Genealogy & Biography

Biographies, Collective Biography, Family History Research, Genealogy, Heraldry, Personal Names

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Good News for Genealogists and Historians!
The Ridgefield Library has acquired a new ST ViewScan III microfilm scanner to provide improved access to the Ridgefield Press from 1875 to 2003 as well as other microform content. More details.

To learn more about this wonderful new resource, contact the Adult Services Desk for an individual appointment for a demonstration.

Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Have your library card handy for log-in.

New for 2017!  Search more than 500 research databases maintained by the
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Covers vital, probate, cemetery, church,
and other records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Available on library computers only.

Special strengths include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

Established in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization.

Ancestry Library Edition  The world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource. Billions of records from 8,000 databases, census data, vital records, immigration & military records, and more. Unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Search by state and country included., Inc. is based in Provo, UT. Available on library computers only.

Biography Reference BankresearchIT
Biography Reference Center researchIT

Connecticut State Library Collections in researchIT  Create an individual account and search Connecticut records only. The complete database is only available in the Library on library computers.

HeritageQuest OnlineresearchITPowered by Ancestry. U.S. census records 1790-1940, local history books and articles, city directories, Revolutionary War records, and more.

MyHeritage Library Edition
More than 5 billion historical ​records from all over the world, including U.S. and U.K. census records, 1.5 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni, millions of public records and tombstone photos, directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks, exclusive databases such as the Jewish Chronicle historical newspaper and many others.  MyHeritage is based in Israel.


Historical Hartford Courant 1764-1922 researchIT  Temporarily unavailable due to state budget cuts
Historical New York Times  1851-2009 researchIT


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State and Local Genealogy Resources

Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc
Connecticut Public Record Center
Connecticut Society of Genealogists
Ridgefield Historical Society
Ridgefield Press Obituaries Index 1875 - August 2005
Notable Ridgefielders: A Who’s Who of People Who Made News in 20th Century Ridgefield

Genealogy Resources

Cyndi's List  Find genealogy resources on the Internet
DAR Genealogical Research System
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Free family history and genealogy records   Leading British owned genealogy website
Geni   World's largest free family tree National database of obituaries
New England Historic Genealogical Society - Public records by state
USGenWeb Project  Free genealogy and family history online

Library Materials

Circulating books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers are on display or ask at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and most nonfiction DVD's are shelved separately. Travel DVD's are shelved in the stacks.


Biographies – Alphabetical by last name of person; monarchs and saints are by first name
Collective Biographies (families or groups as subject) – 920’s
Family History Searching  – 929.1, 929.1028
Heraldry – 929.6
Personal Names – 929.4
Local family histories - Ask at the Adult Services Desk for assistance


Connecticut Genealogy News
Connecticut Nutmegger

See also: General Periodical Indexes

Also of Interest

Ridgefield Historical Society - Extensive research library available online, including index of Ridgefield names, cemetery indexes and more

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