Remaining 2020 Meetings

Meetings for the remainder of 2020 will be virtual. A Zoom invite will be forwarded to all members prior to the meeting.

Tuesday November 10 – (Note week change. We will not be meeting on Election Day.) This will be our Annual Potluck and a non-business meeting. If you have an artifact you would like to share with the group, please bring it.

Tuesday December 1 – Annual Connecticut State Library Update with Mel Smith

Tuesday January 5 – No meeting

October Meeting

Tuesday October 6 – Pauline C. Merrick will be presenting for our October meeting.

The Jones Girls: Discovering a Relationship Using Indirect Evidence

This is a presentation of a case study which connects a woman with her parents in 19th century Connecticut. Her maiden name is known, as it is on her gravestone, but unfortunately that name is “Jones.” No document names her parents. By investigating potential parental couples, studying their known children, and identifying those children’s interactions with our target person, we will weave her back into her family.

Reminder: Meetings for the remainder of 2020 will be virtual. A Zoom invite will be forwarded to all members prior to the meeting.

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


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.