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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Connecticut
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Connecticut brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Connecticut
- a how-to article detailing Connecticut's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Connecticut research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- The first Europeans to explore the area were Dutch; English Puritans from Massachusetts set up the first permanent white settlements in the 1630s.
- Search the Barbour Collection, an index and transcription of vital records in Connecticut created from a town's beginning to 1850.
- Connecticut's probate courts operate on the district level, rather than on a county level. Use the Connecticut State Library's finding aid to help you determine which court covered your ancestor's town.