Genealogy Center

Welcome to the Bridgeport History Center, one of the largest repositories for genealogy research in the region. The department holds hundreds of items of interest to genealogists in a variety of formats.

As a Family Search affiliate, the BHC offers access to the LDS church published database which contains thousands of digitized records from all over the world.  So stop by the department and let our staff help you research your family tree.

At the BHC you will find:

  • Databases:  Ancestry and Family Search – affiliate access to thousands of digitized records
  • Bridgeport City Directories and a collection of City Directories for other Connecticut towns
  • Bridgeport High School Year Books Collection
  • Newspapers 19th-20th Centuries
  • Histories of Connecticut counties and towns
  • Genealogies by surname
  • Periodicals collection devoted to genealogical studies; family newsletters; indexes such as the New
    England Historical Genealogical Index and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Index
  • Hundreds of published works devoted to the study of genealogy: online research, ethnicity and
    nationality; dna; military; cemetery records; state and local records; federal records; surnames
    and heraldry; research methodology and publishing – -and much more!
  • Video – popular tv series and other videos on family history research
  • Biographical newspaper clippings files
  • Maps:  plat maps and Sanborn fire Insurance maps