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A Selected Bibliography of Connecticut Local Histories that include Genealogical Information and General Genealogical Compilations

This bibliography assists in finding genealogical information within the Connecticut history collection. Note that many of these works were done many decades ago when standards of historical and genealogical scholarship were lower and that other sources of information, including primary sources, should also be consulted.

Statewide | County Histories | Individual Towns

Statewide
Cutter, William Richard, et. al. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1911 [CSL call number F 93 .C99].

Hinman, R. R. A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut.... Hartford: Case, Tiffany, 1852-1856 [CSL call number F 93 .H66].

Roberts, Gary Boyd, ed. Genealogies of Connecticut Families from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1983 [CSL call number F 93 .G46 1983].

County Histories
J.H. Beers and Company published separate volumes with biographical sketches for the counties of Fairfield, Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Tolland and Windham. (Tolland and Windham were published together). Additional county histories are listed below.

Cole, J. R. History of Tolland County, Connecticut, Including Its Early Settlement and Progress to the Present Time, A Description of Its Historic and Interesting Localities, Sketches of Its Towns and Villages, Portraits of Some of Its Prominent Men, and Biographies of Many of Its Representative Citizens. New York:: W. W. Preston and Co., 1888 [CSL call number F 102 .T6 C6 1888].

Hurd, D. W. History of Fairfield County, Connecticut, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis and Co., 1881 [CSL call number F 102 .F2 H8].

J. W. Lewis Co. History of Litchfield County, Connecticut, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. 2 vols. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis and Co., 1881 [CSL call number F 102 .L6 H6 1881].

Larned, Ellen D. History of Windham County. 2 vols. Worcester, MA: Ellen D. Larned, 1894 [CSL call number F 102 .W7 L5].

Marshall, Benjamin T. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. 3 vols. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1922 [CSL call number F 102 .N7 M3].

Trumbull, J. Hammond. Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884. 2 vols. Boston: E. L. Osgood, 1886 [CSL call number F 102 .H3 T8 1888].

Individual Towns
Representative titles are listed below. For additional resources, consult the State Library catalog using a "Subject" or "Keyword" search such as "Windsor Conn History".

Berlin. See also New Britain.
North, Catharin M. History of Berlin, Connecticut. New Haven: Tuttle, 1916 [CSL call number F 104 .B4 N86]. Includes several chapters relating to family history.

Bethany
Lines, Eliza J. Bethany and its Hills. New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1905 [CSL call number F 104 .B45 L56 1905].

Branford. See New Haven and Guilford.

Bridgeport. See Stratford.

Bridgewater. See New Milford.

Canton
Brown, Abiel. Genealogical History With Short Sketches and Family Records of the Early Settlers of West Simsbury, Now Canton, Connecticut. Hartford: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1856 [CSL call number F 104 .C2 B76 1856].

Chaplin. See Windham.

Cheshire. See Wallingford.

Cromwell. See Middletown.

Darien. See Stamford.

Derby
Orcott, Samuel. The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880, With Biographies and Genealogies. Springfield, MA: Press of Springfield Printing Co., 1880 [CSL call number F 104 .D4 O73 1880].

East Windsor. See Windsor.

Ellington. See also Windsor.
Crane, Darius. Biographical Sketches of Ellington Families. Hartford: Star Printing, 1889 [CSL call number F 104 .E36 C88 1889].

Enfield. See Suffield.

Fairfield.
Jacobus, Donald Lines. History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-31 [CSL call number F 104 .F2 J32 1930].

Farmington. See also New Britain.
Bickford, Christopher P. Farmington in Connecticut. Canaan, NH: Published for the Farmington Historical Society by Phoenix Pub., 1982 [CSL call number F 104 .F4 B5 1982].

Glastonbury. See also Wethersfield.
Chapin, Alonzo B. Glastenbury (sic.) for Two Hundred Years. Hartford: Case, Tiffany & Company, 1853 [CSL call number F 104 .G5 C4 1853]. Genealogical accounts of families, pp. 159-200.

Goshen
Hibbard, A.G. History of the Town of Goshen, Connecticut. Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co, 1897 [CSL call number F 104 .G6 H63 1897]. Genealogies of early Goshen families, pp. 407-572; marriages, [1740-1786], [1820-1896], pp. [573]-592.

Greenwich
Mead, Spencer P. Ye Historie of ye Town of Greenwich...With Genealogical Notes. New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1911 [CSL call number F 104 .G8 M5 1911]. "Genealogies" pp. 489-687.

