Thursday, December 8, 2011

Those Places Thursday: Immigrants to Connecticut

Where did your Connecticut ancestors come from originally? I was looking over today's blog prompts on Geneabloggers, and that was the first thing that came to mind. Mine were the traditional New England immigrants - born in the United Kingdom. Yet, some Connecticut residents can claim immigrant ancestors from Ireland, Italy, France, Poland, Luxembourg, even India. What about you? Where was your family from and should that change your research?

In my opinion, ethnic origin should shape genealogical research in Connecticut. Prior to the 1840s, most immigrants were probably of British origin. Those who were not were forced to fit in with the existing community. As a result, their records can be found in typical locations such as the town hall or the local congregational church. The mid-19th century brought waves of immigrants from across Europe. Uncomfortable communities segregated and isolated these new ethic groups. As a result, these groups kept their records in different places. Middletown's Irish used St. John's instead of the local congregational church. You need to know your local ethnic groups when doing any research.

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