Bridgeport Public Library – History Center

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Bridgeport Public Library – History Center
Bridgeport Public Library Main Branch and home of the Bridgeport History Center

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Ask us first form


Bridgeport History Center
Burroughs–Saden Main Library
925 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA

Telephone:[3] 203-576-7400, ext. #7
Fax: 203-576-8255

Hours:[2]  Library: Monday 10-6; Tuesday thru Thursday 10-8; Friday and Saturday 10-5; Sunday 1-5;  History Center: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-5.

Directions, map, parking, and public transportation:[3]

Via I-95 Northbound: Exit 27(Lafayette Blvd. Downtown) – Keep to the right through three traffic lights. Turn left at the 4th light (Broad Street), going under I-95. Library is at the end of the block on the corner of Broad and State Streets.Via I-95 Southbound: Exit 27, turn right onto Lafayette Blvd. At 3rd traffic light, turn right onto State Street. At light, turn right onto Broad Street. Library is on the corner of State and Broad Streets.
Via Merritt Parkway: Exit 47 (Park Ave.) South to State Street. Take a left onto State Street at the YMCA. Three traffic lights to Broad Street. Take a right. Library is on the corner of State and Broad Streets.Via Route 8/25 Southbound: Exit 2 (Fairfield Ave.) Straight until you can go no further. This is State Street. Take a left onto State Street. Two traffic lights to Broad Street and take a right. Library is on the corner of State and Broad Streets.
Google Map: Brideport Public Library.
Parking is on Broad Street and all side streets at metered spaces (bring quarters). After 4 PM on week days and on Saturdays and Sundays, parking is free. There are two commercial parking garages near the library, both with entrances on John Street, one to the East of Broad Street and one to the West. There is also a small lot directly across the street from the Library that is available to Library patrons after 4 PM and on weekends.
Public transportation: The Burroughs-Saden Library sits directly on the “Coastal Line #2” bus route and is close to several other GBTA bus lines. The Metro-North/Amtrack train station is just two blocks to the East of the library. The Ferry from Port Jefferson (Long Island, New York) is also just a few blocks away.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Bridgeport History Center at the Bridgeport main library is one of the largest repositories for genealogy research in the region. It includes articles on Bridgeport topics, digital collections, genealogy workshops, newspaper archives, oral histories, getting started guides, charts and forms, and links to dozens of genealogical Internet sites.[4] Bridgeport Public Library is also a Family History Center, and patrons can view limited-access FamilySearch databases at the center.

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

{ List (link to a Wiki article for) at least one or more other repositories that collect overlapping records, or similar family history material including central repositories, affiliated or branch repositories, higher level jurisdiction repositories, parent or daughter jurisdiction repositories. Also list neighboring repositories with similar records. Please briefly explain how each substitute repository is related.}

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Bridgeport Public Library – History Center, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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  • such as: NARA I
  • National Archives at _____
  • State Archives
  • State Library

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center
  • LC
  • FHL

Neighboring Collections

  • County Vital Records Office
  • City Vital Records Office
  • County Archives
  • County Orphan's Court
  • County Probate Court
  • County Recorder
  • County Coroner
  • U.S. District Court
  • County and local historical societies
  • County and local genealogical societies
  • Public Libraries
  • Museums and heritage societies
  • Closest Family History Center has premium online services for free, and workers who can offer research suggestions.[5]
  • Repositories in surrounding counties: [Chattam], [Durham], and [Franklin]
  • State Vital Records Office
  • State Historical Society
  • State Genealogical Society
  • University Libraries
  • Church archives
  • Repositories in surrounding states (or provinces): [SC], [TN], and [VA]
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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Ask us first in Bridgeport Library (accessed 20 March 2017).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Home in Bridgeport Library (accessed 20 March 2017).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Contact Us/FAQs in Bridgeport Library (accessed 20 March 2017).
  4. Genealogy Center in Bridgeport Library (accessed 20 March 2017).
  5. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).