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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Connecticut. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state. The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers in Connecticut.  
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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Connecticut.
  
[http://www.cslib.org/ '''Connecticut State Library''']<br>231 Capitol Avenue<br>Hartford, Connecticut 06106<br>Telephone: 860-757-6500 or toll free: 866-886-4478
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== Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Connecticut ==
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[[Albany Institute of History and Art]]{{•}}
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[[American Antiquarian Society]]{{•}}
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[[Bennington Museum Research Library]]{{•}}
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[[Connecticut Historical Society|Connecticut Historical Society]]{{•}}
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[[Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library]]{{•}}
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[[Connecticut State Library|Connecticut State Library]]{{•}}
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[[Godfrey Memorial Library|Godfrey Memorial Library]]{{•}}
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[[Mystic Seaport Museum Collections Research Center]]{{•}}
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[[National Archives at Boston]]{{•}}
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[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]{{•}}
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[[New Haven Museum Whitney Research Library]]{{•}}
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[[New York Public Library]]{{•}}
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[[UConn Libraries Homer Babbidge Library]]{{•}}
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[[Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library]]{{•}}
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[[Western Connecticut State University Haas Library]]{{•}}
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[[Western Reserve Historical Society]]{{•}}
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[[Yale University Sterling Memorial Library]]
  
Holdings include the collection, [http://www.cslib.org/ctarch.htm ''"Connecticut Archives," 1629–1820.''] A helpful inventory of this collection is:
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== Online Records of Connecticut ==
  
*Connecticut State Library, ''Guide to Archives in the Connecticut State Library'', Third Edition. (Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library, 1981; Family History Library book {{FHL|221829|title-id|disp=974.6 A1}} No. 30).
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[[Image:NARA Boston.jpg|thumb|right|280px|National Archives at Boston (in Waltham MA)]]
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== National Repositories ==
  
The State Library also houses the [http://www.museumofcthistory.org/ Museum of Connecticut History] (860-757-6521).  
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=== [[National Archives at Boston]]  ===
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380 Trapelo Road<br>Waltham, MA 02452-6399<br>Phone: (781) 663-0130<br>Fax: (781) 663-0154<br>E-mail: [mailto:waltham.archives@nara.gov waltham.archives@nara.gov]<br> Website: [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ National Archives at Boston]
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:The National Archives at Boston collects '''Connecticut''', Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, fortifications, coastal facilities, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, genealogy, Revolutionary War, Civil War, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrivals for Boston and New England, and Canadian border crossings.<ref name="DB124">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 124. {{WorldCat|39493985}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
  
[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/index.html '''National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)''']<br>380 Trapelo Road<br>Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-6399 <br>Telephone: 781-663-0144 or toll free: 866-406-2379<br>Fax: 781-663-0154<br>
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== Statewide Repositories ==
  
The National Archives—Northeast Region (Boston) has records created by federal agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The archives has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources. [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)|Learn more]].  
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=== [[Connecticut Historical Society]]  ===
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[[Image:Connecticut Historical Society.png|thumb|right|280px|Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford]]1 Elizabeth Street<br>Hartford, Connecticut 06105<br>Telephone: 860-236-5621<br>Fax: 860-236-2664<br>E-mail: [mailto:ask_us@chs.org ask_us@chs.org]<br>Website: [http://www.chs.org/ Connecticut Historical Society]
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:Town records, biographies, manuscripts, families, early settlers, church records, photos, and maps.<ref name="DB25">Dollarhide and Bremer, 25.</ref><br><br>
  
