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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person.

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Connecticut General Assembly

Senate and House Members
Lists names of members of: Senate 1776-present, and House 1849-present.
Information Given:
Name
Town
Chamber
Party
Years Served
Date of Death

Manuscript Collections

The Family History Library has copies of significant sources such as the Frank T. Calef and other collections of Mayflower and Puritan descendants, the Charles D. Parkhurst manuscripts for New London, and compiled genealogies for early families in Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, and other areas.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1970 and 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, DC, and is on 24 microfilms at the Family History Library (beginning with FHL film 844451). The collection is listed in the Family History Library Catalog under CONNECTICUT - COLLECTED WORKS.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society has many important manuscript collections. The society's card catalog is on microfilm at the Family History Library (Family History Library films 544065-77; 543525-30; 543567).

Published Sources

Connecticut Society of Genealogists. Ancestry Service. Ten Volumes. Glastonbury, Connecticut: Connecticut Society of Genealogists, ca. 1979-84. (Family History Library book 974.6 D2ca.) As of 1997, volumes listing surnames A-S have been published. The ancestor charts, 1962-1990, and ancestry service, 1962-1988, have been microfilmed (on 59 Family History Library films beginning with1754015 item 2).

Cutter, William Richard, et al. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut. . . . Four Volumes. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911. (Family History Library book 974.6 D2c; film 1000146.) An index to this and other New England publications by Cutter is Norma Olin Ireland and Winifred Irving, Cutter Index: A Consolidated Index of Cutter's Nine Genealogy Series (Fallbrook, California: Ireland Indexing Service, 197?; Family History Library book 974 D2ci; film 1036507 item 6; fiche 6046737).

Greenlaw, William Prescott. The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Two volumes. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1979. (Family History Librarybook Q 974 D22g.) This is an index to many local histories and genealogies published between 1900 and about 1940.

Hinman, Royal Ralph. A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut. . . . 1846. Second Edition. 1852-56. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968. (Family History Library book 974.6 D2hra 1968; 1856 ed. is on film 186114.) The second edition includes surnames A-Danielson only. The 1846 edition contained surnames for the full alphabet (Family History Library film 908908 item 2.)

New England Historic Genealogical Society. English Origins of New England Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. First Series, Three Volumes, 1984. Second Series, Three Volumes., 1985. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. (Family History Library book 974 D2e; fiche 6047919-21; second series book 974 D2en; fiche 6047922-24.)

New England Historic Genealogical Society. Genealogies of Connecticut Families from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Three Volumes. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. (Family History Library book 974.6 D2g.)

Rider, Fremont, ed. American Genealogical- Biographical Index. Volumes 1-186. Middletown, Connecticut: The Godfrey Memorial Library, 1952-. (Family History Library book 973 D22am Ser. 2.) This is a continuing series. An earlier version in 48 volumes was published as The American Genealogical Index, 1942-51. (Family History Library book 973 D22am; films 1425577-86.)

Savage, James.A_Genealogical_Dictionary_of_the_First_Settlers_of_New_EnglandA Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. . . . Four Volumes. 1860-62. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965. (Family History Library book 974 D2s; films 496426 item 3 to 496428.) An online version is available.  Also available through Google Books

Writing and Sharing Your Family History

Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:

  • It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
  • It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
  • It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
  • It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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