Genealogy Roundtables planned

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will host two genealogy roundtables in the coming weeks, when Sally Elliott Scrimshaw and Ed Stewart will share information and memorabilia on local families, some of which go back more than 200 years in this area and have roots in Scotland.

The informal gatherings will take place Saturdays, March 24 and April 14, at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut St., Margaretville.
The roundtables are free; donations to cover the cost of room rental will be welcomed.

Sally Scrimshaw will be the presenter March 24, sharing information about members of the Elliott, Squires, Long and related families. The Elliott farm in New Kingston was first settled by Sally’s ancestors around 1818, and is still a working dairy farm, operated by the sixth- and seventh-generations on the land there.

She will explain the weaving of New Kingston and Bovina families and relate stories handed down from the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Anti-Rent War era of the 1840s, and the Civil War; which claimed several ancestors.

On April 14, Ed Stewart will discuss Todds, Fairbairns and related families, including Boutons, Bakers, Keators, and Crafts.

If you have information, photographs, documents or genealogical research sources to share with the gathering, please bring them!