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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
Anderson Middlebury
Andover1848TollandCoventry and Hebron
Ansonia1889New HavenDerby
Ashford1714Windham
Avon1830HartfordFarmington Connecticut: Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of CT, 1687-1688

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Barkhamsted1779Litchfield
Beacon Falls1871New HavenBethany, Naugatuck, Oxford and Seymour Seymour, CT: Vital Records, 1700-1914
Berlin1785HartfordFarmington, Middletown, and Wethersfield Wethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775-1808
Connecticut: Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of CT, 1687-1688
Bethany1832New HavenWoodbridge
Bethel1855FairfieldDanbury Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Danbury, CT: Members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1848-1851
Bethlehem1787LitchfieldWoodbury Woodbury, CT: List of the First Settlers
Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Deaths, 1678-1898
Bloomfield1835HartfordFarmington, Hartford, Simsbury, and Windsor Connecticut: Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of CT, 1687-1688
Simsbury, CT: Vital Records, 1665-1886
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Bolton1730Tolland Bolton and Vernon, CT: Vital Records, 1704-1852
Bozrah1786New LondonNorwich Norwich CT: Vital Records of Norwich, 1659-1848
Branford1639New HavenGuilford Guilford, CT: Deaths, 1883-1890
Bridgeport1821FairfieldFairfield and Stratford Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Bridgewater1856LitchfieldNew Milford
Bristol1785HartfordFarmingtonMiddleburyNew Cambridge, CT: Records of Baptisms, 1747-1800
Connecticut: Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of CT, 1687-1688
Brookfield1788FairfieldDanbury, New Milford, and Newtown Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Danbury, CT: Members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1848-1851
Newtown, CT: Vital Records, 1704-1850
Brooklyn1786WindhamCanterbury and Pomfret Canterbury, CT: Catalogue of the First Congregational Church, 1711-1853
Burlington1806HartfordBristol New Cambridge, CT: Records of Baptisms, 1747-1800
Connecticut: Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of CT, 1687-1688

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Canaan1739Litchfield
Canada Parish Hampton
Canterbury1703WindhamPlainfield Canterbury, CT: Catalogue of the First Congregational Church, 1711-1853
Canton1806HartfordSimsbury West Simsbury [Now Canton], CT: Early Settlers, 1780-1856
Connecticut: Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of CT, 1687-1688
Chaplin1822WindhamHampton, Mansfield, and Windham Mansfield, CT: Vital Records, 1700-1850
Windham, CT: Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Chatham E. Hampton
Cheshire1780New HavenWallingford
Chester1836New HavenSaybrook Saybrook, CT: Vital Records, 1647-1834
Clinton1838MiddlesexKillingworth
Colchester1698New London
Colebrook1779Litchfield
Columbia1804TollandLebanon
Cornwall1740Litchfield
Coventry1712Tolland
Cromwell1851MiddlesexMiddletown

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Danbury1685Fairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Darien1820FairfieldStamford Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Stamford, CT: Vital Records, 1654-1825
Deep River1635Middlesex
Derby1675New Haven
Durham1704Middlesex

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
East Farms N. Canaan
Eastford1847WindhamAshford
East Granby1858HartfordGranby and Windsor Locks
East Greenwich Warren
East Haddam1734MiddlesexHaddam
East Hampton1767MiddlesexMiddletown
East Hartford1783HartfordHartford East Hartford, CT: Records of the Third Church of Christ, 1723-1745
Hartford, CT: Historical Catalogue of the First Church, 1633-1885
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
East Haven1785New HavenNew Haven East Haven [CT] Register: Part 3, Deaths, 1647-1832
E. Lyme1839New LondonLyme and Waterford Lyme, CT: Birth Records, 1847-1856
Lyme, CT: Death Records, 1847-1855
Lyme, CT: Marriages, 1851-1854
Easton1875FairfieldWestonannexed to Bridgeport, 1878Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
E. Windsor1768HartfordWindsor Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Ellington1786TollandE. Windsor
Enfield1683Hartford part 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
Fairfield1639Fairfield Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Farmington1645Hartford
Franklin1786New LondonNorwich Norwich CT: Vital Records of Norwich, 1659-1848
Freshwater Enfield

