The Middlesex Genealogical Society and the Darien Library are presenting an “Overview of Irish American Family History Research” with Jonathan Shea on March 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Shea will provide a comprehensive introduction to conducting family history research in both the U.S. and Ireland. American sources will be examined that will hopefully lead to the identification of the family’s point of origin in Ireland.

These include passenger lists, naturalization records, church records, voting records, gravestone inscriptions, business directories, newspaper sources and others.

A social hour at 1 p.m. will precede the event. Chat with fellow genealogists or discuss problems in an informal round table discussion, where you are invited to seek help or to share your experiences with others.

This program is free and open to the public.

For additional details, see: mgs.darien.org/meetings.htm.

The dean’s list

At Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., students who receive a term grade-point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses for a conventional letter grade during the fall semester earn the dean’s award for academic excellence.

Seven Darien natives recently earned that honor. Matthew McGraw, a member of the Colgate class of 2020, Lila Sullivan, a member of the Colgate class of 2017, Kyra Conciatori, a member of the Colgate class of 2017, Caroline Weihs, a member of the Colgate class of 2017, graduated from Darien High School. Also, Charlotte Boyle, a member of the Colgate class of 2017, graduated from of Greenwich Academy; Zoe Brodkin, a member of the Colgate class of 2020, graduated from Hopkins School; and Philip Bowman, a member of the Colgate class of 2017, graduated from Deerfield Academy.

Similarly, students who receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher earn the dean’s award with distinction.

From Darien High School, Celia Rogers, a member of the Colgate class of 2020, Morgan Tienken, a member of the Colgate class of 2020, Matthew Nelson, a member of the Colgate class of 2017, Maria Johnson, a member of the Colgate class of 2018, Charlotte Byrne, a member of the Colgate class of 2020, and Tighe Sullivan, a member of the Colgate class of 2019, earned the dean’s award with distinction.

Darien natives William Halloran, a graduate of Rye Country Day School and a member of the Colgate class of 2019, and Devon Hoffman, a graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart and a member of the Colgate class of 2017, also earned the dean’s award with distinction.

Andrew Losito of Darien has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. for outstanding academic achievement. To qualify for dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.60 semester grade-point average on a scale of 4.0.

Darien Dash

The Darien Youth Commission is hosting its first community-wide scavenger hunt, the Darien Dash, on March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Teams partaking in the scavenger hunt will compete to score the most points by answering town-based riddles and visiting participating merchants based on clues. The Darien Dash begins at the Town Hall gym and ends at The Depot Youth Center on Heights Road, where points will be tallied and prizes given to winners.

First, second and third place prizes will go to the teams with the most points. In the event of a tie, prizes will be given based on earliest arrival at The Depot.

For more information, visit darienct.gov/yc or call 203-656-7388.

Run for office

To change policy, Marya Stark will challenge Connecticut women to overcome the political ambition gap and run for office.

Sponsored by the WomanPower Action Network, the speaker is a co-founder of EmergeAmerica, an organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting Democratic women to run for elective office.

Saint Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road.

The public is invited.