Fairfield County, Connecticut Genealogy

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Guide to Fairfield County, Connecticut ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

This article is about a county in Connecticut. For other uses, see Fairfield (disambiguation).
Fairfield County, Connecticut
Map
Map of Connecticut highlighting Fairfield County
Location in the state of Connecticut, United States Genealogy
Facts
Founded May 10, 1666
County Seat
Courthouse


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

  • The county was named referring to the beauty of its fields.
  • The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]
  • Named for the hundreds of acres of salt marsh that bordered the coast.

Fairfield County, Connecticut Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1700 1700 1700 late 1600s 1761 1648 1670
Statewide registration of births and deaths started in 1897. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

  • There is no county government.
  • The government is at the town level.

Fairfield County, Connecticut[edit | edit source]

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Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Fairfield County, Connecticut

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Brookfield 1788
Danbury 1685
Fairfield 1639
Greenwich 1640
Huntington (Shelton) 1789
New Fairfield 1740
Newtown 1711
Norwalk 1651
Redding 1767
Ridgefield 1708
Stamford 1641
Trumbull 1798
Weston 1787

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Parent County: Created 10 May 1666 from the Colonial lands, one of four original counties.[3]
  • County Seat has none since 1960 and the county was created 1666.
  • North part was taken to form Litchfield County 14 October 1751.

For animated maps illustrating Connecticut county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Connecticut County Boundary Maps" (1643-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Huntington


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • William Willard Roberts, Pioneers and patriots of Pequannock, 1639-1799 , (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983).  Includes sections of old Fairfield, Stratford, and Stratfield.  "This historical synopsis...makes no pretense of being complete." Pequannock now known as Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6019422.
  • J.H. Beers & Company, Commemorative biographical record of Fairfield County, Connecticut containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families, (Chicago, Illinois : J.H. Beers, 1899).  Includes fullname index.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Film 1421858 Items 4-5, or FHL US/CAN Book 974.69 D3c pt.2.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 36,290
1800 38,208 5.3%
1810 41,050 7.4%
1820 42,739 4.1%
1830 47,010 10.0%
1840 49,917 6.2%
1850 59,775 19.7%
1860 77,476 29.6%
1870 95,276 23.0%
1880 112,042 17.6%
1890 150,081 34.0%
1900 184,203 22.7%
1910 245,322 33.2%
1920 320,936 30.8%
1930 386,702 20.5%
1940 418,384 8.2%
1950 504,342 20.5%
1960 653,589 29.6%
1970 792,814 21.3%
1980 807,143 1.8%
1990 827,645 2.5%
2000 882,567 6.6%
2010 916,829 3.9%
Source: Wikipedia.org".

Territory and State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migraton[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

American Revolution[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

African American Civil War Memorial in Danbury, CT

World War I[edit | edit source]

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World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]


Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Bethel Historical Society
40 Main Street
Bethel, CT 06801
203-743-5893
E-mail: president@BethelHistoricalSociety.com
Facebook
Website

Bethel Public Library
189 Greenwood Ave
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 794-8756
E-mail: adult@bethellibrary.org
Facebook
Website

The Bridgeport Community Historical Society
P.O. BOX 1956
Bridgeport, CT 06601-1956
E-mail: audreywpca@gmail.com
Facebook
Website

Bridgeport Public Library – History Center
925 Broad Street(3rd floor)
Bridgeport, CT 06604
203 576-7400, ext. #7
203 576-8255 fax
E-Mail: hclibrarian@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org
Website

Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
165 Whisconier Road
P.O. Box 5231
Brookfield, CT 06804
203 740-8140
E-Mail: brookfieldhistsoc@snet.net
Website

The Brookfield Library
182 Whisconier Road
Brookfield, Connecticut 06804
203-775-6241
E-mail: info@brookfieldlibrary.org
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Website

C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
(203) 426-4533
E-mail: dlord@chboothlibrary.org
Website

Danbury Museum & Historical Society
43 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810
203 743-5200
E-Mail: info@danburymuseum.org
Website

