“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.


Next Meeting April 24: Genealogy Free or Fee

Marian_WoodThe Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled “Genealogy: Free or Fee?” with Marian Wood on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT.

Genealogy, Free or Fee? Frugal Research Strategies: Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refine your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to free and low-cost sources via Linkpendium, historical and genealogical societies, courthouses, libraries, and more. Decide when to pay for a record, based on timeliness, the details in the record, and the uniqueness of the record.

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 7:30 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