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:
  • 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.
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 slot now.


Back to Past Programs