WEST HARTFORD — On Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 S. Main St., West Hartford is holding a genealogy workshop that will help you discover your past.

Have you always wondered if you were related to someone famous (or infamous)? Do you have a long-told family tale you’d like to confirm or deny? Do you wonder how far your roots go back in America and if you may be a Mayflower descendant? Are you seeking to find your birth family but only have non-identifying information? With the advent of DNA testing to determine your ancestry and television shows like “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Finding Your Roots,” and “Long Lost Family,” genealogy research is all the rage right now. Who might show up in your lineage?

This two hour workshop is hosted by Dr. Christa Bolen and will take you through the basics of creating a family tree, sifting through and understanding census, military, and other records, and determining the validity of trees posted by other users, as well as tips and tricks to discover information beyond what’s contained on sites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.

Bolen has worked in education for nearly 20 years and is currently the Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford where she taught a History through Genealogy course. She has had a lifelong interest in genealogy and has conducted extensive research on her own and others’ family histories, which has resulted in identifying famous ancestors and finding birth families. Bolen is a West Hartford resident and volunteer at the Noah Webster House.

Space is extremely limited. The workshop fee is $25 and $20 for members. Sign up at www.


The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is open daily 1 to 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, visit www.

noahwebsterhouse.org or call 860-521-5362.

Connecticut Media Group