Vital Statistics

In Washington, Connecticut, the Town Clerk is also the Registrar of Vital Statistics. Those responsibilities include recording and maintaining vital statistics as prescribed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Vital records consist of birth, marriage and death records. Although there are indexes dating back to the late 1700's, the certificates on file begin in 1885.

Who has access to Birth Records?

In accordance with Connecticut General Statute 7-51, examination of birth records and an opinion from the Office of the Attorney General, the following details accessibility to vital records in Connecticut:
  1. Birth Records more than 100 years old:
    • Any Person
  2. Birth Records less than 100 years old:
    • Person who is the subject of the birth certificate
    • Parent or Guardian or Grandparent, if a minor
    • Spouse or Children
    • Chief Elected Official of Municipality or agent
    • Local Health Director
    • Attorneys
    • Title examiners
    • Members of Incorporated Genealogical Societies or Societies Authorized to Conduct Business in Connecticut
    • Persons Authorized by Court Order
    • State or Federal Agency Authorized by State Commissioner of Public Health

Who has access to Marriage/Death Records?

  • Any person, documents subject to the Freedom of Information Act
  • Social Security Numbers must be removed as applicable, in accordance with Public Act 97-7
For a certified copy of a vital statistic the cost is $20.00 and may be attained in person or by written request (photo identification is required for birth records less than 100 years old). Send us the name and date of the event, along with your check for the proper amount.

Genealogical research is done in the Clerk's office. The staff will do genealogical research as time allows.