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A guide to selected genealogical resources at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.



Vital records contain essential genealogical information - birth, marriage, and death dates. Vital records information may also appear in such secondary sources as church, court, military, and probate records; census schedules; city directories; newspapers; pension applications; and tombstone inscriptions.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library's collection is especially rich in Massachusetts resources and also includes some vital records from other states, Canada, and Europe.


  • Red book: American state, county, and town sources  Edit or Delete Book #23031
    Call Number: Reference CS 49 R44 2004
    A handbook for genealogical research in every state. Examines the availability and locations of vital, census, local history, land, probate, court, tax, cemetery, church, and military records.

  • The librarian's guide to public records/taken directly from the database of The Public Record Research Library  Edit or Delete Book #24836
    Call Number: JK 468 P76 L53 1996
    Lists contact information for "major state and county level government agencies where public records are maintained." Includes vital records information for each state.

Selective List of Materials in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Connecticut colonists: Windsor 1635-1703 - Holbrook, Jay Mack 
Call Number: F 104 W7 H65 1986

History of ancient Woodbury, Connecticut, from the first Indian deed in 1659 including the present towns of Washington, Southbury, Bethlem, Roxbury, and a part of Oxford and Middlebury - Cothren, William 
Call Number: F 104 W88 C6 1871 Volumes 1-3

History of Durham, Connecticut, from the first grant of land in 1662 to 1866 - Fowler, William Chauncey 
Call Number: F 104 D9 F7

History of Simsbury, Granby, and Canton: from 1642 to 1845 - Phelps, Noah A. 
Call Number: Special Collections F 104 S61 P53

History of Stamford, Connecticut, 1641-1868, including Darien until 1820 - Huntington, E. B. 
Call Number: F 104 S8 H9 1979

Vital records of Bolton to 1854 and Vernon to 1852 
Call Number: F 104 B55 B5

Vital records of New Haven, 1649-1850 
Call Number: F 104 N6 N66

Vital records of Norwich, 1659-1848 
Call Number: F 104 N93 N68 Volumes 1-2

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