Middlesex County, Connecticut Genealogy

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Guide to Middlesex County, Connecticut ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Middletown
Organized: May 12, 1785[1]
Parent County(s): Hartford and New London
Neighboring Counties
Hartford  • New Haven  • New London  • Suffolk (NY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Named for County of Middlesex, England, which is now part of Greater London, England. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Middlesex County Courthouse
1 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-343-6400
Middlesex County Courthouse

There is no county government today. The government is at the town level.
Probate records may be kept at regional courthouses.
Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and land records.
Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1800.
Probate Judge has probate records.[3]

Middlesex County, Connecticut Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1800 Unknown Unknown 1670
*Statewide registration of births and deaths started in 1897. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county. For possible town record losses, please visit town pages.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Census-designated places

Towns Organized before 1800:

  • Chatham 1767
  • Durham 1704
  • East Haddam 1734
  • Haddam 1668
  • Killingsworth 1667
  • Middletown 1651
  • Saybrook 1635

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Wright, Benjamin 1610 - March 26, 1677, USGenWeb CTArchives
  • History of Middlesex County, Connecticut with biographical sketches of its prominent men, (New YorkJ.B. Beers, 1884).Available online at Internet Libraries, Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 982491 Item 3.
  • Elaine F. Staplins, The Founders of Saybrook Colony and their descendants, 1635-1985, ([S.l. s.n.], 1985).Includes index.Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.66 D3f.Also see Saybrook Colony Founders Association,
  • Commemorative biographical record of Middlesex County, Connecticut containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families, (Chicago, Illinois J.H. Beers, 1903).Includes index.Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.66 D3c, or FHL US/CAN Film 982492 Item 4. Also see The Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants,
  • J.A. McKenzie for the Southern California Genealogical Society, An every name index to History of Middlesex County, Connecticut with biographical sketches of its prominent men, (Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2005).Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1783640 Item 4.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Middlesex, Connecticut online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Connecticut Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For online and statewide census resources and information, see: Connecticut Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 18,828
1800 19,874 5.6%
1810 20,723 4.3%
1820 22,405 8.1%
1830 24,844 10.9%
1840 24,879 0.1%
1850 27,216 9.4%
1860 30,859 13.4%
1870 36,099 17.0%
1880 35,589 −1.4%
1890 39,524 11.1%
1900 41,760 5.7%
1910 45,637 9.3%
1920 47,550 4.2%
1930 51,388 8.1%
1940 55,999 9.0%
1950 67,332 20.2%
1960 88,865 32.0%
1970 114,816 29.2%
1980 129,017 12.4%
1990 143,196 11.0%
2000 155,071 8.3%
2010 165,676 6.8%
Source: Wikipedia.org".

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Online Court Indexes and Records

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • Linkpendium, Directories, Middlesex County,
  • Old Saybrook city directory including Chester, Deep River, Essex, Westbrook, (New Haven [Connecticut] Price & Lee, 1972-).Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.66 E4po.
  • Middletown, Portland directory, (New Haven [Connecticut] Price & Lee, 1931-). Includes index. Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.66 E4p.
  • Durham (Middlesex County, Conn.) city directory including Haddam, Higganum, Middlefield, Rockfall, (New Haven [Connecticut] Price & Lee, 1973-). Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.66 E4pd.
  • Connecticut River Valley directories, (Woodbridge, Connecticut Research Publications, 1995). Available at the Family History Library, 1913-14 FHL US/CAN Film 2308483 Item 1, continues through Item 5 (1928).

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Deeds, mortgages, releases, and other documents are at the town halls. Most are indexed by grantor and grantee, no statewide index. Microfilm copies (early to the mid or late 1800s, with some up to the 1900s) are available at the Connecticut State Library and also online at FamilySearch.org.

Online Land Indexes and Records

  • Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division, Middlesex County, Connecticut land ownership map, 1859 , (Washington, District of Columbia Library of Congress, 1983).Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6079300. Also available online at flickr from Yahoo,

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Regiments. Service men from Middlesex County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Most of the men in the following companies were from Middlesex County.

-1st Regiment, Connecticut Heavy Artillery - Company G and H, (Middletown)
-2nd Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Infantry Company A
-14th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company B
-20th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company D
-21st Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company I
-24th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company A, B, D, F and G.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

  • 1851-1992 Connecticut, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1851-1992 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index/images
  • Connecticut. County Court and Superior Court, (Middlesex County), Naturalization records, 1844-1871 , (Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984).Contains declarations of intent, and records of naturalization. Includes records of the County Court and the Superior Court.For index to naturalizations in these records see: Connecticut. Superior Court (Middlesex County). Naturalization index, 1844- 1955.Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1398618 Items 4-5.
  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Middlesex County), Naturalization records, 1844-1909 , (Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984).Indexes are found with most volumes.Naturalization records 1847-1859, includes also declarations of intent 1844-1856.For general index to these records see: Connecticut. Superior Court (Middlesex County). Naturalization index, 1844-1955.Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1398618 Item 3. (4 films)
  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Middlesex County), Naturalization records (Middlesex County, Connecticut), 1841-1945, (Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984-2008).Indexes are found within each volume.Vol. 1, 1906-1909, Declarations of intention is missing and was not filmed.The records are filmed in certificate number order.Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1398618 Item 2. (12 films)
  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Middlesex County), Naturalization index, 1844-1955 , (Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984). Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1398614, 1st of 5 films.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The records are kept at district courts. The County government does not exist. Not every town has a court. Some are included in a district making up from 1 to 5 towns. The Districts are: Avon, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Manchester, Marlborough, Plainville, Simsbury, Southington, Suffield, and Windsor.
See Connecticut Probate Records. See also Connecticut State Library, Research Guide to Connecticut Probate Records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

