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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Connecticut.htm Connecticut Vital Records State Department of Health] or the Town Clerk's office where the event occurred.  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Connecticut.htm Connecticut Vital Records State Department of Health] or the Town Clerk's office where the event occurred.  
  
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=== Vital Records Reference Dates  ===
 
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== Connecticut&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
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== Online Databases ==
  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Connecticut Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Connecticut Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Connecticut Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Connecticut Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''  
  
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hubbard/morestuff.html Barbour Collection] hosted by Rootsweb - Free(see also the Wiki article [[Barbour Collection|Barbour Collection]])<br>  
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hubbard/morestuff.html Barbour Collection] by Jane Devlin, hosted by Rootsweb - Free (see also the Wiki article [[Barbour Collection|Barbour Collection]])<br>
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Connecticut Connecticut Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]- Free  
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/connecticut/index.html Online Connecticut Death Indexes and Records] - Free<br>
*[https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch ]indexed films for Births and Christenings from 1642-1906, [https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674749&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Marriages ]from 1729 to 1867, and Deaths and Burials from 1772-1934. You will find a film number to Family History films, you may use at a [[Family History Centers|Family History Center]].
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<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Births'''''</span></center>
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*{{RecordSearch|1674736|Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2496 Connecticut, Passport and Birth Certificates, 1852-1928], ($).
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1034 Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)] ($)<br><br>
  
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<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Marriages'''''</span></center>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1062 Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3719 Early Connecticut Marriages] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61367 Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1620-1926] ($) Index and images
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*{{RecordSearch|1674749|Connecticut, Marriages, 1630-1997}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49372 Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49353 Second Supplement To Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700] ($)
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search/advanced-search/?database=Connecticut%20Marriages%20and%20Deaths,%201792-1837 American Ancestors Connecticut Marriages and Deaths, 1792-1837] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5318 Connecticut Marriages to 1850]($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1936542|Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1959-2001}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7158 Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1959-2012] ($)
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*[http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10204/connecticut-marriages-1966-2002?s=218489221 Connecticut, Marriages, 1966 - 2002], ($). Index.
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*[http://www.pgsctne.org/Marriage_Database/All%20States%20Database.aspx Polish American Marriage Database for Connecticut], index.<br><br>
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<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Divorces'''''</span></center>
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*{{RecordSearch|1967742|Connecticut, Divorce Index, 1968-1997}} Index.
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*[http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/connecticut-divorces-1960-2010 Connecticut Divorces, 1960-2010], ($). Index.<br><br>
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<center><span style="color: rgb(204, 153, 153);">'''''Deaths'''''</span></center>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2557 Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934], ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1674748|Connecticut, Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934}} Index.
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*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search/advanced-search/?database=Connecticut%20Marriages%20and%20Deaths,%201792-1837 American Ancestors Connecticut Marriages and Deaths, 1792-1837] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1063 Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1946874|Connecticut, Death Index, 1949-2001}} Index.
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*[http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/connecticut-deaths-1949-2010 Connecticut Deaths, 1949-2010], ($). Index.
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*[http://www.ancestorsatrest.com/connecticut.shtml Ancestors at Rest], Index
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*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index for Connecticut - starts 1962}} Index.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60901 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007], incomplete, ($).<br><br>
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== Vital Records Collections  ==
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There are several collections and other sources which contain vital records:
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'''[[Barbour Collection|Barbour Collection]].''' This collection consists of abstracts of town, church, and other original records from the earliest time to the 1850s. Most towns are included. The index is incomplete, however, and is known to contain errors. On 98 microfilms {{FHL|295370|item|disp=FHL films starting with film 002887}}and the births are indexed in the IGI.
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'''Charles R. Hale Collection.''' This collection includes newspaper notices of marriages, deaths and cemetery inscriptions. On 360 rolls of film. See the [[Connecticut Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] page.
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'''Bowman Collection.''' This is a card index to Connecticut vital records in Massachusetts, 1800 to 1900. {{FHL|19994|item|disp=FHL films 002884-885}}.
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'''Clarence Torrey Collection.'''This includes New England marriage records prior to 1700. It is at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and also on microfilm at the Family History Library. {{FHL|290345|item|disp=FHL films 929494-500}}. A published index of this collection is Clarence Almon Torrey, ''New England Marriages Prior to 1700''. {{FHL|146171|item|disp=FHL book 974 V2t; film 1320548 item 14}}. ''Third'' ''Supplement to Torrey's New England marriages prior to 1700'' was published in 2003. {{FHL|1137216|item|disp=FHL book974 V2t supp. 3}}
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'''Index to the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vols 1-8.'''This is an index at the Connecticut State Library and is on microfilm at the Family History Library. {{FHL|38508|title-id|disp=FHL film 002886}}. It indexes the names found in the ''Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin''. {{FHL|851191|title-id|disp=FHL book 974.6 H25c}}.
  
