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Litchfield County, Connecticut
Map
Map of Connecticut highlighting Litchfield County
Location in the state of Connecticut
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Location of Connecticut in the U.S.
Facts
Founded information needed
County Seat
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

  • There is no county government.
  • The government is at the town level.

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Litchfield County, Connecticut
  • Named for City of Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. Not to be confused with Litchfield, Hampshire, England.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

A LARGE PORTION OF THE TOWN ENTIRELY DESTROYED.

... Besides its national reputation as a resort, Litchfield has a local fame as the county seat ... Next to the block stood the Court House, a big building also of wood, and its turn came next. The townsmen could do nothing to save it, and it burned down before their eyes, but the county records were saved. Close to the Court House there was the only brick building in that part of the town and it proved an effective barrier, the Court House being the last building on West-street to be destroyed.
... Among the property destroyed was Lawyer H. B. Graves's library, which contained many rare and valuable works, and D. C. Kilbourn's historical library.
The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Jun 1886
(source:GenDisasters)

Places / Localities

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Resources

African American

Bible Records

Atwood Family Bible, USGenWeb CTArchives

Biographies

  • Linkpendium, Biographies, Oral Histories, Diaries, Memoirs, Genealogies, Correspondence, Litchfield County.
  • Arthur Goodenough, The clergy of Litchfield County, (Winchester, Connecticut : Litchfield County University Club, 1909).   Available online at Google Books, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 K2g.
  • Dwight C. Kilbourn, The bench and bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut, 1709-1909 biographical sketches of members, history and catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, historical notes, (Litchfield, Connecticut : D. C. Kilbourn, c1909).  Includes index.  Available online at Internet Archives.  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 U24k,  or on the desktop at the Family History Library, Computer US/CAN Desktop CD-ROM no. 2630 v. 2.
  • David S. Boardman, Sketches of the early lights of the Litchfield bar, (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987).  Includes index.  Available online at Internet Archives.  Also available in the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6062276.
  • Charles F. Sedgwick, Fifty years at the Litchfield County bar, (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987).  A database for this book is available at ancestry.com$, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6062277.
  • Payne Kenyon Kilbourn, A biographical history of the county of Litchfield, Connecticut comprising biographical sketches of distinguished natives and residents of the county; together with complete lists of the judges of the county court, justices of the quorum, county commissioners, judges of probate, sheriffs, senators, &c., (New York, New York : Clark, Austin, 1851).   Available online at Internet Archives, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 D3k.
  • Biographical review, this volume contains biographical sketches of the leading citizens of Litchfield County, Connecticut, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974).   Includes index.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 924619 Item 2. 

Cemeteries 

Census

Church

  • Church Records, USGenWeb CTArchives
  • Connecticut Genealogy, Litchfield County Church Records, (accessed 6 Mar 2011). Includes church and vital records.
  • Arthur Goodenough, The clergy of Litchfield County, (Winchester, Connecticut : Litchfield County University Club, 1909).  Available online at Google Books, (accessed 1 Mar 2011), or Internet Archives, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  A database for this book can be found at ancestry.com$, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 K2g, or FHL US/CAN Fiche 6100461.
  • Litchfield County Foreign Mission Society (Litchfield County, Connecticut), Semi-centennial of the Litchfield Co. Foreign Mission Society celebrated at Litchfield, October 16, 1861, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1995).  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1598359 Item 14.

Court

Directories

  • Linkpendium, Litchfield Directories, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).
  • Waterbury suburban city directory including Middlebury, Terryville, Thomaston, Watertown, and Wolcott, (New Haven [Connecticut] : Price & Lee Company, 1940?-).    Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.67 E4pws.
  • Price & Lee Company, Southbury (New Haven County and Litchfield County, Ct.) city directory including Roxbury, Washington and Woodbury, (New Haven [Connecticut] : Price & Lee Company, [197-?]-).  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.67/S3 E4p.
  • Torrington, Winsted, Litchfield, Norfolk, Goshen directory combining five distinct directories: governmental directory, buyers' directory, alphabetical directory, numerical directory, classified directory, (New Haven [Connecticut] : Price & Lee, 1931-).   Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN 1425529 Item 3.  (3 Films)
  • Price & Lee Company, New Milford (Litchfield County, Conn.) city directory including Bridgewater, Brookfield, Brookfield Center, New Fairfield and Sherman, (New Haven [Connecticut] : Price & Lee Company, [196-?]-).   Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 E4p.

