Several of Connecticut’s cities and towns have existed since the 1600s and 1700s. In fact, the earliest settlements in the state began in the 1630s. It was 1633 when a fort was constructed by the Dutch near what is now Hartford. Soon after that, the English Puritans took over that area.

The English also created settlements in Hartford, Windsor and Wethersfield in the 1630s. Then, in 1639, those three settlements formed into one colony governed by a modern constitution of sorts called the Fundamental Orders. It was known as the Connecticut Colony. During the Revolutionary War, Connecticut was the source for supplies for the Continental Army. In fact, the state quickly became an industrial hub, even gaining the nickname “Arsenal of the Nation.”

Connecticut is a state with many of the nation’s “firsts” and which has a tremendous amount of history connected to it. This is why there are so many libraries, museums, historical organizations, and other groups that can provide someone with a huge amount of material for Connecticut genealogy projects of all kinds. Whether you are scouting around for details about a Revolutionary War hero in the family, or even your connection to a Native American tribe, there is likely to be some good resources available. Naturally, the trick is to find them and get the details.

Connecticut Counties – The Connecticut Colony existed from 1636 to 1776. The State of Connecticut was one of the 13 original colonies and created as the 5th state on Jan. 9, 1788. created as the 5th state on January 9, 1788. Connecticut borders MassachusettsNew York and  Rhode Island. Connecticut has 8 Counties. The Connecticut State Capital is in Hartford and the state government website is

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