New Volume in Connecticut Vital Records

Shelton side of the Ousatonic Water Power Company Dam. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It recently came to our attention that the town of Huntington was not included in the database Connecticut: Vital Records (The Barbour Collection), 1630-1870. We are happy to have added a new volume for Huntington, Connecticut that contains over 2,200 new searchable names associated with records between 1739 and 1839.

As noted in the introductionthe town of Huntington officially changed its name Shelton in 1919. It was originally named for Governor Samuel Huntington, and was renamed in honor of Edward Nelson Shelton, according to a New York Times article.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteer David Anderson. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

The complete Barbour collection contains information on 136 Connecticut towns. Our library also offers the complete Barbour collection on-site.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.