[http://www.csginc.org/csg_library_books.php '''Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library''']<br>175 Maple Street<br>East Hartford, Connecticut 06118-2634<br>Telephone: 860-569-0002
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=== [[Connecticut State Library]]  ===
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[[Image:CT State Library & Archives II.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Connecticut State Library in Hartford]]231 Capitol Avenue<br>Hartford, Connecticut 06106<br>Telephone: 860-757-6500 or toll free: 866-886-4478<br>E-mail: [http://ctstatelibrary.org/contact-us/email-us/ E-mail Us] form<br>Website: [http://www.cslib.org/ Connecticut State Library]<br>Website: [http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/hg/home History and Genealogy Home]
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:Barbour Collection, Bibles, census, church, Hale Collection newspaper marriages and deaths, manuscripts, books, cemeteries, probates, vital records, directories, land, local histories, maps, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, and e-mail questions.<ref name="DB25">Dollarhide and Bremer, 25.</ref> <ref>[http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/hg/home History and Genealogy Home] in ''CT State Library'' (accessed 21 September 2015).</ref> Holdings include the collection, [http://www.cslib.org/ctarch.htm ''"Connecticut Archives," 1629–1820.''] A helpful inventory of this collection is:
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:*Connecticut State Library, ''Guide to Archives in the Connecticut State Library'', Third Edition. (Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library, 1981; Family History Library book {{FHL|221829|title-id|disp=974.6 A1}} No. 30).
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:[http://cslib.cdmhost.com Connecticut State Library Digital Collections] allows you to search and view books, newspapers, vital records indexes, court records, photographs, and more. These collections are from the State Library, State Archives and Museum of Connecticut History.
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:The State Library also houses the [http://www.museumofcthistory.org/ Museum of Connecticut History] (860-757-6521).<br>
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*[http://cslib.cdmhost.com/ Connecticut State Library Digital Collections], It features early account books, diaries and journals.<br><br>
  
The library's holdings are not limited to Connecticut and include census records, tax lists, family histories, church records, local histories, and much more.  
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=== [[Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library]]  ===
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175 Maple Street<br>East Hartford, Connecticut 06118-2634<br>''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mailing address:'' P.O. Box 435, Glastonbury, CT 06033-0435 USA<br>Telephone: 860-569-0002<br>Fax: 860-569-0339<br>E-mail: [http://www.csginc.org/contact_us_connecticut_genealogy.php E-mail] form<br>Website: [http://www.csginc.org/csg_library_books.php Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library]
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:The library's holdings are not limited to Connecticut and include census records, tax lists, family histories, church records, local histories, and much more.
  
[http://www.chs.org/ '''Connecticut Historical Society''']<br>1 Elizabeth Street<br>Hartford, Connecticut 06105<br>Telephone: 860-236-5621
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== Regional Repositories ==
  
The library collections include manuscripts, photos, books, maps, and other Connecticut-related resources.  
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=== [[Godfrey Memorial Library]]  ===
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134 Newfield St.<br>Middletown, Connecticut 06457<br>Telephone: 860-346-4375<br>Fax: 860-347-9874<br>E-mail: [mailto:Sharon@godfrey.org Sharon@godfrey.org] Reference Librarian<br>Website: [http://www.godfrey.org/ Godfrey Memorial Library]
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:The collection is national in scope with many [http://www.godfrey.org/scholar/login.html online records] in addition to its physical collection. They compiled the {{WorldCat|865629740|item|disp=''American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI)''}}. This library is an excellent genealogical facility including many New England town records, guidebooks, indexes, biographies, and genealogies.<ref name="DB25" /><br><br>
  
[http://www.godfrey.org/ '''Godfrey Memorial Library''']<br>134 Newfield St.<br>Middletown, Connecticut 06457<br>Telephone: 860-346-4375
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=== Mystic Seaport Museum Research Center ===
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[[Image:Mystic Seaport Museum.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Mystic CT Seaport Museum Research Center]]'''[[Mystic Seaport Museum Collections Research Center]]'''<br>75 Greenmanville Ave.<br>Mystic, CT 06355<br>Telephone: 860-572-5367<br>E-mail: [mailto:collections@mysticseaport.org collections@mysticseaport.org]<br>Website: [http://www.mysticseaport.org/research/collections/ Collections and Library]
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:Best first-stop for ships' logs and images, journals, ledgers, diaries, and documents from the whaling, fishing, and shipping industries. Preserves the maritime history of Connecticut and New England. 1,300 logbooks, 390 collections, and 800 related volumes from 1720-present.<ref>[http://www.mysticseaport.org/research/collections/manuscripts/ Manuscripts] in ''Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea'' (accessed 20 September 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
The library is national in scope with a large online collection in addition to its physical collection. [[Godfrey Memorial Library|Learn more.]]
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=== New Haven Museum Whitney Rsrch Library  ===
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'''[[New Haven Museum Whitney Research Library]]'''<br>114 Whitney Avenue<br>New Haven CT 06510<br>Telephone: 203-562-4183 x15<br>Fax: 203-562-2002<br>E-mail: [mailto:library@newhavenmuseum.org library@newhavenmuseum.org]<br>Website: [http://newhavenmuseum.org/the-whitney-library/ The Whitney Library]
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:This is the best collection of the earliest southern Connecticut town records.<ref name="DB25" /> They also have passenger arrival lists, Federal censuses, and a complete set of New Haven city directories since 1840.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Haven_Museum_and_Historical_Society New Haven Museum and Historical Society] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 18 September 2015).</ref> Formerly known as the ''New Haven Colony Historical Society''.<br><br>
  