 
== Birth, Marriage, and Death Records  ==
 
== Birth, Marriage, and Death Records  ==
  
=== Town Records  ===
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=== Town Records, early to present ===
  
'''Early to 1870'''
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Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by each town clerk. These are described further in [[Connecticut Town Records|Connecticut Town Records]].<br>
  
Recording of birth records by the town clerk began in 1650. Following the Revoutionary War - 1870 records were not&nbsp;always recorded.  
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Many of the births, marriages, and deaths recorded in town records have been extracted and are part of the database that can be searched by name on the home page of [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]. The former International Genealogical Index (IGI) is part of this.<br>
  
'''1870 - 1897&nbsp;&nbsp; (1870 State Board of Health established.&nbsp;Record keeping in towns improved)'''
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Early to 1870 - Recording of vital records by the town clerk began about 1650. Following the Revolutionary War to about 1870, records were not always recorded. <br>
  
Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by each town clerk. These are described further in [[Connecticut Town Records|Connecticut Town Records]]. Many of the births and marriages recorded in the town records have been extracted and are listed in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.  
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1870 to 1897 - In 1870, the State Board of Health established. Record keeping in towns improved.  
  
=== State Records  ===
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=== State Records, 1897 to present ===
  
'''1897 - Present'''
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State registration of vital statistics began in 1897 and was generally complied with by 1915. For copies of state records, you can contact:
  
State registration of vital statistics began in 1897 and was generally complied with by 1915. For copies of state records, you can contact:  
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[http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388130 Department of Public Health]<br>Vital Records Section<br>410 Capitol Avenue, 1st Floor<br>Hartford, CT 06134
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Telephone: 860-509-7700<br>Mailing Address:<br>CT Department of Public Health State Office of Vital Records 410 Capitol Ave. MS#11VRS P.O. Box 340308 Hartford, CT 06134-0308
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Their [http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&amp;q=388130 Web site] gives complete information for ordering births, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to the town Websites for information in ordering town vital records.
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To find current fees, any restrictions, and where to write:<br>
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*CDC.gov, [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/connecticut.htm Where to Write for Vital Records, Connecticut] has information for births, deaths, marriages, and adoptions.<br>
  
Department of Public Health<br>Vital Records Section<br>410 Capitol Avenue, 1st Floor<br>Hartford, CT 06134
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*[http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRec.com] ($). Select a state to see the fees for birth, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link for divorces and adoptions.
  
Telephone: 860-509-7700<br>Mailing Address:<br>CT Department of Public Health
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=== Birth Records  ===
State Office of Vital Records
 
410 Capitol Ave. MS#11VRS
 
P.O. Box 340308
 
Hartford, CT  06134-0308
 
  
Their [http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388130 website] gives complete information for ordering births, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to the town websites for information in ordering town vital records.
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'''Town Birth Records'''
  
You may find the current fees for this service are listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com]. Select a state,&nbsp;Connecticut, to see the fees for birth, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to information&nbsp;on divorce and adoption.&nbsp;You can also contact the Vital Records Section (address given above) for current information.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674736 Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906] is a name index to town birth, baptism and christening records. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch centers. [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Connecticut_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Description] of records.<br>
  
State your relationship to the individual you want information about and the reason you want the information.
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'''State Birth Records '''
  
Birth records are considered confidential and can only be searched by:  
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These records are considered confidential for 100 years and can only be searched during that period by:  
  
 
#The individual, his mother, or father  
 
#The individual, his mother, or father  
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#A member of a genealogical society in Connecticut. <br>
 
