Sunday, November 20, 2011

Church Record Sunday: AmericanAncestors.org

As several of you have noticed, I decided recently to join Geneabloggers. This is my first try using their prompts, so here goes! We're looking at resources for church records today.

The place is to start for Connecticut church records is the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Their website, www.americanancestors.org, links to a variety of genealogical databases. Under the category "vital records," you can find transcripts for church records of several Connecticut towns. Usually those records belong to the oldest church in town - meaning that it is exactly where you want to look if you are searching for a colonial ancestor. Just make sure to play with the database a little before beginning your search. In one case, I discovered that the possessive in "person x's child" had been transcribed as part of the last name.

The state library also has a Connecticut church index. The index does not contain the same level of detail as the transcripts, but you can obtain the original records through a visit to the state library. Some records are also available on microfilm through the Family History Centers. For more information, visit http://www.cslib.org/church.htm.

More to come...

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