Genealogy Research

We’ll Research Our Archives for You

Ridgefield has been the home of many people from its founding in 1708. These families, collectively, have left thousands of descendants. Some stayed in town, some moved to the surrounding communities and others “went west”. An important part of the Ridgefield Historical Society is answering the requests of the current descendants to learn more about their Ridgefield ancestors.

A reference library in the Scott House includes books on Ridgefield, cemetery records, and a growing collection of family records. If you have ancestors from Ridgefield and would like to donate a copy of your family history please let us know.

The Ridgefield Historical Society provides, for a fee, a search service. We will research the records of the society, the town records, and church records.  The fee is $15 per hour for members and $25 per hour for non-members. To set up an appointment, please call 203-438-5821 or email us.

Genealogy Articles

Cultural history

Scott House Journal, July 2022

Topics: The ‘New’ Ridgefield High School turns 50; Josie Hoyt’s Diaries offer offer insights into Ridgefield history in the late 1800s — births and deaths, the Blizzard of 1888, escapades at the Titicus School, a murder-suicide, and more.

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Genealogy

Webinar: The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing presented by author Libby Copeland

This webinar recording explores the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. It draws on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.”

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Cultural history

Scott House Journal, July 2022

Topics: The ‘New’ Ridgefield High School turns 50; Josie Hoyt’s Diaries offer offer insights into Ridgefield history in the late 1800s — births and deaths, the Blizzard of 1888, escapades at the Titicus School, a murder-suicide, and more.

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