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Family History

Family registerThe Connecticut Historical Society is a great place to start or continue research into your family history. Our collection includes printed genealogies, Connecticut town and city directories (some runs are incomplete), and local histories for New England and some non-New England states, including published vital records, church records, and cemetery inscriptions. Featured genealogical materials include:

Reference Material

  • Published passenger and immigration lists
  • Military lists
  • Biographical dictionaries
  • Hereditary registers
  • Genealogical indices and bibliographies
  • Library catalogues
  • Guides for ethnic research
  • Census indices—New England, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, 1790-1850

Genealogical Manuscripts

  • Collections compiled by professional genealogists for clients or by individuals working on their own families. Material is filed by family or town, and includes compiled family histories, data sheets, notes, copies of bible records, miscellaneous abstracts of probate, land, church, and vital records. Includes the work of:
    • Donald Lines Jacobus
    • Julius Gay
    • H. W. Brainard
    • D. W. Patterson
    • Edna Miner Rogers
    • E. E. Case
    • L. B. Barbour

Online Genealogical Resources

  • The CHS is a subscriber to Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and New England Ancestors, and from the CHS you have full access to these online databases. We also have additional resources available on CD-ROM.


  • Barbour Index (abstracts of CT vital records to 1850 +/-)
  • Connecticut census and Soundex for 1900
  • Corbin Collection (western Massachusetts)
  • Torrey's notes to New England Marriages Prior to 1700
  • Connecticut newspapers
  • Charles R. Hale Collection (headstone inscriptions and death notices to 1934 +/-)


  • Holbrook Collection of Massachusetts Vital Records
  • G. I. for the United States and Canada (1988)
  • Boston Transcript genealogical column
  • Hartford Times genealogical column and index
  • The Connecticut Historical Society Collections

Genealogical Periodicals

  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • Connecticut Nutmegger
  • The American Genealogist
  • Mayflower Descendant, Quarterly
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Register
  • National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Connecticut Ancestry






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