Archive for August, 2012

Church Record Sunday – Early Connecticut Marriages by Frederick Bailey – Volume 1

Posted by Jim Sanders on Sunday, 26 August, 2012

Reverend Frederick W. Bailey compiled a significant portion of marriage records prior to 1800 from churches all over Connecticut. He started compiling these records in the very late 19th century and the compilation continued for quite some time. This work has been published in seven different volumes and is a great asset if you have ancestors in Connecticut.

The first of these volumes covered church records for;

  • New Haven, First Church
  • New Haven, Second Church
  • Ashford
  • Brooklyn
  • Haddam
  • Stonnington, North
  • Norfolk
  • Montville
  • Redding
  • Pomfret
  • East Haddam, Millington
  • Saybrook, Chester
  • Washington
  • Madison, North
  • Woodstock

Indexes to these church records have been loaded into our database here at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets. You can search volume 1 for free on this website.

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Sunday Morning Book Review – The Journey Takers by Leslie Albrecht Huber

Posted by Jim Sanders on Sunday, 26 August, 2012

Immigration was a life altering and often dangerous experience for our ancestors. There were numerous shipwrecks and miserable traveling conditions during the middle of the 19th century. Leslie Albrecht Huber does a fantastic job bringing her ancestors to life in “The Journey Takers”. The Journey Takers describe the lives of four immigrant ancestors of the author two from Germany, one from Sweden and one from England. Through Leslie’s words, you’ll relive the immigrant experience.

The stories start out in the old countries of Germany, Sweden and England. What brought them to make the decision to seek a new life in a new country? The book describes the lives of the journey takers (and some of their ancestors) in their homeland. You’ll experience what it was like to be a peasant at the time. There are many heartaches and joyous times. More than once, I had watery eyes.

The story is also intertwined with Leslie’s own life story as she tries to learn about her ancestors. You’ll relive her experience as she relates her own experiences to what the journey takers may have been experiencing in their lives. The way she relates her life experiences with those of her ancestors kept me wanting to keep read more.

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Follow Friday – Past is Prologue

Posted by Jim Sanders on Friday, 24 August, 2012

Past is Prolologue

Past is Prolologue is a genealogy blog which has been around since at least January 2008. It was listed in Family Tree Magazine in May 2010 as one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs. I have been an avid reader of this blog for quite some time.

There are over seventy different categories and/or subcategories of blogs. I am particularly interested and love following the blog posts in the Photographs Category and Sub-Categories. One recent post featured a young women sitting on a bicycle. I’m not going to give away the ironic part of the photo, you’ll just have to visit the site, see the photo and read the caption. Once on the site though, you will need to be prepared to spend quite some time there exploring the various posts.

Wordless Wednesday = Sanders – Fryher Photo Album – Image 27

Posted by Jim Sanders on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012

This photo comes from a 19th century Sanders & Fryher Photo album. If you can identify the date, age of the individual or who the person is, please post a remark about it.

Sanders - Fryher Photo Genealogy - New Britain, Connecticut - image 27