July 24, 2018: Having Fun in Your Family Tree

July 24: Having Fun in Your Family Tree

Families looking for a cool summer activity are invited to the July 24 meeting of the Southington Genealogical Society, where the evening’s topic is “Having Fun in Your Family Tree.”

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their youngsters to the program which will include information on starting your tree, interviewing family members, family history craft and project ideas and other ways to interest the next generation in genealogy.

The program will follow a brief business meeting. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room 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.
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 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 southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com and southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

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June 26, 2018 Meeting: Family research and Cemeteries

For genealogists, the Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” is every day! Sooner or later, you will be visiting grave yards to reconnect with your departed ancestors. Southington Genealogy Society members want to help you make the most of your cemetery field trip.

On Tuesday June 26 at 7:30 pm, club members will present an informal program on what you can find in a cemetery, searching for ancestors’ graves, taking the best pictures, and burial ground etiquette. The society meets in the community room at The Orchards on Hobart Street. club members will present an informal program on what you can find in a cemetery, searching for ancestors’ graves, taking the best pictures, and burial ground etiquette. The society meets in the community room at The Orchards on Hobart Street.

May 22: (Rescheduled) Toni McKeen, “Tips and Tricks for Using Ancestry.com”

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, (Rescheduled for a future date)  the Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled “ Tips and Tricks for Using Ancestry.com in Researching Your Family” with Toni McKeen.

In this lecture, Toni will show how to research efficiently and successfully using this powerful genealogy website.  Learn helpful tips in finding those elusive relatives, which parameters to use, and how to prevent looking at thousands of names in search of the one person you are trying to find.  She will also share those often overlooked options and the newest cool features that have just been added.

Toni has been doing genealogy research on her own extensive Italian family, her husband’s Irish family and son in law’s German family for the last 33 years. She now has more than 9,600 of her closest family members entered in her Family Tree Maker program. Toni has identified relatives on extended branches who married into the family including those from various immigrant ethnic groups as well as others who have been here long enough to practically have greeted George Washington when he arrived. She is a member of several genealogical organizations, and was recently Chairman of the Genealogy Club of Newtown.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room 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.

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 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 southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com and southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

Next Meeting April 24: Genealogy Free or Fee

Marian_WoodThe Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled “Genealogy: Free or Fee?” with Marian Wood on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT.

Genealogy, Free or Fee? Frugal Research Strategies: Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refine your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to free and low-cost sources via Linkpendium, historical and genealogical societies, courthouses, libraries, and more. Decide when to pay for a record, based on timeliness, the details in the record, and the uniqueness of the record.

Marian Wood is a textbook author, an avid genealogy researcher for 20 years, and a frequent speaker at genealogy conferences and clubs. With a B.A. from City University of New York and an M.B.A. from Long Island University, she is also the author of a popular genealogy book, “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past.”

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room 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.

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 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 southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com and southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

Quebec/French Canadian Research with Bryna O’Sullivan, March 27

The Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled “Quebec/French Canadian Research” with Bryna O’Sullivan on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT.

Do you have roots in Quebec? Thanks to new digitization efforts, researching in the Canadian province just got a little easier. Learn what the kinds of records most commonly used in tracing your ancestors, how to locate them, and ways to interpret their content – even if you don’t speak French.

Bryna O’Sullivan is a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French-to-English genealogical translator. The owner of Charter Oak Genealogy (charteroakgenealogy.com), she specializes in Connecticut, Luxembourg-American, and US-Canada cross-border genealogy.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room 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.

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 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 southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com and southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

Webinar, Feb. 27: Michael L. Strauss ,” The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors”

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, the Southington Genealogical Society will be showing a prerecorded webinar, “The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors” by Michael L Strauss with permission from Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Mr. Strauss. The webinar was originally presented on May 31, 2017.

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room 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

Webinar Description

Researching your World War 1 ancestors can be challenging. With the losses of records by fire in St. Louis in 1973 and stricter privacy laws; this lecture focuses on ways to reconstruct military service for family who served their country including records of draft registrations, war casualties, troop manifests, and many other related records.

Speaker Bio:

Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie “Finding Vivian Maier”.

Legacy Family Tree is a maker and distributor of genealogy software for Windows. In addition to their family history program, they offer other products, support and services of interest to people tracing their roots on their website: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com.

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 atsouthingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com and http://southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

Next Meeting, Jan. 23: Questions and Conundrums

Questions and conundrums will be the focus when the Southington Genealogical Society meets on Jan. 23, 2018 at 7:30pm in the community room at The Orchards on Hobart Street.

The evening’s program will feature a round-table discussion by club members who will share their experiences and expertise. The format is geared to help both people who have met a roadblock in their research and beginners who need help getting started.

Participants should come to the meeting with their questions and information on what they avenues they have already attempted. Newcomers and non-members are welcome to participate.

Wi-fi will be available and attendees are encouraged to bring electronic devices for on-the-spot research.

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 southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com and http://southingtongenealogicalsociety.org