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. Durham Public Library (CT): July 29, 2020, 7-8:30. Imagine Your Story: Exploring Military Records Using Fold3 Ready to take your family search a bit deeper? Professional genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan will explain how to use Fold3 to access and use the pension files, service records, and other resources to learn more about our Revolutionary, Civil War, and Spanish-American War ancestors. Fold3 can be accessed with a Connecticut State Library Card. Request before the workshop at This is a Zoom program and requires registration at An email with the link to the Zoom call will be emailed before the presentation.
  2. Russell Library (Middletown, CT): August 5, 2020, 6:30-8. Tracing Connecticut Revolutionary War “Patriots” Are you hoping to join a Revolutionary War lineage society or to learn more about your Connecticut ancestor’s support for the “cause”? Join us August 5, 2020 at 6:30 PM to learn more about the sources that can be used to document Connecticut’s Revolutionary War patriots. While this program will look specifically at Connecticut based ancestors, many of the sources can be used to document those living in other colonies. This virtual program will be presented by Bryna O’Sullivan, a Middletown based professional genealogist who specializes in lineage society applications. To register, visit
  3. E.C. Scranton Memorial Library (Madison, CT): August 13, 2020, 7:00-8. Family Research: Using the US Census Have you always wanted to learn more about your family’s history but didn’t know where to start? The U.S. census is one of the first sources you’ll need to explore. Taken every ten years since 1790, it allows you to trace your family over the decades and even centuries. Join us on August 13th for a virtual program using Zoom to introduce the U.S. census. This session will cover the history of the census, how to access enumeration forms, and how the census can help you discover more about your family’s roots. Sign up via to receive your Zoom login and begin your journey with your family genealogy!
  4. Groton Public Library (Groton, CT): August 20, 2020, 3:30-5. French Canadian Research. Join professional genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan as she describes the best practices for conducting French-Canadian genealogical research. This will be a Zoom presentation and registration to receive a link will be necessary. Visit to register.

Current private programming schedule (attendance requires membership):

  1. Tufts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: August 2020. Delve into your Roots: Getting Started in Family History. To register, visit
  2. Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club: November 14, 2020. Revolutionary War Lineage Societies. For more information, visit