October 24: Explore Connecticut Newspapers for Genealogy, Janeen Bjork

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Janeen Bjork LinkedInThe Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a genealogy program by Greenwich resident Janeen Bjork entitled “Explore Connecticut Newspapers for Genealogy” on Tuesday, October 24th,  2017 7:30 at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT.

TV Researcher Janeen Bjork will show you where and how to find CT newspapers online. Ms. Bjork will share the search methodology that she developed as she worked with a dozen newspaper websites with millions of pages of digitized pages whose collections continue to grow. There will be dozens of examples of the procedure, the pitfalls, and the payoff that comes from digging in multiple ways and from multiple sources for stories and items. Audience members will receive step-by-step instruction on working with OCR (optical character recognition), the technology that makes is possible to search newspapers online.

Ms. Bjork’s professional life includes 30-years as a television researcher, programmer and consultant. Her sister-in-law recruited her to genealogy, explaining, “You are going to do this for your niece and nephew.” Bjork put her detective, analytic and presentation skills to work on a dynamic tree that included over 100 years at of family photos and over 150 years of newspaper stories for her young audience. The professional researcher found thousands of family stories and items that range from the mundane to the sensational.

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 http://southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

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Lewis Hine Project: Joe Manning, speaker for Sept. 26 meeting: 7 PM

JoeManning2011SizedOn September 26, 2017, Joe Manning, author and historian, and the creator of the Lewis Hine Project will be the special guest speaker for the Southington Genealogical Society. 

 For the past 11 years, he has been tracking down the life stories of young children that were photographed by child labor investigator Lewis Hine from 1908 to 1924. His more than 5,000 photographs are archived at the Library of Congress, along with the captions, which often identify his subjects. Through careful and persistent research, Manning has contacted and interviewed the descendants—sons, daughters and grandchildren—of many of these child workers, and written stories about how the lives of the child workers turned out, what they were like, and how they are remembered. In Manning’s presentation, he will talk about his research, show some of the Hine photographs, and share some of his most compelling stories. All of Manning’s more than 300 stories can be seen on his website at MorningsOnMapleStreet.com. Formerly Connecticut residents for 30 years, Manning and his wife now live in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

.The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7:00 pm. [Please note the earlier meeting 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 http://southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

Next meeting: Aug. 22, Webinar, “50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know”

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the Southington Genealogical Society will be showing a prerecorded webinar, “50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know” by Gena Philibert-Ortega with permission from Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Gena Philibert Ortega. The webinar was originally presented on March 8, 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

You’re familiar with Ancestry.com and FamilySearch but there’s so much more to researching genealogy then the well-known websites. Learn more about other websites that can help you with your genealogy and help you break down brick walls.

Speaker Bio:

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter.

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

July 25th Meeting: Webinar

The next SGS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25th at 7:30 pm at the Orchards.  The Society will be showing the following recorded webinar from familytreewebinars.com. 
“Playing Nice in the Genealogy Sandbox” By Thomas MacEntee

Webinar Description

Genealogy is all about connecting with your ancestors. As part of this process, we often need to connect with other genealogists and share research. It isn’t always as easy as it seems! Learn the best ways to connect with other family historians and share resources including research, documents and research strategies. Discover the various methods of locating other researchers and the best practices to ensure that your work is shared and credited in a responsible manner. 

Next Meeting, May 23, Art Secondo

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017,  at 7:30 pm,  lifetime resident of Southington,  Art Secondo,  will present a program on Italian immigration in Southington. Mr. Secondo served 5 terms on town council, former editor at Observer newspaper, former director of communications at Mulberry Gardens (formerly Chancellor Gardens), Chairman of Sons of Italy Board of Directors and was former President CEO of Chamber of Commerce (12 years). He is presently a columnist for the New Britain Herald & Bristol Press.

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

Next Meeting: Saturday, April 22 @ Southington Historical Center

The SGS monthly meeting for April 2017 will be held on SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 10 am at the SOUTHINGTON HISTORICAL CENTER.   The location is 239 Main Street, Southington, CT. http://southingtonhistory.org/
The Southington Historical Society will provide a tour of the center and share information about the resources and artifacts held by the Historical Center.
The Southington Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization located in central Connecticut that promotes the accurate recording, research and preservation of family history. For more information, contact the society at southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com and http://southingtongenealogicalsociety.org
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Next Meeting, March 28: Dr. Jill Martin, Women’s Derivative Citizenship and Its Impact

On March 28, 2017, Dr. Jill Martin will present the following program for the Southington Genealogical Society.

Women’s Derivative Citizenship and its Impact

Married women in America had derivative citizenship from their husbands until the passage of the Married Women’s Independent Citizenry Act of 1922. Derivative citizenship means that a woman derived her citizenship from her husband.  An immigrant woman marrying an American citizen automatically became an American citizen.  An American woman marrying an alien or immigrant who had not naturalized as an American citizen, lost her own American citizenship, and in the eyes of the United States, took the citizenship of her husband.  This presentation will explore the legal and practical issues that arose from that derivative status, including immigration, alien registration, voting, and naturalization, and their impact on genealogical research.

Jill E. Martin is Professor and Chair of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School, and a Master’s of Arts degree in history from Yale University.  She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. She completed a certificate in Genealogical Research at Boston University, and attended the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives, and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University. She has presented at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Her ancestors are from the New York City area, via Ireland, Germany, and Italy.

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