[http://www.americanancestors.org/library/ '''New England Historic Genealogical Society Library''']<br>99 Newbury Street<br>Boston, MA 02116-3007<br>Telephone: 617-226-1231
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=== [[UConn Libraries Homer Babbidge Library]]  ===
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[[Image:Homer D Babbidge Library, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT.jpg|thumb|right|280px|UConn Homer Babbidge Library in Storrs]]369 Fairfield Way<br>Storrs, CT 06269<br>Telephone: 860-486-2518<br>E-mail: [http://lib.uconn.edu/services/research/ask/ Ask a library] form<br>Website: [http://lib.uconn.edu/ UConn Libraries]
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:They have an outstanding Connecticut genealogy collection.<ref name="DB25" /><br><br>
  
The Research Library is national in scope. [[New England Historic Genealogical Society|Learn more.]]  
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=== Western Conn State University Haas Library ===
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'''[[Western Connecticut State University Haas Library]]'''<br>181 White Street<br>Danbury, CT 06810<br>Telephone: 203-837-9100<br>E-mail: [http://libguides.wcsu.edu/c.php?g=119507&p=782857 E-Mail Reference] form<br>Website: [http://libguides.wcsu.edu/c.php?g=119507&p=782857 WSCU Libraries]
[https://business.yale.edu/map/ '''Yale University''']
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:Their collection includes histories, biographies, genealogies, and local histories.<ref name="DB25" /><br><br>
  
[http://library.yale.edu/beinecke/ Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library] <br>121 Wall Street <br>New Haven, Connecticut 06511 <br>Phone: 1-203-432-2972
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=== [[Yale University Sterling Memorial Library]]  ===
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[[Image:Sterling Memorial Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Yale Univ Sterling Library in New Haven]]120 High Street<br>New Haven, CT 06511-1918<br>Telephone: 203-432-1775<br>E-mail: [mailto:askyale@gmail.com askyale@gmail.com]<br>Website: [http://web.library.yale.edu/building/sterling-library Sterling Memorial Library]
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:Their genealogical strength is their religious collection and Puritain and Congregational Church records. They are also strong on Connecticut, New Haven, and New England history, manuscripts, diaries, and journals.<ref name="DB25" /><br><br>
  
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== Outside of Connecticut Repositories ==
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[[Image:Albany Institute of History and Art.png|thumb|right|280px|Albany Institute of History and Art NY]]
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=== [[Albany Institute of History and Art]]  ===
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125 Washington Avenue<br>Albany, New York 12210<br>Telephone: 518-463-4478<br>E-mail: [mailto:information@albanyinstitute.org information@albanyinstitute.org]<br>Website: [http://www.albanyinstitute.org/library.html Albany Institute of History and Art Library Collections]
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:This is the best collection of indexes and original records for "old" Albany County, New York, part of which included what is now all of Vermont. During the 1600s many families which started in '''Connecticut''' later migrated into Vermont and upstate New York.<ref name="DB25" /><br><br>
  
'''[[Family History Library|Family History Library]]'''  
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=== [[American Antiquarian Society]]  ===
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[[Image:WorcesterMA AntiquarianSociety 2.jpg|thumb|right|280px|American Antiquarian Society in Worcester MA]]185 Salisbury Street<br>Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634<br>Telephone: 508-755-5221<br>Fax: 508-753-3311<br>E-mail: [mailto:Library@americanantiquarian.org Library@americanantiquarian.org]<br>Website: [http://www.americanantiquarian.org/ American Antiquarian Society]
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:They have many '''Connecticut''' vital records, newspapers, and town histories. The AAS is best known for their U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, and manuscripts.<ref name="DB59">Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Bennington Museum.jpg|thumb|right|245px|Bennington VT Museum Research Libr]]
  
