Deep River is the keeper of the early Saybook Colony Records. Through the years the villages separated from the parent town of Saybrook to form their own townships. Lyme separated in 1665, Chester in 1836, Westbrook in 1840 and Essex and Old Saybrook in 1852. By 1852, all that remained of the original Colony of Saybrook was the village known as Deep River and Winthrop. As a result, many early searches of property and familly will begin in Deep River.
Our records begin in the 1600's. Births, marriages and deaths are noted in the land records until 1847 when certificates began being issued. Birth records under 100 years old are restricted from public viewing.