Connecticut General Statutes section 7-51a allows genealogists access to all vital records to conduct genealogical research, except those that are deemed confidential.
Confidential records include:
- Birth records that reflect an adoption, paternity or gender change.
- Birth records that reflect gender reassignment.
- Death records containing a change to the cause or manner of death.
Also, records containing social security numbers that are protected by federal law cannot be directly accessed by genealogists.
- Birth records for births occuring after November 1, 1990.
- Death and marriage records for deaths and marriages occuring after July 1, 1997.
In order to ensure eligibility, the genealogists must present a valid membership card issued by one of these Connecticut genealogical societies:
- Connecticut Ancestry Society Inc.
- Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, Inc.
- Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor, Inc.
- French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Inc.
- Friends of Godfrey Memorial Library, Inc.
- Gaelic-American Club, Inc.
- Godfrey Memorial Library
- Indian and Colonial Research Center, Inc.
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Inc.
- Killingly Historical Genealogical Society, Inc.
- Middlesex Genealogical Society, Inc.
- Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc.
- Southern Connecticut Ancestry Network, Inc. (SCAN)
- Southington Genealogical Society, Inc.
You are required to provide a government issued identification card to ensure the person accessing the records is that who is named on the card.