School is back in session and Windsor’s official
375th birthday month is finally here! It’s an
excellent time to learn more about the history of
your own family by taking up genealogy, the fastest
growing hobby in North America. Genealogist Edwin
W. Strickland II’s enthusiasm for his subject is
infectious; besides giving you all the basics you
need to begin, he’ll show you why so many people get
caught up in the quest to discover their family
trees and know their ancestors better. The
Exploring Family History Series takes place on four
consecutive Wednesday evenings at Windsor Historical
Society from 7-9 p.m., starting September 3, and
continuing on September 10, 17, and 24th.
Participants may attend one or several sessions or
the whole series. The cost is $15 per session and
$50 for the series. Reservations must be made prior
to each week’s program date.
The September 3rd session is all about getting
started. Strickland will bring an old trunk filled
with some of his own family artifacts -- things you
are likely to find in your own home: a family bible,
copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates,
obituary clippings, photograph albums, inscribed
napkin rings. He will show you how these artifacts
and documents are like pieces of a fascinating
puzzle that shows you where you came from and who
you are. Why do people get started on genealogy?
What mistakes do people tend to make when they are
self-taught (Ed wants you to know he’s made many of
them!) Participants in this workshop will receive
forms they can use for organizing family data and a
preview of future sessions which will deal in more
depth with the kinds of records genealogists use to
determine names, occupations, dates, and the trail
backwards into their ancestry.
During session 2 on September 10, Strickland will
concentrate on vital records genealogists use:
church records, birth and death records, marriage
certificates, cemetery records, bible records and
where one finds them. What’s at the Connecticut
State Library? What records are commonly found at
the Town Clerk’s office? What records do historical
societies usually hold? And what kinds of
compendiums of ancient records exist?
Session 3 on September 17th continues the
examination of records, this time concentrating on
probate, land, census, and immigration records.
Participants will become familiar with what these
records look like, where they are found, and how to
use them to flesh out family history data.
During the final session on September 24, Ed
Strickland will show what city directories,
newspapers, and military records can add to your
family history quest, as well as discussing
genealogy software and use of the internet. At
this point, participants should have the confidence
to begin their own search and the knowledge of a
world of resources that can be tapped for help.
Ed Strickland is Past President and Genealogist for
a group called the Descendants of Founders of
Ancient Windsor (DFAW). On Saturday, November 1
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the DFAW is sponsoring a
group of experienced genealogists who are members of
the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council to
be on hand at the Society to give individual
consultations, help and advice on problems and
challenges encountered in the pursuit of genealogy.
This Genealogy Road Show is free to all.