Fairfield County, Connecticut Genealogy

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Fairfield County

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

This article is about a county in Connecticut. For other uses, see Fairfield (disambiguation).


Fairfield County, Connecticut
Map of Connecticut highlighting Fairfield County
Location in the state of Connecticut
Founded May 10, 1666
County Seat

County Information


  • The county was named referring to the beauty of its fields.
  • The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]
  • Named for the hundreds of acres of salt marsh that bordered the coast.

County Courthouse

  • There is no county government.
  • The government is at the town level.

Fairfield County, Connecticut

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Wikipedia has more about this subject: Fairfield County, Connecticut

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Brookfield 1788
Danbury 1685
Fairfield 1639
Greenwich 1640
Huntington (Shelton) 1789
New Fairfield 1740
Newtown 1711
Norwalk 1651
Redding 1767
Ridgefield 1708
Stamford 1641
Trumbull 1798
Weston 1787

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: Created 10 May 1666 from the Colonial lands, one of four original counties.[2]
  • County Seat has none since 1960 and the county was created 1666.
  • North part was taken to form Litchfield County 14 October 1751.

For animated maps illustrating Connecticut county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Connecticut County Boundary Maps" (1643-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

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:[3]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Huntington

History Timeline


Bible Records


  • William Willard Roberts, Pioneers and patriots of Pequannock, 1639-1799 , (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983).  Includes sections of old Fairfield, Stratford, and Stratfield.  "This historical synopsis...makes no pretense of being complete." Pequannock now known as Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6019422.
  • J.H. Beers & Company, Commemorative biographical record of Fairfield County, Connecticut containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families, (Chicago, Illinois : J.H. Beers, 1899).  Includes fullname index.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1421858 Items 4-5, or FHL US/CAN Book 974.69 D3c pt.2.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Fairfield County, 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 36,290
1800 38,208 5.3%
1810 41,050 7.4%
1820 42,739 4.1%
1830 47,010 10.0%
1840 49,917 6.2%
1850 59,775 19.7%
1860 77,476 29.6%
1870 95,276 23.0%
1880 112,042 17.6%
1890 150,081 34.0%
1900 184,203 22.7%
1910 245,322 33.2%
1920 320,936 30.8%
1930 386,702 20.5%
1940 418,384 8.2%
1950 504,342 20.5%
1960 653,589 29.6%
1970 792,814 21.3%
1980 807,143 1.8%
1990 827,645 2.5%
2000 882,567 6.6%
2010 916,829 3.9%
Source: Wikipedia.org".

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military Records

American Revolution

Civil War

African American Civil War Memorial in Danbury, CT

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Bridgeport Public Library – History Center
925 Broad Street(3rd floor)
Bridgeport, CT 06604
203 576-7400, ext. #7
203 576-8255 fax
E-Mail: hclibrarian@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org

Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
165 Whisconier Road
P.O. Box 5231
Brookfield, CT 06804
203 740-8140
E-Mail: brookfieldhistsoc@snet.net

Danbury Museum & Historical Society
43 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810
203 743-5200
E-Mail: info@danburymuseum.org

Darien Historical Society
45 Old Kings Highway North
Darien, CT 06820
203 655-9233

Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203 259‑1598

Gaelic American Club, Inc.
74 Beach Rd, Fairfield
CT 06824

Genealogy Club of Newtown, Connecticut
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
203 426-4533

Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830-5387
203 622-7948

Middlesex Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1111
Darien, CT 06820
E-Mail: stevenaanderson@gmail.com

New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
203 966-1776
203 972-5917 fax

Ridgefield Historical Society
4 Sunset Lane
Ridgefield CT 06877
203 438-5821


Research Guides


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Fairfield County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_County,_Connecticut 04/27/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Fairfield County, Connecticut," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_County%2C_Connecticut, accessed 25 September 2018.