Gazetteers

Litchfield County, Gazetteer, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).

History

  • History of Litchfield County, Connecticut with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971).  Microfilm of original published: Philadelphia, Pa. : J.W. Lewis, 1881. 1 v. in 2 (730 p.), [278] leaves of plates : ill., maps, ports.  Available online at Internet Archives, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 496898 Items 1-2.
  • Berkshire Genealogist Indexing Committee, Index to History of Litchfield County, Connecticut published by J. W. Lewis & Co. 1881, (Pittsfield, Massachusetts : Berkshire Family History Association, c1999).  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 H2h index.
  • Litchfield County (Conn.), Samuel Church, Horace Bushnell, Litchfield County centennial celebration held at Litchfield, Conn., 13th and 14th of August, 1851, (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987).  Includes "Address ... on the occasion of the centennial celebration, 1851 / by Judge Church": p. [21]-69 ; "The age of homespun. A discourse ... 1851 ' by Horace Bushnell": p. [105]-130.  Available online at Google Books, (accessed 1 Mar 2011), or Internet Archives, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6062275.
  • Dorothy Deming, Settlement of Litchfield County, (New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, 1933).  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 H2c no. 7,or FHL US/CAN Film 1697313 Item 7.
  • R. Manning Chipman, The history of Harwinton, Connecticut, (Hartford [Connecticut] :Williams, Wiley & Turner, 1860).  Includes bibliographical references and index.  Available online at Internet Libraries, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61/H1 H2c, or FHL US/CAN Film 1698076 Item 4.
  • William Cothren, History of ancient Woodbury, Connecticut from the first Indian deed in 1659 ... including the present towns of Washington, Southbury, Bethlem, Roxbury, and a part of Oxford and Middlebury, (Waterbury, Connecticut : Bronson Brothers, 1854-1879).  Photocopies of originals.  Vols. 2-3 have imprint: Woodbury, Conn. : W. Cothren, 1872-1879. Includes indexes. Vols. 1-2 contain history and genealogy, vol. 3 contains vital records, including those for ancient Stratford.  Available online, Volume 1 : Internet Archives, (accessed 1 Mar 2011), and Volume 2, pt. 1: Google Books, (accessed 1 Mar 2011), and Volume 2, pt. 2: Internet Archives, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 H2cw v. 1 and 2, and Volume 1, FHL US/CAN Film 2055359 Item 4 and Volume 2-3: FHL US/CAN Film 6181 Items 2-3.
  • Old Woodbury Historical Society, Homes of Old Woodbury,  ([Woodbury, Connecticut] : Old Woodbury Historical Society (Connecticut), c1959).  Old Woodbury included the present towns of Woodbury, Washington, Bethlehem, Roxbury, and Southbury.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 H2ho.
  • Jean S. Morris, The Pennsylvania-Connecticut controversy bibliography, (Pittsburgh [Pennsylvania] : J.S. Morris, [c1984]).  "In 1774, the territory now comprising the Pennsylvania counties of Bradford, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming was organized into the Township of Westmoreland, Litchfield County, Connecticut. In 1776 it became a separate county in CT. In 1782 this area was officially awarded to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At this time the area was mostly within the bounds of Northumberland County, Pa."--Introd.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.8 A1 no. 407.
  • History Records, USGenWeb CTArchives
  • Linkpendium, History, Litchfield County, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).
  • Google Timeline, Litchfield County, Connecticut History 1650-2011, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).

Land

  • Deeds and Land Records, USGenWeb CTArchives
  • Library of Congress, Topography and Map Division, Litchfield County, Connecticut land ownership map, 1859, (Washington, DC : Library of Congress, 1983).    Available online at flickr from Yahoo, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6079299.
  • Tinmouth (Vermont). Proprietors' Clerk, Proprietors records, 1761-1809, (Montpelier, Vermont : Vermont Public Records Division, 1973).  Microfilm of original records filmed at Tinmouth, Vermont.  Contains deeds and land surveys. Also includes land records from various counties in Connecticut. Includes charter book which contains a copy of the 1761 Tinmouth charter and minutes of proprietors meetings.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN 944196 Item 4 and 6.

