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Rhode Island Roots Vol. 26-30

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When Rhode Island Roots began publication in 1975, the publication served both as a newsletter for the newly formed Rhode Island Genealogical Society (RIGS) and as an aid to careful genealogical research. While it was short and unsophisticated in design, Roots was a serious publication assembled by people with considerable genealogical experience. This update includes volumes 26-30, publication years 2000-2004, and adds more than 24,000 records to this collection. 

Each issue of the quarterly journal, now 52 pages, features at least one compiled genealogy along with Bible records, transcriptions of original sources, book reviews, and studies of the genealogical implications of historical events. Indices of land and Notarial records and petitions to the General Assembly, transcriptions of estimates of ratable estate, gravestones, and early census records all provide invaluable clues to Rhode Island genealogy. The authors include well-known genealogists as well as RIGS members with stories of their own families to tell. 

Other Rhode Island databases available through our digital collections include Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850; Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index; and Members of the Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island.

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New Hampshire Vital Records to 1901

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 New HampshireThis database contains the records of births, marriages, and deaths filed with the state of New Hampshire through the year 1901. These records are currently held by the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration. The collection includes more than 475,000 birth records, more than 500,000 marriage records, and more than 300,000 death records. Names of parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available.

The records held in this collection refer to the statewide index of vital records maintained by the Division of Vital Records Administration. Town clerks were required to send copies of vital records to the state beginning in 1866, although participation was limited until the Bureau of Vital Records was established in 1905. The town clerks then extracted historical vital record information to update the files at the state level, although some records were never reported. The original vital records are still held at the town level. It may be possible to obtain a copy of the original record by contacting the corresponding town clerk’s office

We will be adding records of marriages and deaths to 1937 in the upcoming calendar year. Copies of more recent vital records can be requested from the Division of Vital Records Administration. Births between the years 1900 and 1911, as well as marriages, divorces, and deaths to the year 1961 are considered to be publicly accessible. Researchers must demonstrate a direct interest in the requested material to obtain copies of records from later years.

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Early Families of New England Update

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 Great Migration DatabaseThis update includes eleven new sketches for the families of Thomas Andrews (m. 1641), William Gaylord (m. 1641), Humphrey Johnson (m. 1641), Isaac Johnson (m. 1636), Henry Kimball (m. 1641), John Leverett (m. 1639), Richard Lyman (m. 1641), Robert Shelley (m. 1636), Hilliard Veren (m. 1641), Henry Winthrop (m. 1629), and John Winthrop (m. 1630).

The Early New England Families Study Project has been created to fill the need for accurate and concise published summaries on seventeenth-century New England families. Using Clarence Almon Torrey’s bibliographic index of early New England marriages and its recent successors as a guide, our goal is to compile authoritative and documented sketches to be published in searchable format on and, potentially, in a series of books. Following the work of Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration Study Project, the Early New England Families Study Project will, in the next decades, deal with more than 35,000 marriages.

The Great Migration Study Project will eventually treat all immigrants who came to New England through 1640. The Early New England Families Study Project will focus on individuals who emigrated in 1641 or later, but our sketches will be grouped by year of marriage rather than immigration. Consequently, in the transition between the two projects we cannot always simply use the year of marriage as our only benchmark. Some couples who married in 1641 had already arrived in New England, unmarried, and are being treated in the Great Migration Study Project. Some couples who arrived in 1641 were married before they came to New England. Some children who came to New England with their parents during the Great Migration were married before 1641 but were not (or will not be) fully treated in the Great Migration Study Project. The Early New England Families Study Project will continue on to treat all marriages through 1700.

Although “Torrey’s Marriages” is credited with indexing nearly all New England marriages in the seventeenth-century, some exceptions will be addressed in our project. Included in these exceptions are nonwhite and non-Protestant couples, as well as couples identified in the last fifty years.

Other online study projects include the Great Migration Study Project and Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.

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Family Tree Samplers

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Family Tree SamplersThis database contains photographs and genealogical information from 16 Family Tree Samplers in the collection of Marty and Dan Campanelli.  The Campanelli collection of family tree samplers was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of American Ancestors magazine: Following the Threads of the Carver Fruit Tree Family Register.  The samplers included in the database contain information from the Carver family, featured in American Ancestors, and from 15 additional families.  Photos of the individual samplers may be viewed by clicking the View link on any search result.  The “Next Page” and “Previous Page” buttons on the image display page may be used to page through the photos of the samplers. 

From an introduction by Dan and Marty Campanelli, "By making these precious artifacts available in an online database, researchers and descendants can see an actual item created by an ancestor, and sometimes this very piece of needlework is the only documentation that exists for a particular family. There may be errors within a sampler’s genealogy text, perhaps because the information went through several hands: First the mother or father may have transcribed it from the family bible, gave or sent it to the daughter at school, then the instructress drew the letters and numbers with ink onto the linen, and lastly the girl stitched over the ink with her colorful thread. But these artifacts are closer to the truth since they were made in period."

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Barbour Collection Update: Bozrah, East Hartford and more

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Bozrah (1786-1850), East Hartford (1783-1853), Watertown (1780-1850), and Woodbridge (1784-1832). 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 76 towns in Connecticut. 

Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for the towns of Ashford, Barkhamstead, Berlin, Bozrah, Branford, Canterbury, Cheshire, Colchester, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Hartford, 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, Southington, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wethersfield, Willington, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Woodbridge, 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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