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The Genealogy Group of the Manchester Historical Society consists of Society members who have an abiding interest in genealogy, as it applies to their own families and to families in Manchester and in the wider community.

The Group is open to amateurs and experts alike. The only requirement is that those in the Group must be Society members, but newcomers are welcome to join, and non-members may attend for a $3.00 fee. Our field trips may require paying admission fees at the hosting location. Schedule of genalogy meetings and topics is included on the Events page of this website.

Our Mission

To assist and support members and friends in
• researching their own and othersí family ancestors
• pursuing genealogical learning experiences, including learning from other group members.

We will collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit family research and artifacts.

Our Officers

Office Name Email Address Telephone
Chairperson & program coordinator Debby Bailey

Our Meeting Schedule and information on past meetings.

Our Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, usually at the Manchester History Center, 175 Pine Street in Manchester, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Check Events for upcoming meetings and events. We do not meet in July, August, and December.

Read about past meetings here:
September 13, 2016 meeting, Meeting Topic: Round Table Discussion on Future Meetings. Dick Spiess commented on writing memoirs and formal genealogical research documents. Those in attendance commented on their reasons for participating in the group. Volunteers needed to organize each meeting.
April 12, 2016 meeting, Connecticut Catholic Records, presented by Bryna O'Sullivan.
March 8, 2016 meeting, City Directory panel discussion -- what you can learn and how to find it.
February 9, 2016 meeting, "From Genealogical Research to Writing a Family Memoir," presented by author and teacher Susan Omilian.
January 12, 2016 meeting, Round Table Discussion.
November 10, 2015 meeting, "Census Data" with our guest speaker, Kristen Noble Keegan.
October 13, 2015 meeting, "Publishing Your Genealogy" with speaker from Genealogy House.
June 9, 2015 meeting, "Secrets at the Connecticut State Library" by our guest speaker, Crawford Westbrook, who described the resources available at the State Library, as well as how to get around in the area.
April 2015 meeting, featuring a round-table discussion and interesting problems encountered by group members.
March 2015 meeting, featuring genealogist and historian Tom Howard and his inspiring talk about overcoming obtacles and finding new sources of information.
January 2015 meeting, featuring Dianne Lenti on the topic of becoming an American citizen and how naturalization records can aid in research.
November 2014 meeting, featuring information on Civil War and veterans records, presented by Dianne Lenti and Ron Schack, and including a bibliography and resource listing.
October 2014 meeting, featuring information on copyright, and resources for further study.
September 2014 meeting, including a List of Historical Society resources that was distributed by curator Dave Smith at the meeting.
August 2014 meeting, including information about Manchester Public Library resources and Rob Nankin's presentation.
July 2014 meeting, including information about Tolland CT library resources and Ivan Robinsonís presentation on the French Canadian Genealogical Societyís library resources.
May 2014 meeting, including information about the CT State Library and its genealogical resources.
April 2014 meeting, including "Genograms for Genealogists" summary by Edwin Strickland.
March 2014 meeting which was a roundtable discussion of genealogical topics.

Driving Directions to The Manchester History Center
From Hartford, eastbound on Route 84, Exit 59 to I-384 East. Take Exit 3 off I-384. Right off the exit ramp onto South Main Street. At the first light, take a left onto Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street. The History Center is on the right, at the corner of Forest Street. The parking lot is just beyond the building.

From Providence, R.I. and Bolton, CT, westbound on I-384 West. Take Exit 3 off I-384. Left off the exit onto Charter Oak Street. Straight through first light (intersection with Main Street), and stay straight -- name of road changes to Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street. The History Center is on the right, at the corner of Forest Street. The parking lot is just beyond the building.