Stamford History and Genealogy

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The Ferguson Library’s Local Historical and Genealogical collection consists of books, manuscripts, periodicals, maps and city directories.

City directories from 1879 to 1966 and high school yearbooks for limited years are available on microfilm.

Stamford and Connecticut History

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A condensed History of Stamford, Connecticut – Condensed history of Stamford, CT compiled by Stamford Historical Society.

Stamford Historical Society – History Center of Stamford – established in 1901.

Connecticut

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Connecticut Heritage Gateway – Program of the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Connecticut Historical & Genealogical Societies – Connecticut Town Historical Societies, Counties Genealogical Societies, Hereditary Societies of Connecticut, Connecticut Recognized Societies and Historical Societies in Connecticut. Free Directory of Obituaries and Obituary Resources by State

Connecticut Historical Society – Events and exhibitions of the Connecticut Historical Society.

Connecticut History Online (CHO) – CHO is the collaboration between the Connecticut Historical Society, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport. The CHO website currently contains about 14,000 images of photographs, drawings and prints which may be searched or browsed in a variety of ways, including by keyword, subject, creator, title and date.

Connecticut State Library – Historical and genealogical sources of the Connecticut State Library.

History Day in Connecticut – An annual program which provides an exciting opportunity for students to become historians.

The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776 – This information comes from 15 digitized volumes of Connecticut public records. Information can be browsed or searched. Project of University of Connecticut.

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Local History Reference Collection

 The mission of this collection is to identify, acquire and preserve research materials related to local, state, and regional history. The Stamford Room contains a collection of materials in a variety of formats.

Stamford Room

Books and Manuscripts

The Stamford Room contains sources for Stamford and Connecticut history. A lot of the resources were donated by the Connecticut Ancestry Society. This room also houses municipal documents, old city directories, genealogical materials, and biographies of prominent people of Stamford and Connecticut.

Subjects and items described below highlight the types of materials available in genealogy and local history.
Surnames, Heraldry, Peerage – RL 929.4 – 929.8
Connecticut Church Records – RL 280-285
Connecticut Vital Records – RL 312.746, also 929.3746
War Records – RL 973.3 – 973.8
Genealogies and Family Histories
Arranged by family surname:
RL 929.2 A
RL 929.2 B, etc.
Local Histories
Connecticut – RL 974.6
Stamford – RL 974.69
New England – RL 974.1 – 974.5
New York – 974.7
Bibliographies
Connecticut: A Bibliography of its History – RLq 016.9746 C752
DAR Library Catalog – RLq 016.9292 D2381
Genealogies in the Library of Congress – RLq 016.9291 U58g
Genealogical & Local History Books in Print – RL 016.9291 Y24g
U.S. Local Histories in the Library of Congress – RL 016.973 U58u
City Directories:
Stamford (1879- ).
Darien-New Canaan; Greenwich (1930- )
Stamford Grand Lists (1744- ) – RLq 333.332 S783r
Historical Atlases & Gazetteers – RL 912 – 917
Genealogies and Family Source Materials and Vital Records:
Connecticut Census Indexes – RLq 929.3746 C752
DAR Lineage Books – RL 929.3 D2381
Passenger & Immigration Lists Indexes (Filby) – RLq 929.373 P287
Stamford Genealogical Society Ancestor Charts: (with index) – RLq 929.3 S783m
State Census Records (Lainhart) – RL 312 L187s
US & Foreign Compendia & Manuals
Munsell’s Index to American Genealogies – RL 929.1 M969I
Genealogical Dictionary . . . New England (Savage) – RL 929.374 S264g
History & Genealogy . . . Old Fairfield (Jacobus) – RL 929.2 J15h
Compendium of American Genealogies (Virkus) – Rl 929.1 V81a
Periodical Indices
Genealogical Periodicals Annual Index – RL 929.1 G326p
Index to Periodicals (Jacobus) – RL 929.1 J17I
Periodical Source Index (PERSI) – RLq 929.1 G326pS, also available trough

Cataloged Periodicals

The American Genealogist – RL 929 A512g
Connecticut Ancestry – RL 929 S783b
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record – RL 929 N
National Genealogical Society Quarterly – RL 929 N277g
Connecticut Ancestry – RL 929 S783b
New England Historic Genealogical Register – RL 929.1 N44
Genealogical Periodicals

Index of Family Manuscripts

Genealogical manuscripts are located in the Stamford Room. Please see the index.

