Local History Resources at the Library

Branford Annual Reports (1868 – present)

Branford Census

  • Microfilm (1790 – 1930, no 1890)
  • Abstracted, typed records (1790 – 1880, census substitute 1890)
  • On our Genealogy PC in the Reference Department, 1790 – 1930 for Branford; 1840 to 1930 for North Branford
  • Online through Ancestry Library from a Blackstone Library computer (1790 – 1940, no 1890)
  • Online through Heritage Quest for all CT library cardholders (1790 – 1940, no 1890)

Branford City Directories (1897- present, various years)

Branford Historical Society Manuscript Collection

Branford Review (1878 – 2008, various years, on microfilm; 1878 – 1980 online)

Branford Digital Scrapbooks (selections about Branford from the New Haven Register and the Branford Review, 1878-1980)

Local church histories

Local church records (abstracted, various years)

Local historical maps

Milestone – Branford High School Yearbook (1925 – present, missing 1933 and 1934)

Photographs & Postcards of Branford (1912 – 1974)

Selected Branford family genealogies

Vital Records Indexes (abstracted, various years)

The library boasts an extensive collection of materials on the history of Branford including the following:

Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records Index

Bells of Branford (Birbarie)

Branford: A Commemorative Album, 1644 – 1994

Branford, Connecticut: A Survey of Architectural & Historic Resources

Branford in the Beginning (Feld)

Damascus Cemetery (Bouley)

Families of Ancient New Haven (Jacobus)

Headstone Inscriptions: Town of Branford, CT (Hale Collection)

History of New Haven County (Rockey)Branford section

History of the Colony of New Haven (Lambert)Branford section

A History of Totoket or Branford (Thompson)

It Happened in Branford (Prann)

A Modern History of New Haven & Eastern New Haven County (Hill)Branford and Stony Creek

Old Branford 1635 – 1935 (Carr)

Records & Tales of Old Branford (McKenzie)

Sample some of our resources with a regional twist:

Back Then (Indian Neck)

A Brief History of Pawson Park from Early Times to 1916 (Indian Neck)

A Brief History of Stony Creek

A Brief History of the Thimble Islands in Branford, CT

Ecology of the Stony Creek Quarry Preserve

History of the House Leased by the Branford Historical Society

Hunting Ground (Indian Neck)

Nature & Character of Granite Bay (Short Beach)

On the Ebb (Short Beach)

The Pine Orchard Shore: a brief history and a glimpse at the summer of 1916

Ride Down Memory Lane: The Story of the Branford Trolley Museum

Stony Creek Mapanscrap Book

A Stony Creek Miscellany

Summer Island: A Century of History & Nostalgia

In addition, the library features the following regional genealogy reference sources:

Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut

Connecticut Nutmegger (1968 – present)

Early Connecticut Marriages

Genealogical & Family History of the State of Connecticut

A Genealogist’s Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

Heads of Families in the First Census of the U.S. taken in the year 1790: Connecticut

New England Historical & Genealogical Register (1847- present)

New England Marriages Prior to 1700, supplement and 2nd supplement