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Genealogy & Research


Over more than 300 years, tens of thousands of families have lived in Lebanon.  Some stayed for generations.  Others spent only a few years.  Some still live in town and the descendants of many Lebanon families live all around the world.

For anyone seeking their Lebanon roots, the Lebanon Historical Society is a great starting place.  Genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in North America and the Historical Society staff and volunteers have many years experience providing genealogical assistance.

We hope that you will be able to visit Lebanon and take advantage of our many resources yourself.  If not please contact us.  Our genealogist may be able to help you and our fees are modest. 

For your convenience, you can have the report of the results of your search sent to you electronically via email.  If you prefer to receive the report via the US mail, be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage along with your written request.

All requests must contain your name and full mailing address whether our response will be by mail or email.

Be sure that your request contains all pertinent information on the individual you are looking for, so that we can do a thorough search.

We are sorry but no requests will be taken by phone.

The Lebanon Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and charitable contributions are welcome. We are also currently accepting documented family histories to add to our collection.

Genealogy Research Form


If you do come to Lebanon, you will be welcomed to our climate-controlled research library and visitor’s reading room.  This facility is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 12:00 to 4:00 or by appointment.  The ever-growing library collection includes primary and secondary source material about the history of Lebanon and the people who lived here.  Patrons are welcome to take notes or request copies, but many of the materials are rare so library collections do not circulate.

Photocopies can be made by museum staff for a per-page fee. (Members: 25 cents; Non-Members: 50 cents)
Microfilm copy fees are: Members: 50 cents, Non-Members: 75 cents.

Permission to examine materials is not an authorization to publish them. The researcher has full responsibility for guarding against copyright and other similar violations, and for following relevant federal and state laws, regulations, and rulings.

Our rapidly growing Library collection includes:

  • NEHGS Register on CDROM

  • Heritage Quest's Federal Census Records for Lebanon on CDROM

  • Lebanon Land Records on microfilm (with index)

  • Exeter Congregational Church Records on microfilm

  • Early American Newspapers on microfilm:
    -Windham Herald (1791 - 1795)
    -Norwich Courier (1796-1820)

The following computerized databases:

  • Barbour Index to Lebanon Vital Records (covers births, marriages & deaths for the town 1700-1854)

  • Births - Town of Lebanon Vol. 4-A (1851-1884)

  • Baptisms - 1st Congregational Church Lebanon (1700 - 1782)

  • Baptisms - 1st Congregational Church Lebanon (1782-1836)

  • Baptisms - Goshen Congregational Church (1729 - 1882)

  • Marriages - 1st Church Congregational of Lebanon (1816-1821)

  • Marriages - Early CT Marriages by Frederic Bailey (before 1800) for Lebanon and some surrounding towns

  • Marriages - Town of Lebanon Vol. 4-A (1852-1884)

  • First Congregational Church Membership List (1725-1839)

  • Goshen Society 1775 Tax List

  • Deaths - Town of Lebanon Vol. 4-A (1851 - 1884)

  • Deaths - Lebanon Hale Cemetery Records

  • Deaths - Columbia Hale Cemetery Records

  • Deaths - Hebron Hale Cemetery Records

  • Deaths - Old Willimantic Cemetery, Windham

  • Deaths - First Congregational Church of Lebanon (1872-1840)

  • 1790 Lebanon Federal Census

  • 1850 Lebanon Agriculture Census

  • 1850 Lebanon Federal Census

  • 1860 Lebanon Federal Census

  • 1870 Lebanon Federal Census

  • 1880 Lebanon Federal Census

  • 1900 Lebanon Federal Census

  • 1910 Lebanon Federal Census (IN PROGRESS)

The Lebanon Historical Society is also actively transcribing and computerizing many primary sources in order to provide a quick search and reference capability. These computerized transcripts of original records are available at our library and are continually being updated.


In addition, the Historical Society has a small but growing collection of original archival materials relating to Lebanon.  These letters, account books, diaries, and advertisements are catalogued in our collections data base.  Researchers should contact the staff before coming to Lebanon to determine the usefulness of archival materials on deposit at the Lebanon Historical Society.