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The Middler:
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Welcome to all Middletown ‘cousins’,
genealogists, & local history enthusiasts . . .

Welcome to our information-packed web site. Our goal is that the site serves as a useful starting point for those researching early Middletown, Conn. ancestors ... and then becomes a valuable resource that our growing membership of "cousins" returns to again and again.

Why Middletown? Beyond research of ancestors, the study of how the first settlers, as individuals, were able to (1) come together in common interest, (2) work through the natural and man-made difficulties of the early years, and (3) forge a prosperous town, is a study, at the smallest scale, of the imperfect yet essential pursuit of community.

For the genealogist, the local history context available on this site will help illuminate the lives of your early Middletown ancestors.

For the local history enthusiast, the genealogical information available on this site will help draw human portraits of the individuals who made Middletown's 17th-century history.

SMFSD Triennial Meeting
set for October 8-10, 2015 in Middletown

Mark your calendar now for the SMFSD Triennial Meeting scheduled for Thursday-through-Saturday, October 8-10, 2015. Once again the headquarters hotel will be the Marriott Residence Inn in Rocky Hill, Conn., convenient to Middletown and Hartford research excursions. Every three years SMFSD members from throughout the U.S. gather in Middletown for research, genealogy networking, social gatherings, guest speakers, ... and to walk in the footsteps of Middletown ancestors. Planning for this year's Triennial Meeting continues, and more details will be forthcoming here as they are available.

Make your hotel reservations now! SMSFD has arranged with the Marriott Residence Inn in Rocky Hill, Conn. to make available a limited number of rooms and suites at a special Triennial Meeting rate. (Only $119.95 for a single room, and just $125.00 for a spacious suite.) To qualify, follow "this link" to make your reservation, and use this code: firs. See you in Middletown!

SMFSD will exhibit April 16, 2015 at the
New England Regional Genealogical Conference

SMFSD will exhibit at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Providence, R.I. at the event's "Society Fair" along with other genealogy and history organizations on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The conference is April 15-19 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. SMFSD members are welcome at the booth to help spread the word about our organization to the throng of interested attendees. See you in Providence!

Where to find what you're looking for . . .

A Brief History of Middletown: A concise overview of the settlement and establishment of Middletown, Connecticut, plus links to a selection of standard historical works available online.
First Settler Bio Sketches: The known names & dates of the 45 first settlers of Middletown (23 men & 22 women). (More detailed profiles with sources are in the Member Area of this site.)
Membership: Describes SMFSD member benefits and the simple steps to join us. Includes the list of 89 qualifying ancestors (i.e. the 23 1650-54 heads of household and the 66 1654-1700 heads of household).
Research Links: Addresses & contact information for the primary repositories and destinations for Middletown genealogy and local history research, plus links to selected web sites of particular research value.
Contact SMFSD: E-mail and postal mail addresses to contact us.

Our member area enhances your membership . . .

The member area of the web site adds value to SMFSD membership by making available (1) Comprehensive first settler profiles drawn from a variety of primary and secondary sources (see a sample profile);
Local history articles from hard-to-find sources; (3) A Middletown genealogy & local history bibliography; (4) An archive of past issues of the SMFSD newsletter, The Middler (See a sample issue); and
Information about past and future SMFSD events.

The member area is currently open to all visitors, so feel free to have a look around by clicking on the blue "Member Area" link in the navigation bar at the left. After this extended introductory period, access to this area may be restricted. Not yet a member? Click on "Membership" and find out how you can join us!

About SMFSD. The Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants was founded in 2000 by Gale Thomas Howe-Cornwell (1926-2007), whose grandfather, Seymour Cornwell, led the initiative to install the plaque on "Founders Rock" at Middletown's 250th anniversary in 1900. In 1996 Gale Cornwell began contacting descendants of Middletown first settlers with the idea of participating in the 350th anniversary. By 2000 over 200 people across the U.S. had signed on to Cornwell's idea, and on Oct. 29, with 58 in attendance in Middletown, the SMFSD was officially formed as a genealogical society. Officers were elected, bylaws adopted, and Godfrey Memorial Library offered to house society archives. Plaques were mounted at the library commemorating the 350th anniversary of the settlement and recognizing the first settlers. The SMFSD meets in Middletown every three years for organizational business, genealogy research, museum visits, member networking, and social gatherings. Between meetings, SMFSD member networking is facilitated by the annual membership roster and the twice-yearly newsletter, The Middler. (Not yet a member? Click on "Membership" and find out how you can join us!)