Early Records of New Haven

Early Records of New Haven


New Haven was a colony separate from Connecticut until 1664. The Colony Records are held by the Connecticut State Library in Hartford and were published by the State in the 19th century. These volumes are indexed.

Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven from 1638 to the Union. Edited by Charles J. Hoadly, 2 volumes. (F98.N28R3)

In addition to the published volumes, the originals have been photocopied (*F98.N28R29) and microfilmed (Mfilm#24).

Colonial affairs following the union with Connecticut may be recorded in the following indexed work.

The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut. 1636-1776. Edited by J. Hammond,Trumbull and Charles J. Hoadly, 15 volumes. (F97.C7)


In the early period, it is not always clear where the division between the colonial and town governments is to be made. The Town Records continue, of course, beyond the union with Connecticut. The originals of these records are held by the Society (see MSS#28). They have been published down to 1769.

Ancient Town Records. Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter and Zara Jones Powers, 3 volumes. (F98.N3A62)


The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands began to function separately from the Town of New Haven in 1724. The original records of the Proprietors’ Committee are found in MSS#28.and, to one degree or another, document the work of the Committee down to the early 20th century. The records of the Committee for the period 1724 to 1771 have been transcribed (F104.N6C6667) and a research guide is available (F104.N6C6666).


New Haven Probate Records are available on microfilm (Mfilm#3).

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