The Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a free informational workshop on its organization 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road.

The program, titled "Past Generations Come Alive Through DAR Genealogy," will offer information on genealogy, the work of the DAR and the application process to become a member, according to a news release. Prospective members will also be given the chance to follow her lineage back to the American Revolution and work one-on-one with the state DAR's genealogists.

The workshop will consist of a morning session and two different afternoon sessions with a box lunch available for purchase or participants may bring their own.

A genealogy workshop for prospective members on topics such as "Getting to Know DAR," the application process, genealogy assistance and website research will take place during the morning session from 9 to 11 a.m.

During the first afternoon session at 1 p.m., prospective members will have a chance to work individually with an experienced genealogist to investigate and document their own genealogy.

The second afternoon session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. for current DAR members interested in Chapter Revitalization's "Gain, Train, and Retain" Workshop. This session will include such topics as increasing membership techniques, the use of eMembership, chapter hints and procedures, ideas for public relations and how to get through report forms.

In addition to the sessions, guest speaker Elizabeth Oderwald will discuss "The War of 1812 -- Connecticut's Connection" at 11 a.m., and tours of the Old Fairfield Academy at the Town Hall Green will be led by DAR's Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The day-long event is the fourth in a series of workshops being conducted around the state by CTDAR committee chairwomen and experienced genealogists.

Attendance is by reservation only with a deadline of Tuesday, May 8. To reserve a seat, contact Beth Witham at 860-285-8718 or bwitham1@comcast.net. Registration check-in on the day of the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and at 12:45 p.m. for those attending the afternoon session only.