Windham County, Connecticut

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*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Volunteer workers, ''Index to Richard M. Bayles History of Windham County, Connecticut, with illustrations'', Manuscript/With Film.  Available at the Family History Library, {{FHL|226150|item|disp= FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 H2b index,}} or FHL US/CAN Film 908965 Item 1.
 
*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Volunteer workers, ''Index to Richard M. Bayles History of Windham County, Connecticut, with illustrations'', Manuscript/With Film.  Available at the Family History Library, {{FHL|226150|item|disp= FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 H2b index,}} or FHL US/CAN Film 908965 Item 1.

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This is about a county in Connecticut. For other uses, see Windham (disambiguation).
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Windham County, Connecticut
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Location in the state of Connecticut
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Facts
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County Seat
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Windham County Courthouse
155 Church Street
Putman, CT 06260
Phone: 860-928.2779

Details Town Clerks have birth, marriage and land
records from 1692 and burial records from 1900;
Probate Judge has probate records.[1]

Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce records.

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Ashford 1714,
Brooklyn 1786,
Canterbury 1703,
Hampton 1786,
Killingly 1708,
Painfield 1699,
Pomfret 1713,
Sterling 1794,
Thompson 1785,
Windham 1692,
Woodstock (New Roxbure) 1686

  • Connecticut no longer has county governments; local government is at the town level.

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Windham County, Connecticut
  • Named for Windham, Sussex, England.

Parent County

12 May 1726: Formed from east part of Hartford County.[1]

Boundary Changes

13 October 1786 Tolland County was created from western part of the county.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places / Localities

Windham CountyNew London CountyTolland CountyHampden CountyMassachusettsWorcester CountyRhode IslandKent CountyProvidence CountyConnecticutWoodstockThompsonPutnamKillinglyPomfretBrooklynPlainfieldSterlingCanterburyScotlandWindhamChaplinHamptonAshfordEastfordVoluntownGriswoldLisbonNorwichBozrahFranklinSpragueColchesterLebanonColumbiaCoventryMansfieldTollandWillingtonStaffordUnionMonsonWalesBrimfieldHollandSturbridgeSouthbridgeCharltonDudleyOxfordWebsterDouglasSuttonBurrillvilleGlocesterFosterCoventryWest Greenwich
Modern towns and cities in Windham County, Connecticut. Click map to go to each respective town page.


Resources

Archives and Libraries

Biographies

Index

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Volunteer Aids, Index to Commemorative biographical record of Tolland and Windham counties, Connecticut, part 1, Manuscript.  Includes fullname index to part 1 but only through pt. 1's page 602.  Available online at ancestry.com$.  Available in the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.64 D3c pt. 1 index. 

Cemeteries

  • Cemeteries, USGenWeb CT Archives has links to transcriptions.
  • Charles R. Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemeteries and Inscriptions, Windham County Cemetery Records, (accessed 25 Feb 2011). This website has a collection of cemetery links, organized by town.
  • Connecticut Genealogy, Windham County Cemetery Records, (accessed 6 Mar 2011).
  • Connecticut Genealogy Trails, Cemeteries of Windham County, (accessed 6 Mar 2011). Alphabetical list by town, some links provided.
  • findagrave, Windham County Cemeteries, (accessed 6 Mar 2011). (296 listings)
  • Interment, Windham County Cemetery Records, (accessed 6 Mar 2011). This site has published burial records for several Windham County Cemeteries.
  • Linkpendium, Cemeteries, Windham County, (accessed 8 Mar 2011).
  • The Political Graveyard, (accessed 4 Mar 2011).  Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Windham County.
  • The Tombstone Transcription Project, (accessed 4 Mar 2011).  Windham County, Connecticut.
  • Windham County Cemetery Records, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  Links to cemetery transcriptions.
  • Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Cemetery records of Windham County, Connecticut, Typescript (photocopy).  Includes index.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 V3e, or FHL US/CAN Film 874014 Item 2.
  • William Applebie Daniel Eardeley, Connecticut cemeteries, 1673-1911, (Stamford, Connecticut : Stamford Genealogical Society (Connecticut), [19--]).  Microfilm of typescripts.  Includes indexes. Contains inscriptions from cemeteries in Fairfield, Windham, and Hartford counties, with emphasis on cemeteries of Stamford.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 929231 Item 1.

