Genealogy at the Sharon Historical Society

While the volunteers and staff of the Historical Society support and encourage the work of genealogists from across the United States and beyond, our on-site genealogical collections are very basic. If you are just beginning your research, we will be delighted to help you pull together initial information, including the general history of Sharon, early settlers, original Home Lots, etc. However, we are not equipped to deal with more in-depth inquiries.

Appointments for Genealogical Research are STRONGLY encouraged! Volunteers with a variety of interests often staff the museum and may be unable to help you with your research questions.

Please contact the museum IN ADVANCE of your visit to help you get the most out of your research travel plans. View Planning Your Research Visit for further information or call us at: (860) 364-5688

Fees - The SHS staff will be happy to answer basic research questions from materials in the SHS collection. Fees will be charged for photocopies. Fees for extensive research inquires should be discussed with museum staff prior to engaging in the research.

 

The "People Finder" pages where you can search by Surname:

Our list of former Sharon residents from A to Z. We have compiled this list using all our pre-existing genealogy resources and in the future will be adding to this list with the help of present day residents and local historians.

 

Excel Spreadsheet of Hillside Cemetery

Map #1 for Hillside Cemetery (PDF)

Map #2 for Hillside Cemetery (PDF)

Tour the Cemeteries of Sharon, Connecticut
Each Year the Sharon Historical Society hosts a Cemetery Walk that highlights Sharon's famous and infamous former residents. This year we decide to host an online tour complete with maps, biographies and photos of our former residents. Enjoy!

Diary of Warren R. Houghtaling (1911-1913) Word Document

Warren Houghtaling Diary Transcripts, Volume 1, 1906 Word Document

The Civil War Soldiers of Sharon, Connecticut.

Eastside Cemetery Records Preview. Download a preview of what is soon to be added to our online genealogy resources. These high resolution scans have been added to a "zip file" for your convenience.

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Original documents in Military Box (5/D/1):

Revolution, Militia, Civil War documentation.

 

The Original 53 Sharon Home Lots and List of Their Owners:

At the session of the Assembly in May, 1738, it was ordered that the township should be sold at public auction at New Haven on the second Wednesday of the following October. Samuel Eels, Esq., Joseph Whiting and Capt. Isaac Dickerman were appointed a committee for that purpose. It was divided into fifty-three rights, or shares, as they were called, one of which was given to the first minister, one was reserved for the use of the ministry in the town, and one for the support of schools, and the debts accruing from the sale were secured by the bonds of the purchasers.

 

Cemetery and Headstone Inscriptions for Sharon, CT:

 

Contemporary Books/Research:

Special Pricing for the 100th Anniversary:
*Purchase all three Seldom Told Tales volumes for $60 (a $75 value).*
Contact SharonHistoricalSociety@Yahoo.com or call 860-364-5688 to order.

SELDOM TOLD TALES OF SHARON, BOOK 3
BY ED KIRBY

Continuing where Seldom Told Tales of Sharon, Book 2 leaves off, Book 3 tells the stories of Sharon and the Ice Age; Industries along Ellsworth's Guinea Brook; A Connecticut Yankee in Oregon's Court; Frank Sprague- Father of Electric Traction; Preserving the Sharon Valley Lime Kiln; John Wike and the Smith Brother's Murder. 2011.

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SELDOM TOLD TALES OF SHARON, BOOK 2
BY ED KIRBY

Continuing where Seldom Told Tales of Sharon leaves off, Book 2 invites the reader to delve deeper into the interconnected web that links people from various walks of life, generations and geographic locations to the town of Sharon. Once again, Ed Kirby tells the stories of the diverse people of Sharon whose lives still touch us today. "Tales 2" chronicles the lives of three strong women, Emily Winthrop Miles, Maria Bissell Hotchkiss and Lizzie St. John Eckel. The social and structural history of the town's iconic clock tower, the true-life story of the Colgate Mansion and the history of Catholicism in Sharon are also included in the volume. Hard cover, illustrated, 304 pages. 2008.

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SELDOM TOLD TALES OF SHARON, BOOK 1
BY ED KIRBY

Seldom Told Tales of Sharon offers a glimpse into the bricks and mortar of history, the stories of individual people whose everyday decisions had lasting effects on the Sharon of today. Tales included in Book 1 of the series are Calkinstown's Inscrutable Hiram Weed, The Ill-Fated New York to Sharon Canal, and Sharon's Northeast Corner. Hard cover, illustrated, 137 pages. 2006.

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A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF SHARON, CT
BY CHARLES F. SEDGWICK

Originally published in 1842, and reprinted with minor additions and corrections in 1877 and 1898, this book remains the chief source of information about the early days of Sharon, the period from 1732 to 1838, at which date Sedgwick first presented his material. The second and third editions endeavored to update Sedgwick's work and corrected some obvious errors that had crept in. Changes were made particularly in Chapter XIII. This fourth edition, edited by Jeanne Majdalany, is based primarily on the third edition. Typographical and grammatical mistakes and the very few errors that Sedgwick himself made have been amended. Illustrations have been more suitably placed in relation to the text and new ones have been added. The book contains a new appendix that lists the names of Sharon residents listed in the 1790 census, and an index of family names.

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Genealogical Resources:

View our growing collection of online genealogy resources.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

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