Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday's Tip: Google Patent Database

   Was your ancestor an inventor?  Do you know?
   If your ancestor was involved in manufacturing, it is worth checking the patent database. You can search by the individual's name and town. Your results will include a description and patent art.
   Why do you care?  Because census descriptions of manufacturing are often vague. Using patents, you may be able to find out more details on what your ancestor did. He or she likely tried to improve their trade.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut

  Are you looking for an ancestor buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Middletown? The cemetery has created their own searchable cemetery database. Enter the last name. The search results were list all the families by that name. Click on the name, and you'll get a profile - including gravestone image.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Follow Friday: Connectiuct Yankees at Antietam

  I've been lucky enough to have John Banks, blogger at John Banks' Civil War Blog,  as a guest blogger. Reading John's writing is a treat. He intertwines historical documents to make a compelling narrative. You really feel that you have delved into the experience of a Civil War soldier.
  That sense travels into John's  book, Connecticut Yankees at Antietam. The book is written as a series of profiles. Short snapshots of soldiers in the 8th, 11th, 14th and 16th Connecticut bring the varying experiences of Civil War soldiers to life. Some endings are tragic; others simply sad. In any case, you are left with a deep understanding and respect for these men. If you have an ancestor in these regiments, it's worth a look.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Church Record Sunday: Godfrey Scholar Expands to include Middletown Records

 Did your ancestor attend First Congregational Church in Middletown between 1668 and 1870? Those records are now online through Godfrey Scholar. According to an announcement from the library, the new database contains over two thousand records of births, marriage, and death. An article written by a local research provides a nice indication of what a record may contain.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tech Tuesday: Litchfield, CT Historical Society database

  Have ancestors from Litchfield but can't visit to do research? Litchfield Historical Society has a solution for that. They've created an online database of their collection (currently 1/3rd complete). Search by name or topic to pull up artifacts. Click on one item in the list of results, and you'll be treated to an image, description, dimensions, and more.