Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions

The Hale Cemetery Inscriptions, 1629-1934 were digitized by Ancestry.com. See the link below to Ancestry.com: CT State Library Collections for more information.


Vital information from headstone inscriptions in over 2,000 Connecticut cemeteries was recorded in a W.P.A. project directed by Charles R. Hale ca. 1932-5. These records are bound in volumes for each town and are indexed on slips in a single alphabetical file. It is one of the indexes included in the Genealogy Index search that we offer.

Many cemeteries had been abandoned and long-forgotten when Mr. Hale began his research. For example, the town clerk in North Stonington knew of only nine cemeteries in the town; Mr. Hale found 95. He made house-to-house inquiries about old vaguely remembered plots, and then crawled through the woods to find them. He even located a cemetery under Route 9 in Middletown and several that had been flooded by reservoirs. In total 2,269 cemeteries came to light.


Statewide Slip Index
The white slips of this alphabetical index are interfiled with the yellow ones of the Newspaper Death Notices Index. The slips show as much of the following information as was given on the headstone: person's name, birth date, death date, and age. At the bottom of each slip are given a town name and code number, a cemetery number, and a page number referring to the bound headstone inscriptions abstracts.


Bound Abstracts
The Hale headstone abstracts volumes are light green books arranged alphabetically by town. Using the town name and page number given on the index slip, researchers can locate the appropriate page in the abstracts, which gives the name of the cemetery and which may also show more information on the individual in question and on other family members. In most cases epitaphs were not recorded.


The Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions has been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah and is available through LDS Family History Centers.