Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut Genealogy

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Modern town borders of Bridgeport in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Town Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Other than Black Rock and parts of Brooklawn which were originally part of the Town of Fairfield, Bridgeport was originally a part of the Town of Stratford. The first settlement was made in 1659. It was called Pequonnock until 1695, when its name was changed to Stratfield, because of its location between the already existing towns of Stratford and Fairfield. During the American Revolution it was a center of privateering. In 1800, the borough of Bridgeport was chartered, and in 1821 the township was incorporated. The city was not chartered until 1836.

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Town Records[edit | edit source]

In New England most original vital records of birth, marriage, and death can be found at the town clerk's office

Bridgeport Town Clerk
45 Lyon Terrace
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Bridgeport Town Clerk

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

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Resources[edit | edit source]

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Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

At its founding, Congregationalism was the dominant religion in Connecticut and was even the state religion until 1818. Other common Christian denominations include the Methodist, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Baptist churches.

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Many Connecticut churches have deposited their records at the Connecticut State Library. The following are church records available online for the town of Bridgeport:

Congregationalist[edit | edit source]

The United Congregational Church of Bridgeport, Connecticut was organized in 1916 by the union of the First and Second Congregational Churches of Bridgeport. The First Church was known in 1691 as Pequonnock Society in Fairfield and Stratford. The name was changed May 1701 to Stratfield Society and formally changed May 1847 to Bridgeport, First Congregational Church.

  • The history of the First Church of Bridgeport, from 1695 to 1853: with sketches of its ministers FHL
  • Two hundred fifty years: the story of the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport, 1695-1945 FHL
  • United Congregational Church (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
    Church records, 1695-1911 FHL
  • Church records 1805-1838 FHL
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]
  • Record of members, 1940-1941 FHL
    Record of members 1940-1941
Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • First English Evangelical Luthern Church, 1903-1948 FHL
Protestant Episcopal[edit | edit source]
  • Calvary Church 1922-1948 FHL
  • St. John's Church, 1784-1863 FHL
  • Christ Church, 1850-1945 FHL
  • Church of the Nativity, 1858-1952 FHL
  • Stratfield Society, 1805-1838 FHL

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Compiled Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • History of Bridgeport and vicinity FHL
  • A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut FHL
  • The story of Bridgeport FHL
  • History of Bridgeport and vicinity FHL
  • Pioneers and patriots of Pequannock, 1639-1799 FHL

Maps[edit | edit source]

This selection incudes town, county, state, and historical maps

The following are online maps of the town of Bridgeport:

  • The Price and Lee Co's new map of Bridgeport, Connecticut FHL
  • The Price and Lee Co.'s new map of Bridgeport, Connecticut : published for the city directory FHL
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut Town Guides at CT State Library

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Other Town Records[edit | edit source]

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  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
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Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Connecticut, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of Bridgeport:

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

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Libraries[edit | edit source]

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Bridgeport Public Library – History Center
925 Broad Street(3rd floor)
Bridgeport, CT 06604
203 576-7400, ext. #7
203 576-8255 fax
Bridgeport Public Library
There are five branch locations listed below
Burroughs – Saden Branch Location
925 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 576-7400
Black Rock Branch Location
2705 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 576-7025
East Side Branch Location
1174 East Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06608
Newfield Branch Location
755 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
North Branch Location
3455 Madison Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 576-7003

Museums[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers & Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Societies[edit | edit source]

The Bridgeport Community Historical Society
P.O. BOX 1956
Bridgeport, CT 06601-1956

References[edit | edit source]