Meetings

2021 Meeting Dates and Topics

All topics are tentative.  Please check this list to see if any changes have occurred.

2021 Schedule

Meetings are currently being held virtually via Zoom at 10:30 am on the second Saturday of the month. For information about Zoom access, please email nvgcguestz2020@gmail.com.

  •  January 9 – Paul Hadzima – Central and Eastern Europe: How Shifting Boundaries Affect Your Search for Ancestors – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • February 13 – Member Show & Tell – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • March 13 – Toni McKeen – The Immigrant Experience – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • April 10 – Bryna O’Sullivan – Discover the Connecticut State Library Online Resources – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • May 8 – Dick Kreitner – The 1710 German Palatines to America – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • June 12 – Penny Hartzell – Deeds, It’s not just about Land – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS – Porch Picnic planned for August – Details to follow
  • September 11 – Bryna O’Sullivan- Trace Your Revolutionary Roots – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

    Did your Connecticut ancestor support the American cause during the Revolution? This program will introduce you to the major sources that trace their “service” during the War, from pension files to town meeting records. Whether you want to join DAR or SAR or simply learn more about your ancestors’ activities, this program will give you the resources needed to tell their stories.

  • October 9 – Tracy Tomaselli – House History and Resources – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • November 13 – Luana Darby – It’s the Details that Count: Using Religion, Ethnic Groups, and Locations – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • December 11 – Annual Holiday Party – Details to follow

2020 Meetings

  • January 11 – Member Show & Tell
  • February 8 – Marty Podskoch – The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut
  • March 14 – Marian Wood – Insider’s Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait – CANCELLED
  • April 11 – Bryna O’Sullivan – The Revolutionary War Lineage Society – CANCELLED
  • May 9 – Marian Wood – CousinBait –  WEBINAR
  • June 13 – Janeen Bjork – DNA: What to Expect When You’re Testing – CANCELLED
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 12 – Mark D’Ambrosi – Italian Genealogy: General Principles and How to Obtain Dual Citizenship – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • October 10 – Toni McKeen – Documenting Covid 19 for our Future Generations – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • November 14 – Bryna O’Sullivan – The Revolutionary War Lineage Society – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
  • December 12 – Dave Robison – The Mayflower – VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

2019 Meetings

  • January 12 – Member Show & Tell
  • February 9 – Barney Kathan – America’s DNA: The Country’s Story You Were Never Told
  • March 9 – Marian Wood – Using Social Media for Genealogy
  • April 13 – Bryna O’Sullivan – Using ResearchIT CT
  • May 11 – Glenn Gawkowski – Genealogical Research for Legal Purposes: Stories from the Field
  • June 8 – Penny Hartzell  – Germans to America 1683-1883
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 14 – Carol Ansel & Al Fiacre – Learn About BU’s Online Genealogical Programs
  • October 12 – Barney Kathan – Dr. E. Irene Boardman: The Woman Our Meeting Room is Named After
  • November 9 – Toni McKeen – Rebooting Your Genealogy
  • December – Holiday Party – Held at Middlebury Firehouse – Date to be detemined

2018 Schedule

  • January 13 – Member Show & Tell – CANCELLED
  • February 10 – Marian Wood – Research Like a Pro: Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • March 10 – Bryna O’Sullivan – Using the Website of the National Archives and Library of Congress
  • April 14 – Toni McKeen – 20th Century Military Records
  • May 12 – Seema Kenney – Published Genealogies
  • June 9 – Jaime Aulet  – The Basics of AncestryDNA
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 8 – Dick Kreitner – Researching Genealogy in Upstate New York
  • October 13 – Martin Podskoch – Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories, and Legacy
  • November 10 – Marian Wood – Free or Fee Genealogy – Frugal Research and When It Pays to Pay For a Record
  • December – Holiday Party – Held at Middlebury Firehouse – Date to be detemined

