Showing posts with label Newtown CT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Newtown CT. Show all posts

Saturday, December 14, 2013

In Memory - Perform a Random Act of Kindness Today



“Perform a kindness in honor of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook School; and spend some time in reflection about how our future can be made better for all persons. We have the opportunity to continue to move toward positive change — there is no greater gift of love than to act on behalf of those whose lives were taken.”
 - Pat Llodra, Newtown First Selectman

Monday, September 9, 2013

Newtown, CT Genealogy Club Programs for 2013-2014

The Genealogy Club of Newtown (CT) began on September 11, 2001, so it is only fitting that the first program of the year is slated for September 11!  

They have great programs planned, so if you live within driving distance, the club meets the second Wednesday of each month (except July/August) 7:00 p.m. at the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.

If you have Newtown ancestors, and live far away, the club website has a Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness link. Help is just a click away.

Genealogy Club of Newtown Programs for 2013

Sept.11 - Joe Lieby - German Research
Oct. 9 -  Penny Hartzell - Updates at Family Search, Ancestry, and other sites
Nov. 13 - TBA
Dec. 11 - Holiday Party with a Genealogy Theme

Stay tuned for 2014 programs that will include "Using Find-a-Grave" and "French-Canadian Resources."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - Genealogy Resources in Newtown, Connecticut


“The libraries of the world also constitute a vast resource of information that is totally ignored by genealogists.”  James Tanner, Genealogy’s Star blog.

James Tanner’s recent blog, “Non-Traditional Genealogy Data Sources” reminded me of the wealth of resources that reside in the genealogy room of the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown, Connecticut.  Listed below are just some of the items in the collection. There is also a large number of “How-to” books, as well as availability to Ancestry.com, help with Newtown research through the Genealogy Club of Newtown website's Random Acts link, our local professional genealogist, and our town historian.

Specific to Newtown ancestor research there is:
·      1890 Census Substitute for Newtown
·      1890-1899 Newtown Death Database
·      Cemetery Inscriptions: St. Paul’s Church, Huntington, CT
·      Genealogy Room Historic Papers
·      Hale Collection of Headstone Inscriptions for Newtown
·      Irish Tombstone Transcriptions for St. Rose Cemetery
·      Irish Tombstone Transcriptions for Old St. Peter’s Cemetery, Danbury, CT
·      Julia Brush Collection – Family Files
·      Newtown Bee Vital Records Index 1889-1953, 1960, 1980, and Newtown Bee Obits Index 2004-2011.
·      Newtown Congregational Church Records 1715-1946
·      Newtown Supplementary Vital Records
·      Newtown: Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1711-1852
·      Stratford: Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1639-1840

For those searching New England and beyond is:
·      New England Historical and Genealogical Register Mayflower Families
·      Great Migration books
·      Family Histories
·      Rhode Island Vital Records
·      Rhode Island Colonial Records
·      Revolutionary War materials
·      Military Service books
·      Genealogies of Connecticut Families
·      Census books (1850)
·      Heads of Families
·      New England states, towns, localities. Starting with Maine, ending with Connecticut.
·      Settlers of the Beekman Patent (NY)
·      DAR Lineage Books with Index
·      Connecticut Nutmegger with Index
·      Connecticut Ancestry Magazine
·      New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
·      American Genealogy
·      Long Island church books
·      Great Migration books
·      Reference books on individual states
·      Index: George Budke Tombstone inscriptions, Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County, NY
·      Ethnic group how-to books (Scottish roots, German-American ancestry, Jewish roots, Irish, English, Swedish and Polish roots)

After a trip to the state library in Hartford for some research I thought was only there, I then discovered what I needed was only four miles away at the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown!  As James Tanner suggests, take advantage of the materials in your own local library, historical society, and state library.  

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sympathy Saturday - Maggie Houlihan


Last year we developed a database of Newtown Deaths that occurred between 1890 and 1899 in order to fill in the gap presented by the loss of the 1890 census.  The editor of Connecticut Ancestry was interested in the project, but what he really wanted was some stories behind the deaths.  We complied an article about the Newtown Deaths database and added some stories surrounding a few of those deaths that was published in the February 2011 issue of Connecticut Ancestry. Here is one of those stories:

Twenty-six-year old Margaret “Maggie” Houlihan worked as a hat trimmer in Danbury, Connecticut until she received a “partial shock” which caused her to convalesce at home for several weeks. She tried to return to work, but her sickness affected her brain and she would become irrational. She could not continue to work. On a Friday afternoon in early February 1894, Maggie spoke of visiting her friends the Misses Brennan. Her parents discouraged her. But, “About 6 o’clock… she said she was going on an errand. Shortly afterward her parents heard the milk train whistle and stop and Mr. Houlihan ran down to see what was the matter, only to find his daughter had been struck by the engine and was in a dying condition…She was taken to the house where she soon died. Whether Miss Houlihan deliberately threw herself in front of the engine or whether she still had it in her mind to call on the Misses Brennan, and becoming confused fell on the track will never be known.”  (Newtown Bee February 16, 1894.)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Oral Histories

I have had the honor of working on oral histories for the Newtown, CT, Ulysses (Trumansburg), NY and Newfield, NY historical societies.  The stories are always fascinating and capture that person’s memory of time and place.  My husband and I have captured our mother’s voices and their oral histories. This excerpt from my mother’s, Carol Agard Nunn (b: 1924) oral history opens a window for me into what it was like to grow up on a farm in rural Willow Creek near Jacksonville, NY:

“Baths – showers were unheard of – baths were water heated in a big pan, usually an enameled pan – we called it a tub – on the stove, and on Saturday nights - it was one bath a week, we would put that in front of the stove and take our baths. During the week you would have what we called the sponge bath where you took a damp washcloth and went over your body. That was about it. You washed your hair once a week also.”




                                                    Agard Homestead early 1900s