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Vital records: Since 1644 for births and marriages, and 1650 for deaths, individuals in Connecticut were required to register an event with their town clerk or be fined. Contact the town clerk for vital records before 1897. In addition, the CSL’s Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records indexes many of these early vital records, including for the city of New Haven. Search pre-1870 Barbour Collection town records (as well as later indexes) on subscription site Ancestry.com. Microfilm is at the CSL, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) and the Family History Library (FHL). You can rent FHL film for viewing at your local FamilySearch Center.
Land records: Beginning in 1639, landowners had to provide town clerks with record of their property size and history of transfers. Since land usually was transferred within the family, these records can include details on relationships. Contact town clerks for land records and check for microfilm at the CSL and FHL. The FHL has microfilmed land records, including deeds, up to about 1900.
Citizens of nine Connecticut towns including New Haven who suffered Revolutionary War losses received land in the “Firelands” of the Connecticut Western Reserve in Northern Ohio. Records relating to these tracts are at the CSL. Also visit the Firelands Historical Society website.