Genealogy Classes and Lectures

As genealogists, we know the thrill of the successful hunt for an ancestor. There’s nothing like discovering the name of a missing great-grandmother. Her picture is even better! But those successes rarely happen by accident.

Instead, they happen when we build the skills and identify the resources we needed to learn more about our families. For some of us, that means learning how to use the DAR’s GRS System to learn more about our Revolutionary War ancestors. For others, that means learning French to translate our French-Canadian ancestors’ baptismal records. No matter our needs, genealogy classes and lectures can play an important role in helping us achieve our genealogy goals.

Charter Oak Genealogy proprietor Bryna O’Sullivan partners with a Connecticut adult education program to make genealogy classes available on a variety of topics.

Upcoming Genealogy Classes Connecticut:

  • My DNA says…, April 25th, Middletown Adult Education, 6:30-8:30.             Learn what your DNA can and cannot tell you-and how to begin filling in the blanks.  This course will cover the different kinds of DNA tests, what is-and is not-considered accurate about them, and how they can be used to trace your family’s past.  Please bring your Login information for your DNA kit and any genealogy sites, as we’ll have some time to begin developing your own tree.Register online at:
  • Grandma said we could join…, May 2nd, Middletown Adult Education, 6:30-8:30.Grandma said you could join group x because of your ancestors?  Learn what that actually means.  This course will introduce you to the most common lineage societies, provide an overview of what they do and tell you how to start an application.  Please bring information on your family history. Register online at
  • Beyond the Basics:, May 9th and 16th, Middletown Adult Education, 6:30-8:30   Are you stuck working on your Ancestry tree?  Learn how to go from clicking on the leaf to searching records on you own. This course will provide an overview of the common American records, using your Ancestry tree as a guide.  You must have an Ancestry account and bring your Login information to class. Online registration is available at

Only have an hour or so? Bryna works with public libraries, genealogy societies and other organizations to present lectures on a variety of topics.

Upcoming Genealogy Lectures:

May 11th: Identifying Service for a New England Patriot, Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, contact Durham Public Library. 

May 16th: Introduction to Irish Genealogy, Groton Public Library. For more information:

June 1st: Using the DAR’s GRS, Godfrey Memorial Library. For more information:

June 25th, 1-5 and June 26th, 9-1: Genealogy in the Classroom, Godfrey Memorial Library. An intensive workshop on developing genealogy lectures and classes from idea to delivery. Intended for professional and aspiring professional genealogists. To register:

Are you an organization looking to develop a genealogy class or program? Bryna has an extensive list of possible topics and will be glad to discuss the next steps with you. Please contact us for more information.