News from and about NVGC

Welcome New Members!

PBS has begun their new season of Finding Your Roots!  The first episode features actor Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin.  The second episode features actors Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams.  To find the complete list of stars visit the official website.

The Connecticut genealogy community lost a great friend on February 28, 2016.  Thomas Howard was a frequent guest speaker at our meetings and will be greatly missed.  To read his full obituary, click here.  

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday to all of our members who have birthdays in the month of January & February!
Upcoming Meeting News

In February, after a quick business meeting, Barney Kathan will present America's DNA: The Country's Story You Were Never Told.  In three parts Mr. Kathan will explore: 1) the establishing of a civil covenant, from the Mayflower Covenant (usually called Compact) to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; 2) breaking the civil covenant by the Confederacy and the Civil War and restoring it under Lincoln; 3) enlarging and expanding the covenant, with some problem areas and forces resistance.  With the help of his daughter Nancy, the program will be introduced by a Powerpoint presentation and conclude with a three or four page syllabus.

Barney Kathan, a resident of Prospect, CT, is a charter member of the Genealogy Club and served as president of the club in2004 and 2005. He is a retired minister, who has served churches in Connecticut, Illinois, and Minnesota, worked on the staff of a state conference in Boston and a national board in New York City.  For 12 years he was the executive of an inter-faith, international organization with offices in New York City and New Haven.  He has written five books and edited a festschrift.  His book on the history of a local church won a national award, and so did his article on the religion of John Quincy Adams.  His memoirs, My Prospects, and book on national holidays, American Holy Days, will be available for sale.