Genealogy Road Show
On Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Windsor Historical Society, the Descendants of Founders of Ancient
Windsor is sponsoring a group of experienced genealogists who are
members of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council. They
will give individual consultations, help and advice on problems and
challenges encountered in the pursuit of genealogy. This
Genealogy Road Show is free to all and is offered in memory of
Donna Holt Siemiatkoski, first President of the Connecticut
Professional Genealogists Council.
Genealogy, the fastest growing hobby in North America, is a quest to
uncover a trail into your ancestry and link forebears together on a
family tree. Genealogists find that historical artifacts and
documents become like pieces of a complex and fascinating puzzle
that shows you where you came from and who you are. Inevitably,
experienced as well as inexperienced genealogists hit snags – even
brick walls. All of the consultants appearing at the Road Show have
spent many years working in this field, are familiar with area
libraries and other research repositories, and have researched a
wide variety of problems. They are well prepared to help you break
through those genealogical brick walls. Consultants include:
Twenty-five minute personal consulting appointments are available from
9:00 to 1:00 on the hour and half hour with each of the six consultants.
Schedule your appointment in advance with one or several of these
genealogy experts by calling Windsor Historical Society at 688-3813.
Reservations should be made by October 31 to assure sufficient time
with the expert of your choice. However, we will make every effort to
accommodate drop-ins if space allows. You should bring as much
information as you can to help the experts advise you on your
genealogical quest. Windsor Historical Society’s research library will
be open throughout the day. Parking is available in the Windsor
Discovery Center and First Church parking lots and around Palisado
Green. This is a wonderful opportunity for genealogists so book your
- Michelle Fitzgerald of Guilford, Connecticut whose specialty is
Colonial New England and genealogy of early milling families;
- Nora Galvin of Bridgeport, Connecticut whose genealogical
expertise covers all of Connecticut, especially Fairfield, Middlesex
and New Haven Counties. Her specialty is Irish research.
- Richard A. Newton from Guilford, Connecticut covers New England
and the Stone family.
- Nancy Pexa of Avon Connecticut specializes in DAR an all lineage
applications. Her specialties include archival research and the
State Library repositories throughout New England.
- Olivia Patch of Tolland, Connecticut covers Connecticut and
Southern Massachusetts. Her specialty is French Canadian ancestry.
- Edwin Strickland or New Britain, Connecticut specializes in
Colonial New England, Lineage Societies and is the genealogist for
the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor. Ed recently
taught a beginning genealogy workshop at Windsor Historical Society.
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