Researching Your Connecticut Ancestors
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.
Audiotapes of lectures taped at genealogy conferences with the word "Connecticut" in the title.
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.
Visit the websites of these libraries, archives and genealogy societies
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.
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.
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Last updated February 26, 2010