Groton Connecticut Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Groton Connecticut Family History Center serves New London County and surrounding areas. There are additional centers located in Hartford, New Haven, Newton, Madison, Manchester, Southington and New Canaan; also in Providence Rhode Island.
Whether you are just beginning to trace your roots or need additional resources to complete your search, we offer access to the extensive resources available through FamilySearch International and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The center is open to the public and admission is free of charge. Everyone is welcome! Group visits can be arranged by calling or emailing us.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 1230 Flanders Rd Mystic CT 06355-1006 United States
  • Park in the uphill parking lot. Sign on door gives hours of operation. Please call ahead to ensure that a staff member is available.
  • Language: English


  • 1-860-536-5102


Center Hours:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday:10:00am-1:00pm and 6:30-8:30pm
  • Friday:6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday: closed


- Closed all Federal Holidays. - There will be special summer hours as our staff arranges their vacations.

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog:
  • You are now able to search the FamilySearch Catalog found at AND place your order online from home at: FamilySearch/Films
  • You will receive an e-mail or phone call from us when the film has arrived on loan in our FHC for your use.
Other Resources:
New England Historical and Genealogical register - 1988-2011
Connecticut Nutmegger - 1968-2014
Mayflower Quarterly - Miscellaneous volumes 1980-1997
Barbour Collection Connectict Towns Vital Records
Rhode Island Vital records- Washington and Newport Counties
Rhode Island Genealogical Register - 1978-1996
Family Histories donated by various families
Research aides for foreign countries
  • Databases and Software
  • Family History Center Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions: including, Find My Past, My Heritage, 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive, Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War, Fold3, Historic Map Works, Newspaper Archives, Paper Trail, ProQuest Obituary Listings, World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

5 film readers, 2 fiche readers, 1 film/fiche reader connected to computer to allow printing of records and/or saving them to a flash drive, 4 computers for online research.

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

- We offer access to and assistance in the use of many internet research sites. We can also assist you with the use of The FamilySearch Catalog, the online catalog describing the holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

- Our staff members on Thursday morning and Thursday evening can assist in DAR research and qualifications. (Thursday evening closed until the last week in September 2016)

- All our staff members are dedicated to researching their own family lines and are excited to share that enthusiasm with others.

- Alternative times can be arranged if our open hours do not fit your schedule.

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

National Archives at Boston
380 Trapelo Road,
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Phone: (781) 663-0130
Collects Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, fortifications, coastal facilities, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, genealogy, Revolutionary War, Civil War, captured German records, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrival records for Boston and New England, and Canadian border crossings

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
Telephone: 860-236-5621
Town records, biographies, manuscripts, families, early settlers, church records, photos, and maps

Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue,
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Telephone: 860-757-6500 866-886-4478
Barbour Collection, Bibles, census, church, Hale Collection newspaper marriages and deaths, manuscripts, books, cemeteries, probates, vital records, directories, land, local histories, maps, military, naturalization, and passenger arrivals.

Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library
175 Maple Street,
East Hartford, Connecticut 06118-2634
Mailing address: P.O. Box 435,
Glastonbury, CT 06033-0435 USA
Telephone: 860-569-0002
The library's holdings are not limited to Connecticut and include census records, tax lists, family histories, church records, local histories, and much more.

134 Newfield St.
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Telephone: 860-346-4375
This library is an excellent genealogical facility including many New England town records, guidebooks, indexes, biographies, and genealogies

Mystic Seaport Museum Collections Research Center
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
Best first-stop for ships' logs and images, journals, ledgers, diaries, and documents from the whaling, fishing, and shipping industries. Preserves the maritime history of Connecticut and New England. 1,300 logbooks, 390 collections, and 800 related volumes from 1720-present.[4]

New Haven Museum Whitney Research Library
114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven CT 06510
Telephone: 203-562-4183
Internet: The Whitney Library collection description, catalog of manuscripts, research guides, and services.

This is the best collection of the earliest southern Connecticut town records.[2] They also have passenger arrival lists, Federal censuses, and a complete set of New Haven city directories since 1840.[5] Formerly known as the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

UConn Libraries Homer Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Way, Storrs, CT 06269
Telephone: 860-486-2518
They have an outstanding Connecticut genealogy collection.

Western Connecticut State University Haas Library
181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Telephone: 203-837-9100
Their collection includes histories, biographies, genealogies, and local histories

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library
120 High Street, New Haven, CT 06511-1918
Telephone: 203-432-1775
Internet: Sterling Memorial Library

Their genealogical strength is their religious collection and Puritain and Congregational Church records. They are also strong on Connecticut, New Haven, and New England history, manuscripts, diaries, and journals

American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Telephone: 508-755-5221

They have many Connecticut vital records, newspapers, and town histories. The AAS is best known for their U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, and manuscripts

Links[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

By going to the site you will find many links that can help in your research.
A few examples: