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Topic: Researching Your Family History — Connecticut Resources

A guide to support UNIV 1820 and general genealogy/family history research

Connecticut State Library

Connecticut State Library (CSL)
http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/

Connecticut State Library card: (available to  UConn Students, Connecticut Residents, CT State Employees)

CT State Library card

https://ctstatelibrary.org/about/library-card/

Research Databases Available Through the Connecticut State Library that are remotely accessible with a CSL Library card

Here is a selected list of database titles that may be of interest to historians and genealogists: 

  • American Indian History Online
  • American Periodicals (also available from UConn)
  • Archive Finder
  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration (e-book)
  • CT State Library Collections on Ancestry.com (create a free ancestry.com account for access)
    Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
    U.S. Federal Census - 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes
    Connecticut, Passport and Birth Certificates, 1852-1928
    Connecticut, Military Census, 1917
    Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1639-1700
  • Fold3:  Searchable original, historical documents. Great source for military records. 
  • Hartford Courant (also available from UConn)
  • Heritage Quest (also available from researchitct.org with a Connecticut public library card)
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Milestone Documents in American History (e-book)
  • Sanborn Maps for Connecticut

Other CSL databases that are freely available:

WPA Architectural Survey

Connecticut Historical Societies & Museums

Connecticut History Illustrated

connecticut history illustrated

Connecticut History Illustrated (CHI) 

CHI brings together the Connecticut history-related digital resources of libraries, archives, museums, galleries, historical societies and other cultural heritage institutions in Connecticut. It contains material as varied as the history of the state, from documents to images, from maps to audio and video covering the entire spectrum of work, play, and life in Connecticut.

Family History Centers (LDS)

Family History Centers are branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Centers provide access to resources to the Family History Library in Utah and help patrons with research on their ancestors.