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Our next speaker will be Ronald Blanchette on Saturday November 10 at 2 pm at the Darien Library.  Ron will bring us up to speed on French-Canadian Genealogy Research.  Doors open at 1 pm for informal conversation.  We'll start the program at 1:45 to conduct our Annual Meeting, followed by our speaker who will begin at 2 pm.  

Beginning French-Canadian Genealogical Research

The presentation will examine the record types available in French Canada, on line and print resources available for accessing those records, and the ways in which French Canadian genealogical research differs from research on other nationalities. We will further explore:

  1. The kinds of records that exist, how to locate them, and how they differ from similar comparable records in the U.S.
  2. Unusual types of research problems common to French Canadian research.
  3. The organization of standard print and online source materials and how to read and use them.
Please print Ron's Handout out in advance and bring it with you to his presentation.

Ron Blanchette is a board member with the French Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut (FCGSC).  From 1990 to 2008, he was Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the CT Attorney General.  Prior to this, he was Assistant Dean at the Western New England University School of Law, and before that, served in the US Navy. He holds a law degree, an MPA and a BA in Urban Studies.  His research on the 1759 Battle For Quebec was published in Quebec Doomed in the Winter 2016 edition.  For fun, Ron finds time to act as tour guide in Quebec City; travel to Australia, New Zealand and Europe; act in community theatre; and, last but not least, grow Connecticut blueberries.

More Upcoming Speakers

Mark your calendar also for these upcoming presentations through May 2020. All presentations are Saturdays at 2 pm at the Darien Library Community Room: 
  • January 26, 2019:  More than "Metes" the Eye: Using Land Records in Your Research with Edwin W. Strickland II.
  • March 23, 2019:  Do The 'Write' Thing For Genealogy with Marian & Wally Wood.
  • May 18, 2019:  To be announced.
  • October 5, 2019: To be announced.
  • November 9, 2019: To be announced.
  • February 1, 2020: To be announced.
  • March 21, 2020: To be announced.
  • May 16, 2020: To be announced.

We Have A Need For New Board Members

Family history research is one of the fastest-growing interest areas today.  It has never been more popular!  At the same time, many long-standing genealogical societies are discontinuing operations, not because of lack of public interest, but because of lack of volunteer support.  

Knowledgeable volunteers retire or move out of the area. Organizations change.  

At MGS, we KNOW there are many well-educated, skilled family researchers in the Fairfield County area. Also business, marketing and legal professionals, historical/cultural studies supporters, administrators. Or skilled in another language or two. You may be one!  If you're into family history research like us, why not become a board member?  

If time-commitment is your concern, it needn't be.  We meet 7 Monday evenings a year to plan and coordinate behind the scenes.  We share in the efforts.  No one does more than they have time for.

On the plus side, if you're still working, being active on a community Board like MGS is resume-worthy experience and an excellent networking opportunity.

Contact any board member for more information, or sit in on any future monthly board meeting to decide if it's for you.  Our next meeting is Monday December 3 at 7 pm at the Darien Library.  Come on by.
Overflow Parking at the Darien Library
As a reminder, if the main parking lot is full, you can park at the overflow lot which is behind the office building on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's Flowers).

MGS Newsletters

Check out our most recent newsletter (September 2018), and earlier newsletters, all online on our webpage.

Do you have an interesting family history or genealogy research story? Would you like to contribute an article to our newsletter?  If so, reach out to our editor at


Do you have a speaker recommendation?

MGS is on the lookout for future speakers. If you've listened to an interesting family history/genealogy research speaker recently, please let us know at

Obituaries Index Project

The Darien Library is in need of volunteers to help index obituary listings from local newspapers back to the year 1900.  Their goal is to post online a comprehensive index listing of thousands of death notices printed since 1900 in Darien-area newspapers.  This way any person, any where, who is researching their Darien area roots can check the online list to see if a death notice has been printed on a person, or surname, they are researching.  If so, they can follow-up at the library to get a hardcopy of that death notice.  This is a personally enriching project, many hands needed to bring to completion.  Skills desired:  keyboard accuracy, an eye for reading large amounts of print from microfilm and actual newspapers, ability to work independently and in collaboration with librarians.  For further information, contact

MGS On Facebook

Join us on Facebook!  Check out us out by clicking on the " f " logo below, and "like" us if you have a facebook account. 

With about 100 members, something of interest is posted almost every day.  If you have a specific question related to your own family research, this is a great place to ask it. We have members very experienced in different research areas, happy to jump in with suggestions and comments related to your question.

In our June Newsletter, Tara Forschino talked about using Facebook for genealogy.  "Love it, hate it, or don't know much about it, genealogists are on FB and it's a powerful social media platform to incorporate into your research".  

Tara also said that the MGS facebook page is private, closed to the public. This means that posts in our group can only be viewed and accessed by members of our group. You'll need to ask permission to join. Three basic questions are asked to help rule out fake accounts and spammers. Once admitted, you'll be able to post your own questions or postings and scroll through earlier posts.

MGS On Twitter

MGS is also now on Twitter!  Check us out by clicking on the "birdie" logo below, and "follow" us if you have a twitter account.

The Middlesex Genealogical Society (MGS) name was created years ago.  The original founders of our group lived in the Darien Connecticut area.  They adopted the word "Middlesex" because Darien was part of Middlesex Parish, Connecticut in colonial days.

Today, most members and friends of MGS live in Fairfield County, Connecticut.  The majority of our members today had ancestors who first settled in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Our genealogy interests lead to villages, towns and cities all over the world.

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If you're a guest, feel free to come again for free to any of our speaker events. We hope you'll find our programs so interesting, and helpful, that you'll become a member someday soon.  A $25 contribution spread over 5 speaker meetings is less than half the price of a movie ticket per speaker.  

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