Connecticut in Postcards: Bringing Deltiology to Your Genealogy Discoveries

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Darien Library and Middlesex Genealogical Society welcome Michael Cassara to discuss the importance of postcards in your genealogy research.

For genealogists with an affinity for Connecticut research, postcards can be an overlooked and occasionally invaluable means of peering further into the lives of our ancestors, or those of our clients. Not only can they illuminate microhistory (in ways that may otherwise be lost to the ages), but both the front and the back of postcards can contribute mightily to any genealogical study. Images on the front of a card can offer illustrations of long-demolished places of interest, while messages on the back may shed light on an ancestor’s travels, giving the researcher a clearer sense of the writer’s concerns of a long-forgotten moment. These are only a few of the many ways in which genealogy and deltiology (the study and collection of postcards) can intersect.

An informal social hour will begin at 1 p.m.
Michael Cassara's lecture will begin at 2 p.m. 

About the Presenter

Michael Cassara is a professional genealogist and lecturer based in New York City, specializing in Italian/Sicilian genealogy. He has presented at regional societies as well as national conferences. Michael holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University (OL19) and is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group (ProGen 43). He is the Past President of the Italian Genealogical Group ( and blogs about his research at You can find him on Twitter and Facebook at @DigiRoots  

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