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The Congregational Church was predominant in early [[Connecticut]] and was the state church until 1818. Other prominent churches in the state are the Methodist and Episcopal churches (colonial period), and the Roman Catholic and Baptist churches (19th century).
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Connecticut|Connecticut ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Connecticut_Church_Records|Church Records]]''
  
More than 600 churches have deposited their records with the Connecticut State Library. Most of these records are on microfilm at the Family History Library. Some of these records are indexed in a card index prepared by the Connecticut State Library. This index was microfilmed in 1949 (FHL films 0002806-74). A useful guide to this collection is ''List of Church Records in the Connecticut State Library'' (Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 1976; FHL book 974.6 A1 no. 14; film 1033856 item 9).
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== Introduction  ==
  
To learn about church records existing in 1942, see ''Guide to Vital Statistics in the Church Records of Connecticut'' (New Haven, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Records Survey, 1942; FHL book 974.6 K23g; film 924002 item 2; fiche 6051300).
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The [[Congregational Church in the United States|Congregational Church]] was predominant in early Connecticut and was [http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/Connecticut.pdf the state church until 1818]. Other prominent churches in the state are the [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]] and [[Episcopal Church in the United States|Episcopal]] churches (colonial period), and the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Roman Catholic]] and [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]] churches (19th century).  
  
The Family History Library has an extensive microfilm collection of records of the Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, and Methodist Episcopal churches. Published histories are available for denominations such as Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Latter-day Saint (Mormon), and Universalist.
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More than 600 churches have deposited their records with the [[Connecticut State Library|Connecticut State Library]]. Most of these records are on microfilm at the Family History Library. Some of these records are indexed in a card index prepared by the Connecticut State Library. This index was microfilmed in 1949: {{FHL|19954|item}} 0002806-74. A useful guide to this collection is ''List of Church Records in the Connecticut State Library'' (Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 1976. {{FHL|178132|item}} 974.6 A1 no. 14; {{FHL|273473|item}} 1033856 item 9.  
  
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
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To learn about church records existing in 1942, see:
  
=== Baptist ===
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*''Guide to Vital Statistics in the Church Records of Connecticut.'' (New Haven, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Records Survey, 1942). {{FHL|244317|item}} 974.6 K23g; film 924002 item 2; fiche 6051300
American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library<br>1106 South Goodman Street<br>Rochester, NY 14620-2532<br>Telephone: 716-473-1740<br>Fax: 716-473-1740 <br>Internet: [http://www.crcds.edu/orgMain.asp?orgid=165&storyTypeID=&storyID=&sid http://www.crcds.edu/orgMain.asp?orgid=165&amp;storyTypeID=&amp;storyID=&amp;sid]
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=== Congregational ===
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== Collections of Church Records  ==
Connecticut Historical Society<br>1 Elizabeth Street<br>Hartford, CT 06105<br>Telephone: 860-236-5621<br>Fax: 860-236-2664 <br>Internet: http://www.chs.org/
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The Congregational Library<br>14 Beacon Street<br>Boston, MA 02108-3704<br>Telephone: 617-523-0470<br>Fax: 617-523-0491 <br>Internet: http://congregational-library.typepad.com/
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The following index church records as well as other birth, death and marriage records. Microfilm copies of the original records are are available at the appropriate town, the Family History Library, and family history centers.<br>  
  