Periodicals

The library holds more than 50 genealogical periodicals donated by the Connecticut Ancestry Society. The collection also includes Connecticut Ancestry, a quarterly published by this society that contains references to many Stamford families. Check the geographical index of local reference periodicals below the alphabetical listings.

LOCAL REFERENCE PERIODICALS
Alphabetical Index

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Location: Stamford Room
* = no longer receiving

American Genealogist (RL 929 A512g)

v. 14, 1937/1938 —

American Genealogist and New Haven Genealogical Magazine (RL 929 A512g) *
v. 9, 1932/1933 –
v. 13, 1936/1937

American Spirit
v. 140, # 1, January/February 2006 —

Ancestry
v. 1, # 1, January 1966 –

Appleland Bulletin
v. 9, # 4, Summer 1981 –

Ash Tree Echo
v. 1, # 1, July/August 1966 –

Berkshire Genealogist
v. 18, # 1, Winter 1997 –

British Columbia Genealogist
v. 10, # 3, Fall 1981 –

Connecticut Ancestry (RL q929 S783b)
v. 14, # 12, November 1971 –

Connecticut Antiquarian *
v. 1, # 1, June 1949 –
v. 41, # 3, Fall 1990

Connecticut Genealogy News
September 2008 –

Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin
v. 15, # 1, January 1950 –
v. 24, # 4, October 1959:
v. 40, # 2, April 1975 –

Connecticut History
# 5, November 1979 –

Connecticut League of Historical Societies League Bulletin *
v. 19, # 4, September 1967 –
v. 27, # 4, September 1975:
v. 32, # 4, September 1980 –
v. 41, # 4, September 1989

Connecticut Magazine (RL 974.6 C752) *
v. 5, # 1, January 1899 –
v. 12, # 4, Summer 1908

Connecticut Maple Leaf
v. 1, # 1, June 1983 –

Connecticut Nutmegger (RL 929 C752)
v. 1, # 1, May 1968 –

Connecticut Preservation News
September/October 2005 –

Connecticut Quarterly (RL 974.6 C752) *
v. 1, # 1, January 1895 –
v. 4, # 4, December 1898

Daughters of the American Revolution*
v. 93, # 1, January 1959 –
February 2000

Families of Ancient New Haven (RL 929 A512g) *
v. 1, 1923 –
v. 8, 1932

Family Chronicle
v. 1, # 3, January/February 1997 –

Forum Insider (Genealogical Forum of Oregon)
April 1993 –

Geer Family Association Newsletter
v. 5, # 2 –

Genealogical Forum of Portland Oregon
v. 1, # 1, September 1951 –

Genealogical Helper
v. 4, # 3, September 1950 –
(holdings incomplete)

Historic Neighborhood News
Fall 1987 –

Iowa Genealogical Society Newsletter
v. 11, # 3, April 1990 –

Je Me Souviens
v. 7, # 2, Winter 1984 –

Jotted Line
September 2000 –

Kanawha Genealogical Society, Journal of the
v. 5, # 9, September 1981 –

Licking Lantern *
v. 6, # 1, Winter 1981 – Spring 2009

Michigana
v. 7, # 3, August 1961 –

Middlesex Genealogical Society Publications * (RL 929.1 P976)
# 1, 1986 –
v. 6, # 3, Spring 1990

Natchez Trace Newsletter
v. 10, # 4, November 1989 –

National Genealogical Society Newsletter
v. 1, # 3, Summer 1975 –

National Genealogical Society Quarterly (RL 929 N277g)
v. 1, # 1, April 1912 –

New England Ancestors
v. 2, # 2, Spring 2001 –

New England Historical and Genealogical Register (RL  929.1 N44)
v. 1, # 1, January 1847 –

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (RL 929 N)
v. 1, # 1, December 1869 –

Notes and News from the Connecticut Historical Society
v. 1, # 1, September 1975 –

