The World War I Memorials of Connecticut,23 April 2019 meeting

Next Meeting:

The Southington Genealogical and the Southington Historical Societies are pleased to sponsor a program entitled “The World War I Memorials of Connecticut” with Richard Franklin Donahue on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm at The Southington Historical Society, 239 Main St, Southington, CT.

 

As the First World War ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great  efforts of their sons and daughters.  Changes in cultural and civic ideals since the American Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should and should not be.  Government leaders, artists, historians, and the monument industry itself promoted ideas from simple tablets to  monoliths rivaling those of Egypt and Rome. Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify  this entire  range of monumental styles.  The citizens of Southington wasted no time in this process and had a plan in place by the end of 1918.  Within a year, the town dedicated a unique flagpole as a  “Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial “with an enormous celebration and parade.

Having visited and cataloged more than 225 monuments throughout the 169 towns  in Connecticut, Richard Franklin Donohue will display images  of  the monuments and  share stories of their design, placement, and the people memorialized on them.  The Southington Memorial and those of the surrounding towns will be featured along with images of several of Southington’s World War veterans.

Richard Franklin Donohue is the Town Historian of his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut.  His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, travelling lectures, and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th-century slavery to Civil War-era subscription balls to early 20th-century marine engines.  As President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five, he strives to enhance his town’s interest and participation in local and national history.  In addition to his work with history, Richard is a tenor soloist specializing in Middle English Carols, Bach arias, and German Lieder and is the director of the 1876 Singing Society at Mystic Seaport.

 

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Next Meeting: J. Martin, “Beginning Legal Research for Genealogists”, March 26

The Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a genealogy program by Jill Martin entitled “Beginning Legal Research for Genealogists” on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 7:00 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT.

This session will teach you how to perform  basic legal research in a law library, and find cases and statutes on the state and federal level, providing a new set of resources to search for family history and to understand the laws your family lived under.

Jill Martin is a professor and chair of the Legal Studies Department at Quinnipiac University, and is admitted to the practice of law in Connecticut and New York.  .  She completed the BU program, and has attended IGHR and the National Institute of Genealogical Research.  She has also presented at University and genealogical societies. She has presented at the New England Regional Genealogy Conference for a number of years,  on New York genealogy, citizenship, and using legal resources, and will be presenting a similar program at NERGC this April.

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.

 

Next Meeting: Webinar, “Strategies for Using Family Search.org” by Shannon Combs-Bennett”. Jan. 22

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

“Strategies for Using Family Search.org” by Shannon Combs-Bennett

Webinar Description: As one of the go-to resources for research Family Search is an amazing site that few take the time to explore. Learn how to get more information from this website through search techniques, wiki resources, and more.

Speaker Bio:Shannon Combs-Bennett, owner of T2 Family History, is a speaker and author based out of Virginia. She enjoys teaching about a wide range of topics from DNA to methodology. Currently Shannon is the Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist. You can learn more about her at http://t2familyhistory.com.

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

 

Oct. 23, 2018 Meeting, “From Clues to Conclusions: Genealogical Proof” with Marian Wood

The Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled From Clues to Conclusions: Genealogical Proof with Marian Wood on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St in Southington, CT. To go from clues to answers for tough family history challenges, find out what it means to “prove” something in genealogy. With interactive case studies, this lively presentation demonstrates how to use the Genealogical Proof Standard to define the question, analyze research sources and details, resolve conflicting clues, and come to a credible solution.

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 pm. (Note the new start 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 southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

September 25, 2018 Meeting:“Kleindeutschland: Researching Your Ancestors in Manhattan’s Little Germany”

Kleindeutschland: Researching Your Ancestors in Manhattan’s Little Germany

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Southington Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor a program entitled “Kleindeutschland: Researching Your Ancestors in Manhattan’s Little Germany” with Dr. Joseph Lieby.

In this lecture, Mr. Lieby will discuss Kleindeutschland, an area in lower Manhattan became known as Little Germany. By 1855, there were only two German speaking cities that were larger than Manhattan’s Kleindeutschland. Learn about this German community, and how to research your ancestors who lived there. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Joseph Lieby is the current President of the Palatines to America: National German Genealogy Society. He retired as a school district administrator, and has over twenty years experience in genealogical research in the New York, New Jersey area. He has spoken at national and regional societies and has published articles on his research interests in his blog, palatinenotes.blogspot.com, and in the New York Palatines newsletter of which he is the editor.

 

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7 pm (note new 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 southingtongenealogicalsociety.org

August 28 Meeting-“The First 5 Things to Do with Your New DNA Test Results”

The next SGS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 at 7:30 p,m. at the Orchards. The Society will be showing the following recorded webinar with permission from familytreewebinars.com and Blaine Bettinger.

The First 5 Things to Do with Your New DNA Test Results

Webinar Description:

You’ve just received your test results, now what should you do? Together we’ll examine some of the first things you should do with your new test results.

Speaker Bio:
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

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

July 24, 2018: Having Fun in Your Family Tree

July 24: Having Fun in Your Family Tree

Families looking for a cool summer activity are invited to the July 24 meeting of the Southington Genealogical Society, where the evening’s topic is “Having Fun in Your Family Tree.”

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their youngsters to the program which will include information on starting your tree, interviewing family members, family history craft and project ideas and other ways to interest the next generation in genealogy.

The program will follow a brief business meeting. 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