Danbury Public Library
170 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810
203-797-4505
E-mail: comments@danburylibrary.org
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Darien Historical Society
45 Old Kings Highway North
Darien, CT 06820
203 655-9233
E-Mail:ukremer@darienhistorical.org
Website

Darien Library
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
203-655-1234
E-mail: askus@darienlibrary.org
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Easton Public Library
691 Morehouse Road
Easton, CT 06612
203-261-0134
E-mail: epl@eastonlibrary.org
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Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT 06468
203 452-2850
E-mail: lrhyins@ewml.org
Website

Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203 259‑1598
Website
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Fairfield Public Library
1080 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203.256.3155
E-mail: eref@fplct.org
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Website

Gaelic American Club, Inc.
74 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
Website

Genealogy Club of Newtown, Connecticut
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
203 426-4533
E-Mail:newtowngenealogy@yahoo.com
Facebook

Greenwich Historical Society
47 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807
203-869-6899
E-mail: cpandolfino@greenwichhistory.org
Facebook
Website
Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830-5387
203 622-7948
Website

Historical Society of Easton
P.O Box 121
Easton, CT 06612
203 292-3533
E-mail: hseastonct@gmail.com
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Website

Middlesex Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1111
Darien, CT 06820
203-964-4727
E-Mail: stevenaanderson@gmail.com
Website

Monroe Historical Society
PO Box 212
Monroe, CT 06468
203-261-1383
E-mail: society@monroecthistory.org
Website

New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
203 966-1776
203 972-5917 fax
E-Mail:info@nchistory.org
Website

New Canaan Library
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 594-5000
Website

New Fairfield Historical Society
2 Brush Hill Road
New Fairfield, CT 06812
(203) 312-5679
E-mail: mkaa4@aol.com
Website

New Fairfield Library
2 Brush Hill Road
New Fairfield, CT 06812
(203) 312-5679
Website

Newtown Historical Society
P.O. Box 189
Newtown, Connecticut 06470
203-426-5937
E-mail: info@newtownhistory.org
Website

Norfolk Historical Society
13 Village Green
P.O. Box 288
Norfolk, CT 06058
860-542-5761
E-mail: info@norfolkhistoricalsociety.org
Website

The Norfolk Library
9 Greenwoods Rd East
P.O. Box 605
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-5075
E-mail: norfolkdirector@biblio.org
Website

Norwalk Historical Society
P.O. Box 1640
Norwalk, CT 06852
(203) 846-0525
E-mail: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org
Website

Norwalk Public Library
1 Belden Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
203-899-2780
Website

Redding Historical Society
P.O. Box 1023
43 Lonetown Road
Redding Center, CT 06875
E-Mail: reddinghistoricalsociety@gmail.com
Website

Ridgefield Historical Society
4 Sunset Lane
Ridgefield CT 06877
203 438-5821
Email::ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net
Website

Shelton History Center
PO Box 2155
70 Ripton Rd.
Shelton, CT 06484
203-925-1803
Website

Sherman Historical Society
10 Route 37 Center
Sherman, CT 06784
860-354-3083
E-Mail: office@shermanhistoricalsociety.org
Website

Stamford Historical Society
1508 High Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT 06903
(203) 329-1183
E-Mail: history@stamfordhistory.org
Website

Stratford Historical Society
Box 382
Stratford, CT 06615
(203) 378-0630
E-Mail: judsonhousestfd@aol.com
Website

Trumbull Historical Society
P.O. Box 312
1856 Huntington Turnpike
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 377-6620
E-Mail: ​trumbullhistory@gmail.com
Website

Weston Historical Society
P.O. Box 1092
104 Weston Road
Weston, CT 06883
(203) 226-1804
E-Mail: info@westonhistoricalsociety.org
Website

Westport Museum For History and Culture
25 Avery Place
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 222-1424
E-Mail: archives@westporthistory.org
Website

Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
203-762-7257
E-Mail: info@wiltonhistorical.org
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Fairfield County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_County,_Connecticut 04/27/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fairfield County, Connecticut . Page 113 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 104-110.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Fairfield County, Connecticut," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_County%2C_Connecticut, accessed 25 September 2018.