Informative Videos about Canterbury, including the Canterbury Historical Society

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Town of Canterbury Records

The public can access official Canterbury town records through the town clerk’s office. Available records (which are not digitized for online viewing) include:

  • Land records/titles, 1703 to present
  • Tax records, 19th century to present
  • Probate court records and probate inventories, 1835 to 2003
  • Marriage, birth, and death records, 1896 to present
  • Burial and cemetery records, 1885 to present
  • Town clerk records, with town meeting minutes and election records, 1717 to present
  • Selectmen records, including minutes of selectmen meetings, 1755 to present
  • Survey maps, mid-19th century to present
  • Miscellaneous school records, late 18th to mid-19th centuries
  • Treasurer’s reports, 1722 to present
  • Annual town reports, 1883 to present

In cases where dates or areas of interest fall outside the town’s holdings, the town clerk or assistant town clerk may be able to suggest how and where the missing information might be located, including through online searches.

The town clerk’s page on the official Town of Canterbury website, with contact information and operating hours, is

Historical Organizations and Websites

Canterbury Historical Society on Facebook – (
Avidly updated, chatty, slightly quirky, informative, and fun. Lots of photos, old and new, along with historical tidbits and general musings.

Canterbury Historical Society on Twitter – (
Like Facebook, another view of the Canterbury Historical Society’s lighter side.

Connecticut’s Heritage Gateway(
By the Connecticut Humanities Council. On this site, also see Connecticut History Resources, and A Canterbury Tale: A Document Package for Connecticut’s Prudence Crandall Affair.

Connecticut History Online – (
A collaboration between the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, and the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

Connecticut Historical Society – (
A nonprofit museum, library, and education center. This organization also offers expert genealogical research guidance at no charge, other than the normal price of admission.

Finnish American Heritage Society – (
Of Canterbury, Connecticut, a nonprofit corporation committed to the preservation of Finnish-American heritage.

Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society – (
A nearby historical society that offers genealogical research services.

Plainfield Historical Society – (
Canterbury was part of Plainfield until 1703.

Prudence Crandall Museum – (
New England’s first academy for black girls, right here in Canterbury. The museum is owned and operated by the State of Connecticut.

Genealogy (and History)

Archives page of this website (
This is a treasure trove if you are seeking information on old houses in Canterbury, their history, owners, and style characteristics. In particular, explore both volumes of historic resource surveys, which are searchable and downloadable PDF files.

Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society (
A nearby historical society that offers genealogical research services.

Area photographer Jerry Dougherty’s collection of Canterbury shots (
This collection of nearly 1,500 photos of Canterbury includes many cemetery headstones grouped by cemetery and with captions that include the cemetery name. Hover over a photo to see its caption. If you are looking for a headstone in Canterbury’s Carey, Cleveland, Dean, Smith, or Westminster cemeteries, you may find it pictured. Our thanks to Jerry Dougherty for permission to use this link.

Canterbury “Records Page” of the Windham County Genealogy Site (
Connecticut GenWeb Project information on how to access early Canterbury birth records, and links to Early Connecticut Marriages to 1800,  death records in the Barbour Collection of Vital Records, the Hale Collection of cemetery inscriptions, and biographies from History of Windham County, Connecticut, Bayles, Richard M.; New York: W.W. Preston, 1889.

Windham County Genealogy Site (
Connecticut GenWeb Project. Explore this site for additional Canterbury resources and records.

History of Windham, County, Connecticut, by Richard M. Bayles (
Published in 1889, this is a whooping big tome of well over 1,000 pages, digitized in 2009 from a copy in the University of Connecticut library system with funding from the Boston Library Consortium.

History of Windham County, Connecticut: 1600-1760, by Ellen Douglas Larned (
This classic of local history was originally published by the author in 1874 and digitized in January 2008 as a Google Book. It is volume 1 of 2, the second covering the dates 1760 to 1880 (see link below). Larned’s focus is on everyday life, not wars or other epic happenings. This is a page turner for those interested in the early lives and lifestyles of our area.

History of Windham County, Connecticut: 1760 -1880, by Ellen Douglas Larned (
This is volume 2 of 2, published by the author in 1880 and digitized by Google Books from a copy in the Harvard College Library. See the link for volume 1 of 2 above.

Aerial Photography of Connecticut (
This link is to the Connecticut State Library’s website, where you can select the dates and locations you want to explore. The state conducted aerial photographic surveys at different times, and they often reveal interesting details. Have a look to see how things have changed, perhaps locate now-lost buildings on your own property, or just be amazed by how many more trees we have nowadays.

Heritage Quest Online (

Connecticut Gravestone Network (

Connecticut Genealogy (
(Source of content of the following links: History of Windham County, Connecticut, Bayles, Richard M.; New York: W.W. Preston, 1889)

Canterbury Connecticut local history: (

Canterbury Connecticut after the Revolution: (

Canterbury Connecticut church history: (

Canterbury Connecticut biographies: (

Quiet Corner Links

Canterbury, Connecticut (
The official town website.

Connecticut Quiet Corner Website (

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor (

Additional Resources

Connecticut State Library (
The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut that provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for citizens of Connecticut, as well as to all three branches of State government.

The Connecticut State Library is well known in the history and genealogy communities for having one of the finest collections for conducting family history or genealogy research. Many primary and secondary resources are available for patrons in manuscript and published form, along with thousands of microfilms of such materials as Connecticut vital, church, land, and probate records. For insights into using often-overlooked divorce records in your family research, see this state library newsletter

In conjunction with the Department of Higher Education, the State Library administers – Connecticut’s research engine.

iCONN Connecticut Digital Library (
Access requires entering a Connecticut library card number. This site provides many links.