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Connecticut Barbour Collection Update

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Barkhamstead (1779–1854), Colebrook (1779–1810), East Windsor (1768–1860), and Winchester (1771–1858). Together, these towns add more than 8,000 records to this database. 

Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for the towns of Ashford, Barkhamstead, Branford, Canterbury, Colchester, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Windsor, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hartford, Hartland, Hebron, Kent, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Litchfield, Lyme, Middletown, Milford, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norfolk, Norwalk, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Redding, Ridgefield, Salisbury, Saybrook, Sharon, Simsbury, Somers, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Waterbury, Wethersfield, Willington, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Woodbury, and Woodstock. 

The complete Barbour collection contains information on 137 Connecticut towns. The remaining towns will be added to the database over the next year. Our library also offers the complete Barbour collection onsite.

This collection contains records of marriages, births, and deaths in Connecticut towns from the 1640s to about 1850, some towns include records up to 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.

Other Connecticut databases include: Connecticut NutmeggerConnecticut: Early Probate Records, and Families of Ancient New Haven.

Connecticut publications available through our bookstore include: Stamford Town Records, Volume 1, 1641-1723; Colony of Connecticut Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711; and Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes.

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NYG&B Record Vol. 41-45

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 New York Map OutlineThe New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the premier genealogical journal devoted to scholarship on families residing in New York State and surrounding areas. Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Record features compiled genealogies and transcriptions of Bible records, census records, church registers, newspaper extracts, muster rolls, wills and deeds, and proceedings of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

This week, we have added volumes 41-45, containing more than 58,000 additional records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 45, publication years 1870 to 19. In total, this database contains over 380,000 records. Future volumes will be added periodically.

Other New York databases include: New York: Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships, 1787-1835New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910; and New York: Albany County Deeds, 1630-1894. 

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Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts Update

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American Jewish Historical SocietyNEHGS is pleased to add four new cemeteries to the Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts database. The new cemeteries include: Anshe Dowig, Congregation Beth Israel, Sons of Abraham, and Staro Constantinov cemeteries in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

The records in this collection are courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives, who, in collaboration with the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts maintain records for 105 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Records range from 1853 to present.

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Topsham, ME: Vital Records to 1892

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The compiled vital records of Topsham, Maine have been uploaded to our database collection with a primary name index and images of the source material. There are more than 15,000 records of births, marriages, and deaths in this collection.

From the introduction to the book: "Topsham originally belonged to the Pejepscott Purchase. The town of Topsham first received its name, legally, in the year 1717, when a vote passed in the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." "This tract of land was mainly settled by English emigrants, the greater number of whom was supposed to have come from the town of Topsham, England, and to have named the place in the memory of their former home." "The town of Topsham was incorporated, January, 1764."

Other Maine databases available through our digital collections include Early Maine Wills & DeedsBlue Hill, ME Vital Records, 1766-1809; and Marriages and Marriage Intentions in the State of Maine.

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