Guilford
Talcott, Alvan, comp. Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984 [CSL call number F 104 .G9 T35 1984.

Haddam. See Guilford.

Hamden
Hamden Men in the World War. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, n.d. [CSL call number ConnDoc St2913h h].

Hampton. See Windham.

Hartford
Barbour, Lucius Barnes. Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1977 [CSL call number F 104 .H353 A22 1977].

Porter, William S. Historical Notices of Connecticut. Hartford: E. Geer's Press, 1842 [CSL call number SpecColl F 104 .H345 P8 1842]. No. 1. Hartford in 1640; no. 2. Hartford and West Hartford.

Killingworth. See Guilford.

Lebanon
Armstrong, Robert G. Historic Lebanon: Highlights of an Historic Town. Lebanon: First Congregational Church, [1950] [CSL call number F 104 .L4 A7 1950].

Ledyard
Avery, John. History of the Town of Ledyard, 1650-1900. Norwich: Noyes & Davis, 1901 [CSL call number F 104 .L5 A9 1901].

Lisbon
Bishop, Henry F. Historical Sketch of Lisbon, Connecticut. New York: H.F. Bishop, [1903] [CSL call number F 104 .L6 B6 1903.

Litchfield
Kilbourne, Payne Kenyon. A Biographical History of the County of Litchfield, Connecticut. New York: Clark, Austin & Co., 1851 [CSL call number F 102. L6 K4]. Includes "biographical sketches of distinguished natives".

Woodruff, George C. A Genealogical Register of the Inhabitants of the Town of Litchfield, Conn.... Hartford, 1900 [CSL call number F 104 .L7 W6 1900].

Mansfield. See Windham.

Meriden. See also Wallingford.
Gillespie, C. Bancroft. A Century of Meriden. Meriden: Journal Pub. Co., 1906 [CSL call number F 104 .M5 G4 1906].

Middlebury. See Waterbury.

Middletown
Adams, Charles Collard. Middletown Upper Houses. New York: Grafton Press, 1908 [CSL call number F 104 .C8 A2 1908]. Includes "biographical chapters on early families and a full genealogy of the Ranney family".

Milford
Abbott, Susan Woodruff, comp. Families of Early Milford, Connecticut. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1979 [CSL call number F 104 .M7 A22 1979].

Monroe. See Stratford.

Montville
Baker, H. A. History of Montville, Connecticut. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1896 [CSL call number F 104 .M8 B2 1896]. "Genealogies of the early settlers", pp. [100]-602.

Naugatuck. See Waterbury.

New Britain
Camp, David N. History of New Britain, With Sketches of Farmington and Berlin.... New Britain: W. B. Thomson & Company, 1889 [CSL call number F 104 .N5 C2 1889].

New Canaan
King, Mary Louise. Portrait of New Canaan. [New Canaan, Conn.]: New Canaan Historical Society, 1981 [CSL call number F 104 .N53 K52 1981].

New Haven
Jacobus, Donald Lines, comp. Families of Ancient New Haven. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1974 [CSL call number HistRef F 104 .N653 J33 1974]. This is a reprint of the first nine volumes of the New Haven Genealogical Magazine (which became The American Genealogist).

New London and Vicinity
Caulkins, Frances M. History of New London, Connecticut. New London: The author [Hartford, Ct., Press of Case, Tiffany and Company] [CSL call number F 104 .N7 C28 1852]. "Obituaries of the early settlers", pp. [267]-374.

Parkhurst, Charles Dyer. Early Families of New London and Vicinity. Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 1938 [CSL call number F 104 .N7 P37 1938]. Photostat of 36 manuscript volumes owned by the New London Public Library.

New Milford
Orcutt, Samuel. History of the Towns of New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut. Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1882 [CSL call number F 104 .N73 O6 1882]. "Biographical sketches", pp. [563]-635; "Genealogies", pp. [637]-812.

Newington. See Wethersfield.

Norfolk
Crissey, Theron Wilmot. History of Norfolk. Everett, MA: Massachusetts Pub. Co., 1900 [CSL call number F 104 .N8 C9 1900.] "Norfolk's necrology": pp. 603-614. Map showing landowners and building outlines, roads, railroads, churches and other landmarks has been removed from the State Library copy and is in SpecColl Maps G 3784 .N9 1847 .H3.