#A member of a genealogical society in Connecticut. <br>
  
You may wish to write to the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Incorporated, for help in searching birth records. There will be a fee for this service.  
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You may wish to write to the [http://www.csginc.org/ Connecticut Society of Genealogists] for help in searching birth records. There will be a fee for this service.  
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A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
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[[Connecticut Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Conecticut Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== Delayed Birth Records  ====
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Delayed registrations of births were kept by the town clerk and have the same restrictions as other vital records. <br>
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==== Adoption  ====
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*Child Welfare Information Gateway, [http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/infoaccessap.cfm Access to Adoption Records: Summary of State Laws], explains laws about accessing adoption records. This seems to be general rather than specific to a state.<br>
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*Child Welfare Information Gateway, [http://www.childwelfare.gov/nfcad/ National Foster Care &amp; Adoption Directory Search] can be searched by state for various types of adoption organizations.<br>
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*[http://www.adopteeconnect.com/p/a/1007/ Connecticut Adoption Registry] is a worldwide adoptee and birth parent search database.
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=== Marriages  ===
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Some marriages were recorded as early as 1640 by town clerks and can be found in town records. Many town records have been filmed and are available at the Family History Library, family history centers, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
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*'''1640-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2448940|Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1729-1867''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674749 Connecticut, Marriages, 1729-1867] is a name index. [[Connecticut Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)| Description]] of records.
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*'''1959-2001''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1936542 Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1959-2001] is an index of marriages from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in Hartford. This free index is provided by Ancestry.co. [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Connecticut,_Marriage_Index_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Description] of records.
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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*[[Connecticut, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Connecticut Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== Marriage- Eloping Couples  ====
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([[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Green]] Locations)
  
Delayed registrations of births were kept by the town clerk and have the same restrictions as other vital records.  
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Groton, [[New London County, Connecticut]] was a city many eloping couples went to to be married.&nbsp; There was no waiting period between&nbsp;the time of issuing a license and the performance of the marriage. Other such marriage places include [[Niagara County, New York Genealogy|Niagara Falls NY]] (or Ontario), or [[Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Cecil County, MD]], or [[Prince William County, Virginia|Prince William County, VA]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, [http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?"] in ''Genealogy Blog'' (accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>
  
Some marriages were recorded as early as 1640.
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=== Divorce Records  ===
  
=== '''Marriage- Eloping Couples'''  ===
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Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the clerk of the superior court where the divorce was granted. <br>
  
([[Gretna_Greens_in_the_United_States|Greta Green]] Locations)  
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The Connecticut State Library has some early divorce records. This library also has a [http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/hg/divorce/indexes Research Guide to Divorce Records in Connecticut], A Brief History and Summary of Sources. (accessed 12 April 2016) <!--{12078463895780} -->
  
Groton, [[New London County, Connecticut]] was a city many eloping couples went&nbsp;to to be married.&nbsp; There was no waiting period between&nbsp;the time of issuing a license and the performance of the marriage. Other such marriage places include [[Niagara County, New York|Niagara Falls NY]] (or Ontario), or [[Cecil County, Maryland|Cecil County, MD]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1967742 Connecticut Divorce Index, 1968-1997] is an index of divorces from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in Hartford. Index provided by Ancestry.com. [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Connecticut_Divorce_Index_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Description] of records.<br>
  
== Divorce Records  ==
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
  
Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the clerk of the superior court where the divorce was granted. The Connecticut State Library has some early divorce records. The Family History Library does not have copies of many divorce records. <!--{12078463895780} -->
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[[Connecticut Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== Adoption ==
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=== Deaths ===
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674748 Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934] is a name index to records available on film and at town clerks' offices. This set contains 2,010,979 records. [[Connecticut Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)| Description]] of records.<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1946874 Connecticut, Death Index, 1949-2001] is an index of deaths from the Connecticut Department of Health in Hartford. This free index is provided by Ancestry.com.&nbsp; [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Connecticut_Death_Index_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Description] of records.
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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*[[Connecticut Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Connecticut Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Fetal Deaths'''<br>
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A copy of a "Fetal Death Certificate" is available to parents, grandparents, or guardians.  If record is older than 100 years, then anyone may request with the proper fee.  Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Stillbirth."<ref>“United States Fetal Death Records,” ''Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2.''  (Marquette, Michigan:  Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.</ref>
  
 
== Additional Helps  ==
 
== Additional Helps  ==
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=== '''Tips'''  ===
 
=== '''Tips'''  ===
  
*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
 
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to births, marriages, death or burial.&nbsp;  
 
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to births, marriages, death or burial.&nbsp;  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 50 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and / or ancestors.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 50 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and / or ancestors.  
 
