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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.

Baptist

American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Telephone: 716-473-1740
Fax: 716-473-1740
Internet: http://www.crcds.edu/orgMain.asp?orgid=165&storyTypeID=&storyID=&sid

Congregational

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Telephone: 860-236-5621
Fax: 860-236-2664
Internet: http://www.chs.org/

The Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3704
Telephone: 617-523-0470
Fax: 617-523-0491
Internet: http://congregational-library.typepad.com/

Episcopal

Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
135 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-2295
Telephone: 860-233-4481
Fax: 860-523-1410
Internet: http://www.ctdiocese.org/index.cfm

Methodist

United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Telephone: 201-408-3189
Fax: 201-408-3909
Internet: http://www.bu.edu/sth/archives/cahhome.html

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 Norwich
201 Broadway P.O. Box 587
Norwich, CT 06360
Telephone: 860-887-9294
Fax: 860-886-1670
Internet: http://www.norwichdiocese.org/

Diocese of Hartford
134 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06103
Telephone: 860-541-6491
Fax: 860-541-6309
Internet: http://www.archdioceseofhartford.org/

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.)

 

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