Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held at 7 PM  on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December).

Pre COVID-19, our meetings were held in the Community Room at The Orchards, 34 Hobart Street, Southington, CT 06489. The facility is handicapped accessible and has an elevator on site.

Meetings are now online or at other locations during COVID-19. Please check below for meeting location details. There is no charge and no obligation to become a member.


January 26 : Pre-Recorded Webinar- Comparing the genealogy giants:,, Findmypast, MyHeritage, by Sunny Morton

February 23: Pre-Recorded Webinar- African American Genealogy Resources at the Library of Congress, by Ahmed Johnson

March 23 :Pre-recorded Webinar – How to Connect With Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society, by Kate Eakman

April 27 : TBA

May 25 : TBA

June 22: Live Webinar – Bring Family History Alive in Bite-Sized Projects, by Marian Wood

July 27: Live Webinar- Topic: TBA – Kate Eakman



January 28: Webinar- Reconstructing an Entrepreneurial Woman’s Life: From Family Intrigue to Water Rents by Rick Sayre

February 25: Webinar- The Three Cs of Irish Research by Judith Eccles Wight

March 24 : No Meeting

April 28: Marian Wood, “Insider’s Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait.”

May 26: Live Webinar- Online Research using a CT public library card and State Library card, Sheila Lafferty. Recording available to members.

June 23: “British Home Children”, live online presentation by Norma Cook, 7 pm. Webex link available upon request.

July 28: TBA

August 25: Rafaele Fierro, Italians in Connecticut.
Webex link available upon request.

September 22: Webinar: Cyndi’s List in Practice by Cyndi Ingle by WebEx

October 27: Dr. Walter Woodward,State Historian of Connecticut, author of Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments that Shaped a Great State

November 24: Webinar: In Black and White Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World – by Gena Philibert-Ortega

December: No Meeting


January 22: Webinar: “Strategies for Using Family” by Shannon Combs-Bennett

February 26: Webinar, “Four Star Genealogy on a One Star Budget” by Mary Roddy

March 26: Dr. Jill Martin, “Beginning Legal Research for Genealogists”

April 23: R Franklin Donohue, “Statues, Boulders, & Monoliths: The World War One Memorials of Connecticut (& Southington)”  co-hosted with Southington Historical Society. Meeting will be held at the Historical Society at 239 Main St.

May 28: Steve Courtney, author of “The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell”

June 25: Marian Wood, “Get the Most Out of HeritageQuest Online.”

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

August 27:  SGS Members present: “Where do you go from here? Tips and strategies when you’re feeling overwhelmed with your research.”

September 24 : Family History Center Staff, “Five Minute Challenge”

October 22: Webinar, Thomas MacEntee, “DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double Edged Sword”

November 26: Ruth Shapleigh Brown: Connecticut Gravestone Network

December: no meeting


January 23: Questions and conundrums. Bring your genealogy questions and problems

February 27:Webinar by Michael L. Strauss ,” The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors”

March 27: Bryna O’Sullivan, “Quebec and French-Canadian Research”

April 24: Marian Wood, “Genealogy: Free or Fee?”

May 22: Toni McKeen, “Tips and Tricks for Using” – Postponed

June 26: Family Research and Cemeteries

July 24: Having Fun in Your Family Tree

August: Webinar

September 25: Dr Joseph Lieby, “Kleindeutschland”, Little Germany  German immigrant neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City

October 23 : Marian Wood, “From Clues to Conclusions to Genealogical Proof”

November 27: Diana Ross McCain and Carol R. Whitmer, “Start Climbing Your Family Tree: An Introduction to Genealogy for Beginners”


January 24: Sheila Lafferty, Google Searching Refresher

February 28: Richard Eppler, How to get to Europe in your research

March 28 :Professor  Jill Martin, Women’s Derivative Citizenship and its Impact

Note Date Change: April 22 (Saturday 10 am) : Site visit at the Southington Historical Center

May 23: Art Secondo, Italian Immigration

June 27: Webinar: “Censational Census Strategies” by Mary Kircher Roddy

July 25: Webinar: “Playing Nice in the Genealogy Sandbox” By Thomas MacEntee

August 22: Webinar: “50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know” by Gena Philibert-Ortega

September 26: Joe Manning, “Lewis Hine Project” : Note: 7 pm.

