We’ve talked about military records, the Connecticut Archives, office holding, and more. Where else can you find sources of service?
In one place many people think they’ve already checked… town meeting records. Town meeting records don’t just record who was elected to hold what office. They also can include who has donated money or purchased supplies for the militia, who has sworn a loyalty oath, and more. While office holders have been abstracted, these other sources of service have not.
To locate the town meeting records, the town clerk is the best place to start. In most towns, they still hold the records. If they do not hold them, call the Connecticut State Library. Still can’t find the minutes? In a small number of towns, they’ve been transferred to the local historical society.