Ancestors, Descendants and Related Families of:
Jacob Smith, Sr. (1773-1834)
and His Wife
Margaret Smith (1777-1850)

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Albert E. Fiacre, Jr.
Category: Genealogy

A native of New Jersey, I have lived in Connecticut since 1978 when I moved here from New York City to change jobs. My professional background is in banking and finance where I worked for 25 years until 1998. I worked in three different banks during that time period, including Society for Savings in Hartford and Dime Savings Bank of Wallingford. At both institutions, I served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Since 1998, I have pursued financial interests on a private basis while at the same time developing my interest in genealogical research which had begun several years prior. In 2002, I discovered the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown which began my affiliation there. During the intervening years, I have served as a volunteer, Director of the Family History Center, Board of Trustees member and most recently as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

In 2017 after 15 years of research, I published a book on my maternal grandmother’s family which was the winner of the National Genealogical Society’s 2018 annual competition for Best Genealogy and Family History and now the winner of the 2019 Literary Awards Contest in the Genealogy Category of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. My genealogical specialties include lineage applications, early New England research and Pennsylvania German research. I am a 2016 graduate of Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogical Research program.

My undergraduate degree is from Middlebury College in 1972 and I received a MBA degree from New York University in 1974. I have resided in West Hartford since 1982.

Images of America: Clinton

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Peggy Adler
Category: Genealogical Resource Publication

Previous to her 2019 pictorial history titled, “Images of America CLINTON,” Peggy Adler authored five titles for New York City publishers, illustrated two dozen and provided art for the Bronx Zoo; the Humane Society of the United States; Little, Brown & Company; the Journal of Theoretical Biology; the Journal of Algebra; the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; and World Scientific Publishing. Additionally, she coordinated the 1969 world premiere of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” for 20th Century Fox; worked as a consultant for the U.S. House of Representatives’ “October Surprise Task Force,” where according to their Deputy Majority Counsel, Michael Zeldin, her work “met and exceeded every expectation;” and organized and hosted the 2015 Edgar Rice Burroughs Bibliophile Convention (aka Dum Dum), which ran for four days in Clinton, Connecticut and was attended by members of Burroughs’ family, along with authors and illustrators of Burroughs related books and almost 100 bibliophiles, who came from all over North America to celebrate his genius.

An active member of every community in which she has lived, Ms Adler spent eight years as a Police Commissioner in the Shoreline Town of Clinton, Connecticut. There, she has also served on the Design Review Board (2000-2007); Historic District Commission (2001-2006; 2017- present); and Charter Revision Commission (1997-98 & 2003-04). For Clinton’s Department of Parks & Recreation she coached 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade girls softball (2008-2014) and for seven years did the publicity for the Clinton Rotary’s annual Cancer Relief Fund Drive Walk-a-thon. Previously Ms Adler served on the Board of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven; Planned Parenthood of Greater New Haven; Shoreline Youth Theater and the Madison Arts and Science Council. Additionally, for eight years, Ms Adler was the program coordinator for the New England Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, where she simultaneously served on their Board of Directors and was its Board’s Chairman for three years.

In the fall of 2017, Ms Adler was presented with Marquis Who’s Who’s Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Her previous honors include the 2001 General Richard G. Stilwell Chairman’s Award, bestowed upon her in Washington D.C. by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (National) for her work with the New England Chapter; and the Duck Island Yacht Club’s 1998 Corinthian Award.

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Reginald W. Bacon
Category: Honorable Mention in Family History

Reginald W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in 17th- and 18th-century New England architecture and domestic life — and early 20th-century music, vaudeville, and circus. His first career as a journalist, editor, and publication designer informs his current museum work. His 35-year career as an acrobatic juggler/unicyclist, comedy tap dancer, and jazz/ragtime musician informs his performing arts research.
In addition to articles and books on local, regional, and topical history, his research and museum work includes developing interpretive materials for historic sites, collection management projects; professional conference presentations; private research consultations, the Smithsonian and National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on the future of the American circus; and an illustrated lecture presentation, performance, and exhibition on the theatrical, economic, and cultural history of American vaudeville. As such he has been unable to “avoid the draft,” and thus currently serves on the board of several history and preservation organizations.
In the genealogy world, for 15 years R.W. Bacon was the editor of The Middler for the Society of Middletown (Conn.) First Settlers Descendants. His book, Early Families of Middletown, Conn. – 1650-1654, received the Brainerd T. Peck Award from the Connecticut Society of Genealogists in 2013.

A graduate of Syracuse University (journalism/sociology) and Harvard (museum studies), he is the author of a dozen books on under-the-radar history, architecture, performing arts, music, and editorial/graphics topics. Projects still in the works include The Curator’s Guide to American Vaudeville 1880-1930, and continuing a series of books on acrobatic juggling history, technique, and training.
Reg Bacon and his wife L.J. Newton live in Newburyport, Mass., a small city north of Boston where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean.