The Ancestors of Con James Baker of Des Moines, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois
Volume 1

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Fred Baker
Category: Tomlinson Award for Overall Best

Dr. Fred G. Baker is a hydrologist, historian, and author living in Colorado. He is the author of The Descendants of John Baker (ca. 1640—1704) of Hartford, Connecticut, Through Thirteen Generations, Growing Up Wisconsin, The Life and Times of Con James Baker, and The Light from a Thousand Campfires (with Hannah Pavlik). He also writes novels and short stories, including An Imperfect Crime, Zona: The Forbidden Land, and the Modern Pirate Series of short and long stories, all available on Contact him at or through his website:

Descendants of Anthony Smith, of Waterbury, Connecticut

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Helen Schatvet Ullmann
Category: First Prize, Genealogy

Helen Schatvet Ullmann, Certified Genealogist and Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, lives in Acton, Massachusetts. She began doing family history research when she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in 1968. She is associate editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, a consulting editor for the Newbury Street Press and edits articles for MASSOG, the journal of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Published work includes databases of some Norwegian records. (Helen’s grandfather, Einar Schatvet, was born in Fet, Norway. His wife’s father, Axel Olsen, was born in Holmestrand, Norway.) She has also published articles in various genealogical journals and several books, including Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor, Connecticut (1998), which won the 1999 Donald Lines Jacobus Award given by the American Society of Genealogists, and A Mills and Kendall Family History (2002) which won the Connecticut Society of Genealogists prize for family history. Recently Descendants of Roger Billings of Dorchester, Massachusetts won the National Genealogical Society prize for genealogies. In 2005, the New England Historic Genealogical Society published her transcription and index, Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes, 1663–1687, 1697 (Boston, 2005), which won the Connecticut Society of Genealogists prize for New England Genealogical Resource Publications, and in 2009 Colony of Connecticut, Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669–1711.

Footprints Across Connecticut from Bloomfield 1930 Census

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Jean E. Perreault
Category: First Prize, Genealogical Resource

Author Jean E Perreault has completed her third book, “Footprints Across Connecticut From Bloomfield 1930 Census.” A former longtime resident of nearby Simsbury CT she has lived in Bloomfield since 2005.  Her first two books were similar in format – “Footprints Across Connecticut From Simsbury 1930 Census” and “Footprints Across Connecticut From East Granby and Granby 1930 Census.”
Perreault is the youngest of three sisters. Her interest in genealogy was sparked by a conversation with her father about their ancestors over 45 years ago. Jean wanted to learn more about where she came from.  She went to the Connecticut State Library and became fascinated while tracking her family back to the 1630s in Colonial America and even earlier in England.  She loves solving logic puzzles, referring to genealogy as “one big logic puzzle.”  Perreault subsequently took and passed both oral and written exams at the Connecticut State Library, which earned her a place on the Library’s list of qualified genealogical researchers to help others with their research.

Tell Your Family Story Essay Contest

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Patricia Dintrone
Category: Tell Your Family Story Essay Contest

Patricia Dintrone began her career as an historian and spent most of her working life on the faculty at San Diego State University. After her retirement she turned her historical research skills to genealogy and has traced several branches of her family back to 16th century Germany. She is a community (non-member) volunteer at the San Diego Family Search Library where she assists others in tracing their family roots. She has lectured on genealogy research skills and German history and genealogy.