Saturday, March 31, 2007

Special Hours for Early Birds to the New England Regional Genealogical

Special Hours for Early Birds to the New England Regional Genealogical Conference!

For those coming to Hartford early for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (April 26 – 29 at the Connecticut Convention Center and the Marriott Hartford Downtown)., and others wanting extra research time, the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. There will be an extra retrieval of archival and special collections materials at 6:00 p.m. And to sustain researchers in their endeavors, light refreshments will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall of theMuseum of Connecticut History. For those not familiar with the History and Genealogy Unit, orientation tours will be held on the same day at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. The Library will be open regular hours Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27 from 9:00 until 5:00 and on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 until 2:00. For more information about the History and Genealogy Unit's resources and services, see the History and Genealogy Web page and the State Library's Research Resources page,

Richard C. RobertsUnit Head, History & Genealogy
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT 06106-1537
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We are happy to inform you that Godfrey Memorial Library will also have extended hours for researchers! We will be open from 9am to 8pm on April 25, 26, and 27 and April 28 from 9 am to 1 pm. Please stop by and see visit us!

Sincerely,Christine LeFoll, Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield Street Middletown, CT 06457

Monday, March 26, 2007

Connecticut Gravestone Network Symposium 2007

Saturday - March 31
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
South Senior Center
70 Canterbury St.
East Hartford, CT

Hosted by The Friends of Center Cemetery, Inc. East Hartford, CT Historic Cemetery Preservation is our goal. Displays & exhibits from various historic groups. Vendors with books, T-Shirts, mourning jewelry, and othercemetery novelties. We will even have a stone carver working on site if you'd like to try your hand at it.

Lecture Topics:
Welcome for First Time visitors
"Introduction to Old Burial Ground Basics"9:30 am - Ruth Shapleigh-Brown

"Joseph Sikes and other 18th & 19th century Carvers"10: 45 - Robert Drinkwater

"West Springfield area Cemeteries and Carvers"1:15 pm.- Rusty Clark
"Slide Tour and History of Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, CT."2:30 pm. - Pat Illingworth

Lunch, snacks & beverages will be available
Admission: Pay at the door $10 to public $5 for CGN members

Directions: South Senior Center, East Hartford, CT
From route 2 east - exit 5c, Maple Ave. turn left, (underhwy), turn left at stop sign onto Handel Rd. 2nd right will be Canterbury St., road is a cul-de-sac with school/now seniorcenter at end.

Going west on Rt.2 or Int. 91 use exit forRoute 3/Main St. Glastonbury, then head north to Maple St.,which will be a right turn at the first intersection after the plaza. Follow signs for Symposium.

For details contact Ruth Brown at 860-643-5652 orshapbrown@cox.netCGN web site

Sunday, March 25, 2007

New England CONNECTions: New England Regional Genealogical Conference, April 26-29 2007

New England CONNECTions
Ninth New England Regional Genealogical Conference
April 26-29 2007
Connecticut Convention Center
and Hartford Marriott Downtown

New England CONNECTions will be held April 26-29, 2007, in Hartford, Connecticut. As the ninth New England Regional Genealogical Conference, it promises to build on NERGC’s tradition of excellence in providing genealogical lectures, seminars and workshops; the Ancestors Road Show; a Society Fair; as well as banquets and luncheons, for new and established genealogists alike, at minimal cost.

In keeping with the Conference theme, Patricia Law Hatcher, Cyndi Howells, Hank Jones, and over 45 other speakers will help genealogists “connect” to:
~ Ancestors who immigrated to and migrated out of New England (including settlement and migration patterns)
~ The wealth of information available in New England’s archives, libraries, and historical societies
~ Specific types of source materials (church, cemetery, vital, and military records; newspapers; city directories)
~ Advances in genealogical technology

In addition, over 45 national, regional, and society-sponsored speakers are on the program to bring you the very best in genealogy today. The Hartford conference program has over 45 speakers, 9 tracks, 75 lectures and workshops, lunch and dinner events, plus several additional offerings like Librarian's Day, the Ancestors Roadshow, Special Interest Groups, Society Fair, and the Exhibit Hall. Complete program and brochure is here:

The conference takes place at the new Connecticut Convention Center, located at 100 Columbus Boulevard. Some events will also take place in meeting rooms at the interconnected Hartford Marriott Downtown, the official conference hotel, at 200 Columbus Boulevard.

Beyond the conference itself, Hartford is a genealogical and historical haven, home of the Connecticut State Library and Connecticut Historical Society Museum and historic sites such as the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Godfrey Library in Middletown and Connecticut Society of Genealogists library in East Hartford are not far away.

