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Newsletter Subtitle CONNECTICUT CT3
Month Day Year JULY 27, 2010

Welcome back to another short trip to Connecticut! 

I am glad we could help you with those Connecticut lines on our last two crates.  Here are some more helpful books on that great state. 

CT3  CONNECTICUT  CT3:  BOOK 1:  CONNECTICUT GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH SOURCES AND SUGGESTIONS.  By Elizabeth Abbe.  Reprinted with the permission of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  January 1980.  Booklet-style, 26 PAGES, 5½" by 8½", cardstock cover, stapled, condition is NEW.  This booklet is a great place to start your investigation into Connecticut's long history of genealogy-information-recording of the facts you want, and need to know to identify your ancestors.  Connectiut appear small on the map of the United States.  However it looms large in the light of its efforts and accomplishments to help you find your ancestor.

Unlike many of our states which were settled county by county, Connecticut was settled town by town.  Few genealogical records are kept at the county level, rather they, especially the birth, marriage and death record,s are located town-by-town. 
A list of some of the already-printed guides to the Early Families is printed here, also.  And they are, mostly, still available in book form or in reprint.

The Federal Censuses are available, in print, or online, from 1790 to 1930.  City directory information is also available.  There is a chapter on major source repositories also, so you won't miss the one society or library you need to use the most.

Military records are also in print or available online.  Vital records, kept town by town, are often available back into the early 1600 and 1700s.  See last week's Barbour Collection with many of these still in print through into the 1850s with some even later.  Church records aren't as often available for the early years, but there are some.  Cemetery records are often available at the cemetery, or in print.
Since people have joined together for thousands of years, there have been disagreements in how things should be settled, and often these disagreements were taken to court to avoid bloodshed; thereby leaving records for their lucky descendants to find.
Connecticut land records, first in title to the English Crown, left many records for us to find.  With land ownership comes the tax records.  Unfortunately these are the least centralized of all the records.
Schools were set up and operating as early as 1642.  Bible and other, mostly unofficial, records exist in abundance.  Finding the repository that holds then is often the problem. 
There are numerous repositories of these private records, locating the repository that protects and records those documents can be difficult.  A large Bibliography of several pages allows you a chance to check your local library and inter-library loan for these written, and mostly indexed, family records.   This is a very good place to start your Connecticut research or receive a heads-up on what you have missed!  PRICE:  $7
CT3 CONNECTICUT CT3  BOOK 2: GEOGRAPHIC DICTIONARY OF CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND By Henry Gannett.  [Two volumes in one.] Originally printed by the Government Printing Office in 1894, this is a reprint from 1978, ex lib, hardbound, 67 pages, 6" by 9" for Connecticut and an additional 31 pages for Rhode Island.  The cover is slightly scuffed, but the insides are good and clean. Ex-lib.
Since records are kept by town names it is important to be sure you have located the exact depository you need that services the town for which you are looking. 

People were often known by the name of where they lived, so you can see how this could be confusing!  But not when this little book can make you well aware of where these places really were located.

There are many listings for similar names.   Stonington has four: 
1.) town in southeastern part of New London County; area 12 square miles.
2.) a borough in town of same name on Long Island Sound.
3.) a point projecting into Long Island Sound.
4.) the harbor on the arm of Long Island Sound indenting the southern coast. There is also one Stone, one Stone House and 6 Stonys! 

Prospect is a village in the central part of the same town in a northern part of New Haven County, and also it is a Hill with ten listings in different counties, one mountain in Litchfield, and a different mountain in Salisbury.   Just hope your guy doesn't live in Prospect Hill!!  PRICE;  $8
Another Researchers
Publication, Over twenty-two
8½" by 11" pages give you much information about the towns and the counties of this state.  The term "town" is used to mean a village, hamlet, city or community of dense population. Connecticut has eight counties:  [Number in brackets is the year of their formation as a county]  Fairfield [1666], Hartford [1666], Litchfield [1751], Middlesex [1785], New Haven [1666] New London, [1666];  Tolland [1785]; and Windham [1726].  Following this map each county has its own page showing townships in their relative shape and size.  Under the county drawings there is a list of the towns, the township and the county that stores many of the genealogical records.  The towns are in alphabetical order followed by the county names.

