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Sources of Information

The information presented on this Web site comes from many different sources. The intent of this page is to list as many of these sources as possible. We invasion this page becoming a one stop source of research information. The reader should be aware that many sources in books and on the Internet give conflicting information concerning dates and names.

Family Book Sources

A number of Genealogy/History books have been written by distinguished members of our family. These books lay down a foundation in which we use to continue our research into Foote family history. The books we speak of are found on our Family History Books page.

Other Genealogical Books
  • "Taintor's Records of Colchester"
    published 1864

  • "Historical Collections",
    by John Barber, published 1838

  • "Guide to the History and Historic Places in Connecticut,"
    by Mary Crofut, published 1937

  • Records of the General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut.

  • "NEHGR" Vol. IX,
    1855, p.272, "Pedigree of Foote", compiled from Goodwin's Genealogy of the Foote Family.

  • "New England Families"
    Vol. I, pp.279-281, William Richard Cutter, Woburn, MA., 1913.

  • World Family Tree, Vol. 2,
    chart 861.

How do I get Started
I am sure it is the same for most of us, when I was a kid I had very little interest in whom our family was and who our ancestors were. It wasn't until I got much older that I became interested in Genealogy and our family history.

By then I had forgotten who my Great Grandparents were (they died when I was a baby) and had not seen most of my aunts and uncles for many years. I got into the habit of checking phone directories for the name Foote in each town or city I traveled to; If I found our name listed I would call that person to see if they knew anything about our family name.

It was during one such conversation with a person in Baltimore Maryland that I heard about Mr. Abram Foote's two books. It seems he had a copy of the second book published in 1932 and was willing to loan it to me. Once I received the book in the mail I found my dad's name listed.

I then contacted my aunts and uncles to see if they had more information. I received a tremendous amount of information from my aunt Lucile. As it seems she had been keeping information such as names, birth dates, children, and Etc for many years. I discovered a lot of interesting information by just talking to my aunt. Information such as, my Great-Great Grandmother was an Indian Princes from Up-state New York. She gave me information about relatives for three generation back

The information she provided helped me to start tracing my linage back through Mr. Abrams book. With the help of Mr. Abram Foote's grandson's family I was able to trace all the way back to Nathaniel the Settler.

This point of this story is, if you want to find out information about your ancestors, start with your immediate family. Chances are they will have a great deal of information that you were never aware of.

So What do I ask My Family?
It did not take me long to realize I needed to have a notebook to jot down information I received. You could use tape recorder to help record interesting stories but most people do not like to be recorded. If you have a computer, create individual data files for each ancestor. Also there are a number of good genealogical programs that help you record printable information. Some of the questions you can ask to are:
  • What was your family members full name?
    Find out the full name if possible and make sure you get the spelling of their name right. Include nick names if any. Find out if they were married? This is especially important of they come from overseas. As with my wife she is of Italian descent. Her ancestors came thru Ellis Island. The names written down were not spelled correctly which makes it hard to determine who and when they arrived.

  • What was their relation to you?
    Perhaps other family members know if this ancestor was directly related or was married into the family. In my case my aunt Lucille provided a lot of information. When I was researching my ancestors I found a lot of accurate information in genealogy books and through Genealogy organizations.

  • What was their wife's family name?
    If they are related by marrage find out their surnam (family Name). Sometimes you can find bits of infromation by searching on other family names related by marrage. It is possible his or her family kept records of birth, death and children. As an example I found more information about my half sister by contacting one of her children..

  • Were they born in the U.S. or some other contry?
    If they were born in the US you may be able to find Birth records in the city or town they were born. You may also find these records on the Internet or through Censes records. be kept by the local government. If they were born outside of the US it may be a little harder to find birth records. Perhaps a family member may know this information. Look in:

  • In the local County Courthouse.
  • Check Government Social Security Records
  • Grave yards in the locality where they lived.
  • Where did they grow up? Try to find out where your ancestor spent most of his/her childhood. Ask if your family member knows of any interesting stories.

