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Local History & Genealogy

Note: The Local History Room will be unavailable for patron use/research on Saturday, October 5th during Science Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call or stop by the reference desk to arrange a time to use the room.

The Public Library of New London Local History and Genealogy Section provides a collection of books, photographs, microforms, serials and pamphlet file materials with an emphasis on New London County history and families, focusing especially on New London. Please contact Adult Services/Reference for assistance via telephone (860) 447-1411 Ext. 5 or email. Hours are by appointment only, during regular library hours. We’d be happy to assist you in your research!

Policy and Procedure

Our Collection:

  • Family genealogies
  • New London County Town Histories
  • New London City Directories (beginning in 1853)
  • New London Vital Records (1646—1854)
  • New London Historic District Studies
  • American Genealogical Biographical Index
  • The Day: microfilm (July 1881—present)
  • Sanborn Fire Ins. Map of New London (1912)
  • New England Historical & Genealogical Register
  • Heraldry
  • Barbour Collection (selected towns)
  • Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut
  • The Clipper (NLHS) 1952—1985
  • Legenda (WMI) 1939—1951
  • The Torch (Chapman Tech) 1947—1951
  • The Whaler (Bulkeley School) 1923; 1928—1951

 Other History and Genealogy Resources in New London:

New London City Hall
City Clerk’s Office
181 State Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 447-5204

New London County Historical Society
Shaw Perkins Mansion
11 Blinman Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-1209

New London Landmarks
49 Washington Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 442-0003

New London Maritime Society
Custom House
150 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 447-2501

Cedar Grove Cemetery
638 Broad Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 442-1301

St. Mary’s Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-3465

Ye Antientist Burial Ground
Top of Hempstead Street
Entrance across from Granite Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 442-0003
(New London Landmarks)

Additional Regional Resources:

Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library
1 Elizabeth Street @ Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 236-5621

Connecticut State Library
History & Genealogy
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 757-6580

Family History Center (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
1230 Flanders Road
Mystic, CT 06372
(860) 536-5102

Godfrey Memorial Library
A Library of Genealogy & History
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-4375

The Indian & Colonial Research Center
P.O. Box 525
Old Mystic, CT 06372
(860) 536-9771

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(860) 396-6897

Mystic Seaport Museum
G.W. Blunt White Library
P.O. Box 6000
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-5367

Websites of Interest:

Afrigeneas (African American Genealogy)

Canadian Genealogy Centre

Connecticut Society of Genealogists

Family History Library Catalog

GENUKI (Genealogy of the United Kingdom
and Ireland)

National Archives


USGen Web Project