Source:Connecticut, United States. Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records

Source The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records
Place Connecticut, United States
New Haven Colony
Connecticut (colony), Kingdom of England
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
New London, Connecticut, United States
Tolland, Connecticut, United States
Windham, Connecticut, United States
Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States
Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States
Year range - 1850
Subject Vital records
Publication information
Type Government / Church records
Number of Volumes 55 Town Volumes
Connecticut, United States. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records.
New England Historic Genealogical SocietyHard copyOther
Connecticut State LibraryHard copyOther
Family History Center history center
Family History Centeroriginal slips history center
Ancestry.comDeaths website
Ancestry.comMarriages website
Ancestry.comBirths website
AmericanAncestors.org website


Usage Tips

The Barbour Collection consists of births, marriages, and deaths recorded at the town level in Connecticut up through approximately 1850. In the 1910s and 1920s, Lucius Barnes Barbour (Connecticut Examiner of Public Records, 1911–1934) and his team of researchers transcribed the records held at the town level. Those transcriptions were returned to the Connecticut State Library, which transcribed the records onto slips and then into bound volumes by town. Thus, there are two parts of the Barbour Collection: the slip index, and bound volumes for individual towns.

A summary of how the Barbour collection was compiled and how to use it can be found on the website. {Some of the Windham Co. links connect to Windham County Genweb; result "Page not found"}

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Statewide Slip Index/Abstract

Each slip contains the information found in the original birth, marriage or death record, as well as a citation to the original. They are arranged alphabetically then chronologically in drawers at the Connecticut State Library. They were also filmed by the Family History Library. Film numbers can be found here

Index Volumes

Bound volumes were prepared for each town from the slips, containing the same information. Records are combined under one spelling per surname rather than preserving the original as on the slips. Because they represent a transcription of the slips themselves, there is the possibility of errors introduced that do not appear on the slips. Bound volumes were not prepared for the towns of Bolton, Coventry, Enfield, Mansfield, New Haven, Norwich, and Vernon since published compilations of vital records had previously been prepared for these towns. However, these towns are included in the statewide slip index.

Town volumes were also (re)published by Genealogical Publishing in 1994-2002, and can be purchased online.

Online Access

Many of the records have been transcribed and put online for free access. Both Dunham-Wilcox-Trott and CT GenWeb are frequently updated and worth checking if a town is not listed below.

As indicated in the repository list above, has put most (but not all) of the towns together into statewide databases for births, marriages, and deaths.

Also, has put a collection of all the records together in one database. (They also maintain a list of other Connecticut town resources here.)

The following table shows the volumes published by the Genealogical Publishing Company and any available online transcriptions for each town.

