Church Records Index
The Church Records Abstracts were digitized by Ancestry.com. See the link below to Ancestry.com: CT State Library Collections for more information.
The Church Records index (one of the indexes included in the Genealogy Index search that we offer) covers about one-quarter of the church records held by the Connecticut State Library, mostly Congregational. It does not include Catholic or Jewish records.
The slips are arranged alphabetically by name of individual and within that chronologically. Each slip gives a complete abstract of an event, e.g., a baptism, marriage, or burial. A list of abbreviations used is posted at the end of the index drawers and in the bound Church Records Index volumes. At the bottom of the slip is a citation to the original record from which the fact was taken, including town, church, volume, and page. Although there is normally no more information in the original record than what appears in the abstract on the slip, researchers desiring to see the original context or verify the accuracy of the transcription may consult most of the State Library's church records on microfilm, which were produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are available through LDS Family History Centers. Records which have not been microfilmed are available for use through the State Archives.
As with the Barbour Collection, alphabetized volumes were created for most (but not all) churches covered in the Church Records Index. These volumes contain the same information as the slip files, including volume and page references to the original records, but are grouped first by church and then by name.