Programs and Classes

Are you looking for a virtual genealogy speaker for your library, group, or society?

Charter Oak Genealogy is offering virtual programming to help support individuals and groups during this challenging time. If you are interested in booking a program specifically for your group, please contact us. We have extensive options, including beginning genealogy classes, French research programming, topics in Connecticut research, introductions to lineage society work and more. We will gladly design new programs on request.

Current public programming schedule:

  1. Waterford Public Library (Waterford, CT): October 3, 2020, 10:00-11:00. Connecticut Research: The Basics. There are certain sources that can be especially helpful when researching your Connecticut ancestors. This workshop will cover the most commonly used Connecticut sources.This is a Zoom event. Please click this link to register: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Our speaker is Bryna O’Sullivan, a Middletown based professional genealogist and French-to-English genealogical translator. As owner of Charter Oak Genealogy, she specializes in lineage society applications.
  2. Groton Public Library (Groton, CT): October 29, 2020, 3:00-4:45. Civil War Research. Professional genealogist, Bryna O’Sullican presents conducting Civil War research. You have family stories that suggest an ancestor served in the U.S. Civil War. How do you know if they’re true? And if they are, how do you find out more about their experience? This program will introduce you to the resources that can be used to study an ancestor’s experience in the Civil War, from the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors Database to the widows’ pension files. By its conclusion, you’ll learn how to identify an ancestor’s unit and use that information to find out more about that ancestor’s service.To register, visit
  3. Durham Public Library (Durham, CT): November 5, 2020, 7:00-8:00. House History Part I: Accessing CT Land Records. Do you know how to locate your ancestor’s land records in Connecticut? Bryna O’Sullivan with Charter Oak Genealogy will walk us through how to access land records for 169 towns throughout our state. You’ll learn how to determine what town the records are in, how to search the records using the grantor/grantee index, and how to find and work with the records. To register, visit
  4. Durham Public Library (Durham, CT): November 10, 2020, 7:00-8:00. House History Part II: Who’s Lived in Your House?. Identify the homeowners and learn the history of your house! Using the census, local history, newspapers, photographs, maps, and architectural surveys to trace the  story behind the people who once lived in your home.  Bryna O’Sullivan will walk us through using these resources. To register,

Current private programming schedule (attendance requires membership):

  1. Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club: November 14, 2020. Revolutionary War Lineage Societies. For more information, visit

Past programs (“public” presentations in the last 12 months):

Tracing Connecticut Revolutionary War “Patriots,” Russell Library, Middletown, CT, Virtual, 8/19/2020.

Family Research: Using the U.S. Census, Scranton Library, Madison, CT, Virtual, 8/5/2020.

Imagine Your Story: Exploring Military Records Using Fold3, Durham Public Library, Durham, CT, Virtual, 7/29/2020.

Imagine Your Story: Using the US Census in Family History, Durham Public Library, Durham, CT, Virtual, 7/8/2020.

Connecticut Research: The Basics, Russell Library, Middletown, CT, Virtual, 6/17/2020.

Imagine Your Story: Introduction to FamilySearch, Durham Public Library, Durham, CT, Virtual, 6/10/2020.

Getting Started with Family History: the U.S Census, Russell Library, Middletown, CT, Virtual, 6/3/2020.

Genealogy Club, Groton Public Library, Groton, CT, 2/20/2020.

Introduction to FamilySearch, Russell Library, Middletown, CT, 11/6/2019.

Using the CT State Library’s Website for Genealogy, Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, CT, 10/5/2019.