Trace your Connecticut ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if:
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Connecticut
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Connecticut brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Connecticut —you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Connecticut ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Connecticut’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Connecticut research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Connecticut guide:
- The first Europeans to explore the area were Dutch; English Puritans from Massachusetts set up the first permanent white settlements in the 1630s.
- Jay Mack Holbrook’s Connecticut 1670 Census (Holbrook Research Institute, on microfiche) names about 2,300 people from tax, land, church, freeman and probate records from 1667 to 1673.
- Learn to navigate Connecticut’s 130 probate district courts, with their changing jurisdiction boundaries and variably available materials (including estate paper packets and probate record books), with the CSL research guide at cslib.org/probate. Most surviving pre-1850 probate estate papers are at CSL, and most are indexed.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.