Officers and Board of Governors
CSG is grateful for the voluntary contributions from each board member to serve since 1968. Following are the Officers and Board of Governors for the membership year May 2017 – April 2018.
President — Dave Robison
Vice President — Richard C. Roberts
Secretary — Jenny Hawran
Treasurer — Peg Limbacher, FSA Scot
Assistant Treasurer — Diane LeMay
At Large Governors —
Judith Bowen, Linda Carlson, Russell DeGrafft, Pauline Merrick, Donald A. Naples, Olivia Patch, Edwin W. Strickland II, Lisa M. Vasas, Keith Wilson
Governors Emeritus —
James H. Leatherbee II, Richard G. Tomlinson
Dave Robison — President
Dave Robison, owner of Old Bones Genealogy of New England, is a professional genealogist from Western Massachusetts. A frequent lecturer, he offers a variety of presentations and workshops both live and virtual throughout New England and the US. He was a speaker at the 2015 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) in Providence, RI and serves as a Tri-Chair for the 2017 NERGC conference being held in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dave is also scheduled to speak at NERGC in 2017. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and the ProGen Program. Dave is an active member of several local, regional and national genealogical societies. He volunteers at genealogy research clinics at the Chicopee Library and the Western Mass Genealogical Society (WMGS). Dave is a member of NEHGS, CNYGS, the President of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society, recently elected to the CSG Board of Governors and was President of NEAPG in 2015.
Richard C. Roberts — Vice President
Richard Clarke Roberts is the former Unit Head of the Connecticut State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds master’s degrees from the University of Connecticut and the University of Rhode Island. He is a board member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, and a member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Association for Gravestone Studies. He is currently president of the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor and President of the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, Inc. He was tri-chair of the 2015 New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jenny Hawran — Secretary
Jenny Hawran has been researching her genealogy for almost 25 years and has deep roots in Connecticut’s first town – Windsor. She has a degree in Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and is certified in web design. She is currently enrolled in the Boston University program for Genealogical Research to become a better researcher and family historian. She is the Volunteer Information Specialist for Windsor’s Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter of the DAR, a member of the NGS and The Descendants of Ancient Windsor. She is a two-year Ambassador at RootsTech, and the owner of the blog, www.like-herding-cats.com. When she is not chasing ancestors, Jenny is the Executive Director of Windsor Community Television. She and her husband, Fred, live in Windsor and have raised 3 incredible, creative, and family history-oriented daughters, Sara, Katie and Michelle.
Peg Limbacher, FSA Scot — Treasurer
Peg began her hunt for her Scottish ancestors in 1975 while on a trip to Scotland where her mother was born. After meeting a couple of elderly great aunts, it dawned on Peg (who is an only child, only grandchild on both sides and an only niece) that she must have some relatives in Scotland, who were just waiting to be found. She has found several cousins in Scotland, including one who is a genealogist. As to her German side, she has yet to make the break-through on the birth of her great-grandfather in New York City, but she has re-united with cousins on the West Coast who are working on the same line, so hope continues. Peg has taken a number of genealogy courses, including a one-week course at the University of Stirling in Scotland on “Researching your Scottish Ancestors.” Peg is an active member of numerous genealogy organizations and the St. Andrew’s Society of CT.
Diane LeMay — Assistant Treasurer
Diane began working in the public library during high school, got her bachelors and masters degrees in library science and made it her profession. She recently retired after 36 years as a high school library media specialist, including some part-time work at the Connecticut State Library and St. Joseph’s College library. She has enjoyed researching her family genealogy since 1979 and was on the CSG Board of Governors briefly in the 1980s. She resided in East Hartford for 26 years, moving to East Windsor in 2001 where she lives with her dog Charlie.
Judith Bowen — At Large Governor
Judith (Briggs) Bowen has been working on her family’s history since 1976 and has been a member of NEHGS since 1984. She has roots in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire as well as Lower Canada, Ohio and finally Wisconsin where her Briggs ancestors settled as lumberman and land owners after leaving Maine. Recently, she has become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution with three patriots and a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants as a descendant of John Howland. Currently, she is working on a second article for the Register and is developing plans to create a project that identifies all the descendants of David Briggs to her father’s generation. Her other genealogical interests are focused on her mother’s Irish Catholic ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1850s.
Linda Carlson — At Large Governor
Linda was born and raised in New York City until age five when she moved to Long island. She is a descendant of Jewish immigrants. She moved to Connecticut in the 1970’s to attend the University of Hartford and never left. Linda began her genealogical research at age 15 as part of a school project and now keeps the many branches of her family connected. Her husband is descended from English, Irish, Danish and Swedish immigrants which has allowed her to expand her research skills into these areas. Linda is a high school special education teacher with a Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of Connecticut and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Administration from American International College. She is a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council and recording secretary for the Bichon Frise Club of Southern New England.
Russell DeGrafft — At Large Governor
Russ began his professional career as an elementary school teacher and thirty-three years later retired as a Reading/Language Arts Coordinator for the State of Connecticut and an Adjunct Professor for the Connecticut college system and from there has spent the rest of his free time writing narratives and researching his family history. His undergraduate work was completed in Vermont before he moved on to the former Rhode Island College of Education and then to the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford and finally back once again to UCONN. He has experienced the effects of several organizations, serving on their boards and committees, such as the Descendants of Textile Workers of America, East Lyme Puppetry Project, Inc. which assists students in their development of literary skills, Various Community Historical Societies, Lyme/Old Lyme Senior Center, where he taught genealogical courses for beginners. He is also a member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc, serving on the Board of Governors, the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc, Rhode Island Genealogical Society and New England Historical Genealogical Society.
