One set of our grandparents, married in 1946.
A few weekends ago, we attended a genealogy workshop at the Connecticut Historical Society, where we gathered some tips on how to get started and how to begin to organize and coordinate what information we find. The CHS Research Center is an excellent resource, especially for local history, so we spent the afternoon following the workshop in the Research Center gathering what we could find to help us get started. We have since spent countless hours online digging for more. Most of what we have found was through HeritageQuest Online, FamilySearch.org, and ancestry.com. Luckily, our last name, and most of our other related surnames are fairly uncommon, so any information that is available has been pretty easy to spot (except when people decide to change the spelling of their names!). We have several census records, a few military records (more are on order from the National Archives), town directory listings, and a sprinkling of immigration and naturalization records. At this point, I think we have exhausted the online records and we have plans to visit the CT State Library this weekend to see what we can find there.
Our other grandparents, married in 1950.
We have made a few connections between family lines, but still have a long way to go. We have one line that we can trace to the Civil War (including a Medal of Honor recipient!) and we think they've been in the U.S. since at least the middle of the 18th century. The other lines of our family were immigrants to the U.S. in the generation of our great-grandparents. We hope to share some fun stories with you all as we continue to unearth them. Have any of you embarked on this journey of family discovery? Any tips or recommendations, especially for foreign research, would be most appreciated!