Programs and Group 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.

A sampling of our topics:

  • An introduction to the U.S. Census. Perfect for an audience just getting started in family history research, this program covers one of the foundational sources for researching U.S. ancestors.
  • An introduction to FamilySearch. Designed to introduce an audience to a valuable – and free! – resource, this program introduces attendees to the workings of the website.
  • Connecticut Research: The Basics. Designed for an audience with Connecticut roots, this program walks an audience through the basic sources they’ll need to learn more about their family.
  • An introduction to French-Canadian patriots. Perfect for a lineage society audience, this program describes the sources for documenting Revolutionary War service for lines through Quebec.
  • An introduction to the CT State Library website. Perfect for a CT organization, this program familiarizes Connecticut residents with the resources of the Connecticut State Library.
  • The Revolutionary War lineage societies. Perfect for an intermediate to advanced group, the program covers the basic of a lineage society application to one of the major societies.
  • Accessing Connecticut Land Records; Tips and Tricks for Working with French Language Records; Discovering the Digital Collections of the Library of Congress; and more. Contact us for the full list or discuss a new program topic.

Current programming schedule:

  • New Haven Free Public Library (New Haven, CT): December 4, 2020, 10:00-11:30. Introduction to FamilySearch. FamilySearch is a free online site that contains thousands of records, forums and research guides, and access to genealogy classes. Join professional genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan for an introduction to using this wonderful tool in your research. To register,
  • The Essex Library Association (Essex, CT): December 8, 2020, 7:00-8:00. Trace Your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots. Did your Connecticut ancestor support the American cause during the Revolution? This virtual program will introduce you to the major sources that trace their activities during the War, from pension files to town meeting records and more. These sources will help you gain insight into their day to day activities and how they impacted the American cause. The program will be presented by Bryna O’Sullivan of Charter Oak Genealogy. Registration link:
  • James Blackstone Memorial Library (Branford, CT): January 9, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00. Know Your Roots: Genealogy Basics with the US Census. Getting started with your family history can feel overwhelming. Do you join a website? Listen to your relatives? Something else? This one hour virtual program will introduce participants to the workings of the US census. A foundational source for the research of US based ancestors, the census can allow a researcher to follow a family over time. It can also provide hints for other useful sources. Participants will access the census on the website, so that they can do further research from home. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. To register, visit…/know-your-roots…/
  • The Genealogy Club of Newtown (Newtown, CT): January 13, 2021, 7:00-8:00. Introduction to Civil War Research.
  • 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
  • Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club (CT): April 10, 2021, 10:30-12:00. Discover The Connecticut State Library’s Online Resources.

Past programs (last 12 months):

  • House History Part II: Who’s Lived in Your House? Durham Public Library, Durham, CT, Virtual, 11/19/2020.
  • Trace Your Mayflower Roots. Patchogue-Medford Library, Patchogue, NY, Virtual, 11/18/2020.
  • Revolutionary War Lineage Societies. Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, CT, Virtual, 11/14/2020.
  • House History Part I: Accessing CT Land Records. Durham Public Library, Durham, CT, Virtual, 11/5/2020.
  • Who’s Afraid of Some Paperwork?: Navigating the Application Process for the Revolutionary War Lineage Societies, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Prerecorded.
  • Civil War Research, Groton Public Library, Groton, CT, Virtual, 10/29/2020.
  • Connecticut Research: The Basics, Waterford Public Library, Waterford, CT, Virtual, 10/3/2020.
  • 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.