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Join us at the Darien Library for a Genealogical Book Event This Thursday February 28 at 7 pm

The Darien Library and Middlesex Genealogical Society are proud to co-sponsor Dani Shapiro this Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 pm, who will speak about her new book, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.

In this fascinating memoir, Shapiro writes of how she questioned her identity when a DNA test revealed she was not, as she believed, 100% Jewish.

Shapiro grew up in an Orthodox family in suburban New Jersey. Blonde-haired and blue-eyed, she often felt out of place in a family of dark-haired Ashkenazi Jews, yet she shrugged off the physical differences. When she got her DNA test results, the then-54-year-old began researching her family history, and within months she unraveled a narrative leading back to the 1960s and the early days of artificial insemination. Her own parents had died, but now, with the support of her husband and son, she discovered her biological father, a doctor from Portland. Shapiro realized that her childhood, her ancestral lineage, and the foundation of her world were based on deception. “What potent combination of lawlessness, secrecy, desire, shame, greed, and confusion had led to my conception?” Shapiro writes.

With thoughtful candor, she explores the ethical questions surrounding sperm donation, the consequences of DNA testing, and the emotional impact of having an uprooted religious and ethnic identity. This beautifully written, thought-provoking genealogical mystery will captivate readers from the very first pages.

Refreshments will be served and Dani’s book will be available for purchase.

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).

Upcoming Speakers With MGS

Mark your calendar also for these upcoming presentations through May 2020. All presentations are Saturdays at 2 pm at the Darien Library Community Room: 
  • March 23, 2019:  Do The 'Write' Thing For Genealogy with Marian & Wally Wood.
  • May 18, 2019:  Digging Up Cemetery Records with Toni McKeen.
  • 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.

Do you have a speaker recommendation?

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

MGS Newsletters

Check out our most recent newsletter, December 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


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. 

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 over 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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