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Genealogy & Local History
Pequot Library is known for its outstanding collection of materials on genealogy and local history. Researchers are provided with a broad choice of printed materials relating to New England, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, other mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states. In addition, the collection offers published family histories, lineage society resources, military histories, ethnic genealogy, and a good selection of genealogy finding aids. Patrons are offered access to both free and subscription internet sites at the computer stations located on the Main Floor of the Library.
Genealogist Betty Oderwald is available for one-on-one appointments. Call the Front Desk (203) 259-0346 ext. 15 to schedule.
Monday 3/10 and 3/24
Monday 4/14 and 4/28
Monday 9/8 and 9/22
Monday 10/6 and 10/27
Monday 11/3 and 11/17
Betty Oderwald has always been interested in American history, but began taking it personally after she moved from New York to Fairfield over fifty years ago and learned she had an ancestor among the founders of Milford. “My father emigrated from Scotland and my mother’s family goes back to the Mayflower and the earliest Dutch settlers in New York. It’s a sort of schizophrenic ancestry, and both sides of it fascinate me.”
Betty finds the process of genealogical discovery—finding the pieces and connecting the dots—so intriguing that she has branched out from her own family research to learning about and teaching genealogy. If you imagine genealogists to be bookish and dull, talking with Betty will change your mind in an instant. Energetic and enthusiastic, Betty wants to share the fun with other researchers.
Betty retired from working with the State of Connecticut in the Labor Department, where she helped to find jobs for clients who were difficult to place. Her experience with adult education, ongoing self-study, and attendance at genealogy workshops and conferences ensures that she keeps her skills polished. Betty is ready to take on the questions that come her way.
Monthly Genealogy Roundtable from September through June at 10am on the second Saturday of each month. Genealogists Betty Oderwald and Bill Stansfield help answer your questions and suggest new sources and strategies for research. Participants are encouraged to share their research experiences and findings. On occasion the Roundtable will begin with a short talk by one of the Genealogists.
Free Websites for further research:
CT State Library
Ancestry. com may be accessed at Fairfield Main library, Fairfield Woods branch library, and the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
Other sites that charge fees:
New England Historic Genealogical Society
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
More Genealogy Websites
Civil War Genealogy
April 2011 is the beginning of Pequot Library's commemoration of the 150thAnniversary of the American Civil War. The Genealogy & Local History Department has a good collection of Civil War materials. These resources are only available by appointment. Please call or email Robyn Filippone at 203-259-0346 ext. 15 or
for more information.
War of 1812 Genealogy
As part of the Special Collections, access to the Genealogy and Local History Collection is limited. When Pequot’s professional genealogist is in, the collection is available and can be browsed. When the genealogist is not in, items can be paged by the staff and used upstairs in the Main Reading Room. A member of the staff will ask you to fill out a form and will ask to hold your driver’s license or a credit card until you have completed your research. The form includes name and address, phone number, email and what is being researched.
Make a donation to the Library in memory of longtime genealogist Rod MacKenzie.