Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Celtic Connection Conference: Pathways to our Past

Pathways to Our Past August 10 & 11 2018, at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Auburndale, MA. An impressive slate of speakers from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada and the U.S. will present lectures about irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish and Welsh genealogy, DNA, and culture. Learn about exciting new ways to discover and interpret your ancestral roots. Check out their website for details. 

This is an absolutely amazing conference Co-Hosted by The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) & The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI)and so tempting that I have already signed up to attend myself. If you have ancestors in Ireland, Scotland or Wales this will be a perfect fit for you. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

SCGS 2018 46th Annual Summer Workshop July 13-14

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
The Legal Genealogist is coming to South Carolina!

If you have already heard her, you know you want to hear her again, and if you haven’t heard her, you need to be at the South Carolina Genealogy Society, INC.
46th Annual Summer Workshop
South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, S.C.

July 13-14, 2018

A genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer; educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is the coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical Methods and Evidence Analysis course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at the University of Georgia. Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side. Visit her website at www.legalgenealogist.com.

Judy will do 2 sessions each day!

2 Day Event

Total of 22 Sessions – 18 Speakers

Topics include: DNA, Law and Genealogy, Methodology, Native American, African American, CSI-Dixie, SC Records, and More

For the full schedule click here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

June events at Godfrey Library

June Events

June 2nd - Genealogy Club 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at the library 

Using Family Tree Software Recording your family tree is impossible without some kind of software. It can be used to create family trees and reports and to keep documents organized and connected to the correct people. Godfrey Director Beth Mariotti and board member Laura Hobbs will demonstrate and provide information on Family Tree Maker and Roots Magic. Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Please bring your laptop. Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. 

Get help from an expert, sessions held at the library June 2nd, 11 a.m. to noon June 5th, 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 


Whether you are just starting out or have hit a roadblock in research you’ve been conducting for a long time, we can help. Godfrey researchers will be available to consult on your research question and help you find resources and answers. For best results, bring your information with you. Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information. No pre-registration necessary. Free to Godfrey Members or $10 a session.

June 16th – Writing Group 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. at the library Write Your Family History Discuss methods and ideas for gathering information and writing a history your family will cherish. Learn from examples of printed and published material by others. Share passages of your own writing and get feedback. Members will each have a chance to discuss what they are working and/or ask for advice and help from the group. Discussion can be about the writing process as well as the nuts and bolts of creating a book. Participants will have time after the group to research at the library. Writing Group is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session.

Palatines to America Genealogy Conference

The Palatines to America German Genealogy Society will hold their 2018 National Conference on June 13-16 in the Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY. Titled "Willkommen to Buffalo - Gateway to a New Heimat (home)," the conference will feature a variety of nationally known speakers including John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. and Baerbel K. Johnson, AG.  

Check their website to register and for additional information. 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

First Person: Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish Heritage with Joseph Berger

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

May 17, 2018  6:30 p.m.

Joseph Berger, a former New York Times reporter and author of Displaced Persons: Growing up American after the Holocaust, will share stories and photos from his fascinating journey to his parents' hometowns in Poland and offers tips for successful family searches abroad. Additionally, Mr. Berger, Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the Krakow JCC, and Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland, will reflect on the current political climate in Poland and how it might impact a similar journey today.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

April Events at Godfrey Library Middletown, Conn.

 
Genealogy Club- Using Familysearch.org

April 7th, 9:30 - 10:30 
 
Family Search is a treasure trove of digitized original records from the U.S. and all over the world. Most can be viewed from home, but some are only accessible in a Family History Center like ours. Family Search also offers searchable databases and a vast amount of information on the resources available in particular geographic locations.

      Family History Center Director Al Fiacre will provide information on what you can find in Familysearch.org and how you can use it to find other resources.

Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library.
Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. 

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Get Help from an Expert
April 7th, 11 - noon
April 3rd & 20th, 9:30 - 10:30
      
Whether you are just starting out or have hit a roadblock in research you've been conducting for a long time, we can help.
 
Godfrey researchers will be available to consult on your research question and help you find resources and answers. For best results, bring your information with you.
 
Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information.
 
No pre-registration necessary.  Free to members or $10 a session.

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Write Your Family History

April 21st, 9:30 - 11

Discuss methods and ideas for gathering information and writing a history your family will cherish. Learn from examples of printed and published material by others. Share passages of your own writing and get feedback. Members will each have a chance to discuss what they are working and/or ask for advice and help from the group. Discussion can be about the writing process as well as the nuts and bolts of creating a book.
 
Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library.

Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Godfrey Library March Events

Get help from an expert, session held at the library March 6th and 16th , 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 Research Your Irish Ancestors Our presenter, Kathy Gallagher has been researching her Irish family history for years, online and in Ireland. Kathy will provide information on what records are available and how you can access them. She will have detailed handouts and great stories. Come and see what you can find. Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Please bring your laptop.'

Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. Whether you are just starting out or have hit a roadblock in research you’ve been conducting for a long time, we can help. Godfrey researchers will be available to consult on your research question and help you find resources and answers. For best results, bring your information with you. Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information. No pre-registration necessary. Free to Godfrey Members or $10 a session.

March 17th – Writing Group 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. at the library March 17th – Get to know Godfrey 1:30 p.m. at the library Write Your Family History Discuss methods and ideas for gathering information and writing a history your family will cherish. Learn from examples of printed and published material by others. Share passages of your own writing and get feedback. Members will each have a chance to discuss what they are working and/or ask for advice and help from the group. Discussion can be about the writing process as well as the nuts and bolts of creating a book. Participants will have time after the group to research at the library. Writing Group is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session.


Joint meeting with the Connecticut Society of Genealogists Godfrey and CSG are holding a joint meeting at Godfrey to highlight Godfreys many resources including our Family History Center and access to restricted images on Familysearch.org. Pre-register with CSG before March 14 by calling 860-569-0002.