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Connecticut Town Guide

For more information on Connecticut towns and their records, see: Melnyk, Marcia D. Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 4th ed., Boston: NEHGS, 1999 Morrison, Betty Jean. Connecting To Connecticut, East Hartford: Connecticut Society of Genealogists, 1995.
Kemp, Thomas Jay. Connecticut Researcher's Handbook, Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1981.

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The Vital Records of most Connecticut towns to 1870 are contained in:
Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection).

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
AndersonMiddlebury
Andover1848TollandCoventry and Hebron
Ansonia1889New HavenDerby
Ashford1714Windham
Avon1830HartfordFarmingtonRecords of the Particular Court of the Colony of Connecticut, 1687-1688.

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Barkhamsted1779Litchfield
Beacon Falls1871New HavenBethany, Naugatuck, Oxford and SeymourSeymour, CT: Vital Records to 1910
Berlin1785HartfordFarmington, Middletown, and WethersfieldWethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775–1808
Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of Connecticut, 1687-1688.
Bethany1832New HavenWoodbridge
Bethel1855FairfieldDanburyProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Danbury, CT: Members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1848–1851
Bethlehem1787LitchfieldWoodburyWoodbury, CT: List of the First Settlers
Woodbury, CT : Marriages, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Deaths 1678-1898
Bloomfield1835HartfordFarmington, Hartford, Simsbury, and WindsorRecords of the Particular Court of the Colony of Connecticut, 1687-1688
Simsbury, CT: Vital Records, 1665-1886
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Bolton1730TollandBolton, CT: Vital Records, 1704-1859
Bozrah1786New LondonNorwichNorwich, CT: Vital Records, 1659-1848
Branford1639New HavenGuilfordGuilford, CT: Record of Deaths, 1883-1890
Bridgeport1821FairfieldFairfield and StratfordProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Bridgewater1856LitchfieldNew Milford
Bristol1785HartfordFarmingtonMiddleburyNew Cambridge, CT: Records of Baptisms 1747-1800
Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of Connecticut, 1687-1688
Brookfield1788FairfieldDanbury, New Milford, and NewtownProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Danbury, CT: Members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1848–1851
Newtown, CT: Vital Records, 1704–1850
Brooklyn1786WindhamCanterbury and PomfretCanterbury, CT: Catalogue of the First Congregational Church
Burlington1806HartfordBristolNew Cambridge, CT: Records of Baptisms 1747-1800
Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of Connecticut, 1687-1688

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Canaan1739Litchfield
Canada ParishHampton
Canterbury1703WindhamPlainfieldCanterbury, CT: Catalogue of the First Congregational Church
Canton1806HartfordSimsburyWest Simsbury [Canton], CT: Early Settlers, 1780-1856
Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of Connecticut, 1687-1688
Chaplin1822WindhamHampton, Mansfield, and WindhamMansfield, CT: Vital Records
Windham, CT Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
ChathamE. Hampton
Cheshire1780New HavenWallingford
Chester1836New HavenSaybrookVital Records of Saybrook, Connecticut 1647-1834
Clinton1838MiddlesexKillingworth
Colchester1698New London
Colebrook1779Litchfield
Columbia1804TollandLebanon
Cornwall1740Litchfield
Coventry1712Tolland
Cromwell1851MiddlesexMiddletown

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Danbury1685FairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Darien1820FairfieldStamfordProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Stamford, CT: Vital Records to 1825
Deep River1635Middlesex
Derby1675New Haven
Durham1704Middlesex

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
East FarmsN. Canaan
Eastford1847WindhamAshford
East Granby1858HartfordGranby and Windsor Locks
East GreenwichWarren
East Haddam1734MiddlesexHaddam
East Hampton1767MiddlesexMiddletown
East Hartford1783HartfordHartfordEast Hartford, CT: Records of the Third Church of Christ
Hartford, CT: Historical Catalogue of the First Church, 1633-1885
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
East Haven1785New HavenNew HavenEast-Haven,CT:Register, Part 3: Deaths
E. Lyme1839New LondonLyme and WaterfordLyme, CT: Birth Records
Lyme, CT: Death Records
Lyme, CT: Marriage Records
Easton1875FairfieldWestonannexed to Bridgeport, 1878Probate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
E. Windsor1768HartfordWindsorHartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Ellington1786TollandE. Windsor
Enfield1683Hartfordpart of Mass. 'til 1749
Essex1852MiddlesexSaybrookoriginally Old Saybrook; renamed Essex in 1854, when new town of Old Saybrook set offSaybrook, CT: Vital Records, 1647-1834

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Fairfield1639FairfieldHartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Probate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Farmington1645Hartford
Franklin1786New LondonNorwichNorwich, CT: Vital Records, 1659-1848
FreshwaterEnfield

