Category Archives: research miscellanea

Research is not always fun (civil commitment)

Sometimes you just run across a tidbit, and you know the whole story is probably lost somewhere in that distant past, but you also know that whatever the details are, it’s a sad story. Like this: At a Court of … Continue reading

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Census 1860 : State Prison : Details of the Women’s Cases

I was able to find mentions in The Hartford Courant (which is available online) of five of the twelve female inmates. Most of these were brief and sometimes tantalizing mentions. I was interested to notice that Jane M. Brown, the … Continue reading

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Census 1860: Wethersfield State Prison: Crimes

The last piece on the inmates of the Connecticut state prison at Wethersfield in 1860 discussed their gender and race; this piece discusses the crimes for which they were convicted. To repeat from before, there were 179 inmates, 12 of … Continue reading

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Census 1860: Census Marshals are People Too

I’ve been skimming a lot of 1860 census pages lately, and one thing I’ve noticed is that despite the detailed instructions, the census marshals still have to exercise judgment in a number of areas.  Since I’m focusing on African-Americans, I’ve … Continue reading

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Census 1860: Wethersfield State Prison: Gender and Race

So I’m developing a new database from the 1860 U.S. Census for Connecticut, and last week I ran across the pages for the state prison, which was in Wethersfield at the time. Some of these data are interesting – at … Continue reading

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Tact and the primary school teacher (1881)

One of the benefits of doing public history is the opportunity to research things that I never would have thought to look into on my own.  For example, last year I was asked to research the history of a school.  … Continue reading

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Advice from 1791

Wow, a year and a half since my last post.  But I have an excuse: I was very busy finishing my dissertation! And then after that I was in a state of intellectual collapse.  I’m feeling better  now, though, thank … Continue reading

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