Connecticut Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906Connecticut Marriages, 1729-1867, and Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934.
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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1711 through 1939.

Record Description

Digital database of information transcribed from original records.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How to Use the Record

Use this file to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Depending on the time period and place there may not be a surname listed in the original records. When that happened, the indexer often assigned a surname based on the father's surname which may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth/christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted. 

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Connecticut. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing to accomplish its program of identifying the ancestry of mankind.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of information available on those who were born, married, or died in Connecticut.

Related Web Sites

Online Connecticut Death Indexes.

Related Wiki Articles

Connecticut Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Sources of Information for This Collection

"Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Connecticut.

"Connecticut Marriages, 1729-1867," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Connecticut.

"Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Connecticut.

Each entry in this index has a source listed. The index may be a compilation of records from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again.  It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information , including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records thatyou have searched is found in the Wiki Article:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

  • Connectcut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906. digital images, From FamilySearch Internet(www.familysearch,org: January 7, 2011). Birth of Mary Ann Dalton, 9 Sept 1885, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, film number 1311437
  • Connecticut Marriages, 1729-1867. digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch,org: January 7, 2011). Marriage of Ivan W, Olsson to Julie B. Anderson, 30 May 1900, Narwich, New London, Connecticut, film number 1311439
  • Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934. digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch,org: January 7, 2011). Death of Jessie D. Whipple, 1931, Connecticut, United States, film number 3224