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Glastonbury1693HartfordWethersfield Wethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775-1808
Goshen1739Litchfield
Granby1786HartfordSimsbury Simsbury, CT: Vital Records, 1665-1886
Great Swamp Berlin
Great Plain Plainville
Greenwich1665FairfieldStamfordunder jurisdiction of New Amsterdam Dutch, 1642-56Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Stamford, CT: Vital Records, 1654-1825
Griswold1815New LondonPreston Preston, CT: First Congregational Church Records, 1698-1898
Groton1705New LondonNew London
Guilford1639New Haven Guilford, CT: Deaths, 1883-1890

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Haddam1668Middlesex
Hamden1786New HavenNew Haven
Hampton1786WindhamBrooklyn, Canterbury, Pomfret, Windham, and Mansfield Canterbury, CT: Catalogue of the First Congregational Church, 1711-1853
Mansfield, CT: Vital Records, 1700-1850
Windham, CT: Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Hartford1635Hartford Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Hartford, CT: General Index of Land Records of the Town of Hartford, 1639-1839
Hartford, CT: Historical Catalogue of the First Church, 1633-1885
Hartland1761Hartford
Harwinton1737Litchfield
Hebron1708Tolland
Huntington Shelton

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Kenellworth Killingworth
Kennedy Hampton
Kensington Berlin
Kent1739Litchfield Kent, CT: Early Residents, 1769-1800
Killingly1708Windham Killingly, CT: Church Records, 1711-1775
Killingworth1667Middlesex

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Lebanon1700New London
Ledyard1836New LondonGroton
Lisbon1786New LondonNorwich Norwich CT: Vital Records of Norwich, 1659-1848
Litchfield1719Litchfield
Lyme1665New LondonSaybrook Lyme, CT: Birth Records, 1847-1856
Lyme, CT: Death Records, 1847-1855
Lyme, CT: Marriages, 1851-1854
Saybrook, CT: Vital Records, 1647-1834

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Madison1826New HavenGuilford Killingly, CT: Church Records, 1711-1775
Madison, CT: Vital Records, 1718-1890
Manchester1823HartfordE. Hartford
Mansfield1702TollandWindham Mansfield, CT: Vital Records, 1700-1850
Windham, CT: Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Windham, CT: Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Marlborough1803HartfordColchester, Glastonbury, and Hebron
Meriden1806New HavenWallingford
Middlebury1807New HavenSouthbury, Waterbury, and Woodbury Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Deaths, 1678-1898
Middlefield1807New HavenSouthbury, Waterbury, and Woodbury Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Deaths, 1678-1898
Middletown1651Middlesex
Milford1639New Haven Milford, CT: Records of the First Church, 1640-1829
Milltown N. Stonington
Monroe1823FairfieldHuntington Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Montville1786New LondonNew London
Morris1859LitchfieldLitchfield

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Naubuc Glastonbury
Naugatuck1844New HavenBethany, Oxford, and Waterbury
New Bantum Goshen and Litchfield
New Britain1850HartfordBerlin
Newbury Bristol
New Canaan1801FairfieldNorwalk and Stamford Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Stamford, CT: Vital Records, 1654-1825
New Fairfield1740Fairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Newfield Bridgeport
New Hartford1738Litchfield
New Haven1638New Haven East Haven [CT] Register: Part 3, Deaths, 1647-1832
New Haven Village Wallingford
Newington1871HartfordWethersfield Wethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775-1808
New London1646New London
New Milford1712Litchfield
Newtown1711Fairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Newtown, CT: Vital Records, 1704-1850
Norfolk1758Litchfield
N. Branford1831New HavenBranford
N. Canaan1858LitchfieldCanaan
N. Farms N. Branford
N. Haven1786New HavenNew Haven East Haven [CT] Register: Part 3, Deaths, 1647-1832
N. Stonington1807New LondonStonington Stonington, CT: First Congregational Church Records, 1674-1874
Norwalk1651Fairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Norwich1659New London Norwich CT: Vital Records of Norwich, 1659-1848
Norwich Farms Bozrah

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Old Lyme1665New LondonLyme and Saybrook Lyme, CT: Birth Records, 1847-1856
Lyme, CT: Death Records, 1847-1855
Lyme, CT: Marriages, 1851-1854
Saybrook, CT: Vital Records, 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
Pequonnock Bridgeport
Plainfield1699Windham
Plainville1869HartfordFarmington
Plymouth1795LitchfieldWatertown
Podunck E. Hartford
Pochaug Westbrook
Pomfret1713Windham
Portland1841MiddlesexChatham
Preston1687New London Preston, CT: First Congregational Church Records, 1698-1898
Prospect1827New HavenCheshire and Waterbury
Putnam1855WindhamKillingly, Pomfret, and Thompson Killingly, CT: Church Records, 1711-1775

