Connecticut Archives and Libraries
Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Connecticut. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state. The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers inConnecticut.
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Telephone: 860-757-6500 or toll free: 866-886-4478
Holdings include the collection, "Connecticut Archives," 1629–1820. A helpful inventory of this collection is:
- Connecticut State Library, Guide to Archives in the Connecticut State Library, Third Edition. (Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library, 1981; Family History Library book 974.6 A1 No. 30).
The State Library also houses the Museum of Connecticut History (860-757-6521).
National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-6399
Telephone: 781-663-0144 or toll free: 866-406-2379
The National Archives—Northeast Region (Boston) has records created by federal agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The archives has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources. Learn more.
Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library
175 Maple Street
East Hartford, Connecticut 06118-2634
The library's holdings are not limited to Connecticut and include census records, tax lists, family histories, church records, local histories, and much more.
Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
The library collections include manuscripts, photos, books, maps, and other Connecticut-related resources.
New England Historic Genealogical Society'Library'
99 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
The Research Library is national in scope. Learn more.
A useful guide to the published and original records of Connecticut is Connecticut Researcher's Handbook by Thomas Jay Kemp (Detroit, MI: Gale, 1981. 755p.). (Family History Library book 974.6 D23k).
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Connecticut in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.
Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.
Cyndi's List - United States - Connecticut
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.
The Family History Library and Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.