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Jewish Genealogy Research

Sunday, March 22, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Conference Room

Have you always wanted to start working on your genealogy but didn’t know how to get started? Have you always believed that there are no records on your family? Do you wonder where your family came from? Was your family name changed “at Ellis Island” and no one knows the original name? Come and learn how to find the answers to your questions.

This presentation will cover some of the common methods of doing genealogy from a Jewish perspective. Content will include ship records, Ellis Island, name changes, naturalization, reading gravestones, finding towns in Europe, Holocaust records, Jewish DNA, and more.

This presentation is provided as a partnership between Middlesex Genealogical Society of Darien, CT, and the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County, Stamford, CT.

About the Presenters

Linda Carlson was born and raised in New York City until age five when she moved to Long Island. She is a descendant of Jewish immigrant grandparents. She moved to Connecticut in the 1970s to attend the University of Hartford and never left. Linda began her genealogical research at age 15 as part of a school project and now keeps the many branches of her family connected. Her husband is descended from English, Irish, Danish, and Swedish immigrants which has allowed her to expand her research skills into these areas. Linda assists the public with their genealogy problems at Genealogy Road Shows with the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council.

After beginning her career as a Special Education teacher, Linda is now the Educational Director at a private high school with a Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of Connecticut and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Administration from American International College. She has been working as a Professional Genealogist for the past few years specializing in doing research in the Hartford area for information that is not available online. She is a member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council and on the Board of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.

Social Hour at 1 p.m.

This is an informal social hour with others who are interested in genealogy. The goal is to share experiences with fellow genealogists and hopefully gain new insights. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us.

Book Exchange

Bring in genealogy books and periodicals that you are no longer using and make them available to people who can make use of them.


Darien Library is proud to co-sponsor this event with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

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