I saw an article in the newspaper this morning about the CT State Library digitizing WWI documents and photos that residents bring there, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the US entry into WWI. I had hoped some of those images were online already, but alas, no. However, I did spot a Digital Collection link. The "Account Books, Diaries, and Journals" section turned out to have just 3 items, and the aerial photography and blizzard of 1888 sections are unlikely to be very useful for someone seeking facial photos of Mayflower descendants. However, if muttonchops run in your family you might spot some kin in the "Portraits" section because it contains individual and group photos of state legislators from the 1840s onward. Most images appeared to be from the 1860s, and none I saw were female. Still, if you think you have a CT legislator in your family, this might be worth a look. It seemed like every page on the site had a link to CT's laws on reproducing the images elsewhere, like on your web site or in a family history you are writing for the next reunion, so please do read their policy and follow it. For 19th century photos it is mostly a matter of just giving the Library credit in your credit line, which it deserves.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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