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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).
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 (Family History Library films0002806-74). A useful guide to this collection is List of Church Records in the Connecticut State Library (Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 1976; Family History Library book 974.6 A1 no. 14; film 1033856 item 9).
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;Family History Librarybook 974.6 K23g; film 924002 item 2; fiche 6051300).
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.
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
The Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3704
Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
135 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-2295
United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Diocese of Norwich
201 Broadway P.O. Box 587
Norwich, CT 06360
Diocese of Hartford
134 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06103
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;Family History Library book 974.6 K2bf; film 924061 item 3.)