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Southington Genealogical Society Inc. PO Box 698 Plantsville CT 06479-0698

Nov. 26: Ruth Shapleigh Brown: Connecticut Gravestone Network

Ruth Shapleigh-Brown will speak to the Southington Genealogical Society Nov. 26 at 7pm about the work of the Connecticut Gravestone Network. The organization was founded in 1995 to educate and promote an appreciation for gravestone carving as a valuable art form. Members of the network are involved in cemetery preservation, recording and photographing markers and identifying carvers. Genealogists can help with one of the group’s projects by sharing any reference they find in their research pertains to gravestones – purchase, carving, installation – or to stonemasons and carvers.

The Southington Genealogical Society meets in the community room of the Orchards on Hobart Street on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December). Meetings are free and open to the public.

 

Webinar, Oct. 22 7 pm: “DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword”

The next SGS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at the Orchards.  The Society will be showing the following recorded webinar from familytreewebinars.com

“DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword”

By Thomas MacEntee

Webinar Description

Has your concern for privacy prevented you or a family member for taking a DNA test? What about sharing your genealogy research data online with practical strangers (even though you might be related)? Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention about cold cases solved using DNA data and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy. We’ll review the current status of privacy practices by the five major DNA test kit vendors, current laws and regulations, the role of law enforcement, and what we might expect to see related to privacy in the future. 

Bio:
What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.
 
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”
 
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7:00 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 7:00 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

September 24: The 5 Minute Challenge

You’ve seen the TV shows. You’ve heard the commercials. Have you ever wondered what you might find if you searched for your ancestors? We’d love to help you find out!
The Southington Genealogical Society and The Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints present: “The 5-Minute Challenge”, a free program for everyone – especially beginners – interested in tracing their family tree.

Research materials will be provided at no charge. You may want to bring your own i-pad, cell phone or other device that can send/receive texts or emails. We invite you to take this opportunity to leave a legacy for your descendants!

The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 24th at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7:00 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 7:00 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

August 27, “Where Do You Go from Here? Tips and strategies when you’re feeling overwhelmed with your ancestry research.”

Novice genealogists and anyone interested in researching their roots are invited to the Southington Genealogical Society’s free workshop on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7pm at the Orchards, 34 Hobart Street in Southington. Club members Richard Eppler, Lauren Galayda and Sheila Lafferty will present “Where Do You Go from Here? Tips and strategies when you’re feeling overwhelmed with your ancestry research.” The program will help beginners understand public records, organize their findings, and look at other places for information. Experienced genealogists are urged to attend and share their knowledge with the group.

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. 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

July 23, Webinar, “Misbegotten Children: Tracing the Family Lines of Illegitimate Children”

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Southington Genealogical Society will be showing a prerecorded webinar, “Misbegotten Children: Tracing Family Lines of Illegitimate Children” with permission from Legacy Family Tree Webinars” and Peggy Clemens Lauritzen.

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7:00 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.

“Nearly all families have children with seemingly missing fathers. Yet, there may be clues and resources to help us determine their ancestry. Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more and more about our family’s history. Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use many available resources to help us in our research.”

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family’s history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies.

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

June 25 Meeting: Getting the Most Out of Heritage Quest Online

Marian_WoodNext Meeting “Getting the Most Out of HeritageQuest Online” with Marian Wood on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm at 7:30 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT. 

Learn to search for your ancestors in the FREE HeritageQuest databases, accessible from home with your local library card. Tips and tricks for researching in the U S Census special schedules (veterans, mortality, agriculture, and more). Also look for your ancestors in city directories, Revolutionary War records, wills/probate records, and other useful databases, all free and available online through HeritageQuest.

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 7:00 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

“The Letters of Mark Twain and His Best Friend, Joe Twichell of Southington” on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a genealogy program by Steve Courtney entitled “The Letters of Mark Twain and His Best Friend, Joe Twichell of Southington” on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT.

 

“I do not want others to write, but I do want you to do it,” Mark Twain wrote to his friend, the Rev. Joseph Hopkins Twichell, at a time of family tragedy. “…You have the touch that heals, not lacerates.” For 42 years the Hartford clergyman — born and raised in Plantsville — served as the author’s confidant, friend, fellow joker, sharer of long walks, partner in vigorous conversation and source of literary inspiration.

Steve Courtney, who has spoken at the Southington Genealogical Society about his 2008 biography of Twichell, will present tales from his most recent book, The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell (University of Georgia Press, 2017). This major work, co-edited by Peter Messent, Harold K. Bush, and Steve, includes the complete correspondence, brought together for the first time. Of the more than 300 letters the two men wrote to each other, more than half have never been published.

The idea that Twain’s best friend was a preacher is a surprising one, and the letters show that they battled on many fronts, both political and theological. “Oh, the human race!—what a ridiculous invention it is,” Twain wrote to Twichell. The minister wrote back: “Mark, the way you throw your rotten eggs at the human race doth greatly arride me.” But their friendship remained strong — after a  lively argument, Twain would write, “Joe, our whole tribe shouts love to you and yours.”

Hal Holbrook, the actor and legendary performer of the one-man show Mark Twain Tonight!,describes the book as “two friends talking…”You get more of Mark Twain the unguarded person from these conversations between two friends than from the biographies. They traveled the footpaths of Europe together, their wives and children enriched their friendship, they could say what they wanted and know they’d get away with it.”

 

Steve Courtney has been a journalist and historian for 42 years, and won the 2009 Connecticut Book Award for Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain’s Closest Friend (University of Georgia Press). He is also the author of “The Loveliest Home That Ever Was”: The Story of the Mark Twain House in Hartford (Dover Publications); and ‘We Shall Have Them With Us Always’: The Ghosts of the Mark Twain House (Paige Compositor Press). He co-edited, with Peter Messent,The Civil War Letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: A Chaplain’s Story (University of Georgia Press). He served as publicist for The Mark Twain House & Museum for four years, and founded its Writing Program and Twainian lecture series,The Trouble  Begins at 5:30. He now works as a consultant at the museum.

 

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7:00 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.