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Glastonbury1693HartfordWethersfieldWethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775–1808
Goshen1739Litchfield
Granby1786HartfordSimsburySimsbury, CT: Vital Records, 1665-1886
Great SwampBerlin
Great PlainPlainville
Greenwich1665FairfieldStamfordunder jurisdiction of New Amsterdam Dutch, 1642-56Probate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Stamford, CT: Vital Records to 1825
Griswold1815New LondonPrestonPreston, CT, First Congregational Church Records, 1698-1898
Groton1705New LondonNew London
Guilford1639New HavenGuilford, CT: Record of Deaths, 1883-1890

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Haddam1668Middlesex
Hamden1786New HavenNew Haven
Hampton1786WindhamBrooklyn, Canterbury, Pomfret, Windham, and MansfieldCanterbury, CT: Catalogue of the First Congregational Church
Mansfield, CT: Vital Records
Windham, CT Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Hartford1635HartfordHartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Hartford, CT: General Index of Land Records, 1639–1839
Hartford, CT: Historical Catalogue of the First Church, 1633-1885
Hartland1761Hartford
Harwinton1737Litchfield
Hebron1708Tolland
HuntingtonShelton

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
KenellworthKillingworth
KennedyHampton
KensingtonBerlin
Kent1739LitchfieldEarly Residents of Kent, Connecticut, 1769–1800
Killingly1708WindhamChurch Records of Killingly, Connecticut
Killingworth1667Middlesex

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Lebanon1700New London
Ledyard1836New LondonGroton
Lisbon1786New LondonNorwichVital Records of Norwich, Connecticut, 1659-1848
Litchfield1719Litchfield
Lyme1665New LondonSaybrookBirth Records of Lyme, Connecticut
Death Records of Lyme, Connecticut
Marriages of Lyme, Connecticut
Vital Records of Saybrook, Connecticut 1647-1834

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Madison1826New HavenGuilfordChurch Records of Madison, Connecticut
Vital Records of Madison, Connecticut
Manchester1823HartfordE. Hartford
Mansfield1702TollandWindhamVital Records of Mansfield, CT
Windham, Connecticut Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Vital Records of Windham, Connecticut, 1707-1831
Marlborough1803HartfordColchester, Glastonbury, and Hebron
Meriden1806New HavenWallingford
Middlebury1807New HavenSouthbury, Waterbury, and WoodburyList of the First Settlers of Woodbury, Connecticut
Marriages of Woodbury, Connecticut, 1684-1784
Woodbury, Connecticut Deaths 1678-1898
Middlefield1807New HavenSouthbury, Waterbury, and WoodburyList of the First Settlers of Woodbury, Connecticut
Marriages of Woodbury, Connecticut, 1684-1784
Woodbury, Connecticut Deaths 1678-1898
Middletown1651Middlesex
Milford1639New HavenRecords of the First Church of Milford, Connecticut, 1635–1760
MilltownN. Stonington
Monroe1823FairfieldHuntingtonProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Montville1786New LondonNew London
Morris1859LitchfieldLitchfield

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
NaubucGlastonbury
Naugatuck1844New HavenBethany, Oxford, and Waterbury
New BantumGoshen and Litchfield
New Britain1850HartfordBerlin
NewburyBristol
New Canaan1801FairfieldNorwalk and StamfordProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Vital Records of Stamford, Connecticut to 1825
New Fairfield1740FairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
NewfieldBridgeport
New Hartford1738Litchfield
New Haven1638New HavenEast-Haven [CT] Register, Part 3: Deaths
New Haven VillageWallingford
Newington1871HartfordWethersfieldDeaths and Burials in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1775–1808
New London1646New London
New Milford1712Litchfield
Newtown1711FairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Vital Records of Newtown, Connecticut - 1704–1850
Norfolk1758Litchfield
N. Branford1831New HavenBranford
N. Canaan1858LitchfieldCanaan
N. FarmsN. Branford
N. Haven1786New HavenNew HavenEast-Haven [CT] Register, Part 3: Deaths
N. Stonington1807New LondonStoningtonIndex to the Records of the First Church of Stonington, Connecticut
Norwalk1651FairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Norwich1659New LondonVital Records of Norwich, Connecticut, 1659-1848
Norwich FarmsBozrah

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Old Lyme1665New LondonLyme and SaybrookBirth Records of Lyme, Connecticut
Death Records of Lyme, Connecticut
Marriages of Lyme, Connecticut
Vital Records of Saybrook, Connecticut 1647-1834
Old Saybrook1854MiddlesexEssex
Orange1822New HavenMilford and New Haven
Orford1798New HavenDerby and Southbury
Oxford1798New HavenDerby and Southbury

