Research

Research & Education : Research

History

Qualified researchers may utilize the Historical Society’s extensive collections pertaining to Middletown and others Middlesex County communities.  Highlights include early town records, maps, diaries, letters, account books, prison and early court records, and thousands of photographs and paintings.  Other objects from the museum collection are available for research as well.  Appointments are required and are available on Monday through Thursday.  Members may research for free, and for all others, the fee is $10.00 per day.  Photocopying is $0.25 per page.

Genealogy

The Historical Society’s archives feature a significant collection of family papers, church records, diaries, cemetery inscriptions, family Bibles, city directories, and more for people tracing their roots in Middlesex County.

In the late 1930’s, founding member and nationally renowned genealogist, Frank Farnsworth Starr, died, leaving his enormous collection of research and historical papers to the Historical Society.  The collection includes many volumes of individual family histories, and histories of various Connecticut towns and churches.  Starr thoroughly researched the families of all of Middletown’s early settlers from England, and kept files on them and their local descendants into the first half of the 19th century.

The Historical Society also possesses the Milo Wilcox collection of local African-American history.  This collection contains information drawn from census records, deeds, probate records, city directories, burial records, city accounts, gravestone inscriptions, vital records and more.

There is no charge for members conducting in person research.  For all others, the fee is $10.00 per day.  Appointments are necessary and available Monday through Thursday.

If you cannot come to the Mansfield House …

The Historical Society does research in its collections for long distance patrons.  One half hour of initial research plus a preliminary resource assessment is free. For additional research, the hourly rate for Historical Society members is $12 with ten free pages photocopied, and additional copies $0.25 per page.  The hourly rate for non-members is $25, with photocopies at $0.25 per page.  Requests may take eight to ten weeks to process.