Researching Your Connecticut Ancestors

Postal Code: CT Abbreviation: Conn.
Capital: Hartford
First settled 1633
One of original colonies
Admitted as the 5th state in 1788.
Statewide birth, death and marriage records begin 1897.
State land state.
First mostly extant federal census: 1790


*Basic Guides * Family History Library * Maps * All county sites * Libraries Archives & Societies * Other Resources * Contact Others * More Links

Basic Guides

All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.

  1. Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library) (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are usable)
  2. Ancestry's Redbook (you'll want the 3rd edition) (find in a library)
  3. The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)
Books you might purchase or list in a library are listed below

Audiotapes of lectures taped at genealogy conferences with the word "Connecticut" in the title.

Family History Library

First bookmark or print out the FHL Connecticut Research Outline , the Connecticut Historical Background and Connecticut Statewide Indexes and Collections. Notice the latter 2 have pdf versions (icon in upper right corner).

Check the FHL catalog for Connecticut to see what is available on film. Click view related places (upper right) to select counties you are interested in checking and once in a county, click view related places (upper right) to see what material is avaialable for the cities and townships. Remember... you want to check all three jurisdictions, although most people check for county records first, city and township material next and find out what's available for the whole state last.


Bookmark or print out this county map of Connecticut.
The University of Connecticut Library has a number of scanned maps online, including several Connecticut maps. Scroll down to see all, click on metadata to get information about the map and then use trial and error to find the best viewing tool for your computer. I found this last step somewhat time consuming, but once you've done it, you are set for the rest of the maps.
The Perry Castaneda digital historical U.S. map collection has links to few Connecticut maps, including some that are in alphabetical order by city name.
Some beautiful 1895 maps are available on the Connecticut page of Historical County Lines.
The stategovenement ahas posted some wonderful county maps, including those that show the townships of each county.

Sites with breakdowns for each county:

Connecticut Gen Web
* ALHN Connecticut Page
* Connecticut Genealogy & History

Libraries, Archives and Societies

Visit the websites of these libraries, archives and genealogy societies

Find online gravestone transcriptions at Connecticut or CemeteryJunction: Connecticut .

You can find out about Connecticut graveyards at; some links will take you to resources or project information. or contact information.

Connecticut has a searchable, digital copy of vol. 1-15 of the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut 1636-1776 but at this time it is can only be searched by subject, date or citation (volume and page number). The A-Z search (subject search) is a little cumbersome as it must be repeated for each volume, but it does include names. Future plans call for full text search capability.

And do't overlook your Connecticut Black Sheep ancestors.

Contact Others:

To get help from others, see if offers at the Connecticut Page of Randam Acts of Genealogical Kindness or the Directory of Volunteers: Connecticut might be useful t o you.

Also, post a query in the appropriate Connecticut county folder at the Rootsweb/Ancestry or at the Connecticut Genealogy Forum .

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Last updated February 26, 2010