Hardcopy volumes Available Online
v.[1]. Andover 1848-1879, Ashford 1710-1851, Avon 1830- 1851 Ashford Avon
v.[2]. Barkhamstead 1779-1854, Berlin 1785-1850, Bethany 1832-1853, Bethlehem 1787-1851, Bloomfield 1835-1853, Bozrah 1786-1850 Barkhamstead
v.[3]. Branford 1644-1850, Bridgeport 1821-1854
v.4. Bristol 1785-1854, Brookfield 1788-1852, Brooklyn 1786-1850, Burlington 1806-1852 Bristol Brooklyn Burlington (incomplete)
v.5. Canaan 1739-1852, Canterbury 1703-1850 Canterbury
v.6. Canton 1806-1853, Chaplin 1822-1851, Chatham 1767-1854, Cheshire 1780-1840, Chester 1836-1852, Clinton 1838-1854, Diary of Aaron G. Hurd-Clinton 1809-1878 Chaplin Chatham Clinton
v.7. Colchester 1699-1850, Colebrook 1779-1810, Columbia 1804- 1852, Cornwall 1740-1854 Colebrook
v.8. Danbury 1685-1847, Darien 1820-1851, Derby 1655-1852 Danbury Darien
v.9. Durham 1708-1852, Eastford 1847-1851, East Haddam 1743-1857 Durham Eastford East Haddam
v.10. East Hartford 1783-1853; East Haven 1700-1852, East Lyme 1839-1853
v.11. East Windsor 1768-1860; Ellington part 1 - vital records 1786-1850, Ellington part 2 - marriage records 1820-1853 Ellington
v.12. Fairfield 1639-1850, Farmington 1645-1850 Fairfield
v.13. Franklin 1786-1850, Glastonbury 1690-1854
v.14. Goshen 1739-1854, Granby 1786-1850, Greenwich 1640-1848 Goshen Granby Greenwich
v.15. Griswold 1815-1848, Groton 1704-1853
v.16. Guilford 1639-1850
v.17. Haddam 1668-1852, Hamden 1786-1854, Hampton 1786-1851 Haddam Hamden (A-G) Hamden (H-W) Hampton
v.18. Hartland 1761-1848, Harwinton 1737-1854, Hebron 1708-1854 Hebron
v.19. Hartford 1635-1855 Hartford
v.20. Huntington 1789-1850, Kent 1739-1852, Killingly 1708-1850 Kent Killingly
v.21. Killingworth 1667-1850, Ledyard 1836-1855, Lisbon 1786-1850 Killingworth Ledyard Lisbon
v.22. Lebanon vols 1 & 2, 1700-1854, Lebanon vol. 3, 1700-1854
v.23. Litchfield 1719-1854
v.24. Lyme 1667-1852
v.25. Madison 1826-1850, Manchester 1823-1853, Marlborough 1803-1852, Meriden 1806-1853; Middlebury 1807-1850, Monroe 1823-1854, Montville 1786-1850, Naugatuck 1844-1853
v.26. Middletown, part I, A-J 1651-1854 Middletown
v.27. Middletown, part II, K-Z and no surname 1651-1854. Middletown
v.28. Milford 1640-1856, New Canaan 1801-1854, New Hartford 1740-1854
v.29. New London 1646-1854 New London
v.30. New Milford 1712-1860, Norfolk 1758-1850, North Stonington 1807-1852 N. Stonington
v.31. Newtown 1711-1852, North Branford 1831-1854, North Haven 1786-1854
v.32. Norwalk 1651-1850, Norwich 1847-1851
v.33. Orange 1822-1850, Oxford 1798-1850, Plainfield 1699-1852 Plainfield
v.34. Plymouth 1795-1850, Pomfret 1705-1850 Pomfret
v.35. Preston 1687-1850, parts I & II
v.36. Portland 1841-1850, Prospect 1827-1853, Redding 1767-1852, Ridgefield 1709-1850 Portland (A-H) Portland (I-Y)
v.37. Rocky Hill 1765-1854, Roxbury 1796-1835, Salem 1836-1852, Salisbury 1741-1846
v.38. Saybrook 1635-1850, Sharon 1739-1865 Saybrook Sharon
v.39. Sherman 1802-1850, Simsbury 1670-1855 Sherman
v.40. Somers 1734-1850, Southbury 1787-1830, Southington 1779-1857, South Windsor 1845-1851 Stonington
v.41. Sterling 1794-1850, Stratford 1639-1840 Sterling Stratford
v.42. Stamford 1641-1852 Stamford
v.43. Stonington 1658-1854 Stonington
v.44. Stafford 1719-1850, Tolland 1715-1850
v.45. Suffield 1674-1850
v.46. Thompson 1785-1850 Thompson
v.47. Torrington 1740-1850, Union 1734-1850, Voluntown 1708-1850 Voluntown
v.48. Wallingford 1670-1850 Wallingford
v.49. Warren 1786-1850, Washington 1779-1854, Waterford 1801-1851, Watertown 1780-1850, Westbrook 1840-1851 Warren
v.50. Waterbury 1686-1853
v.51. Weston 1787-1850, Westport 1835-1850, Willington 1727-1851
v.52. Wethersfield 1634-1868 Wethersfield
v.53. Wilton 1802-1850, Winchester 1771-1858, Wolcott 1796-1854, Woodbridge 1784-1832, Woodbury 1674-1850, Woodstock 1848-1866 Woodstock 1686-1854
v.54. Windham 1692-1850 Windham
v.55. Windsor 1637-1850 Windsor

Note: All towns in Windham County under CTGenWeb are currently (29 Jul 2016) "Under Construction"