For Us the Living blog


Thought about joining a lineage society?

Have you ever thought about joining a lineage society? These societies have very different structures and goals. The Daughters of the American Revolution, for example, have a tiered structure – local societies report to the state society which reports to the national – which work together to encourage patriotism, historic preservation, and education. Yet, they have one thing in common: they require you to demonstrate lineal descent from an ancestor that meets their criteria to you.

A lineage society membership can be an amazing way to honor your ancestors in today’s world and to promote your personal beliefs. For example, a Society of Mayflower Descendants membership recognizes the labor of the families that arrived in Plymouth centuries ago. If you love history or genealogy, you can participate in their efforts to document the families of those first settlers.

Interested in lineage society membership and don’t know how to get started? I’d be glad to work with you on identifying an appropriate society and building an application.


Have questions you want answered about Luxembourg genealogy?

Hi all!

I’ve had a number of requests for chances to learn more about Luxembourg genealogy, so I’ve decided to try something new. This Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 7 pm Eastern, I’m going to be running a free half hour question and answer chat session on Google Hangouts. Bring your Luxembourg and Luxembourg American research questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

How do you sign up? Use the contact form below to provide me with your name, email address and any comments. I’ll email out an invitation for the hangout.  Max registration will be 15.

Hope you can come!


Revolutionary War Help

Are you looking for help tracing a Revolutionary War ancestor? Join me and members of Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution for a lesson on using DAR records to build your family tree in Meeting Room 3 of Russell Library, Middletown  at 10:30 on Saturday November  5th. Please contact the library for details. Hope to see you there.


A Genealogist’s Travels

Believe it or not, I do get outside of Connecticut occasionally!


In fact, this past week was spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana for a visit to the Allen County Public Library and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Management Conference.


If you’ve never been to the Allen County Public Library, they have one of the country’s best genealogy collections, covering both the United States and Canada. In the Midwest, you’d think I was doing Midwest research.


What was I actually researching?


A happy client now has part of their research question solved…


Of course, there are only so many hours in the day… and many of them were spent at the APG conference. The APG conference is one of the few times a year that professional genealogists get to talk about the things that make us professionals. Not just new records, but how we use them to make your experience as a client better.


For me, it was a fantastic chance to get updated on the latest techniques for using DNA, PERSI, teaching, and more.

Plus, I got to share a little bit… I was delighted to present a poster session on genealogical translation and how to work with foreign language documents and a lecture on genealogy “guiding,” on how professional genealogists can help you with your research when you want to do some of it yourself.



Want to hear more about my new discoveries? Please don’t hesitate to ask…



Upcoming Classes: Fall Schedule

It’s going to be busy Fall! Check out our course schedule at or on Facebook at

New! We’re now offering French-to-English translation of your historic documents. Check out a sample at Please contact us for details.

Happy hunting!

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Upcoming Class: Canadian Records

Did your ancestors come from – or through – Canada? Are you confused on how to access their birth, death, and marriage records? Wondering if you can use a census record to trace their pasts?

An upcoming class will cover Canada’s records and how to use them. Beginning with the 1921 census, it will you how to identify your ancestors and follow them over time. To register, go to


Upcoming Events: Newspaper Records class

An ancestor’s drowning, a relative’s vacation, a birth announcement. All were likely to make the local paper and can provide countless clues to help your genealogy research. But do you know where to find these articles?

An upcoming three night class will help you learn how to determine the local newspaper, where to find it,and how to locate the articles you need. Class begins 3/31. Register here.


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