Yesterday, I attended an informative genealogy workshop sponsored by the Whitman County Genealogical Society here in Pullman, Washington. Donna Potter Phillips, one of the main presenters, discussed a strategy for finding ancestors and breaking through brickwalls, namely organizing your research by place.
More specifically, she recommended developing a detailing listing or bibliography of resources for the specific place where you hope to find an ancestor and their extended family. Inspired by her recommendation, I will post here a listing of resources for the town of Litchfield in Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA.
While I have connected my Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bradley ancestors to their Litchfield, Connecticut, forebears, I still would like documentation to officially connect Sherman Abernethy Bradley to his father Leaming Hawkins Bradley. There is no birth record for Sherman in Litchfield county, at least as far as archivists can see. Leaming H. Bradley is found in the 1840 Census for Washington township, just south of Litchfield township, Litchfield County. There were two young males in the household, one likely Sherman. But of course that census only lists head of household, with everyone else just tallied by age.
I will post the resources here soon. Stay tuned.