The New London County Historical Society has one of the most extensive family history collections in the Southeastern Connecticut region. Genealogy research is by appointment only. Please contact us for more information and rates.

Reference Books

  • An extensive collection of family histories and genealogies
  • WPA notebooks of headstone inscriptions for each town in the county
  • Indexes of marriage and death records from county newspapers, 1758 – 1866
  • The third largest newspaper collection in the state, dating from 1758  to 1904
  • City directories of New London and Norwich, which include surrounding towns
  • R. B. Wall scrapbooks of articles on New London history
  • Histories of New London County, many including  extensive biographical information


  • Joshua Hempstead’s diaries
  • Early New London census
  • Wills and property transactions
  • Justice of the peace and tax records
  • Ship registers and logs
  • Records and minutes of local civic organizations and societies

Diaries and Correspondence

  • Our library has over 100 diaries, journals and personal correspondence collections of New London families.

Family Bible Records

Family Bibles often contain detailed records of births, marriages and deaths and we have a collection of these dating back to the 1700’s.

Genealogical Notebooks

We have necrology and genealogical notebooks on New London families compiled by historian Francis M. Caulkins, Lucretia W. Smith, William Stark and others.


In our collection of historic maps, are surveyors’ maps and published maps listing property owners.


Giles Bishop was a leading New London photographer of the mid-nineteenth century. We have his personal photograph album — a wonderful source of pictures of the citizens of New London at that time. In addition, we have family albums and portraits and photographs of civic activities, school groups, and New London street scenes, including private residences.

School Annuals and Ephemera

We have yearbooks and  school publications from many of the local schools. In particular, we have an extensive collection for the Bulkeley School.

New London Families

Some of the families represented in our collection are:

Adams Allen Allyn Avery
Babcock Backus Barnes Barrel
Beckwith Beebe Belden Bill
Bishop Bolles Bradford Brainard
Branch Buddington Burrows Bush
Caulkins Chester Coit Crocker
Darrow Dodge Dolbeare Douglas
Dow Fengar Fosdick Gardiner
Green Hale Hallam Harris
Havens Hempstead Hewitt Latimer
Le Blanc Ledyard Loosely Manwaring
Minor Morgan Moseley Newcomb
Nichols Perkins Phelps Pimer
Pool Powers Raymond Richards
Robinson Rogers Ryley Shipman
Sisson Smith Spicer Stark
Starr Stoddard Stokes Taintor

Please note that these are only some of the New London County families. Our library has information on many families not listed above.