Pauline Merrick — At Large Governor
Pauline Merrick holds BSBA in Accounting. She has worked in the business world for the last 25+ years. At the same time, she has been studying methods of genealogy; attending classes and seminars, enjoying genealogical conferences, and learning through hours and hours of research in libraries and archives. She started taking clients in 2014. She has submitted articles to journals and published a full genealogical work in 2015. Her experience lies mainly in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York research, and making the most of online resources. Interpretation and correlation of records is key to proving a family line, a skill she has much experience in. DNA for genealogy has fascinated her for several years, and she has planned DNA research and assisted others in interpreting their results. For information about her book or samples of her work go to her website at https://bmdbeyondne.com.
Donald A. Naples — At Large Governor
Don completed a 30-year career in 1990 as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, specializing in electronics engineering and information systems. Since then he managed the Communications Department of a large County in California, was co-owner of a computer business in Newington, and works independently as a computer and telecommunications consultant. He has pursued genealogy as a hobby for many years and enjoys helping others get started in ancestry searches. Don is a Connecticut native, born and raised in New Britain, where his Italian and Irish ancestors settled in the mid-to-late 1800s. He is a long-time member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. He was elected to the CSG Board of Governors in 2004. His extensive, practical computer experience has been very valuable in assisting with technology planning and implementation for the Society.
Olivia Patch — At Large Governor
Olivia is a retired grade school teacher with an extensive background in the field of education, including a masters in reading and elementary education. Born in Hartford, CT, and raised in Manchester, CT, she has also lived in Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, and New York. Olivia now resides in Tolland, CT, where she has made her home for more than two decades. A seasoned researcher, Olivia has more than 35 years of genealogical experience and is familiar with repositories in CT, MA, VT, and RI. She has conducted research professionally, written articles for genealogy periodicals, and has also shared her experience through speaking engagements. In addition to her participation at CSG, Olivia is also recording secretary and registrar for the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor (DFAW).
Edwin W. Strickland II — At Large Governor
Ed came from a family of packrats on one side and a family of true Yankees of the other (use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without). In 1973 he was searching for a unique wedding present for his brother that could not be returned. He settled on copying his grandmother’s information on his paternal line. In short order, two great aunts supplied material on five more ancestral lines. As they say, the Hunt was a Foote! He joined CSG in 1974 and began working on the other female lines. In 1983, he served on the committee to establish The Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor, where he has continued as genealogist for 16 years and is a past president. With his retirement from the University of Connecticut Health Center in 2000, he has turned his attention to editing, teaching, lecturing and serving the greater genealogical community.
Lisa M. Vasas — At Large Governor
Born and raised in Bridgeport, Lisa spent ten years in the computer industry first as a programmer and later as a database administrator before getting the chance to pursue an interest in genealogy that was sparked by a college anthropology class. Her research has taken her from various cities in Connecticut to Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, French Canada and records of the former Austria-Hungary Empire with the promise of Galicia, Poland, Russia and Albania yet to come. In addition to her CSG board and committee positions, Lisa served as liaison for the New England Regional Genealogical Conferences (NERGC) in Portland, Hartford and Manchester. For the Hartford and Manchester conferences, Lisa was responsible for producing the written syllabus given to attendees.
Keith E. Wilson — At Large Governor
Keith Wilson has been researching his family since 1976 and was President of the Mansfield Historical Society from 2012 through 2017. He is a member of NEHGS and Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor. Keith is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and retired from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services after twenty-eight years of service. The majority of his ancestors settled in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Ancestors include Mayflower lines, Great Migration Immigrants, Slovaks and Prince/Prentiss Crosley, a slave of LT. Governor (Later Governor) Matthew Griswold of Lyme (Now Old Lyme). Prince/Prentiss Crosley served in the Revolutionary War and earned his freedom. Since 2008, Keith has taken Y-DNA, Mitrochondrial DNA and Autosomal DNA tests. Keith manages over twenty DNA kits for his family and his wife, Marjorie’s family. He is the Administrator of the John Daniels of New London CT DNA project at FamilyTree DNA, a Y-DNA/Autosomal DNA project and has also organized an annual Daniels day in the greater New London area for his descendants to meet and share their genealogy. Keith has written articles for the Connecticut Nutmegger on the Daniels and Bramble families and is currently working on another Daniels article.
James H. Leatherbee II — Governor Emeritus
Jim was born in New London, CT, probably imprinted from birth with history and genealogy, but actually started doing genealogy in the late 1970s. He is named after his grandfather and a long line of first-born males named James dating to the mid 1700s. The family name, Leatherbee, is listed by James Savage in “Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England” as a “perverted” form of Larrabee, and indeed goes directly back to Stephen (1625-1676) of that name. Jim was raised in Hadlyme, where he still lives – the 10th generation in the immediate area. His areas of research are primarily New London and Middlesex Counties and the Connecticut River Valley. Jim’s roots include much “Yankee”, including “Mayflower”, Irish, German, and even an “Indian Princess.” He also has an interest in cemeteries. Jim spent many years in the printing industry, but is now employed by the United States Census Bureau.
Richard G. Tomlinson — Governor Emeritus
Dick is a descendant of Henry Tomlinson, an early settler of Milford and Stratford, and is related to CT Gov. Gideon Tomlinson. Interested in family history for over 45 years, he is a founder of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. and has served as an officer or governor nearly continuously. He is the creator of the CSG Literary Awards and Connecticut Genealogy News and has published several books including, “Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut”. He is a former vice president of United Technologies Corporation and a former senior principal scientist in the UTC Research Labs. In 1985 he founded the Connecticut Research, Inc., a management-consulting firm. He holds a PhD from the Ohio State University, an MS from Case-Western Reserve University and an MBA from RPI. He is a Sr. Life member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers was a Trustee of the Connecticut Historical Society. He is now the Publicity Chairman for the Genealogical Society of Kendall County in Boerne, Texas.