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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 early 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 (frequently aided by systemic displacement of indigenous inhabitants), 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.

For the Facebook networker, we also maintain another online presence where you can connect with others and get the latest SMFSD news. To visit our Facebook page, follow this link: SMFSD Facebook page.

The latest news ...

The SMFSD Triennial Meeting is back!!!
... in person! ... Oct. 12-15, 2022

Join your Middletown "cousins" old and new at the SMFSD Triennial Meeting in Rocky Hill, Conn. October 12-15, 2022. After an extended pandemic time-out that included one "virtual" Triennial Meeting, we are back in-person this fall so that attendees from near-and-far can enjoy research opportunities, cemetery visits, tracing footsteps of ancestors, and networking with new-found cousins. Click here for additional information, schedule, and registration form --- a downloadable and printable 3-page PDF file.

How 'bout that Middler newsletter! SMFSD members are feasting on the sparkling content and colorful graphics of the revamped SMFSD Middler newsletter. The former editor (2005-2018) --- that's me, who manages to update this website once-in-a-blue moon --- is still jumping up-and-down and cheering from the sidelines about the new format. Now getting comfortable in the editor's chair is SMFSD member and Middletown descendant Warren Savage --- who welcomes your ideas for Middler content at smfsd.middler "at" gmail.com.If you are not a member and would like to see what the cheering is about, visit the "Membership" page, and learn how you can join SMFSD and get your own copy of The Middler.

This is old news by now, but worth a reminder:
The SMFSD website URL is now www.Middletown1650.org.

For more than a decade the SMFSD website was hosted by Rootsweb/Ancestry. In late 2017, the hosting policy changed and technological glitches bumped the SMFSD site offline for more than three months. SMFSD moved on from Rootsweb/Ancestry, and if you are reading this, you have already found us at our proper rejuvenated site, crammed with the same voluminous historical and genealogical content about early Middletown. However, the old SMFSD site eventually bubbled back up in the Rootsweb/Ancestry swamp, and will likely remain there, static and inaccessible, until the end of time. Therefore to anyone who posted links to SMFSD in the past, please update those links so they point to the current functioning site, www.Middletown1650.org.

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!)