Census

For tips on accessing Windham County, Connecticut census records online, see: Connecticut Census.

Church History and Records

  • Connecticut Genealogy, Windham County Church Records, (accessed 6 Mar 2011). Includes church and vital records.
  • Linkpendium, Church Records, Windham County, (accessed 8 Mar 2011).
  • John Sherman, A view of ecclesiastical proceedings in the county of Windham, Connecticut in which the original association of the county and a few members of the First Church in Mansfield were concerned; containing public documents, letters &c. relative to the subject; to which are annexed, the result of council, and addresses to the society, the church, the youth of Mansfield and others, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993).   Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1697816 Item 17.
  • Woodstock Methodist Episcopal Church (Woodstock, Connecticut), Church records, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987).  Includes baptisms 1850-1863, marriages 1850-1861, and membership 1849-1865.  Also includes records of East Woodstock Methodist Episcopal Church, West Woodstock Methodist Episcopal Church, and North Woodstock Methodist Episcopal Church.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1508864 Item 2.

Court Records

  • Windham County Connecticut Court Records Directory, (accessed 8 Mar 2011).
  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County), Court expenses, 1826-1883, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990). Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1638582 Item 2.
  • Grace Louise Knox & Barbara B. Ferris, Connecticut divorces Superior Court records for the counties of New London, Tolland & Windham, 1719-1910, (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, c1987).  Includes index.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 P2k.
  • Marcella Houle Pasay, Family secrets 18th & 19th century birth records found in the Windham County, Ct., County Court records & files, at the CT State Library Archives, Hartford, (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, c2000).  Includes index.  Includes some records from towns in surrounding counties.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 V2p.
  • Marcella Houle Pasay, The Windham County, CT, county court records, (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, c2000-c2002). Includes (v. 1) name/location and case indexes and (v. 2) name, place, and subject indexes. Contents: v. 1. abstracts of volume 1 [1726-1732], CT State Library Archives, Captial Avenue, Hartford, CT -- v. 2. abstracts of volume 2 [1732-1736] , Connecticut State Library Archives, Captial Avenue, Hartford, CT. Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 P28p v. 1 and 2.

Directories

  • Linkpendium, Directories, Windham County, (accessed 8 Mar 2011).
  • Danielson (Connecticut) city directories, (Woodbridge, Connecticut : Research Publications, [199-?]).   Available at the Family History Library, 1913 FHL US/CAN Film 2308484 Item 1, 1921-22, Item 2. 1923-24, Item 3 and 1927-28, Item 4.

Divorce Records

  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County), Divorce papers, 1726-1907, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990).  Available at the Family History Library beginning with, FHL US/CAN Film 1638582 Item 3, (27 films)

Gazetteers

Windham County, Gazetteer, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).

Genealogy

  • William L. Weaver, History of ancient Windham--genealogy parts XC through XCVII--Elderkin, (Lakeland, Florida : R.D. Elderkin, c1).   Available at the Family History Library, FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1, or FHL US/CAN Fiche 6017293.