Nova Scotia Genealogist
v. 8, # 1, Spring 1990 –

Oklahoma Genealogical Society Q
v. 4, # 4, December 1959 –

Orange County California Genealogical Society Quarterly
v. 1, # 1, December 1964 –

Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
v. 66, # 1, Spring 1990 –

Our Heritage
v. 1, # 1, October 1959 –

Parke Society Newsletter
March 1976 –

Pinon Whispers
v. 1, # 3, Fall 1980 –

Raconteur (Le)
v. 10, # 1, June 1990 –

Richmond Family News-Journal (RL q929.2 R532r) *
v. 1, # 1, January 1972 –
v. 3, # 4, October 1974

Rickey Roots & Revels
November 1991 –

San Louis Obispo County Genealogical Society, Inc.
v. 21, # 1, Spring 1988 –

Seeley Genealogical Society Newsletter
Issue # 43, May 1985 –

Stamford Genealogical Society Bulletin (RL q929 S783b) *
v. 1, # 1, January 1959 –
v. 14, # 1, September 1971

Stamford Historical Society News/Newsletter *
January 1985 –
Summer 1992

Topeka Genealogical Society Quarterly
v. 10, # 1, January 1980 –

Treesearcher
v. 2, # 1, January 1960 –

Tri-City Genealogical Society Bulletin
v. 18, # 1, January 1978 –
(holdings incomplete)

Westchester County Genealogical Society Newsletter
v. 6, # 6, February 1990 –

Westchester Historian
v. 18, # 1, January 1942 –

Geographical Index of Local Reference Periodicals

National and Regional
American Genealogist (RL 929 A512g)
v. 14, 1937/1938 —

American Spirit
v. 140, # 1, January/February 2006 –

Daughters of the American Revolution*
v. 93, # 1, January 1959 – February 2000

Genealogical Helper
v. 4, # 3, September 1950 –
(holdings incomplete)

National Genealogical Society Newsletter
v. 1, # 3, Summer 1975 –

National Genealogical Society Quarterly (RL 929 N277g)
v. 1, # 1, April 1912 –

New England Ancestors
v. 2, # 2, Spring 2001 –

New England Historical and Genealogical Register (RL 929.1 N44)
v. 1, # 1, January 1847 –

Palatine Immigrant: German Genealogy

State
Alabama
Natchez Trace Newsletter
v. 10, # 4, November 1989 –

California
Ash Tree Echo
v. 1, # 1, July/August 1966 –
Jotted Line
September 2000 –

Orange County California Genealogical Society Quarterly
v. 1, # 1, December 1964 –

San Louis Obispo County Genealogical Society, Inc.
v. 21, # 1, Spring 1988 –

Colorado
Pinon Whispers
v. 1, # 3, Fall 1980 –

Connecticut
American Genealogist and New Haven Genealogical Magazine (RL 929 A512g) *
v. 9, 1932/1933 –
v. 13, 1936/1937

Connecticut Ancestry (RL q929 S783b)
v. 14, # 12, November 1971 –

Connecticut Antiquarian *
v. 1, # 1, June 1949 –
v. 41, # 3, Fall 1990

Connecticut Genealogy News
September 2008 –

Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin
v. 15, # 1, January 1950 –
v. 24, # 4, October 1959:
v. 40, # 2, April 1975 –

Connecticut History
# 5, November 1979 –

Connecticut League of Historical Societies League Bulletin *
v. 19, # 4, September 1967 –
v. 27, # 4, September 1975:
v. 32, # 4, September 1980 –
v. 41, # 4, September 1989

Connecticut Magazine (RL 974.6 C752) *
v. 5, # 1, January 1899 –
v. 12, # 4, Summer 1908
Connecticut Maple Leaf
v. 1, # 1, June 1983 –

Connecticut Nutmegger (RL 929 C752)
v. 1, # 1, May 1968 –

Connecticut Preservation News
September/October 2005 –

Connecticut Quarterly (RL 974.6 C752) *
v. 1, # 1, January 1895 –
v. 4, # 4, December 1898

