Please join us on 21 March 2020 as we welcome Sandra Taitt Eaddy for “The Connecticut-Caribbean Connection.”
Connecticut has long been known for its forests and colonial coastal trades, but did you know that one of its longest maritime trading relationships was with the island of the English Caribbean? Today, Caribbean people constitute Connecticut’s largest immigrant group and this includes our Barbadian-American speaker, who will take us on a fascinating ancestral journey in the Caribbean while filling our research bags with fresh online genealogical resources and proven methodologies for working with the Caribbean Islands and its diaspora.
Sandra began her genealogical research journey by documenting her own family history in 1992. The first ancestral line she researched was on the Caribbean island of Barbados, and she was able to discover evidence back to an ancestor born in Africa in 1757. With this success, Sandra was inspired to complete a degree in history and to start her own non-profit genealogical research company. She is a sought-after international researcher and public speaker and is known for solving complicated genealogical problems. Sandra was a speaker at the New England Museum Association Conference and at the Connecticut Historical Society. She was an independent researcher for “Who Do You Think You Are,” Series 7 and for the book, Halls, Hill, and Holes: Place Names of Barbados. She was also the genealogical consultant for the award-winning film, “Panama Dreams” and most recently, Sandra was a presenter for the Central Connecticut State University Africana Center Annual Conference. Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Business Degree from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), followed by a Fulbright Scholarship, 2004 at Accra, Ghana, West Africa, and an internship at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in 2011. In 2013, Sandra obtained a Master of Arts in Public History Degree from CCSU. Her areas of research included the United States and the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean. Sandra has lived in Connecticut for the last 45 years. She is married to a very supportive husband Max and has two wonderful sons, Aaron and Justin.
Place: CSG Library, 175 Maple Street, East Hartford, CT
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE but please pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-569-0002