GSV Fall 2016 Meeting - October 29, 2016

The meeting will be at the Franklin Conference Center at the Howe Center, One Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT.

Registration at 9 a.m., followed by the annual business meeting at 9:30 a.m.


Gary Shattuck: "Insurrection, Corruption and Murder in Early Vermont", concerning the devastating effects of Thomas Jefferson’s Embargo of 1807 on those living in northern Vermont. During America's Early Republic, the pastoral villages and forests of Vermont were anything but peaceful. Conflict raged along the Canadian border, as international tensions prompted Thomas Jefferson to ban American exports to France and Great Britain. Some Vermonters turned to smuggling. Federal seizure of a boat called the Black Snake went deadly wrong—three men were killed that day, and another died later in the state’s first execution by hanging. The outbreak of the War of 1812 brought thousands of troops, along with drunkenness, disease and a general disregard of civil rights, including the imposition of extra-legal military trials.

He will have copies of his book of the same title available for purchase at the meeting.

Gary Shattuck served over three decades in the Vermont law enforcement community with the Vermont State Police, as an assistant attorney general and assistant United States attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice where he also served as a legal advisor to governments in Kosovo and Iraq. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the Vermont Law School, Gary recently received his master’s degree in military history concentrating on the Revolutionary War.  He is a regular contributor to Army History magazine and the Journal of the American Revolution.  His most recent research has revealed the presence of a huge opium and morphine addiction problem in Vermont in the nineteenth century and his findings were recently published by the Vermont Historical Society.  His third book describing the situation further will be published by The History Press in 2017.

Margaret R. “Peggy” Jenks: “Is That What it Said? That Can’t be Right. What is correct?”

Many genealogists rely on information that they find online, that appears on sites such as and But how reliable is that information? Does the data even make sense? Peggy Jenks will provide examples comparing this material with original sources. You will be surprised how many errors she has uncovered.

Margaret R. “Peggy” Jenks has been a family genealogist since 1964 and a cemetery transcriber since 1978. She has published award-winning books listing all the cemetery inscriptions of the twenty-seven towns in Rutland County, Vermont, and of Granville, Washington County, New York...over 225 cemeteries in all. She is also researching the many carvers of Rutland County stones.

Peggy is the author of the three-volume Descendants of Thomas Horton of Milton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and many othersShe chaired the Seattle Genealogical Society's Computer Interest Group from 1982-1986, was editor of the Genealogical Society of Vermont Newsletter from 1996-2005, and served six years as a trustee of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

In June 2014, Peggy was awarded the 2014 Harriet Merrifield Forbes Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association for Gravestone Studies, for her distinguished service in the field of gravestone studies. She is currently researching her children’s ancestry in newly published records that correct many previous errors.

Mariessa Dobrick: “On the Road to Your Family History”.

Genealogists are familiar with using vital and probate records to trace ancestry. But did you know that the Vermont State Archives has a wide range of other records that can be useful for family history research? Vermont State Archives archivist Mariessa Dobrick will be providing not only an introduction to records beyond the usual resources for genealogical research, but will also highlight some of the stories gleaned from records. 

Mariessa Dobrick has been an archivist at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) since 2011. Prior to that, she worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Mariessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies with a certificate in Archives and Records Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An avid genealogist, she delights in helping researchers find their own family stories, sometimes in unexpected places.

There will be luncheon consisting of a hot entrée, tossed green salad, and a dessert.

Registration cost $25 for members, and $30 for non-members. Please mail your check, made out to Genealogical Society of Vermont, to

Genealogical Society of Vermont
P O Box 14
Randolph, VT 05060

by October 21, 2016.


How to Get To the Franklin Conference Center


From The North
(i.e. Burlington Vermont)
Take U.S. Route 7 south to Rutland. Turn right onto Madison Street when you see Christ the King church on your left. Turn left at the traffic light at the bottom of the hill. Howe Center is on the right about two blocks down. Park in the outer lot or pass through the tunnel to park in the interior courtyard. The Conference Center is located in Building #3 which is on the right side of the tunnel as you drive into Howe Center

From the Northeast and East
(i.e. Montpelier, Vermont)
Take Interstate 89 south to Exit 3 for Rutland. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp. Follow Routes 12/107 and 100 to route 4 west in Killington (about 20 miles). Take Route 4 west into Rutland and turn left onto Route 7 South. Follow above directions from there. When coming from the east take Route 4 west into Rutland, then turn left onto Route 7 South.

From The Southeast (i.e. Massachusetts)
Take Interstate 91 north to Exit 6 for Route 103 North. Route 103 exits onto Route 7 about 3 miles south of Rutland. When in Rutland, take a left at Dunkin’ Donuts onto Strong’s Avenue. Howe Center will be on your left about two blocks down.

From The West (i.e. New York State)
Take Interstate 87 north to Exit 20 and turn onto Route 149 east of the Village of Fort Ann. Turn left onto NY Route 4 heading north. Follow to Route 4 North about 12 miles into Whitehall NY. Bear right in Whitehall Village to take U.S. Route 4 East into Rutland. At the end of Route 4 take a left onto Route 7 north. Go approximately 1-2 miles and Dunkin’ Donuts will be on your right. Turn left onto Strongs Avenue. Howe Center will be on your left about two blocks down.




Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast

cordially invites you to attend a
seminar for ALL RESEARCHERS to learn about forensic genealogy and the latest innovations
in DNA analysis. 

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognized forensic genealogist, the founder of
Identifinders International.  As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in
international cases.   She has researched in over 50 countries, assists nonprofits, military
organizations, attorneys, and law enforcement with cold case work, forensic identification,
and with locating hard-to-find individuals.  Colleen has appeared in hundreds of domestic
and international newspapers and magazines and on international radio and television programs.

DATE:    Saturday, October 22, 2016

PLACE:  Institute of Technology, Business and Development
Central Connecticut State University
100 Main Street -  3rd floor, New Britain, CT

**** Please note this event is taking place at CCSU's downtown campus and not the main campus.

FEE:       $20.00 - Refreshments will be served

Free parking is available in the municipal garage adjacent to the lecture venue.  Directions can be |
found at

REGISTRATION:  12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

LECTURE:  A Different Kind of DNA Talk - 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

REFRESHMENTS:  3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LECTURE:  Genealogy and the Six Degrees of Separation - How to Find Anyone
in the World
- 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

For more information and the Registration form, please go to

For any questions, please email Diane Szepanski, Seminar Chair, at 


Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society events:

Annual Fall Conference Saturday, Oct 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m.

St. John Vianney Church Parish Hall, 160 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington, VT

Three speakers on early naval battles on Lake Champlain. Registration $30 ($25 if by October 14).


Genealogy Library open on Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the VT-FCGS library, Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, VT (

Fort Ethan Allen).


Map from Interstate to the library.

Intersection map near library





Page updated 5 October 2016