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Topic: Researching Your Family History — Genealogy Databases

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

HeritageQuest Online (FREE with a CT State Library Card)

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Connecticut provides access to Heritage Quest to everyone with a Connecticut State Library card.

HeritageQuest Online includes:

  • Census: Find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790-1940, including name indexes for many years
  • Books - Find information on people and places described in over 23,000 family and local histories
  • Revolutionary War - Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
  • Freedman's Bank - Search for individuals in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans
  • U.S. Serial Set - Search the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis U.S Serial Set
  • Cemeteries - findagrave.com index
  • City Directories
  • Military Records
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records
  • SSDI (Social Security Death Index)
  • Map and Photo Collection
  • Wills and Probate Records
  • Public Records 

Databases

 

Help Using Genealogy Databases

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Some libraries have Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) available for free when you visit their facilities. What is the difference between ALE and ancestry.com? ALE does NOT  include member trees, DNA, hint leaves..... 

Check with your local library to see if ALE is offered. 

Ancestry Library Edition in Connecticut Libraries

Access to Ancestry Library Edition is available on site.

The List: (last updated November 2018):

Public Libraries/ Association Libraries

Avon

Berlin- Berlin Peck Library

Bethel

Bloomfield- Prosser Library 

Branford-Blackstone Memorial

Bridgeport

Bristol

Brookfield

Canton

Cheshire

Clinton-Henry Carter Hull Library

Connecticut State Library

Coventry- Booth & Dimock Memorial Library 

Cromwell -  Cora Belden Public Library

Danbury

Danielson- Killingly Public Library 

Darien

East Haven- Hagaman Memorial Library

Ellington- Hall Memorial Library

Enfield

Essex

Fairfield

Farmington

Glastonbury- Welles Turner Memorial Library

Granby 

Greenwich

Groton

Guilford

Hamden

Harwinton

Hebron - Douglas Library 

Killingly

Lebanon -  Jonathan Trumbull Library

Ledyard

Madison- E C Scranton Memorial

Mansfield

Meriden

Middletown- Russell

Milford

New Britain

New Canaan

New Haven - New Haven Free Public Library & Branches

New London

New Milford

Newington- Lucy Robbins Welles Library

Newtown- C H Booth Library

North Branford - Atwater Memorial, Edward Smith 

North Haven Memorial Library

Norwalk

Old Lyme -  Phoebe Griffin Noyes 

Old Saybrook - Acton Public Library

Orange- Case Memorial Library

Plainville

Prospect

Redding- Mark Twain Library

Ridgefield

Rocky Hill- Cora J Belden Library

Rockville

Simsbury- Simsbury Public Library

Somers

South Windsor

Southbury

Southington

Stamford- Ferguson

Stratford

Tolland

Trumbull

Vernon - Rockville Public Library

Wallingford

Wethersfield

West Hartford

West Haven

Weston

Westport

Wilton

Windsor - Main and the Wilson Branch

Winsted- Beardsley and Memorial

Wolcott

Woodbridge

 

Other  Libraries:

New Britain - Central Connecticut State University

Hartford- Connecticut Historical Society 
(fees charged for library access )