2017 Schedule

  • January 14 – Member Show & Tell
  • February 11 – Marian Wood – Planning a Future for your Family’s Past (snowed out)
  • March 11 – Francoise Lampe – French Genealogy in France and the French Canadian Province of Quebec
  • April 8 – Bryna O’Sullivan – Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors
  • May 13 – Penny Hartzell –  Setting up a Family Tree in FamilySearch.org
  • June 10 – Toni McKeen – Italian Genealogy
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 9 – Janeen Bjork – Finding Your Family Online in Connecticut (and other) Newspapers
  • October 14 – Jerry & daughter Julianne Garry – Bring Genealogy to Life Through Sight, Sound, & Motion
  • November 11 – Marian Wood – Planning a Future for your Family’s Past
  • December 2 – Holiday Party – Held at Middlebury Firehouse

2016 Schedule

  • January 9 – Member Show & Tell
  • February 13 – Marian Wood – Using Facebook for Genealogy
  • March 12 – Sharon Dahlmeyer – German Genealogy
  • April 9 – Nora Galvin – Irish Genealogy
  • May 14 – Penny Hartzell – Getting the Most From FamilySearch.org
  • June 11 – Toni McKeen – Finding Elusive Females
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 10 – Toni McKeen – Your Electronic Bible: Keeping Track of Your Family Information with Family Tree Maker
  • October 8 – Jaime Aulet – DNA & Genealogy: How Can Genealogy’s Newest Tool Help With Your Search?
  • November 12 – Paul Hadzima – Researching in New Jersey
  • December 3 – Holiday Party – Held at Middlebury Firehouse

2015 Schedule

  • January 10 – Member Show & Tell
  • February 14 – Mel Smith – Beyond the Barbour Records, Finding your Connecticut Ancestor in the Governmental Records
  • March 14 – Christine Gauvreau -Chronicling America
  • April 18 – Thomas Howard -A Bridge to Ancestors and to the Old Country: New England WWI Records –
  • May 9 – Toni McKeen -Tips & Tricks for Using Ancestry.com.
  • June 13 – Penny Hartzell -Creating Time Lines.
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 12 – Marian Wood – Local Genealogy via Long Distance
  • October 10 – Mel Smith – Connecticut Probate Records, A Gold Mine for Genealogy Research
  • November 14 – Philip Hays – Cousin Encounters of the Third Kind
  • December 5 – Holiday Party – Held at Middlebury Firehouse

2014 Schedule

  • January 11 – Member Show & Tell
  • February 8 – Barney Kathan – Search for Scots-Irish Roots
  • March 8 – Harlan Jessup – Finding Your Civil War Ancestors
  • April 12 – Marian Wood – Using Genealogy Message Boards & Blogs
  • May 10 – Joe Camposeo – Meet the Town Clerk, What to Expect When Asking for Records
  • June 14 – Toni McKeen – Navigating the Ships Manifests
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 13 -Thomas Howard – Genealogical Roadblocks and How to Overcome Them
  • October 11 – Dick Kreitner – Researching my German Ancestors: A Field Trip to Germany
  • November 8 – Paul Hadzima – Researching in the Old Kingdom of Hungary, Today’s Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia
  • December 6 – Holiday Party

2013 Schedule

  • January 12 – Member Show & Tell
  • February 9 – Movie “Rediscovering George Washington” & Discussion of Washington’s Genealogy
  • March 9 –  Jolene Mullen – Prosopography of a Cemetery (the study of the residents of a cemetery)
  • April 13 – Marcia Melnyk – Beyond the News: Using Newspapers
  • May 11 – Toni McKeen – The Vitally Important Vital Records
  • June 8 – Field trip to Ebenezer Avery House & Fort Griswold Battlefield, Groton, CT
  • July & August – NO MEETINGS
  • September 14 – Alice & Carl Charest – The Godfrey Memorial Library                          
  • October 12 – Janet Maher – From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley: Early Irish Catholics
  • November 9 – Richard Tomlinson – Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut
  • December 7 – Holiday Party