This guide was last updated in 2011

Births, deaths, and marriages in Connecticut have been recorded at the town level from as early as 1650.

After 1 July 1897, copies were sent to the State Department of Health. For vital records before 1850, the Barbour Collection serves as both index and abstract, although it is incomplete with some errors. A portion is available on as Connecticut Town Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection).

Links to more Connecticut vital record indexes and images can be found at Online Connecticut Death Indexes & Records ( No statewide index to vital records exists from about 1850 to 1897, so you will need to use census records, directories, and other resources to locate the likely town in which the event occurred. Records can be ordered by mail or phone from the town clerk.

Connecticut land records are also recorded at the town level, instead of the county, and a few towns have them available online. Probate records are recorded in local probate district offices. Many of the earlier records have been microfilmed and are available through the Connecticut State Library ( or your local Family History Centre (


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