Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Godfrey Memorial Library April 2, 2016 Witchcraft in Colonial History

Witchcraft in Colonial History 9:30 am at the library

Godfrey Board member Cathi Maxim will discuss colonial court records pertaining to witchcraft and the cultural phenomenon
surrounding accusations within communities.

Participants will have time after the presentation to research at the library. Bring your laptop.

Meetings are free to Godfrey Premium members or $10 per

Godfrey Memorial Library is located at 134 Newfield St in Middletown, Conn. 

Contact the library with any questions 860) 346-4375

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Civil Marriage Records Released for County Sligo

 County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Society is delighted to announce the release of a collection of 14,000 Civil marriage records for County Sligo. The records can be searched and viewed online through the www.rootsIreland.ie website. These records cover the time period from 1864 to 1920 and are the most recent collection of records Sligo has made available to researchers online.

The Civil Registrar Districts covered by these records are listed below:



Aclare 1866-1920
Ballymote 1864-1920
Castleconnor 1864-1920
Easkey 1864-1920
Gurteen 1864-1920
Skreen 1864-1920
Sligo No. 1 1864-1920
Sligo No. 2 1864-1920
Tubbercurry 1864-1920

This set of records will be particularly valuable to researchers, who for one reason or another were unable to uncover a church marriage record for their ancestors. This may have occurred due to the records being lost, damaged, or as often happened, the marriage had taken place in a parish where church record keeping had not yet commenced

They will also be very useful to people whose ancestors married in the period 1900 to 1920, a period, which up until now, was not covered by our Sligo online records collection.

Even if your research has already uncovered a church marriage record, these records may still be of some interest to you because, if your ancestors married after 1864, they may have two records of marriage, namely a civil record and a church record. As each record may contain different details it is worth checking both.

A civil marriage record is particularly informative as it typically includes the date and place of marriage, the names of the parties, their ages (often just ‘Full’ or ‘Minor’), current marital status, occupations, addresses, fathers’ names and fathers’ occupations. It also usually includes the witnesses to the marriage.

The Civil Records of  Marriage are the official State records of marriages in Ireland.  Non-Catholic marriages were registered from April 1845, while universal registration of all births, marriages and deaths began in 1864.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

NERGC Genealogy Conference April 26-29, 2017 Springfield, Ma.

"Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past"

April 26-29, 2017 at the MassMutual Center Springfield, Ma.

Save the dates!

Another excellent conference geared toward researchers working on Northeast family history is planned.  

The Conference Committee is planning on special tracks and other events on Wednesday, regular conference presentations on Thursday through Saturday, Exhibit Hall, Ancestors Road Show, Society Fair, and other events.

Conference Hotels (both within one block of the Convention Center): Springfield Marriott and Springfield Sheraton (Monarch Place). They will have rooms available from Tuesday evening through Saturday night at the conference rate.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Strategies for Researching in the U.S. and Europe Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference

Save the Date: 

It's that time again, for the Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference.

The Location has changed. This year's conference will be held at the Westin Hotel Tysons Corner 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va.

The conference opens on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.  and concludes on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 3:45 p.m.

The topics being covered include land records, Nordic “Scandinavian records, Ohio records, researching New England, researching Washington, DC and many more interesting and useful topics.

Friday there will be six tracts with four lectures offered. One track will have two lectures from 2 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. as well as a dinner time mini lecture. 

Saturday there will be an additional 6 tracts with four lectures each and one with two lectures from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. as well as a lunch time mini lecture. 

To register go to their website

I attended this conference last year and was very impressed. It is one of the best I have ever attended and very well organized.