Norwalk. See also Fairfield.
Hall, Edwin. The Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk, Connecticut. [Norwalk : J. Mallory], 1847 [CSL call number SpecColl F 104 .N9 H2 1865]. "Genealogical register", pp. 181-320; "Town records", pp. 41-185.

North Haven
Thorpe, Sheldon B. North Haven Annals. New Haven: Press of the Price, Lee & Adkins Co., 1892 [CSL call number F 104 .N83 T5 1892].

Norwich. See also New London.
Calkins, F. M. History of Norwich, Connecticut. Norwich: F.M. Caulkins, 1866 [CSL call number F 104 .N93 C3 1866].

Perkins, Mary E. Old Houses of the Antient Town of Norwich. Norwich: [Press of the Bulletin Co.], 1895 [CSL call number F104.N93 P47 1895]. "Part II. Genealogies", pp. 407-600.

Oxford. See Waterbury.

Plymouth. See also Waterbury.
Atwater, Francis. History of the Town of Plymouth, Connecticut. Meriden: Journal Pub. Co., 1895 [CSL call number F 104 .P7 A8 1895].

Preston. See New London.

Prospect. See Waterbury.

Redding
Todd, Charles Burr. The History of Redding, Connecticut. Newburgh, NY: The Grafton Press, [c1906] [CSL call number F 104 .R3 T7 1906]. Includes notes on the Adams, Banks, Barlow, Bartlett, Bartram, Bates, Beach, Benedict, Betts, Burr, Burritt, Burton, Chatfield, Couch, Darling, Fairchild, Foster, Gold, Gorham, Gray, Griffin, Hall, Hawley, Heron, Hill, Hull, Jackson, Lee, Lyon, Lord, Mallory, Meade, Meeker, Merchant, Morehouse, Perry, Platt, Read, Rogers, Rumsey, Sanford, Smith, Stow, and Strong families.

Ridgefield
Rockwell, George L. History of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Ridgefield: Priv. print. by the author, 1927 [CSL call number F 104 .R5 R62 1927]. "Ridgefield men in the revolution", pp. 137-145. "Individual records of revolutionary soldiers", pp. 147-196; "List of soldiers from Ridgefield in the world war", pp. 326-340.

Rocky Hill. See Wethersfield.

Scotland. See Windham.

Seymour
Campbell, Hollis A., et. al. Seymour Past and Present. Seymour: W.C. Sharpe, 1902 [CSL call number F 104 .S5 C36 1902].

Sharpe, W. C. History of Seymour, Connecticut, with Biographies and Genealogies. Seymour, 1869 [CSL call number F 104 .S5 S5 1879].

Sharon
Sedgwick, Charles F. A History of the Town of Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut. Hartford: Printed by Case, Tiffany & Co., 1842 [CSL call number SpecColl F 104 .S53 S4 1842].

Shelton. See Stratford.

Simsbury. See Canton, Windsor.

South Windsor. See Windsor.

Southbury
Sharpe, W. C. South Britain, Sketches and Records. Seymour: Record Print, 1898 [CSL call number F 104 .S7 S5 1898]. Includes genealogies for Averill, Bradley, Edmonds, Gilbert, Guthrie, Hann, Hayes, Lewis, Mitchell, Pierce, Platt, Skeels, Wagner, and Wakeley, and families.

Southington
Timlow, Heman R. Ecclesiastical and Other Sketches of Southington, Connecticut. Hartford: The Case, Lockwood and Brainard Co., 1875 [CSL call number F 104 .S73 T5 1875]. Southington genealogies, pp. i-cclxxv.

Stamford. See also Fairfield.
Huntington, E. B. History of Stamford, Connecticut from its Settlement in 1641, to the Present Time ,Including Darien..... Stamford, CT, 1868 [CSL call number F 104 .S8 H9 1868]. Births, marriages and deaths, 1640-1700, pp. [155]-167.

Majdalany, Jeanne. The Early Settlement of Stamford, Connecticut. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1990 [CSL call number F 104 .S8 M28 1990].

Stonington
Wheeler, Richard Anson. History of the Town of Stonington..., with a Genealogical Register of Stonington Families. New London: Press of the Day Publishing Company, 1900 [CSL call number F 104 .S85 W5 1900].

Stratford
Orcutt, Samuel. History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, New Haven: Press of Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1886 [CSL call number F 104 .S87 O6 1886]. Genealogies, v. 2, pp. 1113-1358. Vol. 2 also contains histories of Huntington (Shelton), Trumbull and Monroe, towns incorporated from old Stratford. Epitaphs from the various cemeteries are included.