History

  • Ellen D. Larned, History of Windham County, Connecticut.  (Worcester, Massachusetts : E.D. Larned, 1874-1880).  Photocopy of original.  Includes indexes. Contents: v. 1. 1600-1760 -- v. 2. 1760-1880.  Volume 2 is available online at Internet Archives, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  A database for this book is available at ancestry.com$, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).   Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 H2L, or FHL US/CAN Film 1000153 Items 1-2.
  • Ellen D. Larned, Historic gleanings in Windham County, Connecticut, (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987).  Includes index.  Available online at Google Books, (accessed 2 Mar 2011), or Internet Archives, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 H2Le 1992, or FHL US/CAN Access Window 6062287.
  • Richard M. Bayles, History of Windham County, Connecticut with illustrations, (New York, New York : W.W. Preston, 1889).  Available online at Internet Archives, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 H2b, or FHL US/CAN Film 1000153 Item 3.
  • William L. Weaver, History of ancient Windham, Ct.--genealogy containing a genealogical record of all the early families of ancient Windham, embracing the present towns of Windham, Mansfield, Hampton, Chaplin and Scotland : part 1: A--BIL, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982).  Includes indexes.  Includes Abbe, Allen, Babcock, Backus, Baldwin, Barrows, Bennett and other families. Brief family histories for those with surnames between ABBE and BILLINGS, living in various towns in Windham County, Connecticut.  Available online at Internet Archives, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 5905.
  • History of Windham County, Connecticut (1874)
  • Linkpendium, History, Windham County, (accessed 8 Mar 2011).
  • Google Timeline, Windham County, Connecticut History 1600-2011, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).

Index

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Society. Volunteer workers, Index to Richard M. Bayles History of Windham County, Connecticut, with illustrations, Manuscript/With Film.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 H2b index, or FHL US/CAN Film 908965 Item 1.

Land and Property

  • Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division, Windham County, Connecticut land ownership map, 1856, (Washington, District of Columbia : Library of Congress, 1983).  Available online at flickr from yahoo, (accessed 3 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6079305.

Maps

  • Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Maps, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  Organized by State and County.  Links to road maps, county outlines, colored outlines and lists of towns.
  • Linkpendium, Maps and Gazetteers, Windham County, (accessed 8 Mar 2011).

Military History and Records

Civil War

Service men from Windham County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Most of the men in the following companies were from Windham County.

  1. 7th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company K
  2. 18th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company H and K
  3. 21st Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company K
World War I and World War II

Minorities

  • Marcella Houle Pasay, Full circle a directory of Native and African Americans in Windham County, CT, and vicinity, 1650-1900, (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, c2002).  Includes index.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 F2p v. 1, and FHL US/CAN Book 974.645 F2p v. 2.

Naturalization and Citizenship

  • Connecticut. County Court (Windham County), Naturalizations, 1855, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983).  Includes index.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1378199 Item 2.
  • Connecticut. Superior Court and County Court (Windham County), Declarations of intentions, 1855-1906, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983).  Indexes are found within each volume.  Includes records of the County Court, 1855-1856.  Available at the Famiy History Library, 1855-1892 FHL US/CAN Film 1378200 Items 4-5, and 1892-1906 FHL US/CAN Film 1378201 Item 1.
  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County), Naturalization records (Windham County, Connecticut), 1906-1945, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983-2008).  Includes index.  Available at the Family History Library, Vault US/CAN Film 2436082 Item 3. (12 Films)
  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County), Naturalizations, 1855-1906, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983).  Indexes included within each volume.  Available at the Family History Library, 1855-1863 FHL US/CAN Film 1378199 Item 1, and 1866-1888 Item 3-4 and 1888-1906 FHL US/CAN Film 1378200 Items 1 - 3.

Index

  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County), Index to naturalization records 1927-1974 (Windham County, Connecticut - Superior Court), (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2003).   Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 2369780 Item 2.

Newspapers

Probate District Courts

Connecticut State Library, Research Guide to Connecticut Probate Districts, (accessed 28 Feb 2011).

Schools

  • John Keep, Adin Webb and Baptist Church in Homer, New York, Miscellaneous records of Homer, New York, 1794-1860, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941).  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 17702, or FHL US/CAN Film 1421103 Items 2-4.

Taxation

Vital Records

  • Windham County (Connecticut). Coroner, Coroner's records, 1883-1932, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988).  Indexes are included within each volume. Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1602848 Item 4, (first of 5 films).
  • Linkpendium, Vital Records, Windham County, (accessed 8 Mar 2011).

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 113, 181. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.