Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Cyber-filing Comes of Age" How it relates to Genealogy

Free tour will be conducted by Joe Camposeo, Manchester Town Clerk.

Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 10:15 am at the Manchester Town Hall
Directions available at the town hall website.

CPGC Members will learn how Connecticut town clerks are utilizing new technologies and how that will assist genealogist with their research. Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend our genealogical programs. The Connecticut Professional Genealogical Council, Inc (CPGC) was formed in 1993 to foster excellence within the profession and provide support to professional genealogist and repositories in Connecticut.

Contact Deborah Tajmajer, Membership Chair, to request a brochure, a current list of professional researchers, an application, or to ask questions: CTPGC@hotmail.com

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Are you qualified to Join the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, Inc?

The Connecticut Professional Genealogical Council, Inc (CPGC) was formed in 1993 to foster excellence within the profession and provide support to professional genealogist and repositories in Connecticut. CPGC is opened to those who provide genealogical services to others or manage collections of records in Connecticut. This includes; authors, researchers, librarians, lawyers, instructors, lineage society volunteers, translators, and speakers. We place CPGC brochures, with its annually updated membership list, at libraries, town halls, and at genealogical conferences.

Many meetings are held in Hartford. However, we have also hold meetings in repositories around the state such as Fairfield, Mystic, Middletown, Manchester, and Simsbury. Emails are sent to all members to keep them abreast of activities, directions, and to announce last minute happenings. If a member cannot attend a meeting, minutes and program summaries/handouts are mailed to keep them abreast of activities.

As a group, CPGC helps others. The following is only a sampling:
~ CPGC members initiated the Historic Records Preservation Act of 2000 which provides funds to Connecticut towns for the restoration and preservation of original historic records.

~ Members organize Ancestor Road Shows that are hosted by Connecticut town halls and Libraries. This is a free event where resindents can meet one-on-one with a CPGC member to help them with their family tree or research.

~ Raise funds to donate eguipment or books to Connecticut Repositories including the CT State Library, CT Historical Library and Godfrey Memorial Library.

~ This year we are preparing for a large genealogical conference (NERGC 2007) to be held at the new Conference Center in Hartford April 2007. Please visit the CPGC website for more information. http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctpgc/

Contact Deborah Tajmajer, Membership Chair, to request a brochure, an application, or ask questions: AncestorConnect@aol.com or 860-873-3330

Sunday, January 07, 2007

"Two New Londons: Frances Caulkins and the New London Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society"

(Photo: The Shaw Mansion Historic House Museum)
January 14, 2007, 2 PM - New London Historical Society

Dr. Nancy Steenburg, presenting new research based on our manuscript collection: “Two New Londons: Frances Caulkins and the New London Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society".
In the 1840s, women of New London, including historian Frances Manwaring Caulkins, founded a Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society to aid indigent and injured sailors. At first glance the Society seemed to have laudable goals in providing a safety net for local seamen. Yet a majority of members were the wives, daughters, or sisters of the men who owned the major whaling and shipping companies in the city. Were the charity efforts of the ladies merely a salve for the consciences of their menfolk, or did the women of New London have their own agenda of reform?

Steenburg is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. She received her AB from Harvard, MA from Trinity College, and PhD from the University of Connecticut, all in history. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowship grants, and has published widely on Connecticut history subjects. Her 2005 book, Children and the Criminal Law in Connecticut, 1635-1855: Changing Perceptions of Childhood, was recently recognized as the year’s best book on Connecticut history by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History.

Dr. Steenburg is currently working on a biography of Frances Caulkins, a pioneering female historian, whose collected papers are part of our collection. The Society, planning a new edition of Caulkins’ unmatched 1860 work, History of New London, has called upon Steenburg’s expertise to write a new introduction to the republished book. The Second Sunday presentation will share photographs and images that will provide a rare view of 19th-century New London.

Refreshments will follow the lecture. Admission is free for members of the historical society, $5 for others.

Shaw Mansion is located at 11 Blinman Street, New London, near the intersection of Bank and Tilley Streets.

