Family History & Genealogy The CHS is an excellent resource for researching your family history.

The Connecticut Historical Society is a great place to start or continue research into your family history. Our collection includes printed genealogies, Connecticut town and city directories (some runs are incomplete), and local histories for New England and some non-New England states, including published vital records, church records, and cemetery inscriptions.

An onsite visit to the Waterman Research Center also provides access to the following online genealogical resources including Ancestry Library Edition, Newspapers.com (New England edition), American Ancestors, ProQuest (access to newspapers including the Hartford Courant), Fold3 (military records), and FIMo (fire insurance maps).

Featured genealogical materials include:

Reference Material

  • Published passenger and immigration lists
  • Military lists
  • Biographical dictionaries
  • Hereditary registers
  • Genealogical indices and bibliographies
  • Guides for ethnic research
  • Census indices—New England, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, 1790-1850

Genealogical Manuscripts

  • Collections compiled by professional genealogists for clients or by individuals working on their own families. Material is filed by family or town, and includes compiled family histories, data sheets, notes, copies of bible records, miscellaneous abstracts of probate, land, church, and vital records.

Genealogical Periodicals

  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • Connecticut Nutmegger
  • The American Genealogist

To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through July 31. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time. Our Annual Meeting has been postponed until September 14. Click here for CHS's digital programs.