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A family Bible is a designation given to a Bible which has family information recorded on pages within the book. This has been a tradition among many families.
A family Bible is a good source of information about immediate family members and relatives, including names of parents, children, their spouses as well as their dates of birth, marriage and death. This is a valuable resource because, if the information is recorded as the event occurs, the information is regarded as being reliable. Also, for some families, Bible records may have the only recorded vital statistics information.
Generally, family Bibles are passed down to succeeding generations. Those that are no longer in possession of the family may be at a historical society, a genealogical society, a public library, or university library. Sometimes the Bible was given to a society or library where the ancestor lived, but sometimes it was given to a society or library where the descendant who had the Bible lived.
Connecticut State Library Collection
The Connecticut State Library has collected, copied, and indexed over 25,000 Bible records. Some are bound in a set of 26 volumes while others are filed alphabetically by surname in file cabinets. The index was microfilmed in 1949 and is at the Family History Library (films 002875-82).
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains Bible records from Connecticut. This collection is described in Connecticut Genealogy. These DAR Bible records are partially indexed by E. Kay Kirkham, An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States, Volume II. (Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984; Family History Library book 973 D22kk v.2; fiche 6089184).
Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Footnote, and Heritage Quest Online.