35 North West Temple Street<br>Salt Lake City, Utah 84150<br>Telephone: 801-240-2584
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=== [[Bennington Museum Research Library]]  ===
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75 Main Street<br>Bennington, Vermont 05201-2885<br>Telephone: 802-447-1571<br>E-mail: [mailto:tresch@benningtonmuseum.org tresch@benningtonmuseum.org]<br>Website: [http://www.benningtonmuseum.org/library.html Bennington Museum Research Library]
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:Their collection includes early '''Connecticut''', New York, and Vermont records. It is a great place to find records of families that moved up the Connecticut River and then west.<ref name="DB25" /><br><br>
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[[Image:NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg|thumb|right|210px|NEHGS 101 Newbury St in Boston]]
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=== [[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]  ===
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101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007<br>Telephone: &nbsp;617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231<br>Fax: &nbsp;617-536-7307<br>E-mail: &nbsp;[mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org]<br>Website: [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html AmericanAncestors.org]
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:Best overall collection for New England (and '''Connecticut''') vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members-only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.<ref name="Wik">"New England Historic Genealogical Society" in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref> <ref>[http://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/using-the-nehgs-library/ Using the NEHGS Library] in ''American Ancestors" (accessed 21 September 2015).</ref> <ref name="DB55759">Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.</ref><br><br>
  
The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that include names of more than three billion deceased people. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world. Collections include digitized historical records, microfilms and microfiche, books, maps, and much more. Explore at [http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org].  
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=== [[New York Public Library]]  ===
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[[Image:New York Public Library exterior.jpg|thumb|right|280px|New York Public Library NY]]U.S. History, Local History {{amp}} Genealogy Division<br>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S<br>New York, New York 10018-2788<br>Telephone: 212-930-0829<br>E-mail: [http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/126488 Ask a librarian]<br>Website: [http://www.nypl.org/about/divisions/milstein/genealogy New York Public Library Genealogy Research]
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:This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources for '''Connecticut'''. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.<ref name="DB81">Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.</ref> For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address.<br><br>
  
[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. You may search your address for a center near you on the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. These local centers are staffed by volunteers and have varying hours and resources so call to verify their hours in advance.  
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=== [[Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library]] ===
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[[Image:Vermont Historical Society.jpg|thumb|right|280px|VT Historical Society Leahy Library in Barre VT]]Vermont History Center<br>60 Washington Street<br>Barre, Vermont 05641<br>Telephone: 802-479-8500<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@vermonthistory.org info@vermonthistory.org]<br>Website: [http://vermonthistory.org/visit/leahy-library Vermont History Center]
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:VHS is a good place to research former early '''Connecticut''' residents who later moved to Vermont.<ref name="DB25" />
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:*Brigham, Loriman S. ''Guide to the "Miscellaneous File" of Uncatalogued Material in the Vermont Historical Society: With a Supplementary Index to the Guide.'' Montpelier, Vermont: n.p.,1969. {{WorldCat|679814}}; {{FHL|256180|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 A3b; film 908069, item 20; fiche 6046847}}. This card index of persons, places, and subjects includes family histories and court, business, and land records. The family histories listed may have genealogies, pictures, military records, financial family papers, and correspondence.
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:*Brigham, Loriman S. ''A Calendar of Manuscripts in Certain Boxes at the Vermont Historical Society.'' Montpelier, Vermont: n.p., 1970. {{WorldCat|679715}}; {{FHL|256212|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 A3br; film 908503 item 1}}. This is a continuation of the above guide.
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:*Brigham, Loriman S. ''A Calendar of Manuscripts in Document Boxes at the Vermont Historical Society''. Montpelier, Vermont: n.p., 1972. {{WorldCat|865949996}}; {{FHL|256206|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 A3bri; film 908503 item 2}} This is a continuation of the above guide.<br><br>
  
