Genealogy Resources


Bring your family tree research to the library! We have a number of unique primary source documents detailing the history of some of the prominent families local to Groton Bank. Our staff our happy to assist you in your search of our physical collection. If you are researching at home, check out the links below!



Heritage Quest LogoHeritage Quest

Access thousands of records through researchIT CT and Ancestry.com--completely FREE with your library card! HeritageQuest provides free access to Census records from 1790-1940, city and local directories, and Revolutionary War files. HeritageQuest also provides more information about national databases such as the Freedman's Bank Records (African American ancestry), PERSI, and the
U.S. Serial Set (monuments, dedications, etc.).



CT State Library LogoThe Connecticut State Library's History and Genealogy Lib Guide

Information on physical and electronic resources offered by the CT State Library - Access church and probate records specific to CT or search outside databases on topics such as Jewish Genealogy, New York Times back issues, and Colonial State Papers. Visit this page to find out more about researching at the CT State Library and to keep up to date on local genealogy events and meetings.



The Connecticut Historical Society

Family history resources focused mostly in CT and New England states with some information on non-New England states. Access online research tools, subject guides, and catalogs through the CT Historical Society and Museum. Visit this page for information about researching
at the Museum.



Godfrey Memorial Library's Helpful Guides

Free limited access to resources from the Godfrey genealogical and historical library in Middletown, CT - Find tips for starting your research, information on how to read the American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI), and tutorials for using researchIT CT's HeritageQuest. Access to more resources is available with the purchase of a membership (more information located on the website).





US National Archives Genealogy Page

Resources provided by the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C - Search online databases for Census, Immigration, and Land Records, discover tips for successful research, learn about news and events within the national genealogical community, and learn more about how to care for your historical family documents.



Ellis Island Foundation

Genealogy Tips -- Information adapted from the book and TV show Who Do You Think You Are? By Megan Smolenyak - Discover more about how to start your genealogy research, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to succeed in physical and electronic searches.

Passenger Search -- Access 51+ million passenger records, ship manifests, and ship images from travel through Ellis Island and the Port
of New York from 1892 to 1957.



Find a Grave

Search for graves and monuments of family members by name, location of grave, birth and death dates, and more.



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