Programs and Group Classes: Current Program Schedule

  • 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.
  • Portsmouth Public Library (Portsmouth, NH): August 19, 2021, 6:00-8:00. Discover the Digital Collections of the Library of Congress and National Archives. Whether you want to envision your hometown in the early 1900s or uncover an ancestor’s final pension payment voucher, the rich digital collections of the National Archives and the Library of Congress can help. Collections cover photographs, maps, military records, and much more. Join us for a presentation that will teach you how to navigate both sites and profile some of the collections most helpful for your genealogy research. Register here.
  • Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club: September 11, 2021, 10:30-12. Trace Your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots.
  • Wheaton Public Library (Wheaton, IL): September 25, 2021, 1:00-3:00 (central). The Revolutionary War Lineage Societies. Does a family story stay that you qualify for the Daughters of the American? Join us for a program introducing the Revolutionary War lineage societies. The program will open with an overview of the major societies before moving into  the application process. It will cover the documents required for the application and identify some of the resources that can help you locate them. Even if you don’t intend to apply to a lineage society, you will leave with an understanding of the major sources you can use to document your Revolutionary War ancestry.
  • 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.