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ge·ne·al·o·gy (noun): an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

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Library Card Required Databases

  • American Ancestors
    From the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Available for in-Library use only.
    The Library Editions includes the Social Security Death Index and U.S. Census Records, and numerous databases dedicated to specific ethnic origins and regions. Available for in-Library use only.
  • Connecticut Historical Newspapers
    This extensive online collection offers nearly 80 newspapers published between 1756 and 1914 in the State of Connecticut.
  • Heritage Quest
    Trace family history and American culture using searchable images of U.S. federal census records along with the UMI Genealogy and Local History collection catalog.
  • Obituaries & Death Notices
    NewsBank boasts the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.


  • 1940 Census
    The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.
  • Census Finder
    A directory of free census records, linking records available online into one website.
  • Connecticut History Online
    A collection of images of the state's people, places and events.
  • Cyndi's List
    A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
  • Ellis Island Immigration
    Search the electronic archive of passenger lists from Ellis Island's immigration records.
  • Family Search
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides access to genealogical records gathered from all over the world.
  • Genealogy Archives
    Frequently updated to add new links for genealogical research.
  • Geni
    A free online Family Tree builder.
  • National Archives & Records Administration Genealogy Page
    Find information on how to do genealogical research at the National Archives and other useful links.
  • Roots Web
    Calls itself the oldest and largest free genealogy site, supported by

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