*If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded.  
 
*If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded.  
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records.'''&nbsp; Search for '''Connecticut '''to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by that&nbsp;county.
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*Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records.'''&nbsp; Search for '''Connecticut '''to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by that&nbsp;county.
  
 
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These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.  
 
These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.  
  
'''[[Connecticut Church Records|Connecticut Church Records]]''': Depending on the denomination, church records&nbsp;may contain information about birth, marriage and death.  
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'''[[Connecticut Church Records|Connecticut Church Records]]''': Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.  
  
 
'''[[Connecticut Cemeteries|Connecticut Cemetery Records]]''': Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.&nbsp; These records may also reveal family relationships.  
 
'''[[Connecticut Cemeteries|Connecticut Cemetery Records]]''': Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.&nbsp; These records may also reveal family relationships.  
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'''[[Connecticut Census|Connecticut Census Records]]''': Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.  
 
'''[[Connecticut Census|Connecticut Census Records]]''': Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.  
  
'''[[Connecticut History|Connecticut History]]''': Local histories, family&nbsp;histories&nbsp;and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.  
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'''[[Connecticut History|Connecticut History]]''': Local histories, family&nbsp;histories&nbsp;and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.  
  
'''[[Connecticut Military Records|Connecticut Military]]''': Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,&nbsp; In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.  
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'''[[Connecticut Military Records|Connecticut Military]]''': Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,&nbsp; In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.  
  
 
'''[[Connecticut Newspapers|Connecticut Newspaper]]''': Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.&nbsp; Also check newspaper social columns for&nbsp;additional information.&nbsp;  
 
'''[[Connecticut Newspapers|Connecticut Newspaper]]''': Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.&nbsp; Also check newspaper social columns for&nbsp;additional information.&nbsp;  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/CT/ Connecticut Vital Records] (Connecticut Genealogy)&nbsp; - Free/$
 
 
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=== Family History Library-Connecticut-Vital Records Collections  ===
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
  
There are several collections and other sources which contain vital records:
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*[[Connecticut Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Connecticut Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Connecticut Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Connecticut, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Connecticut,Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
  
'''[[Barbour Collection|Barbour Collection]].''' This collection consists of abstracts of town, church, and other original records from the earliest time to the 1850s. Most towns are included. The index is incomplete, however, and is known to contain errors. The collection is on 98 microfilms at the Family History Library <ref>Family History Library film {{FHL|295370|title-id|disp=002887}} </ref>and the births are indexed in the IGI.
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'''Charles R. Hale Collection.''' This collection includes newspaper notices of marriages, deaths and cemetery inscriptions. The Family History Library has this collection on 360 rolls of film. See the [[Connecticut Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] page.
 
 
 
'''Bowman Collection.''' This is a card index to Connecticut vital records in Massachusetts, 1800 to 1900. <ref>Family History Library films 002884-885. </ref>
 
 
 
'''Clarence Torrey Collection.'''This includes New England marriage records prior to 1700. It is at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and also on microfilm at the Family History Library. <ref>Family History Library films{{FHL|290345|title-id|disp=929494-500}}. </ref>A published index of this collection is Clarence Almon Torrey, ''New England Marriages Prior to 1700''. <ref>Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Family History Library {{FHL|146171|title-id|disp=book 974 V2t; film 1320548 item 14}}. </ref>A&nbsp;''Third'' ''Supplement to Torrey's New England marriages prior to 1700''&nbsp;was published in 2003. <ref>Family History Library book {{FHL|1137216|title-id|disp=974 V2t}} supp. </ref>
 
 
 
'''Index to the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vols 1-8.'''This is an index at the Connecticut State Library and is on microfilm at the Family History Library. <ref>Family History Library film {{FHL|38508|title-id|disp=002886}}. </ref>It indexes the names found in the ''Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin''. <ref>Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society, 1934-; Family History Library book {{FHL|851191|title-id|disp=974.6 H25c}}. </ref>'''<br>'''
 
  
 
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Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Connecticut Vital Records State Department of Health or the Town Clerk's office where the event occurred.

