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New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Genealogy

Brief History

Before Europeans arrived, the New Haven area was the home of the Quinnipiac tribe of Native Americans, who lived in villages around the harbor and subsisted off local fisheries and the farming of maize. The area was briefly visited by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block in 1614. Dutch traders set up a small trading system of beaver pelts with the local inhabitants, but trade was sporadic and the Dutch did not settle permanently in the area.

New Haven was founded in 1638 by English puritans.


Cemeteries of New Haven, 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

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 New Haven, 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 New Haven:

City Directories

Land Records

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

Libraries and Historical Societies

New Haven Museum and Historical Society
114 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510
FAX 203-562-2002

New Haven Free Public Library- Ives Main Campus
133 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 946-8130


The following are online maps of the town of New Haven:


Probate Records

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

New Haven Probate District covers East Haven, Hamden, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Seymour and Woodbridge. Constituted May session, 1666, as a County Court, soon after the union of the Connecticut and New Haven colonies. Probate proceedings fo the towns comprising the New Haven Colony before the union with Connecticut, are to be found with that Colony's records or with the records of the town where the deceased resided.

Several Probate Districts were set off from New Haven Probate District:

Town Histories

Town Records

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 New Haven town records available online:

Town Clerk

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

New Haven Town Clerk
200 Orange Street Room 202
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 946-8349
E-mail: <>;

Vital Records