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Barbour Collection Update: Columbia, Marlborough and more

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Columbia (1804-1852), Marlborough (1803-1852), Sherman (1802-1850), and Wilton (1802-1850). Together, these towns add more than 2,700 records to this database. Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for 100 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, Bethlehem, Bozrah, Branford, Bristol, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Cheshire, Colchester, Colebrook, Columbia, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Hartford, East Haven, East Windsor, Ellington, Fairfield, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Granby, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hampton, Hartford, Hartland, Hebron, Kent, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Lisbon, Litchfield, Lyme, Marlborough, Middletown, Milford, Montville, New Canaan, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norfolk, North Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, Oxford, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Redding, Ridgefield, Salisbury, Saybrook, Sharon, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, Southbury, Southington, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Thompson, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Weston, Wethersfield, Willington, Wilton, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Wolcott, 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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