierre-Louis with permission from Family Tree Webinars and Marian Pierre-Louis. The webinar was originally presented on 5 June 2013.

Program Description:

“You love researching your own family history but have you ever thought of researching the history of your house? Using the same skill set as genealogy you can discover the lives of the people who lived in your home before you. Learn to use the tools that will allow your “walls to speak” from house historian Marian Pierre-Louis.”


Marian Pierre-Louis

Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogical writer and speaker who specializes in southern New England research (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Born and raised in Connecticut, she has lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Marian has three generations of recent family ties to Rhode Island and also links to some very old Rhode Island lines.  As a result, these three states have become the focus of her research activity. Unlike most genealogists, Marian is spoiled to spend most of her time working with original records.  You will most often find her researching at a town hall, registry of deeds, probate court or the local cemetery. It’s a rare day that Marian has to sit in front of a microfilm reader. 

Marian is actively engaged in social media.  You can find her starting conversations on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. She frequently speaks on New England topics including house history research, social media, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics. She is the author of several blogs including: Marian’s Roots & Rambles and The New England House Historian. She is the host of the new Internet radio show, Fieldstone Common. Listen to her each Thursday at FieldstoneCommon.

Her website is


Next Meeting: January 28, 2014 at 7:30 p,m. on Southington between WWI and WWII

The evolutionary history of Southington from WWI through WWII is a microcosm of the state, region, and even the nation at large.  The town was profiled in a War Department booklet during WWII as representative of a typical American town.  The booklet was distributed to both allies and enemies.  The Southington Genealogical Society kicks off the New Year with guest speaker Liz Kopec discussing this era, Southington, 1914 to WWII.

The SGS meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm.  There is no admission charge and no obligation to become a member.  No reservations are necessary.  The facility is handicap accessible with an elevator.

Liz C. Kopec is a native Southington resident historian who has served as a past president of the Southington Historical Society.  She is also an Oak Hill Cemetery lecturer and an author.  Her latest work is entitled, Southington: The War Years (Images of America Series). 

Next Meeting: November 26, 2013 @ 7:30 pm Topic: Family Reunions

Want to pass on your family values and traditions?  Have a Family Reunion. Family reunions are not only about catching up and getting reacquainted; they are about preventing the generational loss of family values and traditions.  They enable the building of family legacies.   The November meeting of the Southington Genealogical Society, will feature guest speaker Robert Wolfe a.k.a. Uncle Bob, author of Secrets of Successful Family Reunions.

The SGS meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm.  There is no admission charge and no obligation to become a member.  No reservations are necessary.  The facility is handicapped accessible with an elevator.

With sixty years of planning and organizing family reunions, forty of which were annual, it is safe to say Uncle Bob qualifies as an expert on the subject.  He will explain the entire process of planning, organizing, and executing a successful Family Reunion.  He will both inform and entertain.

The Southington Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization located in central Connecticut that promotes the accurate recording, research and preservation of family history.  The society regularly meets at 7:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except December, at The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart Street, Southington, Connecticut.  For more information, contact the society at and visit us at  Like us on Facebook.