Have you checked out your local library for genealogical materials. You may be surprised at the genealogy collections some small local libraries have amassed. The plumb library in Shelton, CT has a room dedicated to the history of Connecticut, especially the Shelton, CT area. Many of the materials in this room would prove very useful in genealogical research.
The materials include almost a complete set of City Directories from Ansonia, Seymour, Derby and Shelton from 1896 right up until 1980.
Other materials include;
Barbour Collection for
• Huntington, Kent and Killingly
• Milford, New Canaan and New Hartford
• Madison, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlebury, Monroe, Montville and Naugatuck
• Sterling and Stratford
• Danbury, Darien and Derby
Other noteworthy books for reference in this room include
• Families of Early Milford, CT by Susan Woodruff Abbott, 1979
• The ancestry of David Wells Plumb by Gilbert Gillette Davis, 1976 (a three ring binder of various ancestor charts and family group sheets, which might not be compiled elsewhere.
• Register of the Middlebrook Family, descendents of Joseph Middlebrook of Fairfield, CT by Louis F. Middlebrook, Hartford, CT, 1909
• History of the Hubbell Family by Richard Hubbell, 1915
• The Holcombes by Mrs. Lewin D. McPherson, 1947
Town and county history books.
• History of Fairfield County, Connecticut by D. Hamilton Hurd, 1881
• History of New Haven County, Connecticut by Mary Hewitt Mitchell, 1930 (volumes I, II & III)
• The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut by Samuel Orcutt, 1880
• History of Stratford, Connecticut by Howard Wilcoxson, 1939
• Memories of Old Derby by Albert F, Sherwood, 1924
Various past genealogical and historical publications are also in the history and genealogy room. These include the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Connecticut Ancestry, Connecticut Nutmegger and the Connecticut League of Historical Societies.
For war time relatives they have books about the people who fought during the revolutionary war, the war of 1812 and the war of the rebellion (The Civil War).
A map of 1867 of the town of Huntington is on display. This map lists the names of the land owners within Huntington and where they lived. There is also a pictoral drawing showing the town of Shelton and what it looked like in 1919.
There are various books locked in cases. You would need to see a reference librarian to use see the books. Some of the books in locked cases include;
• Various copies of Seymour High School yearbooks from 1964 and even earlier.
• The city of Shelton’s annual report from 1900 – 1964.
• Service records for World War I
• History of Bridgeport and Vicinity
• Historic Towns of the Connecticut River Valley.
• The history of education in Connecticut
Be sure you check out your local library for genealogy collections which might help you in your research.