Friday, July 26, 2013

Follow Friday: Ancestories

  Like so many new genealogy blogs, AnceStories follows the author's personal genealogist research. Given that most of research all over the country, this can make it hard to recommend a blog for its value to a specific area. I mean, why would you want to read about Alaska while researching a Connecticut family... But these blogs often have fantastic write-ups on an individual family's history. For example, AnceStories just featured a great post on the Higby family. So, it's always worth a look. Enjoy reading!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Follow Friday: Hastings Genealogy and the Phelps faily

  Run by blogger Roscoe Hastings, Hastings Genealogy is a classic cousin bait blog. It lists the blogger's ancestors, their basic vital statistics, and their children. It's a bare bones format - and one I would normally not recommend - unless you're descended from the Phelps family of Windsor. There are great citations to this bare-bones format and opportunities for new research.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Those Places Thursdays: Kent, CT

  Yes, it's a resource I should have remembered... Chamber of Commerce = history of town. Why? Because most chambers want to sell their town as a good place to do business. The Kent Chamber of Commerce must have thought just along those lines when they set up their website. The "Visit Kent" section covers everything from local utilities and maps to the structure of town seal. Of course, you'll have to sort through the advertisements for local businesses, but it appears to be worth it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Follow Friday: Riverfront Middletown Connecticut

  Guess what? Middletown's trying to redevelop its riverfont! Why should you care? Because the effort is producing some great historical research. The redevelopment committee has posted a wide variety of historical documents on Facebook, including histories from the 1900s - and much earlier. If you have ancestors from Middletown, this Facebook group is a must-join.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Those Places Thursday: Christmas in July :)

  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - if you're in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The Abbey of St. Regina Laudis is home to a famous Neapolitan Creche. If you've ever thought your religious ancestors were boring, the Abbey's life proves how wrong you are. While the site is best known for the Creche, it has numerous other claims to fame. There's a working cattle herd on site. Mother Delores Hart starred alongside Elvis. Need I say more? The Abbey has only existed since 1947, but if your ancestors or relatives were members, you're in for a treat.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Twilight at Morningside: Follow Friday

I'll admit it - I'm a fan of Connecticut travel blogs. Why? Because even though I live here, I've probably never been to half the state. Twilight at Morningside falls straight into the genre. It's intended for foodies - about 90% of the posts are restaurant related- but if your family is from Milford, you might get some fun information. Hey, it's worth a look, right?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day: Enjoy July 4th!

  In the spirit of Independence Day, enjoy some of these articles about Connecticut history!

1) Connecticut Firsts

2) Connecticut Historic Firsts

3) Resources for Connecticut History