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Research Services with Historic Stonington

You are welcome to make an appointment to visit the R.W. Woolworth Library. If you are unable to visit in person, we are willing to complete research on your behalf. Please email the librarian at with your reference questions. Please allow up to two weeks for an initial response to all inquiries.


The Stonington Mirror has been digitized and is available online!


Special thanks to CultureSECT Economic Recovery Fund of the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition and Community Foundation of Eastern CT

Obituaries and Death Notices

The Woolworth Library has digitized a large collection of obituaries and death notices from local papers. The index document is alphabetized by last name and includes the corresponding PDF page number, the newspaper, date the obituary was printed, date of death, and any spouse names.

Genealogical Research Resources

Genealogy: Gateways

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Cyndi Howells’ megalist of categorized and cross-referenced genealogy links. Of special interest is the United States Index > Connecticut list.
RootsWeb hosts genealogy websites, databases, message boards, and mailing lists. All services are free and include a wide selection of genealogy search engines (Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb Surname List, etc.). Get started with the RootsWeb’s Guide To Tracing Family Trees. acquired RootsWeb in June 2000.

The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors this Internet genealogy service. Search for ancestors in the Library’s Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, and International Genealogical Index or browse Family History Web Sites by topic (for example, Places > Connecticut or Migration > Emigration and Immigration). The Research Guidance section serves as a virtual research assistant to help you locate records from the place your ancestor lived (for example, Connecticut, United States).

The USGenWeb Project
A volunteer initiative providing links to online genealogical resources organized by state and county. Special projects include the USGenWeb Digital Library, a growing archive of public domain records on the Internet, and the USGW Tombstone Project. Begin your research by linking to a state page (for example,
Connecticut GenWeb). To search for emigrant ancestors, link toWorldGenWeb. USGenWeb also provides extensive Help for Researchers.

Helm’s Genealogy Toolbox
Matthew Helm’s collection of links to genealogical and historical resources.

A web companion to the PBS family history and genealogy series. Of interest are Ancestors’ state-by-state resource guides and online resources for major types of genealogy records.

About Genealogy
Annotated links and feature articles from Guide Kimberly Powell. The site includes genealogy resources organized by topic, and “Genealogy 101” for beginners.
This genealogy content provider offers a free Learning Center and Community message boards. Part of a family of genealogy web sites from the developer of FamilyTreeMaker software.
Click “Learning Center” to browse selected Ancestry Magazine articles and columns on researching family history. The site also features several search options; access to most records databases, however, requires a subscription.

National Archives and Records Administration: The Genealogy Page
Genealogists are the largest group of NARA users. See Start Your Genealogical Research to find out how to access Federal records (census records, 1790-1920; military service and pension records, 1776-1900; immigration records, 1820-1957; naturalization records, etc.) Read articles of interest to genealogists from the National Archive’s quarterly journal, Prologue.

Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress
Bibliographies and guides to the genealogy collections of the Library of Congress.

National Genealogical Society
The NGS offers home study and online courses for beginners (tuition is charged). Research aids and forms are available from the NGS Bookstore. The site also offers a Links list of genealogy sites.

U.S. Board on Geographic Names
Access the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). Enter a domestic name to call up a variety of mapping services.

PCL Map Collection
Historical and current maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas (Austin). Includes links to maps on other websites.

Genealogy: Connecticut

Connecticut State Library: History and Genealogy Unit
Information and finding aids for the Unit’s extensive archival collections: vital, land, and probate records from the 1600s to the early 1900s; church records; cemetary inscriptions; newspaper notices; and more. Be sure to consult the Sources of Information for Genealogists and Sources of Information on Connecticut’s History sections.

Cyndi’s List – U.S. – Connecticut
Cyndi Howells’ categorized links for Connecticut.

Connecticut GenWeb Project
General Connecticut research helps and specific resources by county. Each county page links to town pages (for example, New London County > Stonington). Part of the USGenWeb Project.

Connecticut Resources at RootsWeb
Links and searchable databases, organized by county.

The Connecticut Historical Society
Click “Genealogy” for information on town and city directories, local histories, and manuscript and book collections available at the CHS Library. Manuscript-finding aids for some of the collections are provided online.

New England
The home page of The New England Historic Genealogical Society. Click “Research” to access Research Articles and databases or “Library” to search the NEHGS library catalog (some services and databases require society membership or charge a fee).
The official State of Connecticut website. Enter “genealogy” in the search box to access a wealth of state resources.


History: Connecticut

The Connecticut Historical Society
A diverse site presenting many online resources for CHS collections, exhibitions, and history projects. The CHS Online Exhibits feature holdings from the Art and Artifact, Graphics, and Library Collections.

Colonial Connecticut Records
All 15 volumes of The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, from April 1636 to October 1776 (Hartford: Brown & Parsons. 1850-1890) are now online. Browse an A-Z subject index or search by date, volume, or page number. A project of the University of Connecticut Libraries with support from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

Connecticut History Resources
Finding aids and links to online sources from the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library.

Mystic Seaport, The Museum Of America And The Sea
A major maritime museum on the site of shipyards active from 1784 to 1919. The Research the Collections section contains information on the maritime history collection at the G.W. Blunt White Library. (Mystic Seaport is part of the Town of Stonington.)

Amistad America
Home page of the Freedom Schooner
Amistad, built at the Mystic Seaport Shipyard.


History: United States

American Memory
Multimedia Americana collections from the Library of Congress. “American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.”

America’s Story from America’s Library
Stories of America’s past for young people from the Library of Congress.

Smithsonian: Research
Searchable holdings from the Smithsonian’s archives and libraries.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation news, advocacy, and programs. See “Local Contacts” for information on statewide initiatives.

National Register of Historic Places
A searchable listing of all National Register properties.

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
An annotated and searchable list of U.S. history websites, organized by topic. From the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.