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West Hartford Resident to Offer ‘Curbside Genealogy’

Noah Webster House. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Certified Genealogist Dr. Christa Bolen will present ‘Curbside Genealogy’ in partnership with the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.


Did I have any relatives that served in the Civil War?

I have always heard that my grandma was adopted, is this true?

How did my great-uncle die – no one in the family seems to know!

When did my great-grandparents come to the United States?

I always thought I was Italian but a recent DNA test shows I’m 40% Irish – who are my Irish ancestors?

I know my mom’s family was from the South – can you tell me if they were associated with slavery?

Am I related to anyone famous – or infamous – from history?

Perhaps you have one of these questions – or a similar one – about your family history. Perhaps a branch of your family tree is largely unexplored and you’d like to know more. Perhaps you’ve seen one of the popular genealogy TV shows and have wondered if YOU could participate in something like that.

The answer to all of these questions may be closer than you think. Dr. Christa Bolen, certified genealogist and West Hartford resident, in conjunction with the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, presents “Curbside Genealogy,” a unique opportunity to participate in a genealogy event.

How? Sign up for the Zoom program and fill out Dr. Bolen’s genealogical (https://bit.ly/3hXEo4e) to be entered for possible selection. Dr. Bolen will choose several attendees for whom she will conduct preliminary research, the findings of which will be presented during the Zoom program on Sept. 24. Please complete the genealogical survey by Sept. 14 in order to be considered for selection.

Regardless of whether your genealogy is selected or not, please join Dr. Bolen’s live Zoom presentation hosted by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The presentation will feature research and findings including found documents, photographs, newspaper articles, and other historically significant information. Even she’s not talking specifically about your family, Dr. Bolen will offer great tips and tools of the trade to get to the bottom of your own family mystery.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have YOUR genealogical and family tree questions answered! Registration is required at https://noahwebster.yapsody.com (once you register, you will be sent the Zoom link). This opportunity is free for museum members; $10.00 suggested donation for non-members.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a not-for-profit museum and cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for the history of West Hartford, the community that molded Webster’s future and is still thriving 250-plus years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1-4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call 860-521-5362.

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