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Friday, October 24, 2014

Connecticut Society of Genealogists Annual Family History Seminar

Last Saturday I attended the Connecticut Society of Genealogists Family History Seminar, held annually at the Best Western Hotel in North Haven, Connecticut. The seminar highlighted four excellent presentations tailored for Connecticut genealogical researchers. Mel Smith, Reference Services Librarian at the Connecticut State Library, led an excellent lecture entitled "Beyond the Barbour Collection, Finding your Connecticut Ancestor in Governmental Records," focusing on the depth and breadth of government record collections at the Connecticut State Library. Diana McCain and Carol Whitmer of the Connecticut Historical Society presented "How Object Collections Complement Paper Records Research" with a fascinating discussion and display of ephemera from the Connecticut Historical Society special collections. Nora Galvin presented a methodical approach to genealogical research incorporating evidence analysis and the Genealogical Proof Standard in her lecture, "How to Create a Research Plan from One Documental Source." Jennifer Zinck concluded the sessions with a timely and fascinating talk on "DNA and Genealogical Research." All the presentations were superb. I have attended four of the last five CSG Family History Seminars and every seminar has made me wish that I lived in closer proximity to the libraries and archives in Connecticut.

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