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Barbour Collection Update: Cornwall, Kent and more

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Cornwall (1740-1854), Kent (1739-1852), Sharon (1739-1865) and Torrington (1740-1850), birth, marriage, and death records. These towns add more than 15,000 records to this database collection.

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

If you have any questions about this, or any other database on the AmericanAncestors.org website, please contact us at webmaster@nehgs.org.

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Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775

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MassachusettsThe database "Massachusetts Soldiers in the Colonial Wars" has been updated and renamed "Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775." This update includes images of the source material as well as the addition of search fields to assist in the location of records relevant to your research.

Prior to the American Revolution many men served in the militia and fought against Native Americans, the French, and other opponents. Many of these battles were extensions of European wars. This database contains over 35,000 records of service for individuals in Massachusetts and other New England states who served from the seventeenth century to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. These records, originally published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society with support from the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts between 1975 and 1985, were compiled from many different sources to create as comprehensive a list as possible. Not all individuals who gave service are represented here, however.

More details about the individual resources included in this database can be found in the citation information provided by our database catalog. This database can be found by selecting "Military Records" from the drop-down menu located on this page. You can also download PDF copies of the introductions to these resources from this page.

Other military records databases offered by our website include Index of Revolutionary War Pensioners and Vermont Soldiers in World War I.

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Connecticut: Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711

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Connecticut 79This database is based on Colony of Connecticut, Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711 which was written by Helen Schatvet Ullmann and published by NEHGS in 2009.

From the introduction to the book:"The Connecticut Court of Assistants began holding sessions in May, 1666. It functioned as the court of appeal for the colony, many cases coming from the county courts. But it was also the original jurisdiction for some matters, particularly divorce and murder.""In the index, spelling of names has been standardized. Many subjects have been indexed, but not common ones such as debt, land titles, or disputes over boundaries, hay, and timber. Places are included, often indexed both by the town and the specific place name within the town. “Indians” and “Negroes” are indexed under the racial heading. Those with two names are also indexed with a surname. Other inclusive headings are animals, occupations, and weapons."
 
The full introduction to this volume is available for download as a pdf file from the advanced search page for the database.

 

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 and Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes. You may also purchase a hard copy of this resource, Connecticut: Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711.

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Black Families in Hampden County, MA, 1650-1865

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790This database is based wholly upon Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865 (2nd Edition) by Joseph Carvalho III, which was published by NEHGS in 2011.

From the introduction: "Hampden County, Massachusetts, was a significant center of African American life between the years 1650 and 1865. Its location at the “crossroads of New England,” close over the border from Connecticut to the south and across the wide Hudson River and a mountain range away from slavery in New York to the west, made Hampden County a haven for escaped slaves. The establishment in Springfield of the U.S. Armory in 1794 placed the town at the very epicenter of America’s Industrial Revolution. The main body of the work consists of genealogical and biographical information in alphabetical order by surname. There is a separate alphabetical list of individuals only known by their slave names."

Our bookstore also offers this resource in hard copy: Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865, Revised Edition.

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NYG&B Vol. 26-30

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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 articles with a wide variety of records such as bible records, census records, church registers, newspaper extracts, muster rolls, will and deed and proceedings of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

This week, we have added volumes 26-30, containing more than 48,000 additional name records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 30, publication years 1870 to 1899.  Future volumes will be added periodically.

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