151 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 346-0746
Mon.-Thurs., 10am - 2pm
1st Sat. of the month, 12-3pm
Genealogy and research in archives by appointment only.
Genealogy & Research
The Historical Society’s archives feature a significant collection of family papers, church records, diaries, cemetery inscriptions, family Bibles, city directories, and more for people tracing their roots in Middlesex County.
In the late 1930’s, founding member and nationally renowned genealogist, Frank Farnsworth Starr, died, leaving his enormous collection of research and historical papers to the Historical Society. The collection includes many volumes of individual family histories, and histories of various Connecticut towns and churches. Starr thoroughly researched the families of all of Middletown’s early settlers from England, and kept files on them and their local descendants into the first half of the 19th century.
The Historical Society also possesses the Milo Wilcox collection of local African-American history. This collection contains information drawn from census records, deeds, probate records, city directories, burial records, city accounts, gravestone inscriptions, vital records and more.
There is no charge for members conducting in person research. For all others, the fee is $10.00 per day. Appointments are necessary and available Tuesday through Thursday only.
The Historical Society has limited resources for conducting searches for long distance patrons. One half hour of initial research plus a preliminary resource assessment is free. For additional research, the hourly rate for Historical Society members is $12 with ten free pages photocopied, and additional copies $0.25 per page. The hourly rate for non-members is $25, with photocopies at $0.25 per page. Requests may take eight to ten weeks to process.
Qualified researchers may utilize the Historical Society’s extensive collection pertaining to Middletown and others Middlesex County communities. Highlights include early town records, maps, diaries, letters, account books, prison and early court records, and thousands of photographs and paintings. Other objects from the museum collection are available for research as well. Appointments are required and are available on Tuesday through Thursday only. Members may research for free, and for all others, the fee is $10.00 per day. Photocopying is $0.25 per page.