Current Program Schedule

  • Woodbury Public Library (Woodbury, CT): January 21, 2021, 7:00-8:00. Discover the History of Your House, Part I. Are you interested in researching your Woodbury home? Has it been something you’ve considered trying but don’t know where to start?  In this two-part series, professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, will explain the information available and walk participants through how to successfully uncover the history of your home. Charter Oak Genealogy proprietor Bryna O’Sullivan is a lineage society application specialist who works hard to make her clients’ application process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. In her eight years of experience, she has assisted clients in joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society Colonial Dames of America, and many others – often using family trees that extend across North America and through difficult to document regions. Please register for this program; a Zoom link will be emailed to you before the event. Sponsored by The Friends of the Woodbury Library. To register: EventKeeper : EK Form.
  • Wells-Turner Memorial Library (Glastonbury, CT): February 2, 2021, 6:00-7:00. Genealogy Basics: FamilySearch. Interested in researching your family tree?FamilySearch, a free genealogy search tool developed by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, is a great place to start! Learn how to access free genealogy webinars, how-to guides for local research, and original records in this workshop designed for beginners. Professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, will explain the information available and walk participants through how to navigate this useful website. Registration begins January 5, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting. To register, visit https://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/W/WTML/EKP.cfm?curOrg=WTML&curMonth=2&curYear=2021&SelectedDate=2/2/2021#2/2/2021.
  • Woodbury Public Library (Woodbury, CT): February 11, 2021, 7:00-8:00. Did your Connecticut ancestor support the American cause during the Revolution? This virtual program on zoom will introduce you to the major sources that trace their activities during the War, from pension files to town meeting records.  Join professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, as she explains the information available and walks you through how to successfully uncover the history of your Connecticut family ties to the Revolutionary War. Charter Oak Genealogy proprietor Bryna O’Sullivan is a lineage society application specialist. In her eight years of experience, she has assisted clients in joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society Colonial Dames of America, and many others – often using family trees that extend across North America and through difficult to document regions. Please register for this program; a Zoom link will be emailed to you before the event. To register: EventKeeper : EK Form.
  • Russell Library (Middletown, CT): February 18, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00. Tracing an African American Patriot in Connecticut (Case Study). After he was laid to rest in what was then the burying ground for Middletown’s Middlefield Parish in 1820, Philemon Freeman was largely forgotten. He was included on a sign listing unmarked African American burials placed in Old North Cemetery in 2010. Yet, the listing notes only his name, his approximate age, and his date of death. There was much more to Freeman’s story, including service in the American Revolution. Join us on February 18, 2021 at 7 pm to learn how the story of Private Philemon Freeman was discovered. Presented by Middletown based professional genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan, it will use Private Freeman as a case study to demonstrate the records that can be used to identify service for African American patriots in Connecticut and to more fully tell their history. Participants will be encouraged to bring questions. This program is sponsored by the Middlefield Historical Society and Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Please register online at https://russelllibrary.libcal.com/event/7416050.  You will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting 2 hours before the program begins.  Simply use your computer, phone or tablet to join by following the Zoom link. For additional information, please call the Russell Library at (860) 347-2520.
  • Berlin-Peck Memorial Library (Berlin, CT): March 15, 2021, 6:30-7:30. Genealogy Basics: FamilySearch. Registration required, begins Feb 1 at https://berlinpeck.org/calendar/. 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. Presented by Genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan, a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. Sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Wethersfield Library, Lucy Robbins Welles Library and Cora Belden Library.
  • March 29, 2021, 6:30-7:30. Trace Your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots.
  • Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club (CT): April 10, 2021, 10:30-12:00. Discover The Connecticut State Library’s Online Resources.
  • April 12, 2021, 6:30-7:30. House History Part I: Accessing Land Records.
  • April 26, 2021, 6:30-7:30. House History Part II: Who’s Lived in Your House?
  • Wells-Turner Memorial Library (Glastonbury, CT): June 3, 2021, 6:00-7:00. Genealogy Basics: the U.S. Census
  • 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. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4084785064663169807.