Code of Conduct
The Society adopted a Code of Conduct. As a condition of membership, each member reaffirms their adherence to this ethical code of conduct in which the members agrees, as a condition of membership, to “respect the privacy of the individuals whose information I encounter in my research.” The Code was modified to emphasize that access to vital records by members was only for legitimate genealogical and historical research, but that this research included work by both amateur and paid professional researchers.
There was also a pledge in the Code to treat records with care and respect. The code on our membership card, which must be signed by the member, reads,
This is to certify that as a Research Genealogist, I will use the information I encounter for historic and genealogical purposes only. I will respect: 1) the books and records which I am allowed to examine; 2) the privacy of the individuals whose information I encounter in my research; and 3) the custodians of the records. Violations of this pledge will be reported to the CSG Ethics Committee.
CSG’s Role in Other Societies
- Federation of Genealogical Societies – In August 1976, George Williams as CSG executive secretary, and Herbert A. Hotchkiss, went to Cleveland, Ohio to attend the organizational meeting of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. CSG became one of the charter founding societies. In 2020, the Federation of Genealogical Societies merged with the National Genealogical Society.
- Herb Hotchkiss, who was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, was also instrumental in initiating the BSA Genealogy merit badge.
- Hartford ’83. This was the first National Conference for Genealogists in the Northeast and was held at the Parkview Hilton Hotel, hosted by the CSG in cooperation with the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Association of Professional Genealogists. One outgrowth of the conference was the formation of the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor.
New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, Inc. (NERGC)
Inspired by the success of Hartford ’83, representatives of genealogical societies throughout New England worked together to organize a regional conference. Through the efforts of CSG member Thomas F. Howard, in 2006 the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Connecticut as a non-profit educational organization. To date, “NERGC” has produced 14 conferences, including two in Connecticut.
In May 1968, shortly after the founding, the Society issued a small, mimeographed publication called The Bulletin. Five issues were published the first year. The publication grew from two pages to sixty-eight pages. Nearly half the content was queries from members seeking help on specific ancestors. In the second year, 1969, the publication was renamed The Nutmegger and published as a quarterly. Queries were dominate. Beginning with Volume 3, Number 1 (June 1970), The Nutmegger was renamed The Connecticut Nutmegger to avoid conflict with a previously registered publication. The purpose of The Connecticut Nutmegger is to provide an archival record for thoroughly researched and documented genealogical articles.
At the same time, The Nutmegger launched the Ancestry Service. Members were strongly encouraged to submit their family five–generation charts and the Ancestry Service sought to inform members of the charts of other members containing shared ancestors. All indexes are available in the CSG library and some are available at the Connecticut State Library.
In 2008 CSG launched a magazine called Connecticut Genealogy News. The Connecticut Nutmegger continues to serve as the archival journal of record and Connecticut Genealogy News serves as a vehicle for lighter fare. The CSG Newsletter was incorporated into the Connecticut Genealogy News as a tear-out section to serve members as a reminder of upcoming events.