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

British Home Children: Online presentation by Norma Cook, June 23, 2020

Do you want to learn about British Home Children? Join our virtual Society meeting on WebEx, Tuesday, June 23 at 7 pm to hear from Norma Davis Cook, the granddaughter of two British Home Children.


Norma writes: “Our family lives in Carleton County, New Brunswick, where my Dad’s parents settled after being sent here as British Home Children in the early 1900’s.  My grandparents’ mysterious past has always intrigued me, but I never realized the truth was out there until I started searching on Ancestry a few years ago.  The history of children like my grandparents has become my primary line of research as I attempt to uncover their stories to share with successive generations.”

Email southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com for the WebEx meeting link to join the meeting. The room will be open by 6:30 pm if you want to join and avoid technical difficulties.

If all goes well, the meeting will be recorded and shared for a limited time on our youtube channel (password required).

Marian Wood, “Insider’s Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait.”

Marian Wood is scheduled to give the following presentation- ONLINE- at the April 28 7 pm SGS meeting:
“Insider’s Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait.”

Come and learn a series of lesser-known but extremely useful tools you can use to find possible cousins and enable cousins to find you on Family Search, Ancestry, Find a Grave, and DNA websites. “Cousin bait” can include ancestor photos, old documents, surname lists, family trees, and family stories. Go home with practical ideas for easy and often free ways to set genealogical bait for cousins and take the bait that potential cousins leave online.

Due to COVID19, we will NOT be holding a meeting at the Orchards and following the recommendations to stay home.
A link can be sent to anyone that wants the link to listen the online presentation live. Please email southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com to pre-register.

Feb. 25 Meeting: Webinar, The Three Cs of Irish Research

The Southington Genealogical Society meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Orchards. The Society will be showing the following pre-recorded webinar from familytreewebinars.com:  
The Three Cs of Irish Research: Civil Registration, Church Records, and Census by Judith Eccles Wight
Three of the main Irish genealogical resources of key importance to those tracing their Irish ancestors are census returns, church records, and civil registration (vital records). Although pre-1901 census records were almost completely destroyed and church records also suffered from either a lack of record keeping or destruction, much still exists. This presentation is an overview of surviving censuses and census substitutes, church records and civil registration.
Webinar Speaker Bio:

Owner of Wight House Research, Judy has been an Accredited Genealogist specializing in Ireland (30+ years) and Scotland (10+ years).  She writes extensively for genealogical periodicals and is a popular teacher and lecturer at genealogical events.  She worked 10 years as a reference consultant at the Family History Library and has vast research experience in the British Isles, U.S., Canada, and Australia.

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


 

Jan. 28 Meeting: Webinar, “Reconstructing an Entrepreneurial Woman’s Life: From Family Intrigue to Water Rents”

The Southington Genealogical Society meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Orchards. The Society will be showing the following recorded webinar from familytreewebinars.com:

Reconstructing an Entrepreneurial Woman’s Life: From Family Intrigue to Water Rents by Rick Sayre

Webinar Description:

Applying the principles of reasonably exhaustive research, the project demonstrates both the process to document the life of a nineteenth century German immigrant from her ancestral village to Allegheny City, Pennsylvania and illustrates how this woman, who was a single parent most of her life, employed her strong entrepreneurial spirt to provide for her family. Both traditional and more obscure urban sources are employed.

Speaker Bio:

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is also a retired colonel having served 31 years in the U.S. Army. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the Advanced Land course and Researching in Washington, D.C., without Leaving Home offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Advanced Land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. He also coordinates the Using Maps in Genealogy course at SLIG. Rick also instructs in the Advanced Methodology course offered by SLIG.  He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rick is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is also the immediate past president of BCG.

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

 

Raymond LeRoy Thomas, Jr., 1940-2019

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The Society is deeply saddened to announce the passing of its founder, Raymond LeRoy Thomas Jr. on December 11, 2019.  The obituary is as follows:

Raymond LeRoy Thomas, Jr., 79 of East Hartford, beloved husband of Barbara E. Sanborn, passed into God’s Kingdom Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Born in Meriden, he was the son of the late Raymond and Lorraine (Petit) Thomas, Sr. of Meriden and Davie, FL. He graduated from St. Laurent’s Elementary School in Meriden, St. Joseph’s High School in Berthierville, Quebec, Canada and attended St Michael’s College in Winooski, VT. He joined the US Navy in 1960 and chose radioman as his rate. His various duty stations included USS MIDWAY CVA-41 and USS Suribachi AE-21; Naval Communications Stations in Finegayen, Guam and Fort Allen PR, Navel Requiting Offices in New Britain and Waterbury, CTG; and various naval schools. He retired in 1982 as a Radioman Chief Petty Officer (E-7). He was then employed by the US Naval Requiting Offices in New Britain and Waterbury, CT, and various naval schools. After a year as a computer programmer in Bridgeport, he was then employed by the US Postal Service in Meriden for 13 years and another 5 years at the Plantsville post office. He retired in 2002.

He was a member of the American Legion, Kiltonic Post # 72 in Southington, and then of the Gray-Dickinson Post # 59 in Windsor. Genealogy was his “thing”. In 1981, he joined the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of CT. He co-founded the Southington Genealogical Society (1984), co-founded the Charette/Charest Family Association (2000), joined the National Association of Leavitt Families (1997), and in 2003 was elected Genealogist of that organization. He volunteered time at the Family History Center at the Southington LDS Church for many years. He also facilitated the Genealogy Club and assisted at the senior net courses in computer and genealogy at the Southington Calendar House. In his spare time, he researched his own family, his 1st wife’s (Shorette & Leavitt) family, helped his current wife with her research and aided anyone else’s family who asked him. In 2009 he started the Genealogy Club at the Windsor Senior Center.

He has been a member of the Baha’i Faith since 1975. Declaring his faith in Baha’u’llah while in Puerto Rico with the Navy. Ray joined, in 1992, the Connecticut Baha’i Chorale, singing with them till the present day. He served on the Southington Baha’i Local Spiritual Assembly for many years. Ray became a member of Baha’i “Voices of Baha”, an internationally known choir, and performed with them at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2002. He was a member of the Southington Interfaith Clergy Association, representing the Baha’is of Southington, until his move to Windsor, serving on the Local Spiritual Assembly of Windsor since 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sanborn of East Hartford; his son Raymond L. Thomas, III and his wife Heather of Plantsville; two grandchildren, Natalie Ray and Raymond L. IV; two step children and 7 step grandchildren and a special grandniece, Missy Almquist of Willington; brothers Ronald and his wife Norma of Tahuya, WA, Roger and his wife Denice of Ashville, NC, and Robert of Hollywood, FL; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his first wife Cecelia Shorette, his daughters Linda Ann in 1966 and Janet Marie in 1980; a sister, Patricia Hicks and stepson, Roger Conley.

There are no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to a Graveside Service, Monday, December 16, 2019, at 10 AM directly at St. Laurent’s Cemetery, 1351 Hanover Avenue, Meriden, CT followed by US Naval Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raymond Thomas IV Medical Fund, c/o the Thomas Family, 836 Marion Ave. #2, Plantsville, CT 06479. The Carmon Windsor Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.

https://www.carmonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Raymond-LeRoy-Thomas-Jr./East-Hartford-District-of-Columbia/1864155

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