Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Welcome! You've arrived at the rejuvenated "What's New" part of the Godfrey website where we will be posting news, announcements and happenings, both here at Godfrey and in the larger genealogical community. We will continue to send out announcements via email (Constant Contact) as well. You can find us on Facebook, too, as well as Instagram. We look forward to sharing the news and having you join the conversation!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

DNA molecule

Join us for a presentation by 
Nora Galvin, C.G
DNA: You Took the Test, Now What?
Saturday, May 4
9:30-10:30

So you’ve swabbed or spit in the tube, and the results are in. You now “know” you’re 35% fill-in-the-nationality, and you have a thousand new cousins. Okay … but how do you make sense of it all? How does it jive with your existing tree? Wasn’t it supposed to instantly knock down all your genealogical “brick walls?” Would that it were that easy, but … Nora to the rescue!

With the help of clear illustrations and handouts, Nora will provide the steps to move forward and make the best use of this latest bit of evidence. This will be the first time we’ve hosted Nora at the Godfrey, and we’re very excited to have her--prepare to be Galvinized! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Nora Galvin is a Board-certified professional genealogist with her own business, Aunt Lizzie’s Trunk. In an earlier life she was a research scientist and high school biology teacher, so this woman knows her genes! Name any genealogical professional group in Connecticut and you’ll likely find Nora is an active member if not also on their Board.


The talk is open to the public, and is free for Godfrey Genealogy Club members and Premium Godfrey Scholar members, $10 for all others. Limited parking available behind the library, so carpool if you can.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

It's That Irish-y Time of Year

Kathy Gallagher will be at the Godfrey tomorrow morning (Saturday, March 16) to share her expertise on researching Irish ancestors. We hope you can make it. 9:30-10:30.
Also, if you or anyone you know has been hesitating about doing a DNA test because of the cost, two of the major test-providing companies are currently offering  special pricing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Monday, March 4, 2019

March coming in like a lion

Egad, another snow day! We have had to reschedule the Irish genealogy program we had planned for March 3rd. Luckily for us, Kathy Gallagher is available on Saturday, March 16th to present her popular program. I'll be right there with you, taking notes--I sorely need some hints as to how to make headway on my "John Plant" brick wall. Hope to see you there!--Carol

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

WEATHER ALERT -- Tomorrow, Wednesday February 20th, we will be closing at 4:00 and the BU Genealogy group will not meet as originally scheduled. Curse these wintry mixes!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Link to a post about Photos of Ancestors

If you have a subscription to Genealogy Bank, you may have received their recent newsletter. Here is a link to a piece by Gena Philibert-Ortega about three free websites where you can look for ancestor photos. I had heard of "Dead Fred" (I love the name!) but was not familiar with "Ancient Faces." Has anyone had any luck with either of them? If so, let us know below. (It seems like a long shot, but stranger things have happened, right?)


 Case in point: Here is a photo of my great-Uncle Ray (a sweet, painfully shy man and life-long bachelor) with a young woman named Edna Simpson. I stumbled upon this photo on Family Search and contacted the man who posted it. It turns out Edna was his grandmother. Apparently Raymond was her beau, but a year or two later she was married to another man. Edna's grandson also told me that he has a heart-shaped locket that had belonged to her, and inside is a picture of my Uncle Ray! The details of the story, we are left to imagine.