This database contains an index to vital record information for individuals born primarily before 1870, abstracted from Connecticut town vital records, and recorded in the multi-volume set known as the Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection. Some records of individuals born after 1870 are also included, but the majority of the records are for individuals who were born pre-1870. Information contained in the index, where provided, includes:
- Name of child
- Relationship (son or daughter)
- Birth date
- Birth location
- Parents’ names
The volumes are arranged in alphabetical order according to town name. Within each town, the records are arranged in alphabetical order according to surname. A link to the image of the record within the book is also provided with each search result.
Because this collection is arranged so that all of the vital information for an individual is in one location within a book, marriage and death information may also be found within this database.
About the Barbour Collection:
The Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, well known to the Connecticut researcher, serves as an index to and an abstract of most pre-1850 Connecticut vital records. It is housed in the Connecticut State Library, but microfilm copies of it are widely available. Begun after establishment of the State Department of Health, Barbour’s project was to abstract and collect all town vital records up to about 1850. There are two formats to the material. The first is a statewide paper slip alphabetical index containing a complete abstract of each vital record taken from the books in each town. The card file holding this index takes up an entire wall at the Connecticut State Library. The second format is the group of separately bound volumes of abstracts of vital records for most towns, prepared from the slips.
Taken from Eichholz, Alice. “Connecticut”; in Ancestry's Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz. (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry, 2004).