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Connecticut Vital Records to 1870

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Barbour Collection Newly added, the Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 database is compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections. This database currently contains records for the towns of Windsor, Fairfield, Saybrook, and Wethersfield.

The complete Barbour collection contains information on 137 Connecticut towns. The database will be enlarged over time to include all 137 towns.

This collection contains records of marriages, births, and deaths in Connecticut towns from the 1640s to about 1870. These records were collected, transcribed, and abstracted by Lucius Barnes Barbour (Connecticut Examiner of Public Records, 1911–1934) and his team of researchers between 1918 and 1928.

Mr. Barbour became a member of NEHGS in 1907, in which capacity he remained until his death in 1934. This set of typescripts was donated to NEHGS by Mr. Barbour's wife and children in 1938.

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Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine

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Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine NEHGS, in partnership with the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce the addition of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to

Volumes 1 to 5 (publication years 1895 to 1914) are currently available to search. Additional volumes will be added regularly throughout the year.

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, published by the Philadelphia-based Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania since 1895, publishes family histories, original records, book reviews, and scholarly essays. 

Early volumes (1895–1947) focus on southeastern Pennsylvania and neighboring areas of New Jersey and Delaware and publish original records and documents for the use of genealogical researchers; these documents include public records, election returns, births, deaths, marriages, court records, census reports, and immigration/emigration records.

From 1948–1964, the journal primarily published biographies and family histories. In 1965, the journal expanded the focus of its scholarship to facilitate genealogical research beyond southeastern Pennsylvania and has maintained a more or less consistent balance between publishing compiled genealogies and original source materials.

From 2001 the journal has also published “genealogical summaries” to accompany all compiled genealogies and has further expanded its geographical scope to emphasize research on the European backgrounds of immigrants to Pennsylvania.

From 1895 to 1947, the magazine was called Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

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The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin

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The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of VirginiaThe newly updated database, The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of Virginia, by Harold E. Wilkins, MD, edited by Barbara J. Mathews, C.G., is now available to search. 

Research into seventeenth-century court records of Virginia's Northern Neck led to the discovery of three individuals all named Thomas Lamkin (seemingly father, son, and grandson) residing near the head of the very short Yeocomico River, which empties into the Potomac River a short distance from the Chesapeake Bay. This unpublished finding led to the writing of The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of Virginia, first published by the Newbury Street Press in 2001, which is devoted to the first six generations of this family. The author believes that perhaps ninety-five percent of people in the United States with this surname, regardless of spelling, could be traceable to Thomas Lamkin (c. 1620–1665) of Northumberland County, Virginia. 

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