  • Connecticut.Superior Court, Middlesex County, Divorce Records, 1786-1797, (Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1989).Microfilm of original records in the Connecticut State Archives, Hartford.Records are in two chronological groupings, 1786 to 1789, 1790 to 1797. Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1639454 Item 1.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Middlesex County. For state-wide facilities, see Connecticut Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Middlesex County. For state-wide library facilities, see Connecticut Archives and Libraries.

Acton Public Library
60 Old Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
E-Mail: actonlibrary@actonlibrary.org
Brainerd Memorial Library
920 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT 06438
E-mail: library@brainerdlibrary.org
Chester Public Library
21 West Main Street
Chester, CT 06412
E-mail: library@chesterct.org
The Henry Carter Hull Library
10 Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413
E-mail: askus@hchlibrary.org
Cromwell Belden Public Library
39 West Street
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 632-3460
E-mail: https://www.cromwellct.com/user/1943/contact
Deep River Public Library
150 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860) 526-6039
E-mail: deepriverpubliclibrary@gmail.com
Durham Public Library
7 Maple Avenue
Durham, CT 06422
E-mail: cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org
East Haddam Library System
There are two branches in this library system
E-mail: MGilroy@easthaddamlibrarysystem.org
East Hampton Public Library
105 Main Street,
East Hampton CT 06424
E-mail: epaul@easthamptonct.gov
Essex Library Association
33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-1560
E-mail: dsmith@essexlib.org
Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield St
Middletown, CT 06457
Fax: 860-347-9874
E-Mail: Sharon@godfrey.org
The Killingworth Library
P.O. Box 725 S
301 Route 81
Killingworth, CT 06419
E-mail: mail@killingworthlibrary.org
Levi E. Coe Memorial Library
414 Main Street
Middlefield, CT 06455
E-mail: levicoelibrary@gmail.com
Website Middlesex County Public Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Middlesex County. For state-wide genealogical and historical societies, see Connecticut Societies.
Chatham Historical Society
6 Bevin Blvd
East Hampton, CT 06424
E-mail: sandy.doren60@yahoo.com
Chester Historical Society
9 West Main Street
PO Box 204
Chester, CT 06412
E-mail: info@chesterhistoricalsociety.org
Clinton Historical Society
103 E. Main Street
PO Box 86
Clinton CT 06413
E-mail: info@clintoncthistory.org
Cromwell Historical Society, Inc.
Post Office Box 146
395 Main Street
Cromwell, Connecticut 06416
860 635-0501
Email: Cromwellhistory@aol.com
Deep River Historical Society
245 Main Street
Deep River, CT. 06417
E-mail: info@deepriverhistoricalsociety.org
Durham Historical Society
38 Town House Road
Durham, CT 06422
E-mail: durhamhistoryct@gmail.com
East Haddam Historical Society & Museum
264 Town Street
P.O. Box 27
East Haddam, CT 06423-0027
(860) 873-3944
E-mail: museum@easthaddamhistory.org
Essex Historical Society
P.O. Box 123
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-0681
Email: ehs@essexhistory.org
Haddam Historical Society
P.O. Box 97
14 Hayden Hill Road
Haddam ,CT 06438
860 345-2400
E-Mail: research@haddamhistory.org
Killingworth Historical Society
P.O. Box 707
Killingworth, CT 06419
E-mail: ​killingworthhs@gmail.com
Middlefield Historical Society
405 Main St
Middlefield, CT 06455
(860) 349-0665
The Portland Historical Society
P. O. Box 98
492 Main Street
Portland, CT 06480
E-Mail: PortlandHistSoc@Yahoo.Com
Saybrook Colony Founders Association
P.O. Box 1635
Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1000
Email: scfainc@snet.net
Old Saybrook Historical Society
350 Main Street
Post Office Box 4
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
The Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants
Middletown. CT 06457
Hal Whitmore, Registrar
1301 North Harrison Street, Apt. 201
Wilimington, DE 19806
E-mail: hbwhitmore@yahoo.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Newberry
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Middlesex County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesex_County,_Connecticut 04/27/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 113. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Middlesex County, Connecticut . Page 113 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 104-110.
  5. Newberry
  6. Wikipedia contributors,"Middlesex County, Connecticut, " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesex_County%2C_Connecticut, accessed 7 October 2018.