Sunday, September 9, 2012

Church Record Sunday: Colchester Federated Church, Colchester, CT

  It's time to return to our tour of Eastern Connecticut... The town's website provides a good history for us to explore. According to the town website, Colchester, Connecticut was founded in 1698. Originally a farming community, it - like many Connecticut towns - became industrial in the 19th century. By the 20th century, it had once again changed roles. Since the 1930s, it has become part of the shoreline tourist culture and a bedroom community for the area cities.
   According to the church website, the Colchester Federated Church was founded in 1703 as a Congregational church. The current and fourth church dates to the 1840s. The Congregational church combined with the area's Baptist and Methodist communities in 1949, becoming a Federated Church. The cemetery records are available on Find A Grave, while the church records through 1937 are part of the State Library slip index.

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