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President of Connecticut Town Clerks Association Welcomes Connecticut Genealogists

Joseph Camposeo, on the right, is the Town Clerk of Manchester, Connecticut, and the President of the Connecticut Town Clerks Association. Genealogists Nora Galvin and the Rev. Dr. Robert Rafford take a tour of the town hall vault.

The town of Manchester, Connecticut, serves as a great example of how good things can be when town clerks and genealogists work together. The photo shows Joe Camposeo, the town clerk of Manchester, in the vault at town hall. Nora Galvin is holding up early town meeting records that were professionally conserved with monies the town received as their share of a preservation legislated with the support of Connecticut genealogists.

The town clerk hosts Family History Days regularly in town. On those days, he offers his constituents personalized consultations for their own family history research from members of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council.

This close collaboration is a winwin affair for the town of Manchester and for all genealogists whose families passed through Manchester. It all comes from a simple recognition by the town clerk that genealogists are stakeholders in records access and preservation. The benefits are enjoyed by all!