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We offer programs for a wide variety of audiences.  We can also customize a program, or create a new program to meet particular interests.

 

Genealogy Programs

(Fees for progams are $185 plus mileage unless otherwise noted)

 

Start Climbing Your Family Tree:  An Introduction to Genealogy for Beginners

Fee:  $280 plus mileage

This 90-minute program will introduce the process and sources for genealogical research for everyone, whether their roots stretch back to the Mayflower or their family first arrived in the United States in the twentieth century.

Diana Ross McCain and Carol R. Whitmer will explain the first steps for gathering information from family records and relatives, and recording it on charts.  They will introduce participants to the most useful online resources for the genealogist and explain what these websites contain and how to access and make use of them.  They will also debunk the belief that for genealogists "everything is on the Internet" and discuss the wealth of records still accessible only on microfilm or in libraries, archives, and historical societies.

 

Listen to the Dead:  Gravestones and Epitaphs for Family Historians

Tombstones, epitaphs, and cemetery records are rich sources of information for genealogists.  This presentation illustrates what monuments to the dead and the words on them reveal about a person and their family, and what clues they provide for further research.  Locating graveyard records will also be discussed.

 

Census Research for Starters

The United States Federal Census, taken every decade since 1790 is one of the first sources consulted by beginning genealogists, and one of the most content rich.  This presentation explains what each census contains, how to access the records, and, most importantly, how to get the most out of them.

 

City Directories:  An Overlooked Source for Genealogists and Historians

Directories of residents and businesses were published annually for hundreds of American cities from the early 1800's into the late twentieth century.  Thie presentation surveys the surprising variety of information included in many city directories, from vital records to local business and church listings to engravings and advertisements, and their value to genealogists and historians.

 

Other Programs offered:

  • Intermediate and Advanced Courses in Genealogy
  • Genealogy and the Internet -  The Good, The Bad and The Improbable
  • Hands-on with Genealogical Databases
  • Writing Your Family History- What You Need to Know

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Historical Programs

 

It Really Happened in Connecticut:  Amazing Yet True Tales from Our Past
 

Diana Ross McCain recounts a selection from more than 30 stories from the Nutmeg State's past included in her books It Happened in Connecticut and Mysteries and Legends of New England.  These astonishing, yet true tales of events scattered across more than 350 years of Connecticut history include witchcraft trials, a serial murderer, and the solitary yet beloved vagabond whose story remains a mystery 125 years after his death.

Following the presentation, copies of Diana's books will be available for purchase and autographs.

 

Genius, Grit, and Sacrifice:  Connecticut in the American Revolution

Connecticut supplied courage, daring, and ingenuity in abundance to the fight for American independence.  Diana Ross McCain presents a lively, compelling program on three examples of Connecticut's contribution to victory:  Brooklyn's fearless living legend Israel Putnam, who inspired civilians and soldiers alike;  Westbrook inventive genius David Bushnell, who created the Turtle, history's first submarine; and the courageous men and boys who defended, to the death, Groton's Fort Griswold against a British assault.  Diana draws on her book It Happened in Connecticut for these inspiring stories.  Copies of McCain's books will be available for purchase and autographing.

 

From the Kitchen to the Capitol:  A Trio of Feisty Connecticut Women

Connecticut women who revolutionized American cooking, defied a government that taxed them but denied them the vote, and who shattered a political glass ceiling are highlighted in this presentation.  Diana Ross McCain draws on her book It Happened in Connecticut for stories about remarkable Connecticut women from three different centuries.  Copies of McCain's books will be available for purchase and autographing.  A perfect Women's History Month program for March!

 

 

To schedule a program, please contact us at:

info@comehometoct.com

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