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Platt family stone from Memorial Bridge
Platt family stone on Memorial Bridge

Milford Genealogy

Be careful of what you look for

There can be many surprises uncovered in comparing names and dates in old documents. They may reveal a person's real age, someone's profession or you may find out who the real mother of a child was. For those with a lineage to a small community with few people to marry such as a just formed town, the structure may not branch out like a family tree but weave back upon itself like a family river showing multiple ties to the same antecedent. One Milford story is there is the absence of any record for a woman after she was accused of being a witch except that her husband moved to Milford with an un-named second wife. Speculation is the first wife escaped and then hid her true identity. John Birdsey was caught kissing his wife on Sunday, but rather than submit to the authorities, he ran for it, got to the Housatonic River, jumped in and swam over to Stratford. He came back under cover of night, got his family and took them to Stratford where he settled. His genealogy shows him to be the ancestor of Clarence Birdseye, who developed frozen fruits and vegetables.

Researching a person's family history is never as easy as many genealogical advertisements purport it to be. Many families Americanized their names upon arriving creating gaps in rejoining what appear to be separate families with different names but once had a common parent. We recommend the search engine Duck Duck Go because they don't track what you type in order to show you ads for that subject. It can be embarrassing being asked to buy something spelled like a similar item as a family name or the word's meaning has changed. A completed chart of where a family has been through the process of tracking down documents can be very rewarding. Nearly everybody has someone notable they may be distantly related to if willing to invest the time to look back enough generations. Adding up our parents times going back 6 generations result in over 4 1/4 billion ancestors. That doesn't factor in that families tended to have more children to help out.

Milford has a lot of support not only in finding what information, documents or photos of graves that others have compiled but also in documenting and preserving your own story. Handle your original photos as little as possible. Sheet protectors should preferably be mylar, PVC plastic smells. Store them in covered boxes and acid free folders with low humidity below 70 degrees in the dark. A capful of milk of magnesium in bottle of club water may neutralize acid to help prevent further damage to existing paper records such as newspapers. Current media types for saving items electronically would not last or have a working device to view or listen to it in the future. A new DVD format that engraves into metal promises hundreds of years but still faces having something to retrieve your data. Flash drives are more affected by how much they were used than time. Referred to as laser rot, consumer DVDs burned on a computer may deteriorate between as little as 3 up to about 20 years, often at the short end of the range. Mechanical parts on a hard drive can jam and fail. Some floppy formats need a small battery charge to retain data. Older technologies relying upon tape including floppy disks will break down and lose it's magnetic abilities after about 20 years. For these reasons physical means whether on paper, a film or the grooves on a phonograph record are preferred. Copies of any documentation or photos should be saved with more than one person or organization. This offers some redundancy if family members are not interested in passing family history onto future generations. Some Milford family organizations listed below are in need of help to continue running.

DNA testing can verify paper documents but expect errors if it is performed with less than 60 genetic markers or produce results dating from a thousand years ago. Nonetheless it can be fun to get the range of where your family traveled.

In addition to the monthly Genealogy meetings held at the Milford Public Library on the first Monday of each month at 1:00 PM, these people and resources can be contacted if you are interested in learning more about your family's history.

Genealogical resources


Milford family organizations

General inquiries

General Milford geneology

Richard N. Platt, Jr.
132 Platt Lane
Milford, CT 06460-2054
(203) 878-6094
email

Beach family

Beach
(There is no family organization)

Contact Person Eugene H. Beach, Jr.
744 West Livingston
Highland, MI 48357


Botsford family

Botsford Family Historical Association

President - Steve Botsford
20264 Reasoner Road
Watertown, NY 13601
email

Executive Secretary & Genealogist

Helen Botsford Faucher
215 Buckingham Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-4444
email


Genealogist James R. Botsford

430 Rose Arbor
Houston, TX 77060
(713) 447-0430


Genealogist M. Stephen Botsford

8885 Riverside Dr. East, Apt. #1111
Windsor, ON Canada
N8S 1G9

Helen B. Faucher

215 Buckingham Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-4444

Editor of the Bulletin

Michelle Narus
5 Pole Hill Road
Bethany, CT 06524
email

Gunn family

Deputy Commissioner for CT for Clan Gunn

Richard N. Platt, Jr.
132 Platt Lane
Milford, CT 06460-2054
(203) 878-6094
email

Clan Gunn Society of North America

Sam Johnson
110 Cloudland Park Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 864-6723
email
descendants of Jasper Gunn of Milford
website

Membership Secretary

Alise Erickson
Gunn Family 11690 Cabin Creek Street Caldwell, ID 83605 email

Genealogist

Abb Lynn Gunn
2403 Treeridge Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 552-6775
email

Editor, The Gunn Salute:

521 Berryhill Drive Mansfield, TX 76063 email

Buckingham family

Buckingham
(There is no family organization)

Contact Person Robert J. Buckingham
146 Vail Road
Watertown, CT 06795

Camp family

Camp Family Association

President Carl D. Camp
688 Solano Drive
Hemet, CA 92545
email


Eells family

Eells Family Association

President Walter F. Eells, Jr.
61 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001


Merwin family


Merwin Family North America

website

Miles Merwin (1623-97) Association

President -- John Merwin
149 Candace Lane
Chatham, NJ 07928
Website

Secretary

Betty M. Merwin
7507 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, TX 75225

Editor of Milestones

Lee Merwin
7507 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, TX 75225

Platt family

Platt Family Association

President/Editor/Genealogist of Richard Platt of Milford, CT Family
Richard N. Platt, Jr.
132 Platt Lane
Milford, CT 06461-2054
(203) 878-6094
email

Genealogist of Thomas Platt of Burlington, NJ Family

Shari Bruce
877 Stag Drive
Hampstead, NC 28443
email

Platt GenForum:

website

Platt Family Association

website

Ricardo G. Platt (Mexican Platts)

website

Pond family

The Peter Pond Society

President Bill McDonald
website

Sanford family

Sanford
(There is no family organization)

Contact Person Stephen J. Sanford
2590 Meadowcreek Drive
Medford, OR 98504


Terrill family

Descendants of Roger Terrill

Co-administrators:
Conrad W. Terrill &
Nancy Tyrrel Theodore
website

Treat family



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