Maps

  • Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Maps, (accessed 2 Mar 2011).  Organized by State and County.  Links to road maps, county outlines, colored outlines and lists of towns.
  • Linkpendium, Maps and Gazetteers, Litchfield County, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).
  • Clark's Map of Litchfield County, Connecticut, flickr from yahoo, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).  

Military

  • Military Data Extracted From Barkhamsted, Conn. , & Its Centennial 1879 To Which is Added A Historical Appendix 1881, transcribed by Jane Devlin.  A list of Barkhamsted men who served in the War of the Revolution, the War of 1812-14, the Mexican War and the Rebellion of 1861-65.
American Revolution

Eliphalet Luddington
Mary/Mollie Fellows
George Fields
James Wright

Civil War

Civil War service men from Litchfield County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Most of the men in the following companies were from Litchfield County.

  1. 1st Regiment, Connecticut Heavy Artillery - Company I - Wolcottville, now known as Torrington
  2. 2nd Regiment, Connecticut Heavy Artillery - Company A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K.
  3. 2nd Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Rifle Company E
  4. 19th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry -  Company A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I.
  5. 28th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry - Company E and F.
Internet Sites

Native American

Naturalization and Citizenship

  • Connecticut.  Court of Common Pleas.  Superior Court, Index to naturalization petitions 1790-1906, 1906-1973 (Litchfield County, Connecticut - Court of Common Pleas, and Superior Court), (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2003). Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 2369711 Item 2. (3 films)
  • Connecticut. Superior Court (Litchfield County), Naturalization records (Litchfield County, Connecticut), 1906-1945 NARA, RG21, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2008).  Includes index.  Some volumes have the index at the back of the volume.  Available at the Family History Library, Vault US/CAN Film 2431899 Item 2. (17 Films)

Newspapers

Litchfield County Newspaper List, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).

 

Obituaries

  • Vi L. Kemp, Thomas Jay Kemp, Middlesex Genealogical Society, Index to obituaries, Litchfield County times, Litchfield, Connecticut, 1989, (Darien, Connecticut : Middlesex Genealogical Society, c1990).  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 D25p no. 4.
  • Litchfield County, Connecticut Obituaries, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  A directory of obituary databases and archives on the internet.
  • Obits, USGenWeb CTArchives

Probate District Courts

Taxation

Tax Lists, USGenWeb CTArchives

Vital Records

  • Litchfield County (Connecticut). Coroner, Coroner's Records, 1883-1934, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988).  Indexes are found within each volume.  Available at the Family History Library, Volume 1-2: FHL US/CAN Film 1579556 Items 2-3. Volume 3-10: FHL US/CAN Film 1602521-1602525.
  • Mildred E. Berry Nott, Cythia Nott Ockels, and June Berry, The Longfellow birthday book, Includes primarily birthdates with some death and marriage dates for residents of Burrville, Winsted, and Harwinton, (Litchfield County), Connecticut with other relatives in other states. Entries were kept from 1892-1973.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 974.61 V2n.
  • USGenWeb CTArchives, Litchfield County, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).
  • Linkpendium, Vital Records, Litchfield County, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).

Societies and Libraries

  • Connecticut Society of Genealogists, (accessed 28 Feb 2011).
  • Linkpendium, Societies, Litchfield County, (accessed 7 Mar 2011).
  • Howard Williston Carter, The Litchfield County University Club a brief historical sketch with list of members, 1896-1903, (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987).  Available online at Google Books, (accessed 1 Mar 2011), or Internet Archives, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  A database of this book can be found at ancestry.com$, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6062278.
  • Dudley L. Vaill, The Litchfield County University Club an account of its origin and a brief review of its history, (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987).   A database for this book can be found at ancestry.com$, (accessed 1 Mar 2011).   Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6062279.

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].

 

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