=== Episcopal ===
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674736 Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906] is a name index to birth, baptism, and christening records.&nbsp; [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Connecticut_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Description] of records.<br>
Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut<br>135 Asylum Avenue<br>Hartford, CT 06105-2295<br>Telephone: 860-233-4481<br>Fax: 860-523-1410 <br>Internet: http://www.ctdiocese.org/index.cfm
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=== Methodist ===
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674749 Connecticut, Marriages, 1729-1867] is a name index to marriage records. [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Connecticut_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Description] of records.<br>
United Methodist Archives Center<br>Drew University Library<br>P.O. Box 127<br>Madison, NJ 07940<br>Telephone: 201-408-3189<br>Fax: 201-408-3909 <br>Internet: http://www.bu.edu/sth/archives/cahhome.html
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=== Roman Catholic ===
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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 death and burial records from the state of Connecticut.&nbsp; This set contains 2,010,979 records. [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Connecticut_Deaths_and_Burials_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Description] of records.<br>
Diocese of Norwich<br>201 Broadway P.O. Box 587<br>Norwich, CT 06360<br>Telephone: 860-887-9294<br>Fax: 860-886-1670 <br>Internet: http://www.norwichdiocese.org/
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Diocese of Hartford<br>134 Farmington Avenue<br>Hartford, CT 06103<br>Telephone: 860-541-6491<br>Fax: 860-541-6309 <br>Internet: http://www.archdioceseofhartford.org/
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The Family History Library has an extensive microfilm collection of records of the Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, and Methodist Episcopal churches. Published histories are available for denominations, such as Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Latter-day Saint (Mormon), and Universalist.  
  
An example of several published church records is Frederic W. Bailey, ''Early Connecticut Marriages as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800'', Seven Volumes. (New Haven, Connecticut: Bureau of American Ancestry for Family Research, 1896-1906; FHL book 974.6 K2bf; film 924061 item 3.)
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An example of several published church records is:  
  
[[Category:Connecticut]]
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*Bailey, Frederic W. ''Early Connecticut Marriages as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800'', 7 vols. New Haven, Conn.: Bureau of American Ancestry for Family Research, 1896-1906. {{FHL|225105|item|disp=FHL book 974.6 K2bf; FHL film 924061 item 3}}. This is missing volume 3. Another edition was published in 1982 with additions and corrections and with all 7 volumes in one. {{FHL|1110835|item|disp=FHL book974.6 K2bf 1982}}
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== Repositories  ==
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Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
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=== Baptist  ===
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[http://www.crcds.edu/ABHSLib.asp American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library]<br>1106 South Goodman Street<br>Rochester, NY 14620-2532<br>Phone: (716) 473-1740<br>Fax: (716) 473-1740
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Connecticut wards and branches can be found on film and are located at the Family History Library. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. ''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers''. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
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=== Congregational  ===
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[http://www.chs.org/ Connecticut Historical Society]<br>1 Elizabeth Street<br>Hartford, CT 06105<br>Phone: (860) 236-5621<br>Fax: (860) 236-2664
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[http://congregational-library.typepad.com/ The Congregational Library]<br>14 Beacon Street<br>Boston, MA 02108-3704<br>Phone: (617) 523-0470<br>Fax: (617) 523-0491
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=== Episcopal  ===
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[http://www.ctepiscopal.org/default.asp Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut]<br>135 Asylum Avenue<br>Hartford, CT 06105-2295<br>Phone: (860) 233-4481<br>Fax: (860) 523-1410
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=== Methodist  ===
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[http://www.gcah.org/site/pp.aspx?c=ghKJI0PHIoE&b=3590193 United Methodist Archives Center]<br>Drew University Library<br>P.O. Box 127<br>Madison, NJ 07940<br>Phone: (201) 408-3189<br>Fax: (201) 408-3909
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=== Moravian  ===
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[http://www.moravianchurcharchives.org/general.php The Moravian Archives]<br>41 West Locust Street<br>Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018<br>United States of America<br>Phone: (610) 866-3255<br>Fax: (610) 866-9210
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For information concerning missions to the American Indians, visit [http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/GUIDES/153.htm Moravian Missions Among American Indians.]&nbsp;For a map and list of missions, visit [http://bdhp.moravian.edu/community_records/christianindians/missionmap.html Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.]
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Mission records are also available in the {{FHL|301362|item}}. The records are indexed in the {{FHL|53079|item}}Book 970.1 F642i.
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=== Roman Catholic  ===
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[http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/welcome.shtml Diocese of Bridgeport]<br>238 Jewett Avenue<br>Bridgeport, CT 06606<br>Phone: (203) 416-1354
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The diocese includes the county of: [[Fairfield County, Connecticut|Fairfield]]
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[http://www.norwichdiocese.org/ Diocese of Norwich]<br>201 Broadway P.O. Box 587<br>Norwich, CT 06360<br>Phone: (860) 887-9294<br>Fax: (860) 886-1670
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Middlesex County, Connecticut|Middlesex]], [[New London County, Connecticut|New London]], [[Tolland County, Connecticut|Tolland]] and [[Windham County, Connecticut|Windham]]
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[http://www.archdioceseofhartford.org/ Diocese of Hartford]<br>134 Farmington Avenue<br>Hartford, CT 06103<br>Phone: (860) 541-6491<br>Fax: (860) 541-6309
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Hartford County, Connecticut|Hartford]], [[Litchfield County, Connecticut|Litchfield]] and [[New Haven County, Connecticut|New Haven]]<br>
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Wiki articles describing the following collections are found at:
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*[[Connecticut Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Connecticut Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Connecticut Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Category:Connecticut|Church]]

