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Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Connecticut, 
United States
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Location of Connecticut
Record Description
Record Type Vital
Collection years Early-1850
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
State Library, Hartford, Connecticut



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a mixed vital record card index to Connecticut vital records prior to 1850 compiled under the supervision of Lucius A. Barbour and Lucius B. Barbour. The microfilm of the original records are located at the State Library in Hartford, Connecticut. The cards are alphabetically arranged by surname. The cards contain birth, marriage, death, and possible burial information.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The collection may contain:

  • The names of your ancestors
  • Dates for birth, marriage, death and burial
  • Place where the birth, marriage, and deaths occurred
  • The names of parents

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The town where the person lived
  • The approximate date of the birth, marriage, or death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information found from the index to find the original record in Connecticut town records
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search for land and property records
  • Search compiled genealogies for more information on the families
  • Search for probate records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Connecticut.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

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