Tuesday, February 26, 2008

CT Vital Records Access

Date: March 4, 2008, TUESDAY, 10 a.m.
Host: Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, Inc. Meeting
Speaker: Elizabeth Frugale,
State Registrar of Vital Statistics and Member of Town Clerk Certification Committee
Topic: CT Vital Record Access
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Emanuel Lutheran Church,
311 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut

From CPGC website: "You do not have to be a member to attend any part of the meetings. Come and join us for genealogical education, sharing and fun. All meetings begin promptly at 10:00 am and include a business meeting and our featured program. We strive to end our meetings by 12:30, and some members have lunch together at nearby restaurants or bring lunch with them to the State Library (there is a cafeteria across the street at the Connecticut Education Association building, and meals are also available at the Legislative Office Building, across Capitol Avenue). Other events are listed here for your convenience,http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctpgc/schedule.html but CPGC does not take any responsibility for errors or omissions."
DirectionsEmanuel Lutheran Church is located on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Hungerford Street; directly across the street from the State Armory and Legislative Office Building. 860-525-0894. Some parking available at the church lot and on street. Directions are from the church's website:

From the West via Interstate 84:
As you approach downtown Hartford, take exit 48B (Capitol Avenue). Stay in the right-hand lane. At the end of the exit turn right at the stop light onto Capitol Avenue. Emanuel is on your left-hand side at the next traffic light. Turn left onto Hungerford Street and enter the church parking lot on your right.

From the East via Interstate 84:
Take Exit 48 (Asylum Avenue) and stay in the middle lane as you approach the traffic light. Take a right onto Asylum Avenue. At the next traffic light take a left onto Broad Street. Proceed to the traffic light and take a left onto Capitol Avenue. Emanuel will be on your right at the end of the first block. Turn right onto Hungerford Street and enter the church parking lot on your right.

From North and South via Interstate 91:
Take the "Capitol Area" exit off Interstate 91 (this will be the left lanes coming from the south). Follow exit to traffic circle (Pulaski Circle); follow half-way around and bear right onto Elm Street. At the stoplight, turn left onto Trinity Street (Capitol Building will be on your right). Bear right onto Capitol Avenue. Emanuel is two blocks up on your left. Turn left onto Hungerford Street and enter the church parking lot on your right.

Averys Reunion and Averys in the Civil War

Event Date: July 19, 2008

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lunch: Buffet at 12:30
Speaker: Avery Memorial Association Historian Vincent Pitts, Ph.D.
Topic: Averys in the Civil War

Sunday, July 20, 2008 there will be a church service at the First Church of Christ in Groton, CT. A brunch in the church hall will follow - small fee for the brunch. After the church service there will be a dedication at the Avery Monument commemorating the 114th Anniversary of the burning of the Hive. After the dedication there will be a cemetery workshop at the Avery-Morgan Burying Ground in Groton, CT. The Ebenezer Avery House will be open.

Cost for the annual meeting/reunion is $30 (please inquire about lunch costs when making your reservation). For those who would like to explore the Mashantucket Pequot Museum (optional) there is a separate fee of $13.

Deadline for reservations is June 15, 2008.
Contact Stephanie Lantiere at SGLantiere@aol.com or check out the website at: www.averymemorialassociation.com

Location of Event:
Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Mashantucket, CT

Free Irish Genealogy Seminar March 15

Irish Americans looking for their roots will have an opportunity to learn how to trace their family trees back to Europe at a genealogy lecture scheduled to take place in Bridgeport on Saturday, March 15, 2008. The presentations by three noted researchers will take place at Housatonic Community College 900 Lafayette Blvd in Bridgeport starting at noon.

Prof. Jonathan Shea, a foreign language professor at HCC, will lead off the sessions speaking about American sources needed to find information about the family on this side of the ocean, some of which will take the researcher back to the family's place of origin in Ireland. Among the sources to be discussed are local birth, marriage and death records, probate files, church registers and similar documentation generated on a local level as well as information laden records of the federal government such as decennial census returns, WWI draft registrations and ships passenger lists from Ellis Island and other ports of entry. Shea, a New Britain native, traces his paternal roots to the counties of Offaly and Mayo in Ireland and has done on site research in the National Archives in Dublin, local county records offices and Catholic parish archives in his counties of origin. Stated Shea" My family not only emigrated to the US but to the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand so tracking down all the various branches of the family has taken me on a documentary journey to four continents"

Resources in Ireland will be discussed by Janet Pestey of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. Major records sources such as the nineteenth century Griffiths Valuation Lists and the surviving Irish census returns will be covered as well as information on national vital records indexes many of which are available at the Family History Center in Woodbridge and the resources to be found at Irish National Archives. Also included will be Civil Registration records which began in 1864, church records, tithe records estate records. Local sources and computer sites will also be discussed. The speaker is a retired educator and a frequent lecturer on the topic.

The third in the trio of experts is Daniel Lynch of Trumbull. Lynch will concentrate on internet sources researchers can use from the comfort of their own home to hunt for ancestors. As more and more records are digitized and becoming available on home computers, this facet of genealogical research is among the fastest growing aspects of genealogy. a pastime of millions Americans. Lynch is a 22 year veteran of the computer industry and served as a consultant to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and was featured on ABC News Good Morning America as part of their genealogy series. The author of numerous genealogy articles, Lynch is a frequent lecturer on genealogy and technology.

The seminar is the result of a collaboration between Housatonic, The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, headquartered in East Hartford and the Connecticut Ancestry Society headquartered in Stamford.


Location: Housatonic Community College
Directions: Bridgeport, exit 27 from I-95, plenty of free parking.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Your Family Tree – From the Start: Genealogy Basics with Research Techniques”

Six sessions 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Starts, Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Location: New London Adult Education

Uncover your family's story and preserve your heritage for future generations! Learn how to network with researchers from a distance or locally, record your family history, keep it organized, find documents, and cite sources. Sessions include an explanation of library, government and private sources such as published materials, vital data, military records, and clues to immigration documents. And, as time permits, discussions on your research progress. A hands-on introduction to Internet research is included at the last class with time to work on your own in the computer lab!

A free textbook (worth $20) is available at first class if registered in advance. Please bring a 3-ring binder to class. Handouts: $5, payable at first class.

"Your Family Tree: From the Start… " is a complete how-to course for beginners as well as those who would like to learn about traditional on-site research techniques at repositories as well as an introduction to modern genealogical tools.

Register Here: New London Adult Education: 860-437-2385

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Your Family Tree – From the Start

Thursday: February 14, 21, & 28, 2008
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Rathbun Memorial Library
36 Main Street
East Haddam, CT

Uncover your family's story and preserve your heritage for future generations! The Rathbun Memorial Library, East Haddam, will host a series of three weekly sessions facilitated by Deborah Tajmajer, Professional Genealogist, beginning Thursday, February 14, 6:15pm to 7:45pm. Learn how to record and organize your data, find documents and cite sources. Sessions include an explanation of library, government and private sources and discussion on your research progress. These sessions are for the beginning novice as well as those who would like to learn more about onsite research. Please bring a 3-ring binder; handouts will be distributed. Pre-register by call 873-8210.