Thursday, December 29, 2011

Post-Christmas Presents: That Missing Family Memoir

We all have one - that missing family diary that we salivate over. Of course, since all our ancestors wrote down their thoughts, they must be out there. Somewhere. Right?

Well, maybe. If your family was anything like mine, the more recent ancestor may have kept a diary. And the best place to look? Try the Connecticut State Library. The Connecticut State Library is home to several collections that might house your family documents. The History and Genealogy unit keeps what are called "Special Genealogical Files." Organized by family name, they contain information on that family within the state. Also check out the genealogical collections and manuscript collections. The finding aids (an advanced index) are at http://www.cslib.org/archives/FAIndexes/#genS. I found material under genealogical collections on one of my branches.

Happy searching!

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