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Redding1767FairfieldFairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Ridgefield1708Fairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Rippowam Stamford
Rocky Hill1843HartfordWethersfield Wethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775-1808
Roxbury1796HartfordWethersfield Wethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775-1808

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Salem1819New LondonColchester, Lyme, and Montville Lyme, CT: Birth Records, 1847-1856
Lyme, CT: Death Records, 1847-1855
Lyme, CT: Marriages, 1851-1854
Salisbury1741Litchfield
Saybrook Deep RiverSaybrook, CT: Vital Records, 1647-1834
Scatacook Kent
Scotland1857WindhamWindham Windham, CT: Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Windham, CT: Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Seymour1850New HavenDerby Seymour, CT: Vital Records, 1700-1914
Sharon1739Litchfield
Shelton1789FairfieldStratford Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Sherman1802FairfieldNew Fairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Simsbury1670Hartford Simsbury, CT: Vital Records, 1665-1886
Somers1734TollandEnfieldpart of Mass. 'til 1749
Southbury1787New HavenWoodbury Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Deaths, 1678-1898
Southington1779HartfordFarmington
S. Farm Morris
S. Windsor1845HartfordE. Windsor
Sprague1861New LondonFranklin and Lisbon
Spruce Swamp Torrington
Stafford1719Tolland
Stamford1641Fairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Stamford, CT: Vital Records, 1654-1825
Sterling1794WindhamVoluntown
Stonington1649New London Stonington, CT: First Congregational Church Records, 1674-1874
Stratford1639 Bridgeport
Suffield1674Hartford part of Mass. 'til 1749Suffield, CT: Church Records, 1710-1836
Suffrage Canton

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Thomaston1875LitchfieldPlymouth
Thompson1785WindhamKillingly Killingly, CT: Church Records, 1711-1775
Tolland1715Tolland
Torrington1740Litchfield
Trumbull1797FairfieldStratford Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Union1734Tolland

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Vernon1808TollandBolton Bolton and Vernon, CT: Vital Records, 1704-1852
Bolton and Vernon, CT: Vital Records, 1704-1852
Volunteers' Town Voluntown
Voluntown1721New London

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NameEstablishedCountyParent Town(s)Other NamesRelated Databases
Wallingford1670New Haven
Warren1786LitchfieldKent Kent, CT: Early Residents, 1769-1800
Washington1779LitchfieldLitchfield, Kent, New Milford, and Woodbury Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Deaths, 1678-1898
Waterbury1686New Haven
Waterford1801New LondonNew London
Watertown1780LitchfieldWaterburyWethersfield
Wellington Willington
Westbrook1840MiddlesexSaybrook Saybrook, CT: Vital Records, 1647-1834
W. Farms Bristol, Chatham, Middlebury, and W. Haven
W. Hartford1854HartfordHartford Hartford, CT: Historical Catalogue of the First Church, 1633-1885
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
W. Haven1921New Haven Orange
Weston1787FairfieldFairfield Fairfield County, CT: Probate Records, 1704-1757
Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Westport1835Fairfield, Norwalk, and WestonFairfield Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
W. Simsbury Canton
Wethersfield1634Hartford Wethersfield, CT: Deaths and Burials, 1775-1808
Willington1727Tolland
Wilton1802FairfieldNorwalk
Winchester1771Litchfield
Windham1692Windham Windham, CT: Congregational Church Records, 1700-1851
Windham Village Hampton
Windsor1633Hartford Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Windsor Locks1854HartfordWindsor Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield CT: Vital Records, 1631-1691
Wolcott1796New HavenSouthington and Waterbury
Woodbridge1784New HavenMilford and New Haven
Woodbury1673Litchfield Woodbury, CT: Marriages, Deaths, and Early Settlers, 1684-1784
Woodbury, CT: Deaths, 1678-1898
Woodstock1686Windham part of Mass. 'til 1749; New Roxbury 'til 1690Woodstock, CT: Vital Records, 1686-1854
Worthington Berlin