Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New England Links

Although much of the migration of settlers in the American Colonies and later the United States moved from east to west, from New England to New York and New Jersey and on westward, there were some who migrated into New England from New York and New Jersey. My wife's fifth great-grandfather, Jeremiah Brower (Brewer), who was born in New Jersey, was one of the first settlers at Highgate, Vermont in the mid-1780s. Nicholas Birdsall Brower (1772-1838) lived for a time at Westport, Connecticut. Henry Brower, born in 1806 at Paterson, New Jersey, moved his family to Charlestown, Massachusetts. In fact, a handful of Dutch families are found in the Connecticut River Valley during the 17th century. Stoffel Van Sant, baptized in 1701 at Staten Island, settled at Hartford, Connecticut. His daughter Anne had an illegitimate son by Daniel Brewer, a descendant of one of the New England Brewer families. These are just a few. There were others.

Here are a few sources that I have used when conducting research in New England.

The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut Prior to the Union with the New Haven Colony

Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut 1639-1663

Some Connecticut Records online

The Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford, Connecticut

Research Guide to Probate Records at the Connecticut State Library

Research Guide to Connecticut Probate Districts

New Hampshire State Papers

New Hampshire State Papers Index

Gateway to Vermont

Vermont Historical Society

Vermont Genealogy

Vermont Biographies Project

NorthEast Kingdom Genealogy

Genealogical Society of Vermont

Vermont Office of the Secretary of State - Vital Records

And of course there is AmericanAncestors.org, the website of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society which was founded in 1845. Access to most of the databases and resources onn this site requires a membership. In the past it has been a given that if you intend to do any serious research in New England, a membership to the NEHGS is a must. But now the NEHGS is quickly becoming the website to go to for research in New York as well. I'll have more on this in a future post.

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