  • When were they married?
    Marriage records can be fond in the County Courthouse of the town or city they lived in. It is possible to obtain copies of these records for your files.

  • What were their parent's names?
    This information can help you trace back another generation. With the aid of Mr. Abram Foote's books you may be able to establish a link back to our number one ancestor.

  • When did their parents marry and where?
    Again, marriage records are usually fond in the County Courthouse of the town or city they lived .

  • Where were their parents buried?
    See if you can find out where the death records are kept.

  • Where did they pass away (name of state, cemetery, etc.)? This type information can help a genealogist to find information about your ancestor.

  • Were there any other Family Members buried there?
    Find out if other family members are buried in the same place. Especially on the wife's side of the family. This can help you piece together information about your ancestor. Ask how old your ancestor was when he died. This can help sort records of people with the same name. As an example if their are two John Foote's buried in the same city, Knowing your ancestors age and exact date of death can help you make the right selection.

Other Questions
  • Who were their other Relatives?
    Are they related by family or marriage?

  • Do they know were their relelatives were born, married, lived and were buried?
    Has any of their Aunts or Uncles recorded information about their family As an example my Uncle conduted several years of research on my mother's family and passed the information to me.

  • Ask who is their oldest living relative is?
    Do they have information on birth dates and where they were born. As an example some of my oldest relatives were born in Germany, England, and and Ireland. Also some family members had information on our American Indian ancestors.
Whats Next?
Next you should key all the information you gather into a good Family Tree software program or create ancester data sheets in a word processing program. This will help you organize the information you accumulated. There are a number of good low cost software programs out there you can use. Once your data is organized you can start your search. Some key sources that should be checked are:
  • National Achieves
    This can help to determine where your family actually lived including the actual dates.

    1930 Federal Population Census
    Our Census page.  On April 1, 2002, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) research rooms across the country were filled with people eager to look at the 1930 population census.

  • Wiki-Tree
    A World-wide Genealogy Project

  • Find a Grave Find a Grave.com can provide some information about your ancestors.
Once you have learned where your ancestor lived, there are a number of other sorces you can search. Information can usually be obtained by writing to the local authorities. However there may be fees required to obtain copies.
  • Local Obituary Notices
    Most library's have microfilm records of old local newspapers that can be searched for obituaries and death notices. Another source would be County Court Houses.

  • Tax Notices
    Local tax authorities may have records of taxes accessed to your ancestor. You can find out who the local tax authority is by calling or writing to the local Chamber of Commerce.

  • Land Records
    These records can usually be found in the local County Court House.

  • Wills -
    Wills if they exist and were probated can be found with the County Register of Wills office in the locality where your ancestor lived.

Other sources of information can be Church Records, Birth Records, Etc. Each of the above records will help you piece together information about your ancestor.

Internet Research Links

When all else fails you can search the Internet . Listed below are several Internet sources that contain information about the Foote family and provide more information about how to search for your ancestors. The reader should be aware that many sources in books and on the Internet give conflicting information concerning dates and names. Some of the links have information which is provided by genealogists and are accompanied by a list of Sources for information Provided. Please be aware that information posted on a website is not allways accurate.

  1. Information on the Churchill Family
    from Freepages.Genealogy.rootsweb.com an Ancestry.com website

  2. Wikitree.com
    A genealogist and family member based database.

  3. Additional help with research
    Help from http://www.genealogytoday.com/genealogy/newbie.html on the Genealogy Today web site.

  4. The Genealogy Link Page
    A Foote Family Association Web page containing several additional web links.

  5. Finding Your Ancestors on the Internet
    A Guide to Internet Search Techniques for the Surnames in Your Family Tree.

  6. Why You Can't Find Your Ancestors
    By Roots Web.com

  7. US Department of Commerce
    A link to the Department of Commerce for each state in the US.
Also be aware that a large number of Genealogy web site require a fee to gain information about your ancestors.


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