Programs and Group Classes: Current Program Schedule

  • Wells-Turner Memorial Library (Glastonbury, CT): June 3, 2021, 6:00-7:00. Genealogy Basics: the U.S. Census. Want to research your family tree? The U.S. Census can help you get started. Taken every 10 years since 1790, it allows us to trace families over time and provides information about their occupations, land ownership, military service, and more. Join Bryna O’Sullivan for a virtual program introducing the U.S. census. Participants will learn how to navigate the census, what information it can provide, and how to use that information to locate other useful sources. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting. Register by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720 or click here:
  • Hagaman Memorial Library (East Haven, CT): June 9, 2021, 6:30. House History Part II: Who’s Lived in Your House? The Genealogy club’s Wednesday, May 12 meeting at 6:30 p.m. will feature a Zoom presentation on “House History: Part 1-Accessing Connecticut Land Records” by Bryna O’Sullivan of Charter Oak Genealogy. The first session will guide participants through building a timeline of the home’s ownership. The second, scheduled on Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m., will help participants discover the home’s story through maps, photos, local histories, and more. This event is free and open to everyone! To sign-up to attend and have a Zoom link and invitation sent to you, please send an email to Cynthia at:
  • Wisconsin State Genealogical Society: June 15, 2021, 7:00 (Central)Midwestern Luxembourger families are often mistaken for German. Yet the two groups have different cultures, different history, and different record keeping practice. This presentation will introduce attendees to Luxembourger research. It will begin with techniques for identifying families as Luxembourger and locating their place of origin, before moving to an overview of major sources in Luxembourg, including the census, church records, and civil registration. Register here
  • Durham Public Library (Durham, CT): June 23, 2021, 7:00. Cradle to Grave: Documenting Birth, Death, and Marriage in Your Family Search. Documenting where your ancestors were born, married, and died is key to piecing together their family story. But with different record keeping systems in each of the U.S. states, finding the records can be a challenge! Join us for a hands-on workshop with Bryna O’Sullivan of Charter Oak Genealogy. We will access and use vital records, church records, gravestones, and more to learn more about someone in your family. Please bring a name or identifying information for an ancestor to trace in this workshop. This program will focus on Connecticut records, but the principles you’ll learn can be applied to research anywhere in the United States. Please be sure to create a FamilySearch account here before our workshop. Register here.
  • Luxembourg American Cultural Society, Cultural Conference “What’s DNA Got to Do With It?”: August 13, 2021, Prerecorded. Using DNA for More than Ethnicity. Who was the biological father of John Hingtgen? At his 1817 birth, Hingtgen was registered as Johan Simong, the illegitimate son of Susanna Simong. Many Hingtgen genealogists have described his paternity as impossible to verify, but that is far from the truth. Hingtgen’s later documents reveal two good candidates for his father: Pierre “Peter” Hingtgen and Jean Hansen. This program will introduce sources beyond birth records that may identify parents and explain how DNA can be used to resolve genealogical research problems. Register here.
  • Russell Library (Middletown, CT): October 27, 2021, 7:00-8:15. Beyond the Gravestone: Researching Death Records in Connecticut. Your ancestor’s death is part of their story. Join us for a program discussing the resources that can help you document it, including death records, gravestone transcriptions, church records, burial transit permits, and more. While the program will focus on Connecticut records, the principles being covered can be used to research ancestors from other states. Register here.
  • MILE (Middletown, CT): November 2, 2021, 1:30-3:00. Genealogy Basics: FamilySearch. Want to dive into genealogy research but on a limited budget? The website FamilySearch is the perfect place to get started. Join us for an introduction to this free site, which includes access to records, how to guides, classes, and more.