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Barbour Collection Update: Berlin, Cheshire and more

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Berlin (1785-1850), Cheshire (1780-1840), Southington (1779-1857), and Washington (1779-1854). Together, these towns add more than 12,000 records to this database. Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for 72 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, Branford, Canterbury, Cheshire, 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, Southington, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Washington, 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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Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003

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MassachusettsCreated from an index maintained by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services located in Boston, this database contains death record information pertaining to individuals who died within the state of Massachusetts between the years 1970 and 2003. The index provides information about the name of the deceased, the date and place of death, as well as the date and place of birth. The index includes the name of the spouse of the deceased for deaths that occurred in the year 1999 or later.

Other Massachusetts vital records databases include Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850; Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910; and Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911-1915.

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Western Mass. Families in 1790 Sketches

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790Recently added, sketches of Abigail Pixley, Great Barrington; Elizabeth Pixley, Great Barrington; Erastus Pixley, Great Barrington; Samuel Pixley, Great Barrington; and Richard Chapel, Sandisfield.

This database contains genealogical sketches of families enumerated in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (in what now also includes Franklin and Hampden Counties). Each sketch begins with the head of household, their genealogical information, followed by their spouse and any further biographical information. Following this is the information about their children and their spouses. Many families migrated into western Massachusetts only to migrate further west, often through New York, and elsewhere. These sketches were submitted by NEHGS members and staff and edited by Helen S. Ullmann, FASG. Learn more about the project.

The first printed volume of this series is now available. Our database will be enlarged over time thanks to the submitted contribution of NEHGS members and staff.

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Penn. Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 41 - 45

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Pennsylvania 79Volumes 41 to 45 (publication years 1999 to 2008) of The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine are newly added online to, adding more than 43,000 records. Now, volumes 1 to 45 are available to search. 

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. Our library also offers this resource in both hard-copy and CD-ROM format.

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.

We also offer a wide variety of other regional and national journals, including the The Mayflower Descendant, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and The American Genealogist.

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Vermont Vital Records, 1909-2008

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 VermontThis database contains the records of births, marriages, and deaths filed with the state of Vermont between the years 1909 and 2008. These records are currently held by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. The collection includes more than 950,000 birth records, more than 1.3 million marriage records, and more than 600,000 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 Vermont State Archives. Town clerks were required to send copies of vital records to the state beginning in 1857. The state government began creating a statewide index to these records in 1919. 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.

Earlier Vermont vital records, ranging from the year 1720 to 1908, are not available online at this time; but, they will be added to our digital collections in the future. Records of births, marriages, and deaths that occurred in the past five years are located at the Vermont Vital Records Office.

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