Ricker, Jacquelyn Ladd. The Ricker Compilation of Vital Records of Early Connecticut, Based on the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records and Other Statistical Sources. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, (c) 2006.
The Ricker Compilation of Vital Records of Early Connecticut, compiled and edited by Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, consists of an alphabetized and edited list of vital statistics and other information bearing on the inhabitants of the towns of early Connecticut. Based extensively on the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, the chief resource in Connecticut genealogy, it covers the period from approximately 1633, when these statistics were first recorded, to around 1850.
Containing 1.2 million records of births, marriages, and deaths from over 135 Connecticut towns, plus another 300,000 records from cemeteries, probate records, tax records, and family Bibles, the Barbour Collection is by far the largest collection of Connecticut town records ever assembled in one place. The amount of information in these records varies from town to town, but besides name, date, and nature of event (birth, baptism, marriage, or death), there is often a wealth of supporting detail—names of parents, mother’s maiden name, ages of parents, birthplace and occupation of parents, and cause and place of death.
In addition to the celebrated Barbour Collection, this compilation also includes vital statistics from several Connecticut towns not included by Barbour, as well as information gleaned from lists of source records, Bibles, and church records held in the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. Also, it includes tombstone transcriptions from over 400 cemeteries which were originally published in The Connecticut Nutmegger, a publication of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists formerly edited by Jacquelyn Ricker. The search engine, based on the popular Adobe Acrobat Reader platform, allows you to search the records by name or keyword.
There are occasional differences between a specific piece of data in the Barbour series and on this CD. They are not many, and are to be expected in a document that is some 14,000 pages long. As always, information contained herein should be checked against other sources where possible.