Some Connecticut Family History Centers:  
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=== [[Western Reserve Historical Society]]  ===
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[[Image:Connecticut Western Reserve in northeast Ohio.png|thumb|right|280px|Western Reserve Hist Soc in Cleveland OH]]10825 East Boulevard <br>Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1788 <br>Telephone: 216-721-5722 x1509 <br>Fax: 216-721-0645 <br>E-mail: [mailto:reference@wrhs.org reference@wrhs.org] <br>Website: [http://www.wrhs.org/research/library/genealogy/ Family History and Genealogical Research]
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:The Western Reserve was a large part of Ohio at first intended for settlement by '''Connecticut''' Revolutionary War refugees. The '''Research Library''' at the '''''Western Reserve Historical Society''''' ''History Center&nbsp;'' is the premier repository for Cleveland, Ohio and the ''Connecticut Western Reserve&nbsp;'' history material. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles from Pennsylvania and New England.<ref name="DB89">Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.</ref> Includes over 20 million manuscripts for genealogical research and northeast Ohio history. They have the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials. Other important collections include the American Civil War, and the automotive industry.<ref>[http://www.wrhs.org/research/library/significant-collections/ Significant Collections] in ''Western Reserve Historical Society'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref>
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:*Kermit J. Pike, ''A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society'' (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972). {{WorldCat|483574}}; {{FHL|94342|item|disp=FHL Book 977.1 A3p}}.<br>
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:*Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. ''Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974). {{WorldCat|865891564}}; {{FHL|210248|item|disp=FHL Films 934566-69; 934617-18}}.<br><br>
  
:[http://www.godfrey.org/ '''Godfrey Memorial Library''']<br>134 Newfield St.<br>Middletown, Connecticut 06457<br>Telephone: 860-346-4375
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== For Further Reading ==
 
 
:[[Southington Connecticut Family History Center|'''Southington Connecticut Family History Center''']]<br>750 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike<br>Southington, Connecticut<br>Telephone: 860-628-0617
 
 
 
:[[Manchester Connecticut Family History Center|'''Manchester Connecticut Family History Center''']]<br>30 Woodside St.<br>Manchester, Connecticut<br>Telephone: 860-643-4003
 
 
 
:[[Hartford Connecticut Family History Center|'''Hartford Connecticut Family History Center''']]<br>1000 Mountain Road<br>Bloomfield, Connecticut<br>Telephone: 860-242-1607
 
 
 
:[[Madison Connecticut Family History Center|'''Madison Connecticut Family History Center''']]<br>275 Warpas Road<br>Madison, Connecticut<br>Telephone: 203-245-8267
 
 
 
=== Connecticut Online Collections ===
 
 
 
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=== Research Guides  ===
 
  
 
*Kemp, Thomas Jay.''Connecticut Researcher's Handbook''. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1981. {{FHL|175093|item|disp=FHL book&nbsp;974.6 D23k}}&nbsp;  
 
*Kemp, Thomas Jay.''Connecticut Researcher's Handbook''. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1981. {{FHL|175093|item|disp=FHL book&nbsp;974.6 D23k}}&nbsp;  
*Leclerc, Michael J., editor. ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research''. Boston, Massachusetts&nbsp;: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012. {{FHL|1967587|disp=FHL book 974 D27g 2012}} {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}<br>
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*Leclerc, Michael J., editor. ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research''. Boston, Massachusetts&nbsp;: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012. {{FHL|1967587|disp=FHL book 974 D27g 2012}} {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}<br><br>
 
 
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
 
 
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Connecticut in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Much of the information is available at little or no cost. Addresses on the Internet are subject to frequent changes. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
 
 
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/ '''FamilySearch'''] - At this site you can access digitized historical records, the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]], lists of [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]], and other resources related to family history.
 
 
 
[http://www.ctgenweb.org/ '''CTGenWeb'''] - a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country
 
 
 
[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ct/ '''CyndisList'''] - a major portal linking to a variety of family history sites
 
  
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Archives and Libraries


These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Connecticut.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Connecticut

Albany Institute of History and Art • American Antiquarian Society • Bennington Museum Research Library • Connecticut Historical Society • Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library • Connecticut State Library • Godfrey Memorial Library • Mystic Seaport Museum Collections Research Center • National Archives at Boston • New England Historic Genealogical Society • New Haven Museum Whitney Research Library • New York Public Library • UConn Libraries Homer Babbidge Library • Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library • Western Connecticut State University Haas Library • Western Reserve Historical Society • Yale University Sterling Memorial Library

Online Records of Connecticut

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

National Archives at Boston (in Waltham MA)

