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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

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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

Nov. 28th Meeting: “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past”, Marian Wood

MarianWood_headshotThe Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past” with Marian Wood on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT. Learn how to organize and safeguard genealogical research and materials for today and tomorrow. Step by step, Wood will explain how to sort and store genealogical materials; determine what to keep and what to give away; write a “genealogical will” to keep materials in the family; and bring family history alive for future generations.

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 7:30 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

October 24: Explore Connecticut Newspapers for Genealogy, Janeen Bjork

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

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.