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Locating Ancestors’ Naturalization Records

Volume 6 Issue 3 Fall 1999

And What You Can Expect When You Find Them

For those with immigrant ancestry, the usual object of a genealogical search is to determine the place of birth. For the purpose of this discussion, an immigrant is one who arrived in the United States after 1789. Colonial immigration is not the subject at hand. There are two government-related documents that may provide a place of birth. These are immigration records and naturalization records, otherwise known respectively as passenger arrival records and citizenship records. This article will deal with the latter.

William Phelps Eno Plaque Installed

Volume 6 Issue 2 Summer 1999

Symbol of the Eno Foundation for Transportation

Something new has been added to the Simsbury Free Library building this summer. A five-foot square plaque is now attached to the southeast corner of the building facing the parking area. This impressive high relief sculptural piece depicts the seal of the Eno Foundation for Transportation.

The Stanclift Legacy

Volume 6 Issue 1 Spring 1999

Gravestones in Simsbury Center Cemetery

One of the early gravestone carvers in Simsbury was James Stanclift Jr. His grandfather James Stanclift, who was born near the town of Halifax in Yorkshire, England, came to Connecticut about 1684. He eventually founded the Stanclift Brownstone Quarry.

A Treasure-Trove from the 18th Century

Volume 5 Issue 4 Winter 1998-99

Extensive Research Project Begun

Some of us at the Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research Library have long been aware of the existence of numerous account books kept by Simsbury citizens in the 1700s. After analyzing one for a graduate school paper, I realized that these ledgers, written with quill pens in quaint scribbles and flourishes, are an almost untapped source of much information about the town’s colonial citizens. Now SGHRL researchers under my direction have begun a formal study of these invaluable relics of the 18th century.

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