Revision as of 02:14, 12 September 2012

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Connecticut  Gotoarrow.png  Church Records

Contents

Introduction

The Congregational Church was predominant in early Connecticut and was the state church until 1818. Other prominent churches in the state are the Methodist and Episcopal churches (colonial period), and the Roman Catholic and Baptist churches (19th century).

More than 600 churches have deposited their records with the Connecticut State Library. Most of these records are on microfilm at the Family History Library. Some of these records are indexed in a card index prepared by the Connecticut State Library. This index was microfilmed in 1949: FHL Collection 0002806-74. A useful guide to this collection is List of Church Records in the Connecticut State Library (Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 1976. FHL Collection 974.6 A1 no. 14; FHL Collection 1033856 item 9.

To learn about church records existing in 1942, see:

  • Guide to Vital Statistics in the Church Records of Connecticut. (New Haven, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Records Survey, 1942). FHL Collection 974.6 K23g; film 924002 item 2; fiche 6051300

Collections of Church Records

The following index church records as well as other birth, death and marriage records. Microfilm copies of the original records are are available at the appropriate town, the Family History Library, and family history centers.

The Family History Library has an extensive microfilm collection of records of the Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, and Methodist Episcopal churches. Published histories are available for denominations, such as Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Latter-day Saint (Mormon), and Universalist.

An example of several published church records is:

  • Bailey, Frederic W. Early Connecticut Marriages as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800, 7 vols. New Haven, Conn.: Bureau of American Ancestry for Family Research, 1896-1906. FHL book 974.6 K2bf; FHL film 924061 item 3. This is missing volume 3. Another edition was published in 1982 with additions and corrections and with all 7 volumes in one. FHL book974.6 K2bf 1982

Repositories

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.

Baptist

American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Phone: (716) 473-1740
Fax: (716) 473-1740

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Connecticut wards and branches can be found on film and are located at the Family History Library. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Congregational

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: (860) 236-5621
Fax: (860) 236-2664

The Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3704
Phone: (617) 523-0470
Fax: (617) 523-0491

Episcopal

Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
135 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-2295
Phone: (860) 233-4481
Fax: (860) 523-1410

Methodist

United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (201) 408-3189
Fax: (201) 408-3909

Moravian

The Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
United States of America
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210

For information concerning missions to the American Indians, visit Moravian Missions Among American Indians. For a map and list of missions, visit Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.

Mission records are also available in the FHL Collection. The records are indexed in the FHL CollectionBook 970.1 F642i.

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Bridgeport
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Phone: (203) 416-1354

The diocese includes the county of: Fairfield

Diocese of Norwich
201 Broadway P.O. Box 587
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: (860) 887-9294
Fax: (860) 886-1670

The diocese includes the counties of: Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham

Diocese of Hartford
134 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 541-6491
Fax: (860) 541-6309

The diocese includes the counties of: Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven

Wiki articles describing the following collections are found at: