A basic vital records index for the town of Mansfield, Connecticut is now available online. This index comprises the early vital records through 1906. Previously unavailable in this format, the index is easily accessible for genealogical research. Alphabetized by last name, the table below provides a link to separate pages for ease of use. The index provides first and middle names when available, the date, volume and page, and the event recorded in the town vital records. The entire 52,000 index card set was transcribed by the staff at the Town of Mansfield Town Clerk’s Office. The index provided here represents the 100 year cut-off of vital records available to the general public, nearly 16,000 entries.
Many people helped make this data available. Thanks goes to all
those at the Town of Mansfield Town Clerks Office past and present, especially
Mary Stanton, Town Clerk, Sharon Tyler, Jo-Anne Roberts in IT, and those
who assisted in the vital records keeping process for the past 350 years.
Using the Vital Records Index
This index was transcribed from a card file index, a format no longer
suitable for the vast number of records. The online index is intended
to assist the researcher in finding specific locations of genealogical
vital records. From this information, researchers can request copies
of vital records from the Town of Mansfield Town Clerk’s Office by citing
specific volume and page. Contact the Clerk’s office for payment
and submission requirements. Town
of Mansfield Town Clerk's Office Vital Records Request
Julian and Gregorian calendar notation
The online data omits the dual Julian/Gregorian date notation.
During the transcription process, the dual date notation was dropped.
Therefore, researchers should be aware that dates prior to 1753 will not
reflect the common dual date notation for events that occurred between
January 1st and March 25th. As an example, an event that would have
had the notation February 3, 1750/51 will now only be shown as 2/3/1750,
as 2/3/1751, or both as a duplicated entry in this index. For veteran
genealogists, this should not pose a problem. For those unfamiliar,
I would refer them to any genealogy guide for further explanation of the
Julian and Gregorian calendars and the British adaptation in 1752.
of the Gregorian Calendar
The Volumes of the Mansfield Vital Records
The vital records of the Town of Mansfield begin in Volume 1A, the earliest
records date back to the 1670's. The volumes then commence 1, 2,
3, 4, 4A, 5, and 14, with 14 being a Land Records volume. (Other
Land Record volumes have a few vital records recorded in them as well)
The volumes then are unnumbered and are referred by a date range.
Records for volumes 4A and 5 are often referenced by date and may not give
an exact volume or page.
Errors and Omissions
As with any vital records history, there are errors and omissions. The vast amount of work that went into this project should not be overlooked, however, errors can occur. As I stated earlier, this data will be managed in order to improve its accuracy to assist future research. Any errors should be reported to the manager of this data. To report an error or any other inquiries, contact the host at firstname.lastname@example.org , please use "Mansfield Vital Records website" in the comment. I will make corrections to the data as long as I can substantiate the need to reflect what is actually available in the town vital records. This website shall serve as a link for people to request vital records from the Town of Mansfield and is an index to the actual vital records, it is not a surname list.
Good luck with your research.
current update May 19, 2010