Families of Ancient New Haven (RL 929 A512g) *
v. 1, 1923 –
v. 8, 1932

Historic Neighborhood News
Fall 1987 –

Middlesex Genealogical Society Publications * (RL 929.1 P976)
# 1, 1986 –
v. 6, # 3, Spring 1990

Notes and News from the Connecticut Historical Society
v. 1, # 1, September 1975 –

Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
v. 66, # 1, Spring 1990 –

Stamford Genealogical Society Bulletin (RL q929 S783b) *
v. 1, # 1, January 1959 –
v. 14, # 1, September 1971

Stamford Historical Society News/Newsletter *
January 1985 – Summer 1992

Florida
Ancestry
v. 1, # 1, January 1966 –

Iowa
Iowa Genealogical Society Newsletter
v. 11, # 3, April 1990 –

Kansas
Topeka Genealogical Society Quarterly
v. 10, # 1, January 1980 –

Treesearcher
v. 2, # 1, January 1960 –

Louisiana
Raconteur (Le)
v. 10, # 1, June 1990 –

Massachusetts
Berkshire Genealogist
v. 18, # 1, Winter 1997 –

Michigan
Family Tree Talk
v. 28, # 1, March 2001 –

Michigana
v. 7, # 3, August 1961 –

New York
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (RL 929 N)
v. 1, # 1, December 1869 –

Westchester County Genealogical Society Newsletter
v. 6, # 6, February 1990 –

Westchester Historian
v. 18, # 1, January 1942 –

Ohio
Licking Lantern *
v. 6, # 1, Winter 1981 – Spring 2009

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Genealogical Society Q
v. 4, # 4, December 1959 –

Oregon
Forum Insider (Genealogical Forum of Oregon)
April 1993 –

Rhode Island
Je Me Souviens
v. 7, # 2, Winter 1984 –

Texas
Our Heritage
v. 1, # 1, October 1959 –

Utah
Genealogy Bulletin

Washington
Appleland Bulletin
v. 9, # 4, Summer 1981 –

Tri-City Genealogical Society Bulletin
v. 18, # 1, January 1978 –
(holdings incomplete)

West Virginia
Kanawha Genealogical Society, Journal of the
v. 5, # 9, September 1981 –

Family Associations
Geer Family Association Newsletter. – Durham, CT.
v. 5, # 2 –

Parke Society Newsletter. Milwaukee, WI
March 1976 –
Richmond Family News-Journal (RL q929.2 R532r) * Harriet A. Webb, ed. Machias, ME
v. 1, # 1, January 1972 –
v. 3, # 4, October 1974

Rickey Roots & Revels. – Staton M. Rickey, ed. Salem, OR.
November 1991 –

Seeley Genealogical Society Newsletter. – Ramon E. Hall, ed. Evergreen, CO.
Issue # 43, May 1985 –

Foreign
Canada
British Columbia Genealogist
v. 10, # 3, Fall 1981 –

Family Chronicle
v. 1, # 3, January/February 1997 –

Nova Scotia Genealogist
v. 8, # 1, Spring 1990 –

Online Resources

The Ferguson Library offers a wide variety of online genealogical sources. You can search in the library or through our website.

Genealogical Databases

Ancestry.com – Great online source for family history. Only available on-site at The Ferguson Library.

Heritage Quest Online – Research resource for family history and American culture includes U.S. federal census records and the UMI Genealogy and Local History collection.

Advocate: Death Notices & Obituaries – Search full text obituaries and death notices in The Advocate (Covers October 2004 to present)

Ferguson Library Digital Archives – Search photos and documents from Stamford’s history

Online Resources

African Heritage– Sponsored by the Africana Studies Department at the University of South Florida. Provides records that document the names and lives of African-American slaves, freed persons, and their descendants.

Cyndi’s List – Genealogical research portal.

Ellis Island  Foundation – Passenger list research and immigrant experience.

Family Search – Provides large free collection of family history,  family trees, and genealogy records.

The Hale Collection – Cemetery inscriptions for selected Fairfield County Towns.

Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths of Stamford Families by Reverend Elijah B. Huntington. Stamford registration of births, marriages and deaths : including every name, relationship, and date now found in the Stamford registers, from the first record to the year 1825.

RootsWeb.com – The oldest and largest free genealogy site.

