Meetings

2021 – 2022 Meeting Dates and Topics

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

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.

2022 Meeting Schedule

  • January 8 – Member Show & Tell – Possible In-person/Zoom hybrid
  • February 12 – Michael Cassara – Cemetery Crowdsourcing – TBD
  • March 12 – Marion Wood – 1950 Census – TBD

2021 Meeting Schedule

  •  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
  • 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 4 – Annual Holiday Party – Note Date Change Details to follow via Email

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