National Repositories

National Archives at Boston

380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Phone: (781) 663-0130
Fax: (781) 663-0154
E-mail: waltham.archives@nara.gov
Website: National Archives at Boston

The National Archives at Boston collects Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, fortifications, coastal facilities, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, genealogy, Revolutionary War, Civil War, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrivals for Boston and New England, and Canadian border crossings.[1]

Statewide Repositories

Connecticut Historical Society

Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
Telephone: 860-236-5621
Fax: 860-236-2664
E-mail: ask_us@chs.org
Website: Connecticut Historical Society
Town records, biographies, manuscripts, families, early settlers, church records, photos, and maps.[2]

Connecticut State Library

Connecticut State Library in Hartford
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Telephone: 860-757-6500 or toll free: 866-886-4478
E-mail: E-mail Us form
Website: Connecticut State Library
Website: History and Genealogy Home
Barbour Collection, Bibles, census, church, Hale Collection newspaper marriages and deaths, manuscripts, books, cemeteries, probates, vital records, directories, land, local histories, maps, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, and e-mail questions.[2] [3] Holdings include the collection, "Connecticut Archives," 1629–1820. A helpful inventory of this collection is:
  • Connecticut State Library, Guide to Archives in the Connecticut State Library, Third Edition. (Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library, 1981; Family History Library book 974.6 A1 No. 30).
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections allows you to search and view books, newspapers, vital records indexes, court records, photographs, and more. These collections are from the State Library, State Archives and Museum of Connecticut History.
The State Library also houses the Museum of Connecticut History (860-757-6521).

Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library

175 Maple Street
East Hartford, Connecticut 06118-2634
    Mailing address: P.O. Box 435, Glastonbury, CT 06033-0435 USA
Telephone: 860-569-0002
Fax: 860-569-0339
E-mail: E-mail form
Website: Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library

The library's holdings are not limited to Connecticut and include census records, tax lists, family histories, church records, local histories, and much more.

Regional Repositories

Godfrey Memorial Library

134 Newfield St.
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Telephone: 860-346-4375
Fax: 860-347-9874
E-mail: Sharon@godfrey.org Reference Librarian
Website: Godfrey Memorial Library

The collection is national in scope with many online records in addition to its physical collection. They compiled the American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI). This library is an excellent genealogical facility including many New England town records, guidebooks, indexes, biographies, and genealogies.[2]

Mystic Seaport Museum Research Center

Mystic CT Seaport Museum Research Center
Mystic Seaport Museum Collections Research Center
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
Telephone: 860-572-5367
E-mail: collections@mysticseaport.org
Website: Collections and Library
Best first-stop for ships' logs and images, journals, ledgers, diaries, and documents from the whaling, fishing, and shipping industries. Preserves the maritime history of Connecticut and New England. 1,300 logbooks, 390 collections, and 800 related volumes from 1720-present.[4]

New Haven Museum Whitney Rsrch Library

New Haven Museum Whitney Research Library
114 Whitney Avenue
New Haven CT 06510
Telephone: 203-562-4183 x15
Fax: 203-562-2002
E-mail: library@newhavenmuseum.org
Website: The Whitney Library

This is the best collection of the earliest southern Connecticut town records.[2] They also have passenger arrival lists, Federal censuses, and a complete set of New Haven city directories since 1840.[5] Formerly known as the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

UConn Libraries Homer Babbidge Library

UConn Homer Babbidge Library in Storrs
369 Fairfield Way
Storrs, CT 06269
Telephone: 860-486-2518
E-mail: Ask a library form
Website: UConn Libraries
They have an outstanding Connecticut genealogy collection.[2]

Western Conn State University Haas Library

Western Connecticut State University Haas Library
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Telephone: 203-837-9100
E-mail: E-Mail Reference form
Website: WSCU Libraries

Their collection includes histories, biographies, genealogies, and local histories.[2]

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library

Yale Univ Sterling Library in New Haven
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511-1918
Telephone: 203-432-1775
E-mail: askyale@gmail.com
Website: Sterling Memorial Library
Their genealogical strength is their religious collection and Puritain and Congregational Church records. They are also strong on Connecticut, New Haven, and New England history, manuscripts, diaries, and journals.[2]

