Where to find Connecticut census records, immigration records, land records, maps, vital records and more.
"Connecticut's historic records are among the most complete and best kept in the nation," says certified genealogist Joyce Pendery. Many Connecticut records are microfilmed or published, with most indexes available at the Connecticut State Library. The University of Connecticut digitized the multivolume Public Records of Colonial Connecticut http://www.colonialct.uconn.edu
. Like other New England states, Connecticut town clerks began recording vital records by 1650. In addition to the extensive Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records to 1850, over a million tombstone inscriptions up to 1933 are in the Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions at the Connecticut State Library.
Tracking your colonial ancestors is easier due to Connecticut Census of 1670 by Jay Holbrook (Holbrook Research Institute, 1977), a census substitute based on information from tax, land, church, probate, and freeman records that name heads of households from 1667 to 1673. With the exception of the federal census of 1890, a full set of US census records exists for Connecticut.