Genealogy Collections


The purpose of the Otis Library’s Genealogy and Local History Department is to provide access to the library’s collection of genealogical and local history materials. The Library has carefully preserved information and artifacts that might be of interest to anyone researching people, places, and events in Norwich, Windham, and New London Counties.

Most of the materials in the Otis Library Genealogy and Local History Collection can be found using our online public access catalog.

Print resources

  • Genealogies of local families

  • Anthologies of regional family histories

  • New London and Windham County town histories

  • Connecticut military histories, rosters, and service lists

  • Norwich vital records indexes

  • Barbour Collection of Connecticut vital records

  • Hale cemetery and obituary abstracts, 1934

  • Norwich Genealogical Biographical Index

  • Norwich Free Academy senior yearbook collection

  • Norwich City Directories, 1846-1986

  • Norwich Bulletin (microfilm)

  • Norwich Bulletin (bound volumes)

  • Norwich Bulletin Index, 1865-1930

  • New York Times (microfilm), September 1851-2007

  • New London Day (microfilm)

  • Census (microfilm), 1790-1920

Visual Resources

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

  • Architectural surveys of local neighborhoods

  • Scrapbooks

Historic Photographs

  • Academic Journals

  • American Ancestors

  • Connecticut Magazine

  • New England Historic & Genealogical

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