Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond
Thursday, December 10, 2020 – 1:00PM
The Barbour Index is a generally accurate source for pre 1850 Connecticut vital records that is easy to access and easy to use. But it is even easier to misuse it and/or to access incomplete versions of it bearing the same name. This lecture explains where to find the whole of this great secondary source and what every good genealogist must do before relying upon it. While Barbour managed to compile well over a million early Connecticut vital records in his Index, he missed hundreds of accessible sources compiling thousands of additional Connecticut vital records. This lecture identifies these additional vital records sources and how they and nearly 200 Connecticut manuscripts personally created by Barbour can be accessed by researchers. It also discusses how to best research Connecticut church and cemetery records.
Linda MacLachlan’s recent book, Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond, is becoming a staple for Connecticut genealogists. Previously Linda published two other genealogy books and many articles in refereed journals and as editor of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Newsletter. She served as President of MVGS and is also a member of the Fairfax Genealogical Society, NEHGS, the Godfrey Memorial Library, and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. She presently is on staff at the McLean (VA) Family History Center. leads monthly workshops in the MVGS Research Center on operating important genealogical websites, and sponsors the New England Study Group of MVGS and FXGS.
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