Connecticut Newspapers by Town

There have been 2087 newspapers published under different banners in Connecticut. The earliest known Connecticut newspaper was the Connecticut Gazette published in New Haven from 1755-1768.

While known primarily to genealogists for their birth, marriage, and death announcements, newspapers can also provide local news items, probate court and legal notices, real estate transactions, political biographies, announcements, notices of new and terminated partnerships, business advertisements, and notices for settling debts.

The following is a list of 258 Connecticut newspapers, both historical and current, that are available online. Not all Connecticut towns have a newspaper currently digitized. In the event your ancestors town does not, try to find a nearby town with a digitized paper.

I have sorted these papers first by town published, and then in order by date first published, oldest to newest. This will make it easier for you to identify which listing you should consult.

At the bottom of the page are current Connecticut newspapers and a series of helpful blogs and/or videos which can help you make more out of your newspaper search.

The range of years available for each newspaper will differ. I have included the range for each listing, but the run of newspapers available may not be complete for all the years. Keep that in mind as you search for a specific newspaper on a specific date.

When there is a charge associated with viewing any of these historical Connecticut newspapers, we have included a $ beside the listing. All others are free.

The Norwich Bulletin from 1910-1922 is a goldmine for those researching family history. Once a week, the newspaper carried a feature called “100 Live Correspondents.” In this feature are to be found accounts of local news, including social visits from one resident to another, from nearly 100 towns, villages, and crossroads in Eastern Connecticut.

Historical Connecticut Newspapers

State Papers

Ansonia

Berlin

Branford

Bridgeport

Bridgeport News Articles by M. K. Witkowski

History Center Head Emeritus Mary K. Witkowski wrote over 450 articles for the Bridgeport News during her tenure at the BHC. From the Historical Collections articles explore many facets of Bridgeport history –people, places, and things– from the renowned to the quirky, and will take readers on a delightful journey through the City’s past.

Bristol

Brooklyn

Canaan

Canton

Cheshire

  • Cheshire Newspaper Articles Collection Index (1756 – 1922)
    From its settlement in 1694, until 1953, Cheshire did not have a long standing local newspaper.  There is no ‘paper of record’ that contains the town’s day-to-day news for over 250 years. The Cheshire Newspaper Articles Collection is drawn from state and national newspapers that printed articles about the town and its residents.
  • Cheshire Courier (1877)

Coventry

Danbury

East Haddam

East Hampton

East Hartford

East Lyme

Enfield

Essex

Fairfield

Farmington

Griswold

Guilford

Hartford

Hebron

Kent

Litchfield

Manchester

Meriden

Middletown

Naugatuck

New Britain

New Haven

New London

New Milford

Newtown

North Haven

Norwalk

Norwich

Plainville

Ridgefield

Salisbury

Sharon

Simsbury

Southington

Stafford

Stamford

Thomaston

Thompson

Vernon

Wallingford

Waterbury

Watertown

West Hartford

Wethersfield

Wilton

Winchester

Windham

Windsor

Windsor Locks

Current Connecticut Newspapers

Current newspapers still being published in Connecticut. Includes online only newspapers.

“Current newspapers are especially useful in locating unknown relatives. Distant relatives may still be living in old hometowns though the direct ancestor moved away. Obituaries in current papers may provide biographical details not available elsewhere.” 1)Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Hansen, James L. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.

Helpful Articles and Videos

Helpful blogs and/or videos which can help you make more out of your newspaper search.

Articles

Videos

References   [ + ]

1.Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Hansen, James L. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.
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