Connecticut Vital Records

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Introduction to 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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Connecticut Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

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.


Town Records

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

State Records

State registration of vital statistics began in 1897 and was generally complied with by 1915. The Family History Library has not obtained these records. 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:
P.O. Box 340-308 11 VRS
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

The current fees for this service are listed at VitalRecords.com. Select a state, Connecticut, to see the fees for birth, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to information on divorce and adoption. You can also contact the Vital Records Section (address given above) for current information.

State your relationship to the individual you want information about and the reason you want the information.

Birth Records

Early to 1870

Recording of birth records by the town clerk began in 1650. Following the Revoutionary War - 1870 records were not always recorded.

1870 - 1897   (1870 State Board of Health established. Record keeping in towns improved)

1897 - Present

Birth records are considered confidential and can only be searched 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, Incorporated, for help in searching birth records. There will be a fee for this service.

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

Adoption

Marriage Records

Early - 1897

Some marriages were recorded as early as 1640.

1897 - Present

Marriage- Eloping Couples

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.  

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. The Family History Library does not have copies of many divorce records.

Death Records

Early - 1897

1897- Present

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 Family History Library 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

Family History Library-Connecticut-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. The collection is on 98 microfilms at the Family History Library [1]and the births are indexed in the IGI.

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 Cemeteries page.

Bowman Collection. This is a card index to Connecticut vital records in Massachusetts, 1800 to 1900. [2]

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. [3]A published index of this collection is Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700. [4]Third Supplement to Torrey's New England marriages prior to 1700 was published in 2003. [5]

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. [6]It indexes the names found in the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin. [7]

International Genealogical Index. This indexes many of the births and marriages recorded in the town records. It is available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.

Archives, Libraries and Societies


References

  1. Family History Library film 002887
  2. Family History Library films 002884-885.
  3. Family History Library films929494-500.
  4. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985; Family History Library book 974 V2t; film 1320548 item 14.
  5. Family History Library book 974 V2t supp.
  6. Family History Library film 002886.
  7. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society, 1934-; Family History Library book 974.6 H25c.