Barbour Collection

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This article is about a Connecticut genealogical collection. For other uses, see Barbour.

Barbour Collection

The Barbour Collection consists of abstracts of town, church and other original records in Connecticut. It was first created as a slip index of about a million entries by Lucius B. Barbour at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, Connecticut. It is a statewide index of births, marriages, and deaths arranged alphabetically by surname. Yellow slips have entries from private sources such as diaries. The Barbour Collection is incomplete and known to contain some errors.[1]

Internet. The Barbour Collection is at least partially available on the Internet from two major sources.  First, the births are listed for free as part of the FamilySearch International Genealogical Index. Second, ($), a subscription site, has indexed the 252,432 births, 218,569 marriages, and 56,008 deaths. Note: The index at is incomplete.

Films. It has been microfilmed on 98 films as the Barbour Collection: Connecticut Vital Records Prior to 1850 and is available at the Family History Library. The film collection is alphabetical by surname.

Books. This collection is also available as a 55 volume set of books compiled by Lorraine Cook White, Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 55 vols. (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1994-2002)[FHL Book 974.6 V2wL]. This format is arranged by town, and then alphabetical by surname.


  1. Kip Sperry, Connecticut Sources for Family Historians and Genealogists (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1980), 92. (FHL Book 974.6 D23s)WorldCat entry.