Stamford Barbour Index – Births, marriages and deaths  records (1641-1853).

List of Stamford Churches

List of Stamford Synagogues

Obituaries

An index of obituaries from Stamford newspapers is available from 1830 to the present

How to Locate an Obituary:

1. Search our Obituary Index.

2. Locate the date when the obituary appeared.
3. Need a copy of the obituary? Contact us and we’ll get a copy to you.
Call us at 203-351-8221 or 203-351-8222

 Email Information Services at ejoseph@fergusonlibrary.org

Write us:
Information Services Department
The Ferguson Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904

Newspaper & Obituary Coverage:

Sentinel February 16, 1830-March 13, 1837
Democratic Sentinel March 1838- July 1840
Farmers’ Advocate August 1840 – December 1842
Farmer and Mechanics Advocate 1842
Stamford Advocate (Weekly) 1843-1922
Daily Advocate 1892-1922
Stamford Advocate (Daily) 1922 – present

Newspapers

The library maintains a complete file of Stamford’s daily and weekly newspapers beginning from the early 1800’s.

Stamford’s newspaper publishing history dates back to the early 1800s. From the Stamford Sentinel, which first  appeared on February 16, 1830, to the contemporary Stamford Advocate, our newspapers have reported on the people and events that have shaped the city of Stamford.

We have access to the Stamford Advocate from the first issues published in 1830 to today’s issue.

Stamford’s Newspaper Publishing History:

Sentinel February 16, 1830 – March 13, 1837
Democratic Sentinel March 1838 – July 1840
Farmers’ Advocate August 1840 – December 1842
Farmer and Mechanics Advocate 1842
Stamford Advocate (Weekly) 1843 – 1922
Daily Advocate 1892 – 1922
Stamford Advocate (Daily) 1922 – present

Please ask at the Main Library second floor reference desk for microfilm reel, hard copy of the newspaper, online version, or full text archives of the Stamford Advocate.

Online: The Stamford Advocate’s official website with local stories, weather, sports, and obituaries.

Hard Copy: Hard copies of the last three months of The Advocate are located on the second floor of the Main Library.

Microfilm: The Ferguson Library has the Stamford Advocate from 1829 to three months prior to the present on microfilm on the second floor of the Main Library.

Stamford File

Valuable clipping file collection contains articles from the Stamford Advocate, on all aspects of the community, its business, government and people, cultural, and educational institutions, different historical events, city documents and booklets.

Photographs

The library has two large collections of early Stamford photographs, donated by Charles Kurz and Carl Lobozza. Mounted and labeled photographs are available for public viewing with special permission. Photocopies of the photos are located at the second floor reference desk.

Overbrook Collection

Extensive collection of materials published by Overbrook Press, Stamford, CT in 1934-1969.

Yearbooks

The library owns a number of yearbooks from local high schools.

Correspondence

Mailed, e-mailed and faxed inquiries will be answered, but we cannot do detailed genealogical or historical research in books and microfilm.

Microfilm/ Microfiche Resources

The library holds over 250 reels of US Census records, vital, church and cemetery records, city directories, and school yearbooks.

Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records Prior to 1850
The collection was compiled under the supervision of Generals Lucius A. Barbour and Lucius B. Barbour. Microfilm reels are available alphabetically both by town and surname.
Stamford Barbour Index (1641-1853)
Connecticut Cemetery Records 1673-1911
The microfilm collection was compiled by William A. Eardley.
Historical Grave Stones in Stamford
Headstone inscriptions, Town of Stamford, Connecticut.
The microfilm collection was compiled by Charles R. Hale.
The Hale Collection of CT Cemetery Inscriptions for selected Fairfield County Towns.
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
The microfiche collection was compiled by the Church of Latter Days Saints. The collection is housed in metal cabinets outside the Stamford Room.
Copies are also available at all Mormon Family History Libraries.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the City of Stamford
US Census of the Population for Connecticut and Fairfield County (1790-1930).
Heritage Quest

Genealogical Research

Genealogical Databases

Ancestry.com – Great online source for family history. Only available on-site at The Ferguson Library.

