“Start Climbing Your Family Tree: Genealogical Research for Beginners” with Genealogists Diana Ross McCain and Carol Whitmer , November 27 7pm

The Southington Genealogical Society and the Southington Historical Society are pleased to co-sponsor a program entitled Start Climbing Your Family Tree: Genealogical Research for Beginners” with Genealogists Diana Ross McCain and Carol Whitmer on Tuesday, November  27, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The Southington Historical Society.

This 90-minute presentation on today’s hottest hobby shows novice family historians how to begin their search, whether their roots stretch back to the Mayflower or their family first arrived in the United States in the twentieth century.

Genealogists Diana Ross McCain and Carol Whitmer of “Come Home to Connecticut” explain the first steps for gathering information from family records and relatives and recording it on charts. They introduce the most useful online genealogical resources for research in the United States and other countries, and explain what they contain, as well as how to access and make use of them. They debunk the belief that for genealogists “everything is on the Internet” and discuss records still accessible only in libraries, archives, and historical societies.

Diana Ross McCain is a genealogist and historian with more than 35 years of professional experience. She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, Connecticut, for 25 years, and was also a reference librarian at the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut. Diana holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, and a master’s degree in library science.

Carol Whitmer is a professional genealogist, historical researcher, author, and lecturer. She has been doing genealogical research for over 38 years. She regularly teaches genealogy courses at the college level and lectures on various genealogical topics, including Genealogy for Beginners, as well as presenting specialized classes on New England genealogy resources and electronically available genealogical resources. Carol is a past president and past member of the the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council.

 

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Oct. 23, 2018 Meeting, “From Clues to Conclusions: Genealogical Proof” with Marian Wood

The Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled From Clues to Conclusions: Genealogical Proof with Marian Wood on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT. To go from clues to answers for tough family history challenges, find out what it means to “prove” something in genealogy. With interactive case studies, this lively presentation demonstrates how to use the Genealogical Proof Standard to define the question, analyze research sources and details, resolve conflicting clues, and come to a credible solution.

Marian Burk Wood is a college textbook author, avid family history researcher, and popular genealogy speaker. She earned her MBA at Long Island University and her BA at the City University of New York. Marian blogs about her genealogy experiences at http://climbingmyfamilytree.blogspot.com and her book, “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past,” will be available at the program.

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 pm. (Note the new start time.) 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

September 25, 2018 Meeting:“Kleindeutschland: Researching Your Ancestors in Manhattan’s Little Germany”

Kleindeutschland: Researching Your Ancestors in Manhattan’s Little Germany

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled “Kleindeutschland: Researching Your Ancestors in Manhattan’s Little Germany” with Dr. Joseph Lieby.

In this lecture, Mr. Lieby will discuss Kleindeutschland, an area in lower Manhattan became known as Little Germany. By 1855, there were only two German speaking cities that were larger than Manhattan’s Kleindeutschland. Learn about this German community, and how to research your ancestors who lived there. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Joseph Lieby is the current President of the Palatines to America: National German Genealogy Society. He retired as a school district administrator, and has over twenty years experience in genealogical research in the New York, New Jersey area. He has spoken at national and regional societies and has published articles on his research interests in his blog, palatinenotes.blogspot.com, and in the New York Palatines newsletter of which he is the editor.

 

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7 pm (note new time). 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

August 28 Meeting-“The First 5 Things to Do with Your New DNA Test Results”

The next SGS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 at 7:30 p,m. at the Orchards. The Society will be showing the following recorded webinar with permission from familytreewebinars.com and Blaine Bettinger.

The First 5 Things to Do with Your New DNA Test Results

Webinar Description:

You’ve just received your test results, now what should you do? Together we’ll examine some of the first things you should do with your new test results.

Speaker Bio:
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

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 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

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

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