Ancestral Search

A particularly useful source for applicants is the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut publication dated 1941, Register of Pedigrees and Service of Ancestors, which can be found in a number of Connecticut libraries, especially the New Haven Colony Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Society. Also, Mackenzie, George Norbury, LL.B. Colonial Families of the United States of America Vols. I–IV, The Seaforth Press, Baltimore, MD., 350 cc.

Connecticut Genealogy Societies

Connecticut Ancestry Society
Post Office Box 249
Stamford, CT 06904-0249

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Connecticut Society of Genealogists
Post Office Box 435
Glastonbury, CT 06033-0435
(Office and Library)
175 Maple Ave
East Hartford, CT

Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor
Post Office Box 39
Windsor, CT 06095-0039

Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford
Post Office Box 270215
West Hartford, CT 06127-0215

Greenwich Historical Society
47 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807

Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast
8 Lyle Road
New Britain, CT 06053

Salmon Brook Historical Society
208 Salmon Brook Street
Granby, CT 06035

Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research
Simsbury Free Library
749 Hopmeadow Street
Post Office Box 484
Simsbury, CT 06070

Southington Historical Society
239 Main Street
Southington, CT 06489

Stamford Historical Society
1508 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903

Trumbull Historical Society
1856 Huntington Turnpike
Post Office Box 312
Trumbull, CT 06611

Wethersfield Historical Society
150 Main Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Windsor Historical Society
96 Palisado Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095

Stalking Early Connecticut Ancestors: a Bibliography

Allen, Marion E. and Nesta R.Evans. Wills from the Archdeaconry of Suffolk,1629-1640 Boston,NEHGS, 1986. 2 v.

American Society of Genealogists. Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources. Revised Edition. New Orleans, Polyanthos, 1980. v.1 pp. 150-160.(Connecticut revised by Paul W. Prindle.)

The American Genealogist. New Haven, etc., 1923- (Ruth Wilder Sherman, FASG, the publisher and coeditor, died 21 July 1992. David L. Greene is the new publisher and the address of the periodical is the The American Genealogist, P.O. Box 398, Demorest,GA 30535-0398.)

Bailey, Frederic W. Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found in Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800. Baltimore, GPC, 1968 (orig.1896-1906) 7 books in Barbour, Lucius Barnes. Families of Early Hartford, edited and indexed by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. Baltimore, GPC, 1982. 2nd ed. 742p. with errata and addenda.

Bartholomew's Survey Gazetteer of the British Isles. Edinburgh J.Bartholomew and Sons,1927. 7th ed. 768p. 47 maps. (The olde of this gazetteer are especially useful to genealogists, as they seats and hamlets as well as towns and parishes.)

Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book. Baltimore, GPC, 1990. pp. 20-46 (Connecticut).Due to the peculiarity of the probate system in Connecticut, every Office of the Town Clerk and Probate Judge is listed

Coldham, Peter Wilson. The Complete Book of Emigrants. Baltimore, GPC, 1987-1992. (v.1 1607-1660, v.2 1661-1699, v.3 1700-1750)

Coldham, Peter Wilson. English Estates of American Colonists … 1700-1799. Baltimore GPC, 1980. 140p.

Colket, Meredith B., Jr. Founders of Early American Families, Emigrants from Europe 1607-1657. Cleveland, OH; Order of Founders and Patriots of America. 1975. 366p. (2nd edition in 1985).

The Connecticut Nutmegger. Glastonbury, CT,1967- (This is the periodical of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists Inc., P.O. Box 435, Glastonbury, CT 06033-0435. The Office and Library at 175 Maple Street, East Hartford, CT, are open Monday through Friday from 9 A.M to 4 P.M., except on holidays. Material from the Barbour Collection of Vital Records and the Hale Headstone Collection both in the State Library are included in most issues, as well as genealogical articles concerning Connecticut genealogy and queries.)

Conway, Rosanne L. and Kenneth Scott. Abstracts From Colonial Coonecticut Newspapers. New Haven 1755-1775. New Orleans, Polyanthos, 1977. 600p.

Currer-Briggs, Noel. English Wills of Colonial Families. Cottonport,LA,Polyanthos, 1972. 209, 24,xlvp.(Of special interest is the ancestry of Bridget Yonge,the first wife of Governor George Willys of Connecticut, pp .1 -8).

Emmison,Frederick George. Essex Wills … 1558-1584. Washington, etc. NGS, etc., 1982-1987. 4v. (v.2-3 NEHGS, v.4 Essex Record Office).

English Origins of New England Families, From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, selected and introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts. First Series. Baltimore, GPC, 1984. 3v. English Origins of New England Families, etc. Second Series. Baltimore, GPC, 1985. 3v.

The Genealogist. New York, etc. 1980- (This periodical has many fine articles dealing with the origins of early Americans.The current address of the editor, Neil D. Thompson is 255 North 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT, 84103-4545.)

Genealogists' Magazine. London, 1925- (Publiction of the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London ECLM 7BA, the first place to go in England to start your genealogical research as it has excellent genealogical manuscripts from all over the British Isles, as well as many printed books.)