Heritage Quest Online – Research resource for family history and American culture includes U.S. federal census records and the UMI Genealogy and Local History collection.

Advocate: Death Notices & Obituaries – Search full text obituaries and death notices in The Advocate (Covers October 2004 to present)

Ferguson Library Digital Archives – Search photos and documents from Stamford’s history

Online Resources

African Heritage– Sponsored by the Africana Studies Department at the University of South Florida. Provides records that document the names and lives of African-American slaves, freed persons, and their descendants.

Cyndi’s List – Genealogical research portal.

Ellis Island  Foundation – Passenger list research and immigrant experience.

Family Search – Provides large free collection of family history,  family trees, and genealogy records.

The Hale Collection – Cemetery inscriptions for selected Fairfield County Towns.

Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths of Stamford Families by Reverend Elijah B. Huntington. Stamford registration of births, marriages and deaths : including every name, relationship, and date now found in the Stamford registers, from the first record to the year 1825.

Free Directory of Obituaries and Obituary Resources by State

RootsWeb.com – The oldest and largest free genealogy site.

Stamford Barbour Index – Births, marriages and deaths  records (1641-1853).

List of Stamford Churches

List of Stamford Synagogues

Professional Genealogists

Contact one of the following agencies for recommendations for a qualified, professional researcher and/or historic and genealogical records.
(There may be a cost associated with any of the societies listed below.)

Connecticut Ancestry Society
P. O. Box 249
Stamford, CT 06904-0249

Connecticut Society of Genealogists
P. O. Box 435, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: 860-757-6580, Fax: 860-757-6677

Stamford Historical Society
1508 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Phone: (203) 329-1183

List of Professional Genealogists

The Ferguson Library does not have a formal genealogical research program. Connecticut Ancestry Society provided to the library the following list of members, who are available to conduct the genealogical research.  The Ferguson Library makes no recommendation of these individuals, and cannot accept responsibility for the results or satisfaction obtained. Please see the Connecticut ancestry Society disclaimer and the list.

“This is a listing of members of Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc., who have indicated that they are available to do genealogical research for a fee. Arrangements must be made directly on an individual basis. The Society does not have a formal research program, and has not performed any qualification or examination for this purpose. The Society makes no recommendation of these individuals, and cannot accept responsibility for the results or satisfaction obtained.”

Researchers and genealogists

Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG
1311 Great hill Rd.
North Guilford, CT 06437-3649
(203) 457-9383
Email: hartfc@aol.com
Certified Genealogist; CSL listed;
All CT, esp. Fairfield County listed
and the Shoreline.

Nora Galvin, CG
Auntlizzie@snet.net
203-362-2232
Certified Genealogist; Irish Research.
Research for all CT.

Harlan R. Jessup
25 Taunton Ridge
Newton, CT 06470
(203) 270-7887
Email: hjessup@charter.net
CSL listed; All CT, esp. pre-1850
Central & Western towns.

Rev. Dr. Robert L. Rafford
57 Clear View Knoll
Middlebury, CT 06762
(203) 758-9798 or 1-877-MY-ROOTS
Email: robraff@adelphia.net
29 years experience, 19th & 20th century,
immigrations, limited to CT.

Barbara J. Mathews, CG
18 Blossom Street
Lexington, MA 02173-8110
(781) 862-0065; Fax 862-7139
Email: bjmahews@juno.com
Fairfield Co., CT; Orange Co.

Claire Ammon Genealogical Services, LLC
PO Box 9517
New Haven, CT 06534
Phone: 203 974 9598
Fax: 888 862 5053
Email: claire.e.ammon@gmail.com
Web: www.connecticutgenealogist.com

Stamford Advocate

Stamford’s newspaper publishing history dates back to the early 1800s. From the Stamford Sentinel, which first  appeared on February 16, 1830, to the contemporary Stamford Advocate, our newspapers have reported on the people and events that have shaped the city of Stamford.

We have access to the Stamford Advocate from the first issues published in 1830 to today’s issue.

