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

Linda MacLachlan filed this request with the New Hartford Town Clerk of New Hartford, CT.


From: Linda MacLachlan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any catalog, inventory, index, log, report, or other listing of (1) 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

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.


Linda MacLachlan

From: New Hartford Town Clerk

Dear Linda - I do not have a listing of these indexes so I cannot provide you with what you are asking for. In addition, for your information, under the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, there is no waiver provision. Regards, Donna LaPlante, New Hartford Town Clerk

From: Linda MacLachlan

What I am really looking for is information on just one of your books of vital records. I am about to publish a book about finding early vital records in Connecticut and really have only one question about your vital records collection:

in 1820 Connecticut passed a law requiring all town clerks to record marriage certificates, In 1927 someone actually came to New Hartford and made an index of yours marriage certificates, which was published. Please confirm that a book of marriage certificates 1820-1854 at least 56 pages long remains in your possession.

From: New Hartford Town Clerk

Hello – I do not have the book you are referring to. Perhaps the New Hartford Historical Society would have a copy, or one of the genealogical society libraries in the area. I do have vital records covering that period included in other volumes, but marriages are recorded along with births and deaths. Regards, Donna LaPlante, New Hartford Town Clerk

From: New Hartford Town Clerk

Hello Savannah - Attached please find a listing of all dogs licensed to date in New Hartford. It contains all the information you requested except the dog's name. Since I am emailing this to you - there is no charge under CT FOIA law. Regards, Donna LaPlante, New Hartford Town Clerk