General Index of the Land Records of the Town of Hartford from the Year 1639 to the Year 1839. Hartford, Wiley, Waterman and Eaton, 1873. 61 3, 4 p.

Hughes, Arthur H. and Morse S. Allen Connecticut Place Names. Hartford, Connecticut Historical Society, 1976. 907p.

Jacobus, Donald Lines. … Families of Ancient New Haven. Baltimore, GPC, 1974.gorig, 1923-1932. 8 v. in 3 v. (This work forms the first 8 volumes of "The American Genealogist", originally called "The New Haven Genealogical Magazine.")

Jacobus, Donald Lines. … Families of Old Fairfield. Baltimore, GPC, 1976. (orig, 1930-32). 2 v. in 3 v. with additions and corrections.

Jacobus, Donald Lines. Index to Genealogical Periodicals. Baltimore, GPC, 1963, etc.(orig. 1932-53. 3 v.) 3 v. in 1 v., in later printings.

Kemp, Thomas. Knox, Grace Louise and Barbara B. Ferris. Connecticut Divorces, Superior Court Records for the Counties of New London, Tolland, & Windham, 1719-1910. Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1987. 452p.

Launey, Jules de Cranbrook, Kent Wills, 1396-1640. Maidstone, Kent, Kent Record Collections, etc., 1984. 459p. (Many of the Testators and legatees are ancestors of the early settlers of Guilford, Connecticut.) Lyme, Connecticut, Biecentennial Commission.

Lyme Vital Records, 1665-1850, a Literal Translation. Hadlyme, the Commission, 1977.

Mackenzie, George Norbury, LL.B. Colonial Families of the United States of America Vols. I - IV, The Seaforth Press, Baltimore, MD., 350 cc.

Mainwaring, Charles. Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1635-1750. Hartford, 1904-1906. 3 v.

Moulton, Joy Wade. Genealogical Resources in English Repositories. Columbus, OH, Hampton House, 1988. 614p.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Washington, DC, etc., 1912- (The current address National Genealogical Society, 4527 Seventeenth Street North, Arlington, VA 22207-2399. Through the past 20 years or so, many of Peter W. Coldham's genealogical gleanings in English records have been published in this periodical.)

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, 1847- (The oldest genealogical periodical in which many articles dealing with the origins of New England settlers and gleanings from English records have apeared The New England Historic Genealogical Society has its library and offices at 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.)

New London, Connecticut, Probate Records, 1713-1724. (IN: "DAR Magazine", Washington, DC, 1953. pp. 925-933, 1,017-1,026.) New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York, 1870- (Publication of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 122 East 58th St., NY, NY 10022.To use the excellent manuscripts of the Society which are rich in Connecticut references, one must be a member, but the printed sources are open to all.)

Peskett, Hugh. Guide to the Parish and Non-Parochial Registers of Devon and Cornwall, 1538-1837. Torquay, Devon, The Devonshire Press, 1979. lxxvi, 258p. (Devon & Cornwall Record Society. Extra Series, v. 2). Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663. Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1987.(orig.1928 by Conn.Hist. Soc., etc.) 302 p.

Sanborn, Melinde Lutz. Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, GPC, 1991. 79p.

Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before 1692. Baltimore, GPC, 1964. (orig. 1860-62) 4 v. with Supplement and Cross Index.

Scott, Kenneth, and Rosanne Conway. Genealogical Data from Colonial New Haven Newspapers. Baltimore, GPC, 1979. 547p.

Smith, Frank A Genealogical Gazeteer of England. Baltimore, GPC, 1968. 599p. Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut. Register of Pedigrees and Services of Ancestors.. Hartford, Case, Lockwood, Brainard Co., 1941. 1,394p.

Stiles, Henry R. and Sherman W.Adams. The History of Ancient Wethersfield. Somersworth, NH, New Hampshire Pub.Co, 1974.(orig.1904) 2 v.

Stiles, Henry R. The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor … 1635-1891. Somersworth, NH, the New Hampshire Pub Co., 1976. (orig.1891-92). 2 v.

Talcott, Alvan. Families of Early Guilford, Edited and Prepared for Publication by Jacquelyn L. Ricker of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.

Tillotson, Edward Sweetser. Wetherfield Inscriptions, A Complete Record of the Inscriptions in Five Burial Places … Including the Towns of Rocky Hill, Newington, and Beckley Quafter (in Berlin), Also a Portion of the Inscriptions in the Oldest Cemetery in Glastonbury. Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1988 (orig.1899). 372p.

Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, GPC, 1985. 1009P.

Trumbull, J. Hammond The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884. Boston, E.L. Osgood, 1886. 2 v. (Excellent example of an old county with illustration of portraits and signatures, etc.)

Waters, Henry F. Genealogical Gleanings in England. Boston, NEHGS, 1901. 2 v.

Applicants for membership are encouraged to seek help from our Society Genealogist in establishing their ancestral line if the forgoing sources prove daunting.