May Meeting Guest Speaker Details

Please join us for a virtual session via Zoom on 05 May 2020 at 10:00 a.m. An invitation will be sent to all CPGC members via email before the meeting.

From the Past to the Present: Forensic Genealogy in Practice

Summary

Forensic genealogy offers multiple career paths for the twenty-first century professional. The common element involves creating a bridge from people in the past to their present-day living relatives. Explore your potential role among the varied opportunities forensic genealogy offers, including research for probate, real estate, mineral rights, immigration, unknown parentage, law enforcement, military repatriation, and other types of cases. This session will address the following questions: Who are your prospective clients? What skills do you need? Where can you advance your education in the growing field? How can you get started?

Speaker bio:

Catherine Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG, is a full-time professional genealogist and the owner of Stone House Historical Research. She and her experienced team of researchers undertake forensic genealogy research to assist US Army repatriation efforts and to locate heirs in legal matters involving probate and property title issues.

Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2011, Catherine also holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont. She teaches at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference, the New England Genealogical Consortium and local venues. She has served as the vice-president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2014-2017) and is a past board member and Mentor Program Coordinator for the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG). Catherine’s writing has been published in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyCrossroads, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Next Meeting

Tuesday 4 Feb 2020 at 10 AM. Connecticut State Library Update with Mel Smith. This was cancelled in December due to weather. Meet at the CSL Conference Room.

Next Meeting

Tuesday 3 December 2019 at Connecticut State Library, Conference Room. 10 AM. Update from Mel Smith. What’s new at the History and Genealogy Division of the Library.

Election of Officers for 2019-2021

On November 12 the following slate was accepted
President – Jennifer Zinck
Vice President – Nora Galvin
Recording Secretary – Dick Roberts
Corresponding Secretary – Alison Watson-Maston
Treasurer – Kathryn Black
Member at Large – Pauline Merrick

Future Meetings

No Meetings July and August.

September 3: “Autosomal DNA Reveals a Misattributed Paternity” by CPGC President Jennifer Zinck. Emanual Lutheran Church, Hartford. 10 AM.

October 1: Meet at 10:00 Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford for business meeting first. Following business meeting we will adjourn to the Connecticut State Library for a custom tour of underutilized resources and other items.

November 12: Annual Meeting with Pot Luck Lunch; Election of Officers. Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford. 10 AM.

December 3: Connecticut State Library Update with Mel Smith. CT State Library Conference Room. 10 AM

Next Two Meetings

Tuesday, 7 May – 10 AM at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford. Topic: “Prove It! Arguing Conclusions Without Direct Evidence.” Speaker: Nora Galvin. Sometimes primary information and direct evidence simply do not exist. Learn strategies for proving relationships with indirect evidence, and how to craft a proof argument.

Tuesday, 4 June – 10 AM at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford. Topic: “Temporary Homes for Homeless & Neglected Children 1883-1955.” Speaker Chris Klemmer.

Meeting March 12

March meeting has been moved to March 12 to accommodate our speaker Alessandro Bovino, President and CEO of Bella Italia Genealogy, who is visiting the United States from Benevento, Campania, Italy. His presentation will include

What you need to begin your Italian research

·         Civil and historic Italian records

·         On-line and on site research

·         Heritage tours to meet your living ancestors

·         How to apply for dual US/Italian citizenship

·         Questions and answers

Meeting at Emanuel Lutheran Church 10 AM.