Following this is a table showing the origins of the township/town districts.  Information on where to write for records is covered.  Several pages are devoted to listings of books-in-print featuring titles for use in genealogical research.  PRICE:  $5
CT3  CONNECTICUT CT3: BOOK 5:  RECORDS OF THE JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT (PART A):  COURT RECORDS IN THE CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY 1636-1945.  CT ARCHIVES RESEARCH GUIDE #3.  By Archives Staff.  37 pages, folder with three-hole fasteners, protects this guide.  Table of Contents lists Statewide Courts, 1636-1820; Supreme Court of Errors 1784- 1901; Particular Court 1838-1665; Court of Assistants 1665-1711; and the Superior Court 1711-1879.   In the next group, dates are also given.
Courts sitting in counties, Fairfield 1701-1869; Hartford 1666-1897; Litchfield 1751-1933; Middlesex 1772-1915; New Haven 1666-1924; New London 1661-1932; Tolland 1786-1942; Windham 1726-1945.   
District and Municipal Courts, 1716-1944.
Judges, notes, dockets and drafts 1769-1891
Justice of the Peace Courts 1729-1936
Naturalization records 1700-1900.
The major part of this book details these records and more.  Also lists of books for court cases which have been published.  PRICE:  $9
CT3  CONNECTICUT CT3 BOOK 6:  CHECKLIST OF PROBATE RECORDS IN THE CONNECTICUT  STATE LIBRARY. ARCHIVES RESEARCH GUIDE #4.  This checklist consists of a complete alphabetical list of Connecticut town names, showing which are also probate districts and which are not with the needed cross references.  Date, constituted, parent district, towns it serves, and a brief, but comprehensive description of the records in the Connecticut State Library. SAMPLE:  BURLINGTON PROBATE DISTRICT:  (June 3, 1834, from Farmington)  Estate papers, 1834-1955
Indexes, 1834-1945. (papers, 1845-1955), arranged alphabetically.
Inventory control book, 1834-1945.
Court record books (on Microfilm)1835-1861.  PRICE:  $7
CT3  CONNECTICUT CT3  BOOK 7 AND 8:  FAMILY HISTORY IN THE NORTHEAST, VOLUME 1  and VOLUME 2 sold as a set labeled as book 7 AND another VOLUME 1 and Volume 2 sold as a set numbered book 8..  Sold as a set of two and I have two sets.  Volume 1 has 94 pages and Volume 2 has 96 pages.  In these seminar handouts from the July 13 to the 16TH OF 1983 SEMINAR, you have all the outlines of every speaker who spoke at this conference, plus background material the society thought you might like to have if you are doing research in their state.  The books are in good condition and packed full of information about research in Connecticut and in all of the other states that were covered at this conference.  The Table of Contents indicates the broad scope of this First National Conference in the Northeast by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and he Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.  Both booklets contain the handouts, the Bibliographies and the Outlines of the following speeches:  Genealogy in Maine: A Pragmatic Approach, Research in New Hampshire, Research in Vermont, cResearching your Plymouth Colony Ancestry, Eastern Massachusetts Research, Western Massachusetts Research,  Rhode Island Research, Connecticut..The Gem of the Genealogical Ocean, Nw Haven Colony Genealogical Research  Research in New York City, Genealogical Resources in New Jersey, Sources: Post-Revolution to the Civil War, Post Civil War Searching, The Genealogical Uses of Congregational and Unitarian Church Records, Jewish Genealogy Is Different:  A Study in Ethnic Genealogy, Early New England Gravestones, Genealogy Worth Publishing!, Genealogical Indexing.  We were attending this conference and I remember how exciting it was.  There were so many people there, I think well over a thousand!  They were bustling around, looking at all the displays, attending the speeches and planned events, the lunches, the banquets, and everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.   We enjoyed ourselves very much, too.
