Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DFAW Spring Meeting, March 22, 2014

This year's Spring Luncheon will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Windsor, Historical Society. Our featured speaker will be Jason Newton, who will giving a presentation on "Rediscovering the Old Connecticut Path. Coffee hour begins at 9:30, and Mr. Newton's presentation begins at 10:30.
The Old Connecticut Path followed by the founders of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield is an important part of colonial history and the American story. The Path is hidden in plain sight, ready to be rediscovered for its historic importance and natural beauty. The presentation will connect the story of the Path and the pioneers who walked to their promised land in Connecticut with our American story. Jason Newton is direct descendant of Rev. Thomas Hooker who led his congregation from Cambridge to Hartford in 1636 along the Old Connecticut Path and other ancestors among the founders of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield. Mr. Newton is a retired psychologist and educator whose family history project lead him to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path followed by his ancestors. His research and exploration have been shared on the Old Connecticut Path website https://sites.google.com/site/oldconnecticutpath/, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oldconnecticutpath, YouTube videos showing the Path at the ground level, driving tours and walks, presentations and guided walks in Connecticut towns along the Path, and publications. The project to rediscover the Path across Massachusetts and Connecticut is ongoing. For registration information, e-mail DFAW1633@Yahoo.com.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

REMINDER - SEPT 20 DEADLINE FOR FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Reminder -- DFAW's Fall program and Annual Meeting is Saturday, September 28 at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead in Windsor. Our speaker will be Richard G. Tomlinson, author of Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut. Registration deadline is tomorrow, Friday, September 20. Questions? E-mail DFAW1633@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SUMMER 2013 DFAW NEWSLETTER IS IN THE MAIL

The Summer 2013 issue of the DFAW Newsletter is being mailed today. It includes an article on physician and historian Henry Reed Stiles and information about our upcoming September 28 Fall Program. Watch for your copy to arrive soon.

Monday, July 1, 2013

HOLD THE DATE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013

For our Fall program and Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 28, we return to the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead in Windsor. In the morning, we’ll gather for our Social Hour, Memorial Service, and program. Our speaker will be Richard G. Tomlinson, author of Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut. Most people think about witchcraft in Colonial New England in terms of the Salem Witch Panic of 1693. What happened in Connecticut over the course of the 17th century is both more complex and more interesting. To understand our Connecticut ancestors, we need to understand their ideas about witches and witchcraft prosecution and how these evolved dynamically. To see the accusers and accused as three dimensional figures, we need to get past the usual clich├ęs. These were people who were superstitious, but they were not stupid. Their concepts of legal process deserve more respect. Many Windsor founders, including Dr. Bryan (Bray) Rossiter, Roger Ludlow and others played significant roles in this story. Richard G. Tomlinson has enjoyed a varied career as a research scientist, management consultant, telecommunications expert, corporate director and author. He is a founder and director of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. www.csginc.org. He created the CSG Literary Awards and the CSG magazine, Connecticut Genealogy News, and has published many articles on family history and genealogy. He is a trustee of the Connecticut Historical Society. He is a descendant of Henry Tomlinson who settled in Milford, CT in 1650 and of Windsor founder, Deacon William Gaylord. He is a contributing author to several scientific and technical books and the author of three histories. Including Tele-Revolution, Competition at the Speed of Light, Witchcraft Trials of Connecticut, and Witchcraft Prosecution, Chasing the Devil in Connecticut.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Spring 2013 Issue of DFAW Newsletter Has Been Mailed

The Spring (May) issue of the DFAW Newsletter was mailed yesterday. Watch for yours to arrive soon. If it dosn't come within a week or so, it could be because your membership has expired. Questions? E-mail DFAW1633@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NERGC 2013

ARE YOU GOING TO NERGC 2013? DO YOU LIVE NEAR MANCHESTER, NH?
It takes many volunteers for a successful conference to support keeping registration price low. The goal is to fill many volunteer slots by March 1st as possible. If a family member or friend is tagging along, they can volunteer on behalf of DFAW. Contact Christine Bard, Volunteer Chair at bardc@comcast.net. Include: Volunteer’s Name, Society name, Email address, Task(s) volunteering for, whether you are or are planning to be a registered participant, and days and times available. For more information about the conference, go to www.nergc.org.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

DON'T MISS THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL GENEALOGICAL CONFERENCE!

NERGC 2013 is coming April 17-21, 2013 at the Radisson hotel and conference center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Over 50 genealogical experts and 100 lectures, workshops, poster sessions, the Ancestor Road Show, Librarians and Teachers Day, Technology Day and Special Interest Groups. This is New England's premier regional genealogical event. Headline speakers include forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD. and Steve Morse PhD. Early bird deadline is February 28, 2013. DFAW will be there (find us at Booth 704 in the Exhibit Hall). Will you? See www.nergc.org for more details.