Friday, October 19, 2012

Resources for Genealogy Research in Connecticut

In September, I wrote about my Link Collection to Various Genealogy & History Resources Online. This collection is my Diigo bookmark library targeted at genealogy. I created a list for each state, as well as a few countries and various topics. There is also a list for general genealogy resources. Over the next week or so, I will highlight some of these lists.

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Here are some of the Connecticut resources I use all the time in my own research.

“Connecticut Archives,” 1629-1820 – “The ‘Connecticut Archives’ are the papers and correspondence of the General Assembly, the Governor and Council, and other colony or state officials.  Included in this collection are petitions, drafts of bills, acts, resolves, and other early government documents.”  From this website you can access the indexes to this collection.  To access the actual records, you would need to visit the Connecticut State Library or, in some cases, you could borrow the microfilm from the Family History Library.

Connecticut State Library – Tons of useful information about the library’s holdings as well as information about genealogical and historical research in the state.  Be prepared to spend several hours exploring all the nooks and crannies this website has to offer…seriously!

Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford – This is a lineage society, but their website has a list of Hartford founders, each with a short biography.

Connecticut Genealogy – Thousands of links to various resources for Connecticut research.

The Boundary Disputes of Connecticut – Written by Clarence Winthrop Bowen, this book discusses the boundary disputes with New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Also includes several maps.

Connecticut History – Lots of useful information about Connecticut towns.  Most listings offer a short history of the town, photos, and additional resources to consult.  There are also a variety of topics covered, including the Revolutionary War, Invention and Technology, Women, Business and Industry, and Architecture.  They even have information on some famous historical figures such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain).

A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records – Three volumes of abstracts from the probate records of the Hartford District for the years 1635 to 1750.  The Digest was compiled by Charles William Manwaring.  Each volume is indexed.  The fact that these books are digitized and available online makes my life a heck of a lot easier when working on Connecticut families in the colonial period.

Visit Connecticut Genealogy for the entire list of Connecticut resources, or visit my library to see my entire collection and other lists.

I’m always updating these resources, so be sure to check back regularly. To receive updates to the Connecticut Genealogy list, you can subscribe via RSS. You can also subscribe to my entire collection at for updates to all of my lists.



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