Friday, January 18, 2008

Free Lineage - Family Tree Workshop

Date: 2/7/2008
Location: Rathbun Memorial Free Library
36 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423

Hours: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Admission: Free: Pre-Registration is important as space is limited.
Contact: (860) 873-3330 (Leave Message) or
Sponsor: Nathan Hale Memorial Chapter DAR

Has a branch of you family been in the United States as far back as your family can remember? Not sure which ancestor is an American Revolutionary Patriot or even if you have one? Have you wondered about joining a lineage society such as the Daughters of the American Revolution or related organizations? Learn more about your American roots and your family's role in America History! All are welcome to attend a free lineage - family tree workshop to be held at the Rathbun Memorial Library in East Haddam on Thursday, February 7, 2008 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM sponsored by the Nathan Hale Memorial Chapter DAR. Local DAR Registrar, Deborah Tajmajer of East Haddam will be on-hand to guide you through your first experience with your family tree information as referred to as genealogy. A discussion about special DAR online resources and how they can jump-start your research will be included. As space is limited, please contact Deborah by email at or at 860-873-3330 to reserve your seat.

The Nathan Hale Memorial Chapter DAR was organized in June 1900 and meets monthly in various towns in the lower Connecticut River Valley region. In addition to special programs and field trips, meetings include service projects for veterans and the annual Good Citizen awards that are presented to local high schools seniors. Today, this women’s organization has about 168,000 members in 3000 chapters world-wide. Any woman 18 or older who can prove a lineal bloodline descent from a patriot of the American Revolution (circa 1775-1783) is eligible for membership. Tracing your lineage is valuable because it preserves your family’s heritage. The DAR is a volunteer organization that promotes patriotism, preservation of American history, and education.

"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."

Saving Connecticut’s barns -- Free

The South Windsor Historical Society will present a program on saving Connecticut’s barns Jan. 10. The program, which is free and open to the public will be held at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St., South Windsor, at 7 p.m.
Todd Levine, a representative of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will talk about taking a “windshield survey” of local barns, a project involving taking a digital photo of a barn from a safe public place, recording basic information, and inputting it into the Connecticut Barn Website ( for review. The data can then be retrieved by those interested in saving the history of important agricultural structures.
Mr. Levine notes, “Until recently historic barns in Connecticut have not been completely documented. Outbuildings and barns had rarely been included in the National Registry of Historic Places. In the last decade their historic significance was realized in evaluating an historic site. Barns are disappearing from the Connecticut landscape by slow decay or by being razed for new construction. With each barn lost we lose another piece of our rich agricultural history.”
“Every town in our historic state, including South Windsor, has barns and outbuildings that should be saved either by restoration or by a digital camera,” he adds.
Anna Fiori, historical society program chair, encourages South Windsor residents to participate in the project. She said, “If you have photos of South Windsor barns bring them to this meeting. We would enjoy seeing them and perhaps you will allow us to make copies for our archives.”
For more information about the historical society and its activities,
call 860-291-9958 or visit