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Durand Book


Dr. John Durand of Derby, Connecticut

and His Family



Alvy Ray Smith



Newbury Street Press

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

Boston, Massachusetts


Reprinted 2007. Available from

Cover: Asher Brown Durand, Study from Nature, Stratton Notch, Vermont, 1857. Collection of The New-York Historical Society


Full Title: Dr. John Durand (1664-1727) of Derby, Connecticut: His Family Through Four Generations, Featuring the Branch of His Youngest Son, Ebenezer Durand, Through Ten Generations to 2003

22 November 2004: Author to give Durand book talk at Derby Historical Society meeting, at the Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodum Lane, East Derby CT,  5-7pm.

20 May 2004: Author to receive NGS (National Genealogical Society) book award, Sacramento CA, annual conference and banquet. [See Durand homepage].

15 May 2004: Author receives CSG (Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.) grand prize book award, Berlin CT, annual meeting and luncheon. [See Durand homepage]. (Shares award)

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16 November 2003


Durand-Hedden House & Garden


featuring the home and artifacts


John, Cyrus, and Asher Brown Durand


Hear author

Alvy Ray Smith

 speak on his new Durand genealogy

with book signing afterward


Maplewood, New Jersey

1-4 pm


16 November 2003: Author spoke on the Durands and signed copies of his book at the Durand-Hedden House museum devoted to the Durand family of Maplewood, New Jersey. Several Durand descendants were in attendance.


27 October 2003: Author spoke on his Durand genealogy book at NEHGS Board of Trustees meeting, Boston, MA.


Associated papers

Indiana Descendants of Dr. John Durand, 1664-1727: Excerpts from Dr. John Durand of Derby, Connecticut, and His Family, Part 1: Samuel and Son Orson, paper, part 1 published, The Hoosier Genealogist, 5 pages, Spring 2003, 43[2003]: 59-62 (plus cover); Part 2: Orson Durand's Children, paper, part 2 published, The Hoosier Genealogist, 4 pages, Summer 2003, 43[2003]: 127-30

ABSTRACT. This two-part sequence of articles concentrates on the descendants of Dr. John Durand who found their way to Indiana and influenced Indiana genealogy.


How I Was Inspired to Publish a Family History: the Durands of Colonial Connecticut, paper, to be published, New England Ancestor, holiday issue 2003

ABSTRACT. This article summarizes the various motivations that inspired me to write the Durand genealogy book.