Connecticut Vital Records

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Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by each town clerk. These are described further in [[Connecticut Town Records|Connecticut Town Records]]. <br>  
 
Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by each town clerk. These are described further in [[Connecticut Town Records|Connecticut Town Records]]. <br>  
  
Many of the births, marriages, and deaths recorded in town records have been extracted and are part of the database that can be searched by name on the home page of [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch].  
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Many of the births, marriages, and deaths recorded in town records have been extracted and are part of the database that can be searched by name on the home page of [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]. The former International Genealogical Index (IGI) is part of this.<br>
  
 
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Connecticut  Gotoarrow.png  Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Connecticut Vital Records State Department of Health or the Town Clerk's office where the event occurred.

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Vital Records Reference Dates

Connecticut's vital records start the following years:


Births, Marriages and Deaths
Earliest 1630's (date of town)
Statewide Registration 1897
General Compliance 1915


Connecticut Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Connecticut Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Most online resources for Connecticut Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Town Records

Early to 1870

Recording of vital records by the town clerk began about 1650. Following the Revoutionary War to about 1870, records were not always recorded.

1870 - 1897 (1870 State Board of Health established. Record keeping in towns improved)

Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by each town clerk. These are described further in Connecticut Town Records.

Many of the births, marriages, and deaths recorded in town records have been extracted and are part of the database that can be searched by name on the home page of FamilySearch. The former International Genealogical Index (IGI) is part of this.

State Records

1897 - Present

State registration of vital statistics began in 1897 and was generally complied with by 1915. For copies of state records, you can contact:

Department of Public Health
Vital Records Section
410 Capitol Avenue, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06134

Telephone: 860-509-7700
Mailing Address:
CT Department of Public Health State Office of Vital Records 410 Capitol Ave. MS#11VRS P.O. Box 340308 Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Their Web site gives complete information for ordering births, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to the town Web sites for information in ordering town vital records.

State your relationship to the individual you want information about and the reason you want the information.

You may find the current fees for this service are listed at VitalRec.com ($). Select a state, Connecticut, to see the fees for birth, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to information on divorce and adoption. You can also contact the Vital Records Section (address given above) for current information.

Birth Records

Birth records are considered confidential and can only be searched by:

  1. The individual, his mother, or father
  2. An attorney
  3. A member of a genealogical society in Connecticut.

You may wish to write to the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Incorporated, for help in searching birth records. There will be a fee for this service.

Delayed Birth Records

Delayed registrations of births were kept by the town clerk and have the same restrictions as other vital records.

Marriages

Some marriages were recorded as early as 1640 by town clerks.

Marriage- Eloping Couples

(Greta Green Locations)

Groton, New London County, Connecticut was a city many eloping couples went to to be married.  There was no waiting period between the time of issuing a license and the performance of the marriage. Other such marriage places include Niagara Falls NY (or Ontario), or Cecil County, MD, or Prince William County, VA.[1]


Divorce Records

Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the clerk of the superior court where the divorce was granted.

The Connecticut State Library has some early divorce records. This library also has a Research Guide to Divorce Records in Connecticut, A Brief History and Summary of Sources.

Adoption

Additional Helps

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to births, marriages, death or burial. 
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 50 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and / or ancestors.
  • If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Connecticut to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.

Vital Records Collections

There are several collections and other sources which contain vital records:

Barbour Collection. This collection consists of abstracts of town, church, and other original records from the earliest time to the 1850s. Most towns are included. The index is incomplete, however, and is known to contain errors. On 98 microfilms FHL films starting with film 002887and the births are indexed in the IGI.

Charles R. Hale Collection. This collection includes newspaper notices of marriages, deaths and cemetery inscriptions. On 360 rolls of film. See the Cemeteries page.

Bowman Collection. This is a card index to Connecticut vital records in Massachusetts, 1800 to 1900. FHL films002884-885.

Clarence Torrey Collection.This includes New England marriage records prior to 1700. It is at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and also on microfilm at the Family History Library. FHL films 929494-500. A published index of this collection is Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700. [2]Third Supplement to Torrey's New England marriages prior to 1700 was published in 2003. [3]

Index to the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vols 1-8.This is an index at the Connecticut State Library and is on microfilm at the Family History Library. [4]It indexes the names found in the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin. [5]

Substitute Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

Connecticut Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.

Connecticut Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.  These records may also reveal family relationships.

Connecticut Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.

Connecticut Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.

Connecticut History: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.

Connecticut Military: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,  In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.

Connecticut Newspaper: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.  Also check newspaper social columns for additional information. 

Connecticut Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.

More Online Links

These websites contain links to statewide and county vital record online pages.  Some of these links may be duplicates of those already listed on this wiki page.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

References

  1. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog (accessed 8 January 2011).
  2. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985; and Family History Library FHL book 974 V2t; film 1320548 item 14.
  3. Family History Library book FHL book974 V2t supp.
  4. Family History Library film 002886.
  5. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society, 1934-; Family History Library book 974.6 H25c.