An Open Letter to the GSS Acquisition
As a member of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota's Book Acquisition
Committee, I recently submitted a report on the Barbour Collection, as follows:
As you know, the Barbour collection is available in book form through GPC. Its also at
every LDS FHC in the country (on fiche) because of its importance. I've
been getting some of them in book form from GPC from time to time.
Genealogical Publishing Company
Mailing and Street Address:
1001 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3897
Phone: To place an order or for problems with your order, 1-800-296-6687
For all other inquiries: 1-410-837-8271
Fax: 1-410-752-8492 or 1-800-599-9561
General Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
I just went to the web site and found the following description of the first
title in the collection:
The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records [Vol. 1]
Andover, 1848-1879; Ashford, 1710-1851; Avon, 1830-1851
Pages: 297 pp.
"This is the inaugural volume of one of the last great genealogical
manuscript collections to be published -- the Barbour Collection of Connecticut
town vital records at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. (See the list
of the other volumes in The Barbour Collection by looking in our online
catalogue under United States--Connecticut, and scrolling down the author's
column until you get to White.) Covering 137 towns and comprising 14,333 typed
pages, this magnificent collection of birth, marriage, and death records to
about 1850 was the life work of General Lucius Barnes Barbour, Connecticut
Examiner of Public Records from 1911 to 1934.
This present volume is a transcription of the vital records of the first three
towns covered in the collection--Andover, Ashford (comprising 90 percent of the
volume), and Avon. The entries are in strict alphabetical order by town and give
name, date of event, names of parents (in the case of births and sometimes
deaths), names of both spouses (in the case of marriages), and sometimes such
items as age, occupation, and specific place of residence."
The Committee decided to purchase the complete 43 volume set to improve the Connecticut collection of the Selby Library in Sarasota, Florida.
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