While some New England families can trace their ancestry back to the passengers on the Mayflower, most others' roots are less glamorous and more difficult to ascertain.

"They were regular working people. A lot were oystermen and a lot of shoemakers, which was a little craft everybody did," said Paul Keroack, semi-retired reference librarian at the Main Library on Belden Avenue and member of the Connecticut Ancestry Society. "

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