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The State Library's Barbour Collection includes most Connecticut vital records (births, marriages, and deaths) to about 1850.
Most vital records to about 1900 have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are available for use at the State Library or through LDS Family History Centers.
The original vital records for most Connecticut towns from inception to the present are in the custody of the town clerk. Section 7-51 of Connecticut General Statutes provides that birth records less than one hundred years old are only open to certain parties including the individual in question, his/her guardian or legal representative or a member of a genealogical society incorporated or authorized to do business or conduct affairs in Connecticut. Vital records from 1897 to the present are also available through the Department of Public Health, Vital Records Office, 410 Capitol Ave., First Floor, Hartford, CT 06134-0308, 860-509-7700.
Prepared by the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, 11-96. Revised 10-05.