If you’ve not used land records in your Connecticut research, you’re missing out! Land records were one of the few records that ancestors had to file -and they can help you determine everything from your ancestors’ occupations to their parents. They’re a huge help to your research.
Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about using Connecticut land records…
- Our town clerks hold our records. Out of staters often get confused. We don’t have county level government – and we don’t have registrars of deeds.
- The town where your ancestor’s house is located may not be where the deeds is held. Connecticut town boundaries changed over time, but the deeds stayed with the original town. In 1730, what is now Portland was part of Middletown. There are guides available online, or you can always call the clerk’s office directly.
- Only some of the deeds are available online. The Connecticut Town Clerk’s Portal provides online access to some Connecticut deeds. Look at the town index before subscribing.
- A pre-1900 deed is probably on microfilm. Connecticut local? Check the State Library. Otherwise, they can be ordered through the Film Rental option on FamilySearch.org.
- Need a quick index check? Some of the town clerks will help you locate a land record. Just be prepared to pay a fee for a copy. If you get stuck, please contact me.
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