Donald C. Bergquist

donald-bqDonald C. Bergquist was born 27 August 1931 in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut to Claus and Dorothy (Keep) Bergquist. He married Linda Schramm on 2 June 1962 in Redding, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Donald died on 4 May 1997 as a result of a car accident.

Born and raised in Redding, Donald and Linda moved to Darien, Connecticut in 1966, and later settled in Weston, Connecticut.

Donald is my father’s cousin. Their fathers were brothers, two of five children born to Swedish immigrants. Donald is the first one in my family to show an interest in genealogy. He was a history major in college and was known in the genealogy world for his knowledge of pre-Revolutionary American families. He served as President of The Society of Descendants of Henry Wolcott and a President of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (1979-1982). He was also chairman for Hartford ’83, the first national genealogical conference held in New England. In the last few years I’ve met genealogists who knew Donald and I’ve heard stories about his dedication to this passion.

family-tours-coverUnfortunately, Donald spent much more time documenting his mother’s family ( the Wolcott descendant ) than his father’s Swedish roots. Nevertheless, I visited his widow a few years ago and reviewed many of Donald’s files.

What I learned most about Donald through that review was about his business – Family Society Tours, Limited. The company was formed in 1983 and dissolved in 2008. It was owned equally by Donald and Jim Bolles until their partnership dissolved in 1993, and then by Donald alone. In those days (pre-computer), one way to progress with your family history research was to join a family association.

Family Society Tours, Ltd. worked with family associations to run tours to England to see their family origins and do local research. They would do six to eight tours per year for almost 200 people, and even handled a few tours for New England Historic & Genealogical Society in Boston, MA.

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