Friday, April 19, 2013

Follow Friday: llewellynbarkerdiaries - a snapshot of life in 19th century Branford

  This time I almost gave up from frustration. Searches for new blogs about Waterbury, Torrington, and Danbury left me empty handed. (Each search takes anywhere between twenty minutes and two hours.) Thank goodness a search - on a whim - for Branford turned up a gem of a blog.
   Ted Braun (with the help of the Branford Historical Society) runs llewellynbarkerdiaries, a blog made up of excerpts and selections from the diaries of Llewellyn Barker. A native of Branford, Barker kept diaries documenting life in Branford during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Entries depict everything from school disputes to the Civil War. The style of blog posts varies widely - early entries are essentially summaries, while later entries are more narrative - but each imparts enough information to be helpful and useful. If you have an ancestor from Branford, this is a must read.

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