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Explore Family Genealogy At Wilton Historical Society

Genealogist Tara Forshino will present a workshop on family genealogy at the Wilton Historical Society on Friday, Jan. 16.
Genealogist Tara Forshino will present a workshop on family genealogy at the Wilton Historical Society on Friday, Jan. 16. Photo Credit: Wilton Historical Society

WILTON, Conn. — The Wilton Historical Society announces a workshop on family history with genealogist Tara Forshino on Friday, Jan. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Forshino and Karen Sackowitz of Your Stories Ink will lead the program, titled “Embarking On Your Family History Journey.”

Forshino will outline the many different resources available to uncover the names, dates and facts that help in developing your family tree, starting with what you already know. She will focus on locating birth, marriage, and death records, ship-passenger lists, and church, cemetery and military records.

On the other hand, Sackowitz will focus on family stories. 

“Now that you have names, dates and places, why not color your family tree with the stories that weave between its branches?" Sackowitz said. "Interviewing family members and writing your own thoughts can add this dimension.

“Family stories fade after two generations. It’s important to capture them now, while we can,” she said. 

Sackowitz will share techniques about how to have conversations that elicit memories and stories, then how to save them in various formats.

Over the last 15 years, Forshino has researched her family with a focus on Irish, English, Canadian, New England and New York City records, while serving on the board of the Middlesex Genealogy Society. 

Sackowitz is the founder of Your Stories Ink, a personal history business that helps families and individuals capture their stories in keepsake books. She is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Hartford Business Journal as well as Northshore, Merrimack Valley, Wilton and Fairfield Magazines.

Tickets are $10 for Wilton Historical Society members and $15 for non-members.

To register, call (203) 762-7257, email education@wiltonhistorical.org or go online at www.wiltonhistorical.org.   The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Road in Wilton.

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