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 in Connecticut.
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.
Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield St.
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
The library is national in scope with a large online collection in addition to its physical collection. Learn more.
New England Historic Genealogical Society Library
99 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
The Research Library is national in scope. Learn more.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that include names of more than three billion deceased people. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world. Collections include digitized historical records, microfilms and microfiche, books, maps, and much more. Explore at FamilySearch.org.
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. These local centers are staffed by volunteers and have varying hours and resources so call to verify their hours in advance.
Some Connecticut Family History Centers:
- Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield St.
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
- Southington Connecticut Family History Center
750 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike
- Manchester Connecticut Family History Center
30 Woodside St.
- Hartford Connecticut Family History Center
1000 Mountain Road
- Madison Connecticut Family History Center
275 Warpas Road
Connecticut Online Collections
- Kemp, Thomas Jay.Connecticut Researcher's Handbook. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1981. FHL book 974.6 D23k
- Leclerc, Michael J., editor. Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012. FHL book 974 D27g 2012 At various libraries(WorldCat)
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. Much of the information is available at little or no cost. Addresses on the Internet are subject to frequent changes. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
CTGenWeb - 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
CyndisList - a major portal linking to a variety of family history sites