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Connecticut Libraries


Historical Collection
Burroughs Library
925 Broad St.
Bridgeport CT 06604
Local histories for New England and especially for Connecticut. They have special collections for African-American, Bridgeport, City Directories, Conn. Cemeteries, Conn. Vital Records to 1850, Manuscript Collection, Native American, Newspapers, and published genealogies. The library has access to and wireless internet for patrons.



Fairfield Historical Society
636 Old Post Rd.
Fairfield CT 06824
day-use fee
Local historical collection with focus on Fairfield County, Barbour Collection of vital records to 1850, large manuscript collection and a list of family files.



Connecticut Historical Society
One Elizabeth St.
Hartford CT 06105
day-use fee
Large history and genealogy collection with an online catalog with over 100,000 volumes and a fine manuscript collection. They have microfilms for Conn. vital records to 1850, cemetery collection, Corbin Collection, and many others. They subscribe to several genealogical unnamed databases online.


Connecticut State Library

History and Genealogy Unit 
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford CT 06106
Largest history and genealogy collection in the state in an open-stack collection. Their online catalog can also access other libraries in the state. Most pre-1850 records for town, church, probate, and cemetery records for the state are available on microfilm. Many originals of these same materials are here. The unit is the access point for the State Archives, too. The historical records from all three branches of government are here. Of most interest here are the county court records. There is a general guide to the archive holdings online. Some collections have details holdings online, too.



Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield St.
Middleton CT 06457
user fee
Large collection of genealogies and local histories focused on New England, New York, and Pennslyvania. The library is known for creating and maintain the American Genealogical & Biographical Index (AGBI). The library provides many online services for its non-local users for an annual fee. You can request FHL films to be used in this library.


New Haven

The Whitney Library
New Haven Museum & Historical Society
114 Whitney Ave.
New Haven CT 06510
user fee
Large collection of material on New Haven County and town, especially noted for an extensive manuscript collection and including the New Haven Superior Court pre-1905 records.



Cyrenius H. Booth Library
25 Main St.
Newtown CT 06470
The Julia Brush Collection is the core of the material devoted to Connecticut local history and specializing in Newtown and Danbury sources. The library has online access to several major genealogical databases.



Ferguson Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford CT 06904
Large collection of Stamford-related material and Connecticut state coverage. They have an extensive journal and manuscript collections. They have access to many online genealogical databases and maintain an online catalog.