October 24: Janeen Bjork, “Explore Connecticut Newspapers for Genealogy”

November 28: Marian Wood, “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past”

December: No Meeting


January 26, 2016: prerecorded webinar, “Tap into your inner private eye- 9 strategies for finding living relatives” with permission from Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Lisa Louise Cooke

February 23, 2016: CANCELED.

March 22, 2016: The Geology of Cemetery Gravestones by SGS Member Charles Dimmick.

April 26, 2016: The Webinar, “The Secret Lives of Women – Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind” with permission from Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Gena Philibert Ortega .

May 24, 2016: Presentation about the Daughters of the American Revolution by members of the Katherine Gaylord Chapter of Bristol CT.

June 28, 2016: Probate Judge Matthew J. Jalowiec speaking about the probate court

July 26, 2016: Webinar: Genealogy 101 part 1

August 23, 2016: Webinar:  Genealogy 101 part 2

September 27, 2016: Webinar:  Genealogy 101 part 3

October 25, 2016: Gerald Seagrave, Connecticut State Library, History and Genealogy Unit

November 22, 2016: Nora Galvin, DNA and Genetic Genealogy

December : No Meeting


January 27, 2015
Webinar: Researching your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Lapioli Merriman
(canceled due to the weather)

February 24, 2015
Webinar: My Genealogy DO-Over – A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

March 24, 2015
Brick Wall Workshop- Advice and assistance will be offered

April 28, 2015
Lecture by Dr. Brian Jones on Ground Penetrating Radar and the Merriman Cemetery findings.

May 26, 2015
Webinar: Researching your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Lapioli Merriman. Rescheduled from January.

June 23, 2015
Plant brothers of Plantsville by Ray Thomas

July 28, 2015
Webinar: Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860. Shown with permission from Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Mary Hill.

August 25, 2015
Webinar: Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries by Judith Eccles Wight

September 22, 2015TBA

October 27, 2015: Kevin Johnson from the Connecticut State Library as Jordan Freeman, an African-American servant during the Revolutionary War.

November 24, 2015: 

December 11, 2015: SGS Holiday Party


January 28, 2014
Liz Kopec on the History of Southington, 1914-WWII, Southington.

February 25, 2014
Prerecorded Webinar- “The Genealogy of Your House” by Marian Pierre-Louis.

March 25, 2014
Nora Galvin, DNA and genetic genealogy

April 22, 2014
30th Anniversary Celebration

May 27, 2014
Ruth Shapleigh-Brown, Gravestone Preservation

June 24, 2014
Prerecorded Webinar: “7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists” by Thomas MacEntee

July 22, 2014
Prerecorded Webinar: “Genealogy Evidence and Online Family Trees” by Karen Clifford

August 26, 2014
Sheila Lafferty:  iPads (and tablets, smartphones) and Genealogy. 10 iPad Minis will be available for use during the session.

September 23, 2014
Richard Eppler, Topic: European Church Records

October 28, 2014

Learn to Find Your Family Roots with the Family History Center

November 25, 2014
Southington Town Clerk, Kathy Larkin

December 2014
Holiday Party: Thursday, 4 December 2014


July 23, 2013
Topic: “ a virtual cemetery”, Sheila Lafferty.

August 27, 2013
Prerecorded webinar: “Ten Hidden Resources Every Genealogist Should Know”, by Lisa Alzo.

September 24, 2013
Richard Eppler on maximizing usage of the National Archives and much more

October 22, 2013
French-Canadian Genealogy with Maryanne LeGrow

November 26, 2013
Robert Wolfe, aka Uncle Bob,. author of “Secrets of Successful Family Reunions”

December 6, 2013 (Friday) : Holiday Dinner, 6 pm. The Orchards.

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