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Three Early New England Families Sketches

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 Great Migration DatabaseThis update includes three new sketches for the families of Elizabeth (Newgate) (Oliver) Jackson (m. 1637, John Oliver, m. 1648, Edward Jackson); Abigail (Stansfield) (May) Johnson (m. 1657, Samuel May, m. 1678, Humphrey Johnson); and Elizabeth (Fones) (Winthrop) (Feake) Hallet (m. 1629, Henry Winthrop, m. 1631, Robert Feake, m. 1648, William Hallet).

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 AmericanAncestors.org 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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Rhode Island Vital Records 1636-1850 Vol. 7-12

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In 1891, James N. Arnold began publishing a series of vital records books for the towns of Rhode Island. The series would go on to include church records and newspaper records, ultimately filling twenty-one volumes with information. This update to the re-indexing of our original 2002 database adds records from Volumes 7-12. This database now contains more than 340,000 records. These records are indexed by name, date, location, and event type. Names of parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available.

All 21 volumes are available for viewing at the NEHGS Research Library, call number F78.A75. Additional volumes will be added to this online collection throughout the year.

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

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Vital Records from The NEHGS Register: Vol. 82-165

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Created through a joint venture with Ancestry.com, this database indexes references to births, marriages, and deaths originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. This collection currently includes records from volumes 82 through 165 and holds more than 180,000 records.

Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family.  

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New Connecticut Vital Records Added

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Andover (1848-1851), Eastford (1847-1851), Salem (1836-1852), and South Windsor (1845-1851). Together, these towns add more than 1,900 records to this database. Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for 132 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 Andover, Ashford, Avon, Barkhamstead, Berlin, Bethany, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bozrah, Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Brooklyn, Burlington, Canaan, Canterbury, Canton, Chaplin, Chatham, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Colebrook, Columbia, Cornwall, Danbury, Darien, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Hartford, East Haven, East Lyme, East Windsor, Eastford, Ellington, Fairfield, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Goshen, Granby, Greenwich, Griswold, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hampton, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Hebron, Kent, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Litchfield, Lyme, Madison, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlebury, Middletown, Milford, Monroe, Montville, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Hartford, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norfolk, North Branford, North Haven, North Stonington, Norwalk, Norwich, Orange, Oxford, Plainfield, Pomfret, Portland, Preston, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Salem, Salisbury, Saybrook, Sharon, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Thompson, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Westbrook, Westport, Weston, Wethersfield, Willington, Wilton, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Wolcott, Woodbridge, Woodbury, and Woodstock. 


The complete Barbour collection contains information on 136 Connecticut towns. The remaining towns will be added to the database throughout the 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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