 
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Vital Records Reference Dates

Connecticut's vital records start the following years:



Births, Marriages and Deaths
Earliest 1630's (date of town)
Statewide Registration 1897
General Compliance 1915


Online Databases

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Connecticut Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Most online resources for Connecticut Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Births
Marriages
Divorces
Deaths

Vital Records Collections

There are several collections and other sources which contain vital records:

Barbour Collection. This collection consists of abstracts of town, church, and other original records from the earliest time to the 1850s. Most towns are included. The index is incomplete, however, and is known to contain errors. On 98 microfilms FHL films starting with film 002887and the births are indexed in the IGI.

Charles R. Hale Collection. This collection includes newspaper notices of marriages, deaths and cemetery inscriptions. On 360 rolls of film. See the Cemeteries page.

Bowman Collection. This is a card index to Connecticut vital records in Massachusetts, 1800 to 1900. FHL films 002884-885.

Clarence Torrey Collection.This includes New England marriage records prior to 1700. It is at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and also on microfilm at the Family History Library. FHL films 929494-500. A published index of this collection is Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700. FHL book 974 V2t; film 1320548 item 14. Third Supplement to Torrey's New England marriages prior to 1700 was published in 2003. FHL book974 V2t supp. 3

Index to the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vols 1-8.This is an index at the Connecticut State Library and is on microfilm at the Family History Library. FHL film 002886. It indexes the names found in the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin. FHL book 974.6 H25c.

Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Town Records, early to present

Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by each town clerk. These are described further in Connecticut Town Records.

Many of the births, marriages, and deaths recorded in town records have been extracted and are part of the database that can be searched by name on the home page of FamilySearch. The former International Genealogical Index (IGI) is part of this.

Early to 1870 - Recording of vital records by the town clerk began about 1650. Following the Revolutionary War to about 1870, records were not always recorded.

1870 to 1897 - In 1870, the State Board of Health established. Record keeping in towns improved.

State Records, 1897 to present

State registration of vital statistics began in 1897 and was generally complied with by 1915. For copies of state records, you can contact:

Department of Public Health
Vital Records Section
410 Capitol Avenue, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06134

Telephone: 860-509-7700
Mailing Address:
CT Department of Public Health State Office of Vital Records 410 Capitol Ave. MS#11VRS P.O. Box 340308 Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Their Web site gives complete information for ordering births, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to the town Websites for information in ordering town vital records.

To find current fees, any restrictions, and where to write:

  • VitalRec.com ($). Select a state to see the fees for birth, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link for divorces and adoptions.

Birth Records

Town Birth Records

State Birth Records

These records are considered confidential for 100 years and can only be searched during that period by:

  1. The individual, his mother, or father
  2. An attorney
  3. A member of a genealogical society in Connecticut.

You may wish to write to the Connecticut Society of Genealogists for help in searching birth records. There will be a fee for this service.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Conecticut Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Delayed Birth Records

Delayed registrations of births were kept by the town clerk and have the same restrictions as other vital records.

Adoption

Marriages

Some marriages were recorded as early as 1640 by town clerks and can be found in town records. Many town records have been filmed and are available at the Family History Library, family history centers, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Marriage- Eloping Couples

(Gretna Green Locations)

Groton, New London County, Connecticut was a city many eloping couples went to to be married.  There was no waiting period between the time of issuing a license and the performance of the marriage. Other such marriage places include Niagara Falls NY (or Ontario), or Cecil County, MD, or Prince William County, VA.[1]

Divorce Records

Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the clerk of the superior court where the divorce was granted.

The Connecticut State Library has some early divorce records. This library also has a Research Guide to Divorce Records in Connecticut, A Brief History and Summary of Sources. (accessed 12 April 2016)

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Connecticut Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Deaths

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Fetal Deaths
A copy of a "Fetal Death Certificate" is available to parents, grandparents, or guardians. If record is older than 100 years, then anyone may request with the proper fee. Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Stillbirth."[2]

Additional Helps

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to births, marriages, death or burial. 
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 50 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and / or ancestors.
  • If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded.
  • Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Connecticut to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.

Substitute Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

Connecticut Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.

Connecticut Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.  These records may also reveal family relationships.

Connecticut Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.

Connecticut Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.

Connecticut History: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.

Connecticut Military: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,  In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.

Connecticut Newspaper: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.  Also check newspaper social columns for additional information. 

Connecticut Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.

More Online Links

These websites contain links to statewide and county vital record online pages.  Some of these links may be duplicates of those already listed on this wiki page.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:


References

  1. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog (accessed 8 January 2011).
  2. “United States Fetal Death Records,” Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2. (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.