Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held online at 7 PM on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December). Email southingtongenealogicalsociety at for the meeting link.


January : No meeting scheduled.

February : No meeting scheduled.

March: No meeting scheduled.

April: No meeting scheduled.

May 30: Roundtable discussion at the Southington Historical Society

June: TBA

July: TBA

August : TBA

September: TBA

October: TBA

November: TBA

December: No meeting.


January 25: Pre-recorded webinar: An Additional 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega

February 22: Pre-recorded Webinar, Finding the Elusive Maiden Name by Ann G. Lawthers, Sc.D

March 22: Marian Wood: “Get Ready for the 1950 US Census!”

April 26: Pre-recorded Webinar: “Using Historical Fiction and Social History to Support Your Narrative” by Beth A. Stahr, CG

May 26: joint meeting with Southington Public Library, Marian Wood, “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past.” Zoom or in person at the library.

Genealogy Basics: Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past (Online)
Tuesday, May 24th, at 6:30 p.m.
Marian Burk Wood will show you how to: organize and store your family history collection; determine what is important to keep and what you can consider giving away; write a “genealogical will” to safeguard your collection’s future; and share your family’s history now—before joining your ancestors.

June 28: TBA


August: no meeting

September 27: Kathy Larkin, Southington Town Clerk.

October 25: Courtney Appell, Conservation and Cleaning of Gravestones, from

November 22: TBA


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 : Tech Tips – SGS Members

May 25 : What are your favorite paid and free websites for genealogy? – SGS Members
See what sites were shared

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

July 27: Live Webinar- Topic: Adding Historical Content to Your Genealogy Research: A Hands On Approach – Kate Eakman

August 24: Share Your Stories – SGS Members

September 28: Topic: Cluster Research

October 26: Resources at the Southington Public Library

November 23 – Godfrey Memorial Library Resources- live webinar

December – No Meeting



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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