It's a genealogy event you won't want to miss!

ADMISSION: $125 for Full Registration. $85 per day for Daily Registration.

Wondering about the DAR Application Process or Need Assistance?

DAR Applications and Supplemental Workshop -- Free
Saturday, March 31, 2007, 10 am -2 pm
Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter House
55 Prospect Street
Milford, CT

Jolene Mullen, CT DAR Volunteer Genealogy Chair, will present this workshop designed to help Prospectives DAR Members as well as Chapter Regents and Registrars. There will be a review of applications and the documentation needed. Bring your own bag lunch.
Call Jolene at 860-355-3294 or
Also see the National DAR website for information about joining or the DAR Library:

Thursday, March 15, 2007

CHS Collections: Research 101

Thursday, March 22 – 2 to 4 p.m.

Sharon Steinberg, Reference and Research Librarian at the CHS Museum, guides you to the many resource treasures available in special collections libraries – including those abounding at the CHS Museum. Rare books, diaries, and letters; broadsides, maps, vintage newspapers, vital records, scrapbooks, and more are at the ready to make you a historical research whiz. Admission: $3-$6. Reservations: (860) 236-5621, x238.

One Elizabeth Street at Asylum AvenueHartford, CT 06105

Tel: (860) 236-5621


Date: March 24, 2007
"Getting Started: US Sources"
Speaker: Paul Keroack
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

"Looking in Ireland (Part 1)"
Speaker: Janet Pestey
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information call 203-877-9618 or 203-269-0166
Location of Event:Irish American Community Center,
9 Venice Place, East Haven, CT


From I-95, take exit 48 to I91-From I91 Northbound, take exit 8, Middletown Ave. Bear right at end of ramp onto Route 80/Foxon Blvd. Take right at 3rd traffic light onto Eastern St., proceed 1 mile to Venice Place (right turn). Club is at end of road.

From I-91 South, take exit 8, Middletown Ave. Bear left at end of ramp onto Route 80/Foxon Blvd. Take right at 4th traffic light on to Eastern St., proceed 1 mile to Venice Place (right turn). Club is at end of road.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Housatonic Community College 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT
Saturday, April 14, 2007 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Free – All are welcome!
Registration highly recommended
Free parking and light refreshments!

Come learn how to trace your Eastern European roots from leading experts: Jonathan D. Shea, Professor of Foreign Languages at Housatonic Community College and Central Connecticut State University, Matthew Bielawa, Associate Registrar at Central Connecticut State University, and Lisa A. Alzo, author, instructor, lecturer, and researcher specializing in Slovak genealogy and immigration history. Lectures will cover research in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, Carpatho-Rus, and other areas of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Topics will include: Utilizing key U.S. resources (census, church, citizenship, immigration and vital records) Historical geography (working with maps, atlases, and gazetteers) Top Eastern European Web sites Archival sources in Eastern Europe Networking with fellow researchers and much more!

To register for this seminar, please call 203-332-5279 or send an e-mail to:

Добро пожаловать! We hope to see you there! Zapraszamy!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Scottish Patterns of Migration to the United States

Friends of Godfrey Library Spring

Speaker : Betty Oderwald, DAR and Member of St Andrew’s Society of CT

Saturday, March 17th at 1:30 PM

Ms. Oderwald will talk about the Highlanders, the Lowlanders, and the Scots-Irish and how these groups differed and came at different times. She will discuss the reasons why people leave and why they choose the places to which they go. One specific example will be the deportation of soldiers after the Battle of Dunbar through the 19th century. Betty will also bring a display of books that are useful in anyone looking at Scottish immigration, hand-outs of suggested research sources and will be happy to answer questions. Ms Oderwald is a member of the DAR through her mother’s family and her father was born in Scotland. She is currently the registrar of her DAR and C.A.R. chapters and has co-chaired all day Scottish genealogy workshops for 5 years in addition to attending many local and national genealogical conferences.

Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457-2534
Phone: 860-346-4375
Library is Open
Monday 9am to 8pm
Tuesday thru Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday 9 am to 1 pm
Exit 15 onto Route 66 West (also Washington Street). At fifth traffic light turn right onto Route 3 North (also Newfield Street). The Library is approximately 1/4 mile on the right.
From the North on I-95, take Exit 69 onto Route 9 North. Take Exit 15 and follow above directions.

From the South on I-95, take the I-91 North exit to exit 18 (Route 66 East),
follow Route 66 east to Route 3 North (also Newfield Street).
Turn left on Route 3. The Library is approximately 1/4 mile on the right.