Stamford’s Newspaper Publishing History:

Sentinel February 16, 1830 – March 13, 1837
Democratic Sentinel March 1838 – July 1840
Farmers’ Advocate August 1840 – December 1842
Farmer and Mechanics Advocate 1842
Stamford Advocate (Weekly) 1843 – 1922
Daily Advocate 1892 – 1922
Stamford Advocate (Daily) 1922 – present

Please ask at the Main Library second floor reference desk for microfilm reel, hard copy of the newspaper, online version, or full text archives of the Stamford Advocate.

Online: The Stamford Advocate’s official website with local stories, weather, sports, and obituaries.

Hard Copy: Hard copies of the last three months of The Advocate are located on the second floor of the Main Library.

Microfilm: The Ferguson Library has the Stamford Advocate from 1829 to three months prior to the present on microfilm on the second floor of the Main Library.


Digital Resources for the Stamford Advocate

The Stamford Advocate: Stamford Advocate from 1/14/2005 to the current on Newsbank.  Search news articles through all of Ferguson Library’s coverage at Newsbank(Scanned images with searchable text for contemporary articles) (Full Text)

Stamford Advocate Historical Archive: Explore news articles from Stamford Advocate and Daily Advocate 1829 – 1903 and 1979-2004 on Newsbank (Scanned images with searchable text for historical articles)

Advocate: Death Notices & Obituaries: Search full text obituaries and death notices in The Advocate (Covers October 2004 to present)

Stamford Newspapers Obituary Index: Search an index of obituaries from the Stamford Newspapers from 1830 to the present.

Stamford Newspapers Obituary Index

Search our Obituary Index

Advocate: Death Notices & Obituaries: Search full text obituaries and death notices in The Advocate (Covers October 2004 to present)

Free Directory of Obituaries and Obituary Resources by State

City of Stamford Mayors

From 1894 (the year when City of Stamford was incorporated) to present.

Click Here For Full List of Stamford Mayors

Mayor In Office Date of Birth Date of Death
Articles and obituaries from different sources Obituaries from Stamford Advocate
Charles H. Leeds 1894 – 1895 1/9/1834 11/6/1914
Edwin Scofield 1895 – 1897 6/18/1852 1/14/1918
William J. H. Bohannan 1897 – 1899 3/9/1865 8/29/1947
Edward Tupper 1899 – 1900 9/19/1853 10/2/1922
1906 – 1908
1908 – 1910
Homer Cummings 1900 – 1902 4/30/1870 9/10/1906
Charles H. Leeds 1902 – 1904 1/6/1873 2/7/1967
Charles Rowell 1911 – 1913 5/3/1849 3/29/1914
Walter Austin 1913 – 1915 12/9/1853 1/14/1937
John Brown 1915 – 1915 11/7/1856 12/10/1915
John Treat 1916 – 1922 6/10/1873 2/7/1928
Alfred Phillips, Jr. 1923 – 1924 4/23/1894 1/18/1970
1927 – 1928
1934 – 1935
John Keating 1924 – 1926 9/8/1876 9/15/1946
William Graves 1928 – 1930 10/28/1868 12/26/1965
Joseph P. Boyle 1930 – 1934 ?/?/1883 5/25/1948
Edward Gonnoud 1936 – 1938 9/12/1892 6/26/1951
1940 – 1942
Charles Moore 1938 – 1940 6/29/1884 6/22/1967
1942 – 1949
George Barrett 1949 – 1951 11/29/1884 10/11/1954
Thomas Quigley 1951 – 1957 4/19/1903 11/9/1996
Webster Givens 1957 – 1959 12/23/1898 9/7/1968
James Walter Kennedy 1959 – 1963 6/8/1912 6/26/1977
William Hickey, Jr. 1963 – 1963
Thomas Mayers 1963 – 1965 3/21/1909 12/20/1997
1965 – 1967
Bruno Giordano 1967 – 1969
Julius Wilensky 1969 – 1973 10/10/1916 10/25/2004
Fredrick Lenz, Jr. 1973 – 1975
Louis Clapes 1975 – 1983 4/10/1917 11/20/1990
Thom Serrani 1983 – 1991 ?/?/1948
Stanley J. Esposito 1991 – 1995
Dannell P. Malloy 1995 – 2009 7/21/1955
Michael Pavia 2009 – 2013
Mayor David Martin 2013 – Present

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