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Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut Genealogy

Brief History

Voluntown is about forty square miles found in the northeastern part of New London County, Connecticut, bordered by the towns of Griswold and North Stonington, the county of Windham and the state of Rhode Island.[1] Before 1881, Voluntown belonged to Windham County, Connecticut, instead of New London County. [2] 

Much of the land situated in what is now Voluntown was granted to the volunteers of the Narragansett War in 1700.[3] The name "Volunteer's Town" turned into what is now known as Voluntown.[4] From 1719, most of the town of Sterling was annexed into Voluntown until 1794, when Sterling was detached and established as a separate town.[5] Voluntown was officially incorporated as a town in 1721.[6]

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Voluntown, 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.

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

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 Voluntown:

Libraries and Historical Societies

Voluntown Historical Society
124 Main St
Voluntown, CT 06384
Website

Voluntown Public Library
PO Box 26
107 Main Street
Voluntown, CT 06384
860-376-0485
E-Mail: vpl@voluntown.gov
Website

Maps

The following are online maps of the town of Voluntown:

Newspapers

Probate Records

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

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 Voluntown 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.

Voluntown Town Clerk
115 Main Street
Voluntown, CT 06384
860- 376-4089
E-mail: townclerk@voluntown.gov
Website

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

References

  1. Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham. "Other Towns of New London County." A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. 209.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of New London County, Connecticut with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis, 1882. 745.
  4. Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. 209.
  5. Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of New London County, Connecticut with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis, 1882. 746-747.
  6. Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of New London County, Connecticut with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis, 1882. 746.

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