Derby Historical Society Research Library

The library is open Monday through Friday by appointment. We are closed on major holidays. If you are making special plans to visit, please call (203) 735-1908 or email confirm that we will be available. A minimum donation of $5 is appreciated and helps preserve the collections.


The research library house historical resources related to the towns of Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Shelton, and Oxford. Highlights include thousands of historic photographs, subject files, family genealogies, local cemetery records, and historic house records. Materials can not be borrowed or checked out. You may use a laptop computer, but digital cameras and handheld scanners are not allowed. We ask that you handle materials carefully so that we can preserve and protect them for future generations.


Photocopies are $.25 each.


Research Requests

We are happy to conduct research using the resources of the Society library for patrons who are unable to come in and use the library in person. Please be aware that it may take up to 6 weeks to receive a response.


Research inquiries should be made in writing to Executive Director, Daniel L. Bosques by emailing Please include your mailing address, daytime telephone number, and email address with all requests. Inform us of the maximum research and photocopy fees that you are willing to pay. A postage charge will also apply.


Be specific and reasonable in your research questions. “Tell me what you have about the Riggs family” is too broad a question. “What information do you have about Hull family members living in Derby in the 1700s?” or “Where was David Humphreys buried?” are better questions. Include information such as dates of birth, death, or marriage, places lived, name of spouse, etc. in your query.


We will bill you after completing the research or meeting your maximum fee, whichever comes first. However, payment must be received before we will send out research materials. Please make checks payable to the Derby Historical Society. We cannot accept credit card payments at this time.


Research Fees

First 30 minutes                         Free

Per hour                                    $10/members; $25/nonmembers

Photocopies                             $.25 each

Postage                                    $COST


Image & Document Reproduction

Derby Historical Society encourages the personal, non-commercial use of its collections by students, educators, scholars, the public, and other non-profit organizations. However, please acknowledge the Society as the source of relevant materials by using the credit line: “Derby Historical Society, Ansonia, Connecticut.”


Written permission must be obtained from the Society to reproduce or publish photographs, documents, recordings, or images of objects from the collection in any form for commercial or non-commercial uses. Any permission granted will be for a one-time, non-exclusive use only, and the use must be accompanied by the appropriate credit line. Reproduction and use fees will be determined on a case-by-case basis; the Society may reduce or waive use fees for non-commercial organizations. Contact the Executive Director at for further information.

Derby Town Records 1655 - 1710


Also contains...

The Town Patent of 1704

The Town Patent of 1720

The Records of Rev. Daniel Humphreys 1736 - 1784


Derby Records

This book contains 497 pages, in total.  They are accessible from the following menus:

INTRO & Pages 1-100

Pages 101-200

pages 201-300

pages 301-400

pages 400-end

At the bottom of each page image, you have a choice or going to the previous page, or the next page, 
or returning to this opening menu.


487 - Adams, Samuel to Bowers, Bridget 488 - Bowers, John to Chatfield, Mary 489 - Chatfield, Samuel to French, Mary 490 - French, Samuel to Hawkins, Moses
491 - Hawkins, Robert to Indians -- Artownhood 492  Indians,  Atrechanasett to Johnson, Ebenezer 493 -- Johnson, Ebenezer (continued) to Moss, Mary 494 -- Moss, Mr.  to Pringle, John
495  Pringle, John (Cont'd) to Stone, Samuel 496 -- Strong, Adinjo [Adinah] to Washbon, Jane 497 -- Washbon, Mary to Wyllys, Samuel

003 Start of Book 1

043 - Book 2, Part 1

253 - Book 2, Part 2

454 - Patent of 1704

469 - Church Records

This valuable work would not be possible without the painstaking scanning and indexing of the Town of Oxford's Municipal Historian, Dorothy DeBisschop, who maintains Our Oxford Info and the Oxford Historical Society websites, and her sister Karen Bauer, who maintains the website Oxford Past. We owe both of these remarkable women a debt of gratitude. Please note, in this time period, the Town of Derby also included today's Ansonia, Seymour, and Oxford.