Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut Genealogy

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Modern town borders of Bridgeport in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Brief History[edit | edit source]

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Other than Black Rock and parts of Brooklawn which were originally part of the Town of Fairfield, Bridgeport was originally a part of the Town of Stratford. The first settlement was made in 1659. It was called Pequonnock until 1695, when its name was changed to Stratfield, because of its location between the already existing towns of Stratford and Fairfield. During the American Revolution it was a center of privateering. In 1800, the borough of Bridgeport was chartered, and in 1821 the township was incorporated. The city was not chartered until 1836.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Bridgeport, Connecticut online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the Town
See Connecticut Cemeteries for more information

Church Records[edit | edit source]

At its founding, Congregationalism was the dominant religion in Connecticut and was even the state religion until 1818. Other common Christian denominations include the Methodist, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Baptist churches.

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Many Connecticut churches have deposited their records at the Connecticut State Library. The following are church records available online for the town of Bridgeport:

Congregationalist[edit | edit source]

The United Congregational Church of Bridgeport, Connecticut was organized in 1916 by the union of the First and Second Congregational Churches of Bridgeport. The First Church was known in 1691 as Pequonnock Society in Fairfield and Stratford. The name was changed May 1701 to Stratfield Society and formally changed May 1847 to Bridgeport, First Congregational Church.

  • The history of the First Church of Bridgeport, from 1695 to 1853: with sketches of its ministers FHL
  • Two hundred fifty years: the story of the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport, 1695-1945 FHL
  • United Congregational Church (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
    Church records, 1695-1911 FHL
  • Church records 1805-1838 FHL
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]
  • Record of members, 1940-1941 FHL
    Record of members 1940-1941
Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • First English Evangelical Luthern Church, 1903-1948 FHL
Protestant Episcopal[edit | edit source]
  • Calvary Church 1922-1948 FHL
  • St. John's Church, 1784-1863 FHL
  • Christ Church, 1850-1945 FHL
  • Church of the Nativity, 1858-1952 FHL
  • Stratfield Society, 1805-1838 FHL

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

In Connecticut, most land records are kept at the town level. The following are online land records for the town of Bridgeport:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

The Bridgeport Community Historical Society
P.O. BOX 1956
Bridgeport, CT 06601-1956

Bridgeport Public Library – History Center
925 Broad Street(3rd floor)
Bridgeport, CT 06604
203 576-7400, ext. #7
203 576-8255 fax

Bridgeport Public Library
There are five branch locations listed below

Burroughs – Saden Branch Location
925 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 576-7400

Black Rock Branch Location
2705 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 576-7025

East Side Branch Location
1174 East Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06608

Newfield Branch Location
755 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607

North Branch Location
3455 Madison Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 576-7003

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of Bridgeport:

  • The Price and Lee Co's new map of Bridgeport, Connecticut FHL
  • The Price and Lee Co.'s new map of Bridgeport, Connecticut : published for the city directory FHL

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Connecticut, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of Bridgeport:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

  • History of Bridgeport and vicinity FHL
  • A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut FHL
  • The story of Bridgeport FHL
  • History of Bridgeport and vicinity FHL
  • Pioneers and patriots of Pequannock, 1639-1799 FHL

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Connecticut, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are Bridgeport town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Bridgeport Town Clerk
45 Lyon Terrace
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Adjacent towns.: Fairfield Co.: Easton | Fairfield | Stratford | Trumbull