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Guide to Land Records for Genealogical and Historical Research

Land records are a valuable source of genealogical and historical information. In addition to researching the history of a property, land records documenting the sale and ownership of land may cite the kinship between parties or provide other vital records information. For example, a deed may state that a father sold land to his son or include the birth name of the buyer or the seller's wife. Land records may infer the approximate date when a person moved to a town or when a building was erected. They may also include the residence of the parties, if they did not live in the town where they were buying land. Land records can also contain records of indentures and apprenticeships.

The original land records are held by each town in Connecticut, though most records from the colonial period to about the year 1900 have been microfilmed by the Latter-day Saints. The films are available here or through a local Family History Center. To find what was microfilmed search the Family Search Catalog by Town. For more information about finding digitized Connecticut records, please see our guide linked below.

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