Vital information from headstone inscriptions in over 2,000 Connecticut cemeteries was recorded in a W.P.A. project directed by Charles R. Hale ca. 1932-5. These records are bound in volumes for each town and are indexed on slips in a single alphabetical file. Many cemeteries had been abandoned and long-forgotten when Mr. Hale began his research. For example, the town clerk in North Stonington knew of only nine cemeteries in the town; Mr. Hale found 95. He made house-to-house inquiries about old vaguely remembered plots, and then crawled through the woods to find them. He even located a cemetery under Route 9 in Middletown and several that had been flooded by reservoirs. In total 2,269 cemeteries came to light.
Statewide Slip Index The white slips of this alphabetical index are interfiled with the yellow ones of the Newspaper Death Notices Index. The slips show as much of the following information as was given on the headstone: person's name, birth date, death date, and age. At the bottom of each slip are given a town name and code number, a cemetery number, and a page number referring to the bound headstone inscriptions abstracts.
Bound Abstracts The Hale headstone abstracts volumes are light green books arranged alphabetically by town. Using the town name and page number given on the index slip, researchers can locate the appropriate page in the abstracts, which gives the name of the cemetery and which may also show more information on the individual in question and on other family members. In most cases epitaphs were not recorded.
The Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions has been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah and is available through LDS Family History Centers.
May be ordered through the nearest Family History Center.
Microfilm of typescript at the Connecticut State Library.
Charles R. Hale Collection of vital records (newspaper notices and cemetery inscriptions) with surname index to cemetery inscriptions referring to places and newspapers; index to death notices from newspapers (not included above); index, marriages by newspapers; general index to marriage notices arranged alphabetically; cemeteries by localities; newspapers.
See Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Records for further details on how the collection is organized.
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