History and Genealogy

The Meriden Room Historical and Genealogy Collection is located at the Meriden Historical Society at 41 West Main Street, Meriden.  We are open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment only.

The purpose of the Meriden Room Historical and Genealogy Collection is to collect, preserve, and make available for public use, materials relating to the history of the City of Meriden, Connecticut. Included in the collection is an assortment of newspaper articles, photos, yearbooks, city directories, genealogy books and magazines, maps, and more. Materials in this collection do not circulate but patrons are welcome to stay and research during open hours. There may be a minimal charge of $5.00 for Historical and Genealogy research when papers need to be printed out and mailed. The amount will cover: paper, toner, and postage.

For assistance with research, questions about resources, or to make an appointment: wguzman@meridenlibrary.gov or call (203) 530-2089

Collection resources include:

  • Meriden City History - A collection of books detailing the city of Meriden including A Century of Meriden, 150 Years of Meriden, and Meriden at 200: A Half-Century of Change.
  • Meriden City Directories (1868 – 1992) Provides a listing of Meriden residents, streets, businesses, during a particular year.
  • Meriden Vertical Files – Collection of newspaper articles, photos, pamphlets and more - all related to Meriden people, places and things.
  • Meriden Military History – Information on Meriden service people from WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
  • History and Genealogy Books and Magazines 
  • Ancestry.com Library Edition (available for use in the library) - Search genealogical records. Collections include birth, marriage, and death records; censuses, immigration, military, and other records.
  • Newspapers.com – Meriden newspapers dating back to 1868 (for staff use only but we are able to research on your behalf)
    • Index to Barbour Collection of Meriden Vital Statistics, 1806 – 1853
    • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Meriden, 1884 – 1950
    • Hale Collection of Connecticut Headstones inscriptions (1934) vols. 26 and 27
    • Meriden Newspapers, 1863 to 2020
    • Census records for Meriden 1790 – 1930

Digitized Records - Visit the Meriden Public Library page on the Connecticut Digital Archive website to view photographs, school newspapers and other Meriden historical items now digitized: MPL on CTDA

Meriden Yearbooks are now digitized and online! The following schools and years are available:

  • Meriden High School 1953 - 1958
  • Maloney High School 1959 - 2020
  • Platt High School 1959 - 2020
  • Wilcox Technical High School 1954 - 2020
To view the yearbooks or other digitized items, visit the Meriden Public Library page on the Connecticut Digital Archive website via this link: MPL on CTDA

Hard copy yearbooks are accessible in our Meriden Historical and Genealogy Collection located at our site at the Meriden Historical Society. To visit the collection or for other inquiries, email us at: wguzman@meridenct.gov.

Additional resources for Meriden History: