Connecticut Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Telephone: 860-566-4301
Fax: 860-566-8940
Internet: http://www.cslib.org/

A helpful inventory of this library is Connecticut State Library, Guide to Archives in the Connecticut State Library, Third Edition. (Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library, 1981; FHL book 974.6 A1 No. 30).

National Archives—Northeast Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02154
Telephone: 617-647-8100
Fax: 617-647-8460
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/

'National Archives—Northeast Region (Pittsfield)
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230
Telephone: 413-236-3600
Fax: 413-236-3609
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/northeast/pittsfield/'

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Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 249
Stamford, CT 06904-0249
Internet: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctcas/

Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.
P.O. Box 435
2106 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033-0435
Telephone: 860-569-0002
Internet: http://csginc.org/

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Telephone: 860-236-5621
Fax: 860-236-2664
Internet: http://www.chs.org/

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Telephone: 617-536-5740
Fax: 617-536-7307
Internet: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/

Overview of Connecticut genealoigcal Resources

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.). (FHL book 974.6 D23k).

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

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. As of April 1997, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:

USGenWeb

http://www.usgenweb.com/

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.

Roots-L

http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline (30972), 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.

FamilySearch™

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.