Outside of Connecticut Repositories

Albany Institute of History and Art NY

Albany Institute of History and Art

125 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12210
Telephone: 518-463-4478
E-mail: information@albanyinstitute.org
Website: Albany Institute of History and Art Library Collections

This is the best collection of indexes and original records for "old" Albany County, New York, part of which included what is now all of Vermont. During the 1600s many families which started in Connecticut later migrated into Vermont and upstate New York.[2]

American Antiquarian Society

American Antiquarian Society in Worcester MA
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Telephone: 508-755-5221
Fax: 508-753-3311
E-mail: Library@americanantiquarian.org
Website: American Antiquarian Society
They have many Connecticut vital records, newspapers, and town histories. The AAS is best known for their U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, and manuscripts.[6]

Bennington VT Museum Research Libr

Bennington Museum Research Library

75 Main Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201-2885
Telephone: 802-447-1571
E-mail: tresch@benningtonmuseum.org
Website: Bennington Museum Research Library

Their collection includes early Connecticut, New York, and Vermont records. It is a great place to find records of families that moved up the Connecticut River and then west.[2]

NEHGS 101 Newbury St in Boston

New England Historic Genealogical Society

101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
Telephone:  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307
E-mail:  info@nehgs.org
Website: AmericanAncestors.org

Best overall collection for New England (and Connecticut) vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members-only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.[7] [8] [9]

New York Public Library

New York Public Library NY
U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy Division
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S
New York, New York 10018-2788
Telephone: 212-930-0829
E-mail: Ask a librarian
Website: New York Public Library Genealogy Research
This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources for Connecticut. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.[10] For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address.

Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library

VT Historical Society Leahy Library in Barre VT
Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641
Telephone: 802-479-8500
E-mail: info@vermonthistory.org
Website: Vermont History Center
VHS is a good place to research former early Connecticut residents who later moved to Vermont.[2]
  • Brigham, Loriman S. Guide to the "Miscellaneous File" of Uncatalogued Material in the Vermont Historical Society: With a Supplementary Index to the Guide. Montpelier, Vermont: n.p.,1969. WorldCat 679814; FHL book 974.3 A3b; film 908069, item 20; fiche 6046847. This card index of persons, places, and subjects includes family histories and court, business, and land records. The family histories listed may have genealogies, pictures, military records, financial family papers, and correspondence.
  • Brigham, Loriman S. A Calendar of Manuscripts in Certain Boxes at the Vermont Historical Society. Montpelier, Vermont: n.p., 1970. WorldCat 679715; FHL book 974.3 A3br; film 908503 item 1. This is a continuation of the above guide.
  • Brigham, Loriman S. A Calendar of Manuscripts in Document Boxes at the Vermont Historical Society. Montpelier, Vermont: n.p., 1972. WorldCat 865949996; FHL book 974.3 A3bri; film 908503 item 2 This is a continuation of the above guide.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Western Reserve Hist Soc in Cleveland OH
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1788
Telephone: 216-721-5722 x1509
Fax: 216-721-0645
E-mail: reference@wrhs.org
Website: Family History and Genealogical Research
The Western Reserve was a large part of Ohio at first intended for settlement by Connecticut Revolutionary War refugees. The Research Library at the Western Reserve Historical Society History Center  is the premier repository for Cleveland, Ohio and the Connecticut Western Reserve  history material. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles from Pennsylvania and New England.[11] Includes over 20 million manuscripts for genealogical research and northeast Ohio history. They have the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials. Other important collections include the American Civil War, and the automotive industry.[12]
  • Kermit J. Pike, A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972). WorldCat 483574; FHL Book 977.1 A3p.
  • Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974). WorldCat 865891564; FHL Films 934566-69; 934617-18.

For Further Reading

References

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 124. WorldCat 39493985. FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Dollarhide and Bremer, 25.
  3. History and Genealogy Home in CT State Library (accessed 21 September 2015).
  4. Manuscripts in Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea (accessed 20 September 2015).
  5. New Haven Museum and Historical Society in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 18 September 2015).
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.
  7. "New England Historic Genealogical Society" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).
  8. Using the NEHGS Library in American Ancestors" (accessed 21 September 2015).
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.
  12. Significant Collections in Western Reserve Historical Society (accessed 27 February 2015).