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Local History & Genealogy

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!

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Join our Genealogy Club

The last Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30pm local history and genealogy enthusiasts young and old, experienced and newbies gather in our local history room.  Together we research and explore our family histories.  For more information call Kate Treadwell-Hill  at 860-447-1411 or email at ktreadwell@plnl.org.

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