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Bethel, CT


TOWN RESOURCES

The town of Bethel is located in northern Fairfield County, sixty miles northeast of New York City and fifty miles southwest of Hartford. Bordered on the east by Newtown, on the west by Danbury, on the north by Brookfield, and on the south by Redding, Bethel encompasses an area of about 17 square miles. Bethel was established out of a portion of Danbury in 1855 and is in close proximity to both the urban centers of New York, Boston, Harford and New Haven and the rural areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and the Hudson Valley. The Town of Bethel is governed by a Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, and Town Meetings. Today Bethel is home to approximately 18,000 residents.


Vital Records


Bethel Town Clerk
1 School Street, Town Hall
PO Box 3, Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 794-8505
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:40 pm


Probate & Land Records
Bethel Probate Office Daniel O'Grady, Attorney
Town Hall, 5 Library Place
PO Box 144, Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 794-8508

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST (and by appointment.)
Probate Records: 1859 - Present
Note: Earlier records may be found at the Danbury Probate Office.
  • The Connecticut State Library has received most Probate records prior to 1850.
    Pre-1850 records are also available on microfilm.
  • Land Records are recorded and indexed by the town clerk of each town and may be reviewed at town halls.
  • The Connecticut State Library has microfilm of copies of deeds, mortgages, releases and related records to about 1900. Grantor and grantee indexes are available, but there is no statewide index.

Cemeteries
  • Center Cemetery
  • Congregational Cemetery
  • Elmwood Cemetery
  • St. Mary's Cemetery
  • Stony Hill Cemetery
  • Wolfpits Cemetery

The Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions (1600's to 1930's) is available through The Connecticut State Library

The Association of Gravestone Studies, 30 Elm Street, Worcester MA 01609; phone (508) 831-7753


Churches
  • Church of Bethel
    239 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT. 06801 (203) 791-8015
  • St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
    24 Dodgingtown Rd.,Bethel, CT 06801 (203) 744-5777
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church
    95 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT 06801 (203) 743-1494
  • The Bethel United Methodist Church
    141 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT 06801 (203) 743-6835
  • The First Congregational Church of Bethel
    46 Main St., Bethel, CT 06801 (203) 743-1877
  • The Saints Peter and Paul Eastern Orthodox
    Dodgingtown Rd, Bethel, CT 06801 (203) 791-9994
  • Walnut Hill Community Church
    156 Walnut Hill Rd, Bethel, CT (203) 796-7373‎
  • The Danbury-Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church
    Dodgingtown Road and Old Hawleyville Rd., Bethel, CT 06801 (203) 743-2112
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Church
    67 Turkey Plain Rd, Bethel, CT (203) 743-2112


Libraries

Bethel Public Library
189 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 744-0170

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30 am to 8 pm; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm; (Closed Sunday mid-June through mid-September)


Historical Societies Bethel Historical Society
40 Main Street, Bethel, CT 06810
(203) 794-1050

Connecticut Society of Genealogists
PO Box 435

Glastonbury, CT 06033-0435
(860) 569-00002


Newspapers

Sources:

[1] Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Fairfield County, Connecticut. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co. (1881)
[2] Morrison, Betty Jean. Connecting to Connecticut. East Hartford: CT Society of Genealogists (1995)
[3] Lindberg, Marcia Wiswall. Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. 3rd Edition. Boston: NEHGS (1993)


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