The genealogy section of our web site will be a work in progress. If members have any suggestions as to what they would like to see included, please contact the ICRC.

As a state recognized, incorporated genealogy society, The Indian and Colonial Research Center has several responsibilities. Educating it’s members in proper etiquette in conducting research at town halls is one responsibility. It must be remembered that town clerks are not employed to conduct genealogical research, only to facilitate access to records according to Connecticut State Statute. The following link will provide a nice overview to how researchers and town clerks should interact, and frequently asked questions regarding access to Connecticut vital records. The Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council and members representing Connecticut Town Clerks have met several times to help improve relations between researchers and town clerks. Both groups should be applauded.

Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council:


Cyndislist– A massive index to genealogy sites grouped by subject and location. This should be a starting point when trying to determine what records are available on-line for your particular interest.

Family Search– The Mormon Church’s free searchable database of several record groups including the International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, Social Security Death Index, Vital Records Index and 1880 United States and 1881 Great Britain and Canada census. The site also provides research guides, printable forms, and computer software to organize your research.

Ancestry– A pay for use site that contains millions of names from records of North America and the United Kingdom. Users pay fees for access to parts of the site, or the entire site. A nice feature is the ability to enroll in on-line genealogy classes for $30.00. This includes full access to the site for the length of the class.

New London County Rootsweb– A well-organized site devoted to New London County genealogy. Links to databases, personal family pages, and resources.

Connecticut State Library– The State Library’s guide to the History and Genealogy division. Provides details about the resources of the library.

Connecticut Genealogy Society– The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.(CSG) encourages and promotes genealogical research and publication, maintains and elevates genealogical standards and provides instructional and educational programs and publications. CSG is among the largest societies devoted exclusively to U.S. genealogy.

Family Societies

Walter Palmer Society

Denison Society

Chesbro Genealogy