Second Sunday programs are the regular adult lecture series offered as a benefit of membership in the New London County Historical Society, and are held on the second Sundays of most months. Program admisson is free for members and $5 per person for non-members. For further information, please contact the Society at 860-443-1209. http://www.newlondonhistory.org/events.html

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor Using Military Records at the National Archives (NARA)

The Friends of Godfrey Memorial Library and The Jewish Genealogical Society of CT are co-sponsoring a program on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 1:30 at Godfrey Library. The Archivist Jean Nudd of the National Archives in Pittsfield will present a program. Topics include Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor at the National Archives and Using Military Records at the National Archives. There will be a break and refreshments between topics. Please call or email to reserve your place as space is limited (parking that is.)

Contact: Marcia Meyers marciarthur@sbcglobal.net

The Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library is a non-profit organization which was formed in 1995 to support the Godfrey Memorial Library.

Mission Statement:
"The Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library, Inc. is an association whose purpose is to foster awareness of the library and its resources, and to strengthen and help preserve this valuable resource for genealogical and historical research for future generations."

For new memberships or renewals, click HERE to open, then print the application form, fill it out and Mail it to:Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library, Inc.
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457-2534

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Preserve your Family Heritage with Nathan Hale Memorial DAR

Have you wondered if you are descended from a patriot of the American Revolution, circa 1776? Learn more about your American roots and your family's role in America History. Using modern research tools, volunteers will provide guidance and assistance with this process. Contact us for more info!

Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of your Patriot ancestor. Over two hundred years ago, American Patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. As a member of DAR, through participation in the Society's various programs and activities, you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors.

Preserving the American Spirit Other than military service, acceptable service includes: Signers of the Declaration of Independence, civil service, nurses, Oath of Allegiance, those who rendered material aid, such as furnishing supplies, lending money to the Colonies, gunsmiths, and more.

A bit about our chapter
Nathan Hale Memorial Chapter DAR is just one of 3000 chapters in the United States. It was orgainzed in East Haddam, Connecticut on June 6, 1900. Today, our membership comprises 81 women from all over the country with the majority residing within Middlesex and New London counties. We vary our monthly meeting times and locations among the lower Connecticut River towns. Some meetings involve trips to sites across our beautiful State. We honor and remember Connecticut's State Hero, Captain Nathan Hale at our annual Saturday meeting held on or near his birthday, June 6th.
To learn more about our chapter request a brochure or read about a sampling of our programs at our website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctnhmdar/programs.htm

Location: Greater Lower CT River Valley
Schoolhouse: Main Street, 06423 google map

Email Chapter Registrar, Deborah Tajmajer: NathanHaleDAR@aol.com

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

~A CELEBRATION~ Please join us for the 300th presentation of Pvt. William Webb: An African-American Connecticut Civil War Soldier

Portrayed by the State Library’s very own Kevin Johnson. January 11, 2007; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Museum of Connecticut History’s Memorial Hall 231 Capitol Avenue ~ Hartford, CT

Remarks by Diane Smith, Host of Positively Connecticut $10 donation at the door is suggested. Donations will support the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Outreach Programs. Light refreshments will be served.

Kevin Johnson is an employee of the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit. He has been presenting William Webb for eight years and has done 299 presentations.

The Connecticut State Library provides high quality library and information services to state government and the citizens of Connecticut. It also preserves and makes accessible the records of Connecticut's history and heritage. The focus of the Museum and its collections is Connecticut's government, military and industrial history. Permanent and changing exhibits trace the growth of the State and its role in the development of the nation from the Colonial era to the present. Additional information about the State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History can be found on its Web page at http://www.cslib.org/.

Monday, January 01, 2007

REVISITING THE COLONIAL REVIVAL - “A Delightful Form of Madness”: Amer. Textiles & the Colonial Rev

Date: 1/7/2007
Location: Phelps Tavern Museum/Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street Simsbury, CT 06070
Hours: 2 PM; Admission: $6.00
Contact: (860) 658-2500
Sponsor: Phelps Tavern Museum/Simsbury Historical Society

Joshua Ruff, F. Henry Berlin History Curator at The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, will cover the appeal of early American textiles and the contemporary wearing of and the use of colonial patterns in products made from the 1870s to the 1950s. Colonial Revival in the United States was at its height from the Philadelphia Centennial through the Depression as Americans began to romanticize their past to fit a future that included changing gender roles, immigrants, urban living and rapidly advancing technology. As in many New England towns, previously ignored homesteads in Simsbury were purchased and restored architecturally and decoratively as touchstones to an imagined past. It is the strong Colonial Revival presence in Simsbury that inspired this year’s theme.