Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Connecticut Nutmegger" online at NEHGS Site

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society web site at has added The Connecticut Nutmegger quarterly periodical to their online holdings. You can read the full press release at Dick Eastman's blog here.

The complete run of the periodical is not available online yet - they have only the first six volumes, for 1968-1973. I searched for some of my known CT ancestors, and the surname Seaver, and did not get any matches. I tried WHITE and there were 17 matches and 213 SMITH matches. I put several town names in the Keyword search box and got matches for some of them (obviously, the first six volumes don't have every surname or every town). Counties, authors, titles, years, record types, etc. all seem to be indexed as keywords.

This database will be most useful when the complete database is available. Note that you have to be a member of NEHGS in order to access this database, and the other NEHGS databases also.

I'm ecstatic to see periodical indexes being digitized and periodical pages imaged and linked - they often contain unique content that can solve elusive ancestor research problems.

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