Burlington, Connecticut's inventory of vital records books and other source materials for pre-1900 vital records

Linda MacLachlan filed this request with the Town Clerk Of Burlington, CT of Burlington, CT .
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From: Linda MacLachlan

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A complete catalog, inventory, index, log, report, or other listing of (1) all the books in your possession or control which registrars used to record birth, marriages, deaths, and burials before 1900 (including any Land Records books and/or Town or Proprietors Meeting/Minutes/Record books which include any records of birth, marriages and deaths) and (2) other books, records, and documents in your possession or control which index, copy, regroup, reference or support town birth, deaths and marriages, including communications or reports of communication from ministers, justices of the peace, sextons, and other witnesses to any aspect of births, marriages, burials, and/or deaths prior to 1900.

I also request that, if possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at MuckRock.com.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Linda MacLachlan

From: Town Clerk Of Burlington, CT

Dear Linda MacLachlan,

I am in receipt of your FOI request in the below e-mail. Vital Records do not fall under FOI. They have their own statutes and regulations that govern them. (SS 7-51)

You have requested other forms of information (minutes, land records, ect) dating before 1900. I would ask you to be more specific in your request. If it’s genealogy on a specific person please give me a name and possible dates/years to look into. All vital records are only issued as certified copies and cost $20 per document. Other documents will be $0.50 per copy. None of the records you are asking about are available digitally.

Please advise as to how you would like to proceed with your request.
Mary-Jane Ugalde
Burlington Town Clerk
200 Spielman Highway
Burlington, CT 06013
860 673-6789 x2
www.burlingtonct.us<http://www.burlingtonct.us>

From: Linda MacLachlan

I know you don’t have time to do others’ research and wouldn’t dream of asking it of you. I am only interested in knowing all the books, notebooks, computer files and others sources you possess for finding and identifying such vital records in Burlington. For example,
(1) Do you possess certifications from ministers and justice of the peace records for Burlington marriages?
(2) What is the ”Vital Records, Vol. 7” that the Barbour(or Arnold) Index abstracts? and
(3) Have you an index of pre 1900 marriage licenses or burials?
I do not expect you to answer any of these questions, but I cannot answer them (and others I have yet to think of) myself without your list. Some other towns have such lists in an easy–to-use notebook so visiting researchers will not have to impose upon office staff.
I am happy to pay $.50/page for it, but I’d prefer a computer file if it exists in that format.
Thank you so much.
Linda MacLachlan

From: Town Clerk Of Burlington, CT

Good Morning Linda,
Let me see if I can answer your questions…
Volume 7 in my vault contains a mix of different events that happened in Burlington during the early 1800 to early 1900.
There are certifications of marriages; Military Exempts; Certificates of Attachments and Dogs Registered.

I do have indexes for marriage, death and birth pre 1900. They are available to be looked at by members of genealogical societies incorporated or authorized by the Secretary of the State. I usually help any persons doing genealogy research and remain in the vault with them. They are the original books and some are quite large with the information spanning both pages. Nothing is in electronic format. Again I must remind you that the vital records don’t fall under FOI. The indexes are available to look at, but any copies of vital records are certified with a $20/copy fee.

Again if you have a specific individual you’re looking for I do not mind looking to see if we have what you’re looking for.
Hope this helps.

Mary-Jane Ugalde
Burlington Town Clerk
200 Spielman Highway
Burlington, CT 06013
860 673-6789 x2
www.burlingtonct.us<http://www.burlingtonct.us>

From: Linda MacLachlan

(1) Are your certifications from ministers for all churches and periods of time? Does that collection also include applicable parental permission slips for underage brides and grooms, as it does in other towns?
(2) Do you have records from Burlington’s Justices of the Peace? If so which Justices?
(3) Have you an index of pre 1900 marriage licenses and/or burials? For what period?
(4) Some towns have index book for vital records not actually in their possession (perhaps because towns split after record-keeping began. Is that the case in Burlington?
(5) Is your collection really too large to list?
Linda MacLachlan

From: Town Clerk Of Burlington, CT

Good Morning Linda,

(1) Are your certifications from ministers for all churches and periods of time? Does that collection also include applicable parental permission slips for underage brides and grooms, as it does in other towns?

The Certifications of marriage are from Vol 7 in my vault. There are 68 pages of entries from 1823-1881. The entries are from ministers in various churches and Justice of the Peace. I have not seen an parental permission notations but I have not looked at every page.

(2) Do you have records from Burlington’s Justices of the Peace? If so which Justices? No. Only the entries certifying marriages and attested by the Town Clerk in
Vol. 7.
(3) Have you an index of pre 1900 marriage licenses and/or burials? For what period? I have 12 pages of a burial permit indexes from1885 – 1900.
(4) Some towns have index book for vital records not actually in their possession (perhaps because towns split after record-keeping began. Is that the case in
Burlington? It’s possible. Burlington was incorporated in 1806. We used to be part of Bristol. I have nothing going back that far.

Let me know if you would like me to make these copies for you. Nothing is available digitally. The fee would be $40. The Marriage Certifications are hand written and very old. I’m not sure of the quality of the copies. Make the check payable to: “Burlington Town Clerk”.

Mary-Jane Ugalde
Burlington Town Clerk
200 Spielman Highway
Burlington, CT 06013
860 673-6789 x2
www.burlingtonct.us<http://www.burlingtonct.us>

From: Linda MacLachlan

Thank you so much. that is very helpful.
Just a couple more questions:
Does this volume 7 you describe have a title?
Do any of your preceeding six volumes also contain vital records?
Thank You,
Linda MacLachlan

From: Town Clerk Of Burlington, CT

Hi Linda,
Volume 7 is one of the land record volumes in the vault. There is no other title. The previous volumes are land record documents.

Mary-Jane Ugalde
Burlington Town Clerk
200 Spielman Highway
Burlington, CT 06013
860 673-6789 x2
www.burlingtonct.us<http://www.burlingtonct.us>

From: Linda MacLachlan

Thank You.
Linda MacLachlan

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