Workshop helps nurture family tree

Anyone interested in learning about their heritage may attend Embarking on Your Family History Journey: Researching and Writing Your Story, Friday, Jan. 16, 10:30 to 12:30, at Wilton Historical Society. The program will be presented by Tara Finn Forshino of Tara Genealogy and Karen Sackowitz of Your Stories Ink.

Ms. Forshino will delve into how to find and use the many different online and local resources to uncover the names, dates and facts essential to developing a family tree, beginning with information that may already be known. She will talk about locating birth, marriage, and death records, ship passenger lists, church, cemetery and military records and more.

Ms. Sackowitz will focus on family stories. “Now that you have names, dates and places, why not color your family tree with the stories that weave between its branches?” she says.

“Interviewing family members and writing your own thoughts can add this dimension. Family stories fade after two generations. It’s important to capture them now, while we can.” She will share techniques about how to have conversations which elicit memories and stories, then how to save them in various formats.

Ms. Forschino graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and embarked on a successful career in the commercial insurance industry. For the past 15 years she has researched her family with a focus on Irish, English, Canadian, New England and New York City records. She serves on the board of the Middlesex Genealogy Society.

Ms. Sackowitz is the founder of Your Stories Ink, a personal history business which helps families and individuals capture their stories in keepsake books. She is also principal of Karen Sackowitz Communications, LLC and is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Hartford Business Journal as well as Northshore, Merrimack Valley, Wilton and Fairfield magazines.

Admission is $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Register by calling 203-762-7257 or emailing

The Wilton Historical Society is at 224 Danbury Road.