Durham, Middlesex County, Connecticut Genealogy

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Modern town borders of Durham in Middlesex County, Connecticut.

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Durham is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. Durham is a former farming village on the Coginchaug River in central Connecticut.

First settled in 1699 by Guilford resident Caleb Seward, Durham was originally called Coginchaug by the Native Americans who lived near the swampy area.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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 Durham, visit. FamilySearch Places

Church of the Epiphany (accessed 27 November 2012): The town's Episcopal church, Epiphany has been in Durham since the 1800s.

The Church of Notre Dame (accessed 11 July 2012): Durham's Roman Catholic church, the Church of Notre Dame has been an independent parish since 1955.

United Churches of Durham (accessed 11 July 2012): One of Durham's two oldest churches, the community now functions as a member of United Churches.

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

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 Durham:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Durham Historical Society
38 Town House Road
Durham, CT 06422
860-716-5497
E-mail: durhamhistoryct@gmail.com
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Durham Public Library
7 Maple Avenue
Durham, CT 06422
860.349.9544
E-mail: cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org
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Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of Durham:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Durham-Middlefield Patch (accessed 27 November 2012): The town's online newspaper, the Patch.com site covers local news and history.

Middletown Press: The area's major newspaper, the Press can be accessed online and on microfilm.

The Town Times (accessed 27 November 2012): The town's local newspaper can be accessed online.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Connecticut, most probate records are kept at the town level. Middletown Probate District covers Durham. The following are online probate records for the town of Durham:

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 Town of Durham (accessed 27 November 2012): Contact the Town Clerk for land and vital records.
The following are Durham 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.

Durham Town Clerk
30 Town House Rd.
Durham, CT 06422
860-349-3453
E-mail: kgarvis@townofdurhamct.org
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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

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