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Local History & Genealogy Requests

The Public Library of New London Local History and Genealogy Room provides a collection of books, photographs, microfilm, and other materials with a specific emphasis on New London County history and families. The PLNL is happy to assist patrons with their research. However, please understand that there are limitations to the types of inquiries our staff can directly fulfill, and your query may be best answered by visiting our Local History Room in person.

Research queries can be sent to the Head of Information Services using the form at the bottom of the page. Please review our guidelines below before submitting your question.

1. There is no research fee for patrons currently residing within the State of Connecticut. However, The Public Library of New London will charge a $25 research fee for each successful search for any out-of-state patron. The fee will not be charged for general inquiries on library services or materials, or any inquiries made in person.

Payment for out-of-state requests may be made here or by mailing your query with a check made payable to the Public Library of New London. Please make sure your request meets our criteria before submitting payment:

Public Library of New London
Genealogy Request
63 Huntington Street
New London, CT 06320

2. Research requests must be specific in nature, and must be for information from indexed, published sources or from known page numbers from a specific title. Requests for newspaper articles must include a known publish date, rather than a range of possible dates.

Example of an acceptable research request: “Please help me find an obituary in the New London Day newspaper for John Smith, published on or around July 7th, 1987.”

Example of a research request that is too broad: “Please send me anything you have about construction on Bank Street in 1951-52.”

3. The library reserves the right to turn down requests for any reason, including attempts to use our genealogy reference services for monetary gain, or from patrons who use these services excessively.

4. Your query may necessitate that you make an appointment to browse our Local History Room. This is particularly true in cases where the desired information must be sourced from within unindexed or unspecific materials, or where the publish date is unknown Please review the policies for using this collection here. To make an appointment to browse the Local History Collection, please call us at (860) 447-1411 ext 5. For your convenience, a list of selected resources contained in the room is provided below:

Selected Resources from Our Local History Collection:

  • The New London Day newspaper on microfilm (July 1881—present; Note that this is the only repository with a complete record of the paper)
  • Family genealogies
  • New London County Town Histories
  • New London City Directories (beginning in 1853)
  • New London Vital Records (1646—1854)
  • New London Historic District Studies
  • American Genealogical Biographical Index
  • Sanborn Fire Ins. Map of New London (1912)
  • New England Historical & Genealogical Register
  • Heraldry
  • Barbour Collection (selected towns)
  • Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut
  • The Clipper (NLHS) 1952—1985
  • Legenda (WMI) 1939—1951
  • The Torch (Chapman Tech) 1947—1951
  • The Whaler (Bulkeley School) 1923; 1928—1951