Research Assistance

Our Research Services

If you are unable to visit us in person, we are willing to complete research on your behalf. Please complete a Research Request form and submit it to us via mail or email. Any research performed on behalf of an absent party will be $75.00 per hour. Please allow up to two weeks for an initial response to all inquiries.

To explore our online catalog, visit our online collections page.

Digital Collections

Here are some helpful resources for conducting genealogical research:

Genealogy: Gateways

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Cyndi Howells’ megalist of categorized and cross-referenced genealogy links. Of special interest is the United States Index > Connecticut list.

RootsWeb.com

RootsWeb hosts genealogy websites, databases, message boards, and mailing lists. All services are free and include a wide selection of genealogy search engines (Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb Surname List, etc.). Get started with the RootsWeb’s Guide To Tracing Family Trees. Ancestry.com acquired RootsWeb in June 2000.

FamilySearch

The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors this Internet genealogy service. Search for ancestors in the Library’s Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, and International Genealogical Index or browse Family History Web Sites by topic (for example, Places > Connecticut or Migration > Emigration and Immigration). The Research Guidance section serves as a virtual research assistant to help you locate records from the place your ancestor lived (for example, Connecticut, United States).

The USGenWeb Project

A volunteer initiative providing links to online genealogical resources organized by state and county. Special projects include the USGenWeb Digital Library, a growing archive of public domain records on the Internet, and the USGW Tombstone Project. Begin your research by linking to a state page (for example, Connecticut GenWeb). To search for emigrant ancestors, link toWorldGenWeb. USGenWeb also provides extensive Help for Researchers.

Helm’s Genealogy Toolbox

Matthew Helm’s collection of links to genealogical and historical resources.

Ancestors

A web companion to the PBS family history and genealogy series. Of interest are Ancestors’ state-by-state resource guides and online resources for major types of genealogy records.

About Genealogy

Annotated links and feature articles from About.com Guide Kimberly Powell. The site includes genealogy resources organized by topic, and “Genealogy 101” for beginners.

Genealogy.com

This genealogy content provider offers a free Learning Center and Community message boards. Part of a family of genealogy web sites from the developer of FamilyTreeMaker software.

Ancestry.com

Click “Learning Center” to browse selected Ancestry Magazine articles and columns on researching family history. The site also features several search options; access to most Ancestry.com records databases, however, requires a subscription.

National Archives and Records Administration: The Genealogy Page

Genealogists are the largest group of NARA users. See Start Your Genealogical Research to find out how to access Federal records (census records, 1790-1920; military service and pension records, 1776-1900; immigration records, 1820-1957; naturalization records, etc.) Read articles of interest to genealogists from the National Archive’s quarterly journal, Prologue.

Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress

Bibliographies and guides to the genealogy collections of the Library of Congress.

National Genealogical Society

The NGS offers home study and online courses for beginners (tution is charged). Research aids and forms are available from the NGS Bookstore. The site also offers a Links list of genealogy sites.

U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Access the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). Enter a domestic name to call up a variety of mapping services.

PCL Map Collection

Historical and current maps from the Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas (Austin). Includes links to maps on other web sites

Genealogy: Connecticut

Connecticut State Library: History and Genealogy Unit

Information and finding aids for the Unit’s extensive archival collections: vital, land, and probate records from the 1600s to the early 1900s; church records; cemetary inscriptions; newspaper notices; and more. Be sure to consult the Sources of Information for Genealogists and Sources of Information on Connecticut’s History sections.

Cyndi’s List – U.S. – Connecticut

Cyndi Howells’ categorized links for Connecticut.

Connecticut GenWeb Project

General Connecticut research helps and specific resources by county. Each county page links to town pages (for example, New London County > Stonington). Part of the USGenWeb Project.

Connecticut Resources at RootsWeb

Links and searchable databases, organized by county.

The Connecticut Historical Society

Click “Genealogy” for information on town and city directories, local histories, and manuscript and book collections available at the CHS Library. Manuscript finding aids for some of the collections are provided online.

New England Ancestors.org

The home page of the The New England Historic Genealogical Society. Click “Research” to access Research Articles and databases or “Library” to search the NEHGS library catalog (some services and databases require society membership or charge a fee).

CT.gov

The official State of Connecticut website. Enter “genealogy” in the search box to access a wealth of state resources.

History: Connecticut

The Connecticut Historical Society

A diverse site presenting many online resources for CHS collections, exhibitions, and history projects. The CHS Online Exhibits features holdings from the Art and Artifact, Graphics, and Library Collections.

Connecticut History Online

A searchable image database of prints, photographs, and drawings from 1800 to 1950. CHO is a collaboration between the Connecticut Historical Society, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport Museum.

Colonial Connecticut Records

All 15 volumes of The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, from April 1636 to October 1776 (Hartford: Brown & Parsons. 1850-1890) are now online. Browse an A-Z subject index or search by date, volume, or page number. A project of the University of Connecticut Libraries with support from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

Connecticut History Resources

Finding aids and links to online sources from the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library.

Connecticut Humanities Council Heritage Gateway

Find out about Connecticut heritage activities with a directory of heritage museums, historical societies, and heritage organizations; on-line exhibitions; history resources; and more.

Mystic Seaport, The Museum Of America And The Sea

A major maritime museum on the site of shipyards active from 1784 to 1919. The Research the Collections section contains information on the maritime history collection at the G.W. Blunt White Library. (Mystic Seaport is part of the Town of Stonington.)

Amistad America

Home page of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, built at the Mystic Seaport Shipyard.

History: United States

American Memory

Multimedia Americana collections from the Library of Congress. “American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.”

America’s Story from America’s Library

Stories of America’s past for young people from the Library of Congress.

Smithsonian: Research

Searchable holdings from the Smithsonian’s archives and libraries.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Preservation news, advocacy, and programs. See “Local Contacts” for information on statewide initiatives.

National Register of Historic Places

A searchable listing of all National Register properties.

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web

An annotated and searchable list of U.S. history websites, organized by topic. From the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.