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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February Events at Godfrey Library

Febuary 3rd - Genealogy Club 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at the library 

Genealogy Show & Tell Stuck in a rut with your research? Looking for some new ideas to help you break through a brick wall? Come hear examples from Godfrey staff and members of resources and techniques we’ve used to make a find. Bring your own examples. Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session. 

February 6th, 16th & 17th– Get help from an expert 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the library 


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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What's Happening at Godfrey Library in January

Get Help from an Expert
January  19 & 20 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.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Massachusetts Vital Records Project

If you have ancestors from Massachusetts before 1850, this site just may be the answer to your prayers.  I use it almost every week. 

First, not every town in Massachusetts has been completed. Some of the towns I really need to see are not done yet, but there is hope for the future. 

Once you get on the home page, you will have the option of clicking on surname or on town. If you know the town, that is the easier options. Once you click towns, you will then need to click on the county that the town is in. If you don't know, don't worry, if you click a county the names of the towns come up. Just keep looking until you find the one you need. 

Towns with a green star have an active link. That will take you the town and you then have the options of clicking births, marriages, and deaths. If you know the town, you will probably want to check all three. 

This site is an amazing resource and can help you to follow your family through several generations if they happen to be in the same town. In some cases, they will tell you that they have removed to another town. 

I think I also need to note that the towns in southern New Hampshire overlap with those of Massachusetts in these early records. So don't discount how useful these records can be in New Hampshire research. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What's happening at Godfrey Library

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

Using Military Pension Records Godfrey Board VP Al Fiacre will help us learn how to find these documents and how to understand them. He will focus on pensions and land bounty awards for Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War veterans in terms of the enabling laws, where to obtain the information and what information is contained in the pension file. These files contain a wealth of information as you will see from the examples Al will provide from both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 records. The talk will not include any discussion of general service records. Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium Members or $10 a session.