Genealogy / Local History

Branford History and Genealogical Research Guidelines

The Blackstone Library has an extensive Local History/Genealogy collection. If you are interested in conducting local history or genealogy research, we will be happy to assist you. Whether you are coming in from out of town or are local, we encourage you to contact us ahead of time to set up an appointment or to have materials gathered prior to your visit. “Drop-in” research assistance may not be available, especially on evenings and weekends.

While materials cannot be taken out of the library, copies or scans can be made. Short, factual requests and obituary requests (when an exact date is known) can be made using this form or by email (please include full name, email address and postal address). The library owns microfilm for the following newspapers and years:

  • Branford News, 28 February 1878 – 9 August 1878
  • Branford Gleaner, 28 February 1878 – 3 March 1880
  • Branford Opinion, 4 January 1896 – 13 March 1913
  • Branford Review, 13 April 1928 – 11 December 2008

Additional questions? Please call us at 203.488.1441, ext 318 or send us an email.

The Collection

The library has a large collection of information on Branford town and family history including city directories, Branford family genealogies, Branford High School Yearbooks (1925 – present, missing 1933 and 1934), church histories, maps, military titles, municipal records, newsletters from local organizations and photographs and slides. You can view quite a few of our photographs on our photobucket page.

In addition, we own general histories of other Connecticut towns and selected newspaper clippings from the Branford newspapers (various years). You can search our Digital Scrapbooks with Branford-related newspaper clippings from 1878 to 1980. Click here to search our catalog for specific titles or subjects, see our list of local history resources and view our guide to Researching Your Branford Ancestor.