Suffield
Warren, Thomas B. Springfield Families. 1935 [CSL call number F 74 .S8 W37 1935]. Photostat of original manuscript at Connecticut Valley Historical Society.

Tolland
Waldo, Loren P. The Early History of Tolland. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company, 1861 [CSL call number F 104 .T6 W2 1861]. Includes sketches of family history.

Torrington
Orcutt, Samuel. History of Torrington, Connecticut. Albany: J. Munsell, printer, 1878 [CSL call number F 104 .T7 O6 1878]. Includes biographies and genealogies.

Trumbull. See also Stratford.
Beach, E. Merrill. They Face the Rising Sun: A Comprehensive Story with Genealogical Material and Complete Charting of Unity Burial Ground, Oldest Cemetery in Trumbull, Connecticut, 1730-1971. Chester: Pequot Press, 1971 [CSL call number F 104.T75 B39 1971].

Union
Lawson, Harvey M. The History of Union, Connecticut. New Haven: Press of Price, Lee & Adkins, 1893 [CSL call number F 104 .U5 H2 1893]. "Genealogies of the families", pp. [252]-500.

Wallingford. See also New Haven.
Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. History of Wallingford, Conn. ,From its Settlement in 1670 to the Present Time, Including Meriden, Which was One of its Parishes Until 1806, and Cheshire, Which was Incorporated in 1780. Meriden: C.H.S. Davis, 1870 [CSL call number F 104 .W2 D4 1870]. The "Genealogies", pp. [252]-500; 611-941 were later reprinted as Early Families of Wallingford, Connecticut.

Waterbury
Anderson, Joseph. The Town and City of Waterbury, Connecticut. New Haven: The Price and Lee Company, 1896 [CSL call number F 104 .W3 A5 1896].

Bronson, Henry. The History of Waterbury, Connecticut, ... Embracing Present Watertown and Plymouth, and Parts of Oxford, Wolcott, Middlebury, Prospect and Naugatuck with an Appendix of Biography, Genealogy and Statistics. Waterbury: Bronson Press, 1858 [CSL call number F 104. W3 B8 1858]. "Genealogy": p. [458]-552.

Pape, William Jamieson, 1873- ed. Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley. New York: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1918 [CSL call number F 104 .W3 P2 1918]. Vols. 2-3 contain biographical sketches.

Watertown. See Waterbury.

Wethersfield
Adams, Sherman W. The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, Comprising the Present Towns of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington, and of Glastonbury Prior to its Incorporation in 1693.... New York: Grafton Press, 1904 [CSL call number F 104 .W4 A2 1904]. Volume II, Genealogies and Biographies, prepared by Henry R. Stiles.

Windham
Weaver, William L. History of Ancient Windham, Ct., Genealogy : Containing a Genealogical Record of All the Early Families of Ancient Windham, Embracing the Present Towns of Windham, Mansfield, Hampton, Chaplin and Scotland. Part I. A-Bil. Willimantic, CT: Weaver & Curtiss, 1864 [CSL call number F 104 .W65 W4 1864]. "Most of the genealogies herewith published appeared in the Williamantic journal in 1862 and 1863. They have been re- arranged, carefully revised and corrected, and contain much additional matter."

Windsor
Stiles, Henry R. The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, Including East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington. 1635-1891. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1892 [CSL call number F 104 .W7 S85 1891]. Vol. II contains genealogies.

Windsor Locks. See Windsor.

Wolcott. See also Waterbury.
Orcutt, Samuel. History of the Town of Wolcott (Connecticut) from 1731 to 1874 ... and With the Genealogies of the Families of the Town. Waterbury: Press of the American Printing Company, 1874 [CSL call number F 104 .W8 O6 1874]. "Genealogies": 428-608.

Woodbury
Cothren, William. History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut From the First Indian Deed in 1659 ... Including the Present Towns of Washington, Southbury, Bethlehem, Roxbury, and a Part of Oxford and Middlebury. Waterbury: Bronson Brothers, 1854-1879 [CSL call number F 104 .W88 C67 1854]. Three volumes.

Woodstock
Bowen, Clarence Winthrop. The History of Woodstock, Connecticut. Norwood, MA: Plimpton Press, 1926 [CSL call number F 104 .W9 B69 1926]. Vols. 2-8 have the title The History of Woodstock, Connecticut : Genealogies of Woodstock Families.

Prepared by the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, 04-2002. Revised 09-04. 2004