Family History 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.

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. Includes the work of:
    • Donald Lines Jacobus
    • Julius Gay
    • H. W. Brainard
    • D. W. Patterson
    • Edna Miner Rogers
    • E. E. Case
    • L. B. Barbour

Online Genealogical Resources

  • The CHS is a subscriber to Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and American Ancestors, and from the CHS you have full access to these online databases.


  • Barbour Index (abstracts of CT vital records to 1850 +/-)
  • Connecticut newspapers
  • Hartford Times genealogical column and index
  • Boston Transcript genealogical column
  • Evan’s Index (rare microcards)

Genealogical Periodicals

  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • Connecticut Nutmegger
  • The American Genealogist
  • Mayflower Descendant, Quarterly
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Register
  • National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Connecticut Ancestry