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
PequonnockBridgeport
Plainfield1699Windham
Plainville1869HartfordFarmington
Plymouth1795LitchfieldWatertown
PodunckE. Hartford
PochaugWestbrook
Pomfret1713Windham
Portland1841MiddlesexChatham
Preston1687New LondonPreston, Connecticut, First Congregational Church Records, 1698-1898
Prospect1827New HavenCheshire and Waterbury
Putnam1855WindhamKillingly, Pomfret, and ThompsonChurch Records of Killingly, Connecticut

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Redding1767FairfieldFairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Vital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield Connecticut, 1631-1691
Ridgefield1708FairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
RippowamStamford
Rocky Hill1843HartfordWethersfieldDeaths and Burials in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1775–1808
Roxbury1796HartfordWethersfieldDeaths and Burials in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1775–1808

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Salem1819New LondonColchester, Lyme, and MontvilleBirth Records of Lyme, Connecticut
Death Records of Lyme, Connecticut
Marriages of Lyme, Connecticut
Salisbury1741Litchfield
SaybrookDeep RiverVital Records of Saybrook, Connecticut 1647-1834
ScatacookKent
Scotland1857WindhamWindhamWindham, Connecticut Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Vital Records of Windham, Connecticut, 1707-1831
Seymour1850New HavenDerbySeymour, Connecticut, Vital Records to 1910
Sharon1739Litchfield
Shelton1789FairfieldStratfordProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Sherman1802FairfieldNew FairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Simsbury1670HartfordSimsbury, Connecticut Vital Records, 1665-1886
Somers1734TollandEnfieldpart of Mass. 'til 1749
Southbury1787New HavenWoodburyList of the First Settlers of Woodbury, Connecticut
Marriages of Woodbury, Connecticut, 1684-1784
Woodbury, Connecticut Deaths 1678-1898
Southington1779HartfordFarmington
S. FarmMorris
S. Windsor1845HartfordE. Windsor
Sprague1861New LondonFranklin and Lisbon
Spruce SwampTorrington
Stafford1719Tolland
Stamford1641FairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Vital Records of Stamford, Connecticut to 1825
Sterling1794WindhamVoluntown
Stonington1649New LondonIndex to the Records of the First Church of Stonington, Connecticut
Stratford1639Bridgeport
Suffield1674Hartfordpart of Mass. 'til 1749Suffield CT Church Records
SuffrageCanton

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Thomaston1875LitchfieldPlymouth
Thompson1785WindhamKillinglyChurch Records of Killingly, Connecticut
Tolland1715Tolland
Torrington1740Litchfield
Trumbull1797FairfieldStratfordProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Union1734Tolland

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Vernon1808TollandBoltonVital Records of Vernon, Connecticut, to 1853
Vital Records of Bolton, Connecticut, 1704-1859
Volunteers' TownVoluntown
Voluntown1721New London

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Wallingford1670New Haven
Warren1786LitchfieldKentEarly Residents of Kent, Connecticut, 1769–1800
Washington1779LitchfieldLitchfield, Kent, New Milford, and WoodburyList of the First Settlers of Woodbury, Connecticut
Marriages of Woodbury, Connecticut, 1684-1784
Woodbury, Connecticut Deaths 1678-1898
Waterbury1686New Haven
Waterford1801New LondonNew London
Watertown1780LitchfieldWaterburyWethersfield
WellingtonWillington
Westbrook1840MiddlesexSaybrookVital Records of Saybrook, Connecticut 1647-1834
W. FarmsBristol, Chatham, Middlebury, and W. Haven
W. Hartford1854HartfordHartfordHistorical Catalogue of the First Church of Hartford, Connecticut, 1633-1885
Vital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield Connecticut, 1631-1691
W. Haven1921New HavenOrange
Weston1787FairfieldFairfieldProbate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757
Vital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield Connecticut, 1631-1691
Westport1835Fairfield, Norwalk, and WestonFairfieldVital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield Connecticut, 1631-1691
W. SimsburyCanton
Wethersfield1634HartfordDeaths and Burials in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1775–1808
Willington1727Tolland
Wilton1802FairfieldNorwalk
Winchester1771Litchfield
Windham1692WindhamWindham, Connecticut Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Windham VillageHampton
Windsor1633HartfordVital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield Connecticut, 1631-1691
Windsor Locks1854HartfordWindsorVital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield Connecticut, 1631-1691
Wolcott1796New HavenSouthington and Waterbury
Woodbridge1784New HavenMilford and New Haven
Woodbury1673LitchfieldList of the First Settlers of Woodbury, Connecticut
Woodbury, Connecticut Deaths 1678-1898
Woodstock1686Windhampart of Mass. 'til 1749; New Roxbury 'til 1690Vital Records of Woodstock, Connecticut, 1686-1854
WorthingtonBerlin