Colchester, New London County, Connecticut Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Colchester is a rural town in New London County, Connecticut, United States.

The villages of Westchester and North Westchester are located within Colchester, as is the reservation of the Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Nation. The town center village, which was previously incorporated as a borough, is a census-designated place.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Colchester, 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.

To see the churches in Colchester, visit. FamilySearch Places

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

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 Colchester:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Colchester Historcial Society
24 Linwood Avenue
PO Box 13
Colchester, CT 06415

Cragin Memorial Library
8 Linwood Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415
(860) 537-5752

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of Colchester:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Connecticut, most probate records are kept at the town level. Colchester Probate Court covers Colchester. Constituted May 29, 1832 from East Haddam. Contains the records of East Haddam from October session, 1741 to May 29, 1832. The following are online probate records for the town of Colchester:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

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 Colchester 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.

Colchester Town Clerk
127 Norwich Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415
(860) 537-7215

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]