CT3  CONNECTICUT CT3:  BOOK 9:  THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT WETHERSFIELD.  VOLUME 2 ONLY.  By Henry R. Stiles.  940 pages, 6" by 9", hardbound.  This is a very good facsimile of the 1904 edition.  New Hampshire Publishing Company in collaboration with the Wethersfield Historical Society, 1975.  This is the Genealogy and Biography Volume.  Since the mid-1630s when a band of "adventurers" began farming the meadowlands along the Connecticut River, Wethersfield has been a vibrant, complex town.  Farming, far-reching commerce, sophisticated education, visceral politics, and a dynamic architecture not only co-existed, they flourished.  In Volume I Henry Stiles and Sherman W. Adams recorded the narrative history.  In this second volume, Stiles, working alone approached the town's past through the genealogies and biographies of those first "adventurers" and of the thousands of inhabitants who eventually followed them.  The index in small print starts on page 929 with three columns on each page and runs to page 940.  Surnames with over nine page numbers are marked by a (,).  Surnames with over 25 page numbers are marked with an (*) and those with 50 or more pages get two (**):    Abbe/Ab(b)y/ Abbey, Abbott, Adams**, Allen*, Ames, Andrew/s*,  Andrus/Andross*, Arnold, Atwood, Ayrault, Bacon, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Barber/Barbour, Barnard , Barn(e)s*, Barrett, Bartlett, Bates, Baxter, Beach Beadle, Beckley *, Beebe, Belden/Belding**, Benjamin, Benton *, Bidweell*, Bigelow Bl(i/y)nn,**, Bliss, Boar(d)man**, Boosey, Booth/e, Brace/y, Braford, Bradley, Brainard, Brewer, Bro(m/n)son, Brooks, Brown/e*, Buck**, Bull, Bunce, Burnham, Burr, Butler**, Camp*, Carter, Case, Chapin*, Chapman, Chester*, Church, Church(i/i)ll**, Clark/e**, Coe, Cole *, Coleman **, Collins *, Colt, Cook *, Cooke, Cooper, Cornwall, Cowles, Crane**, Croowfoot, Curtis**, Davi(e)s, Deane, Deming**, Dennison, Dewey, Dick9er/in)son **, Dimock, Dix/Dickes*, Dodd, Douglass, Dudley, Dunham, Edwards*, Ely, Evans, Field/s, Fitch, Flagg, Fletcher, Flint, Flower/s, Foote*, Fosdick, Foster, Fox *, Francis**, French, Fuller, Gardner, Gaylord, Gibbs, Gilbert*, Gillett, Goff, Goodrich**, Goodwin, Grant, Graves, Green,, Grimes, Griswold**, Hale**, Hall*, Hanmer/Hanmore*, Harrison, Harris*, Hart*, Hatch, Haven, Hawley, Hill,  , Hills, Hinsdale, Hitchcock, Holcomb, Hollister*, Holmes*, Hooker, Hopkins, House, Howard, Hubbard*, Hun/n, Hunt, Huntington, Hurlbu®t**, Ives, Johns(t)on**, Jones *, Judd, Judson, Keene/Keeney, Kellogg*, Kelsey, Kilbourn**, Kilby, Kimberly, King, Kirby, Kirkham, Latim(er/ore), Lawrence, Lee, Leonard, Lewis, Lockwood, Lord, Loveland*, Lusk, Lyman.  Too lat eto finsh, but lots more names are listed.  PRICE $65 and worth it!
It is running late, and I worked all weekend, so I hope you don't mind if this one is a little shorter than most. All of the rest have large indexes to do, and my helper did not come in today.  The heat here in the heartland is, again, hot and muggy.  They have ordered the part for the air conditioner.  I hope it arrives before long.  We should finish up Connecticut next week, and we shall be poised to go to Massachusetts then!  Thanks for reading our newsletter today.  Pat from YOGS.


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