Thursday, February 19, 2015

Godfrey Memorial Library Databases Available to Largo Public Library Genealogists

Recently the Genealogy Center at the Largo Public Library subscribed to the online databases of the Godfrey Memorial Library. Those databases are now available to patrons in the library using personal computers, terminals, or their own laptop.

The Godfrey Memorial Library is located in Middletown, Connecticut, and its collection focuses mainly on New England states. Some of its databases, however, include other states and even roam occasionally to foreign countries. The collection also offers  material that is not available elsewhere on the Internet. The home page gives you the choice of doing a word search or browsing the individual collections. Instructions on how to access the Godfrey collection are located next to each workstation in the Genealogy Center, and consultants are on duty to provide assistance as needed.

The following is a list of the principle databases in the Godfrey collection:

  • American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI)
  • Biographies – alphabetical surname list of published genealogies
  • Cemeteries – Ed Laput Cemetery Project; indexes alphabetized by state (mostly Connecticut); cemetery records listed by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Italy (only a few)
  • Church records – indexes and record books
  • Directories – alphabetized by state
  • Funeral Home Records – indexes and record books
  • Genealogies – alphabetized lists of books, family charts and journals
  • Godfrey digital content on World Vital Records – digitized books
  • Helpful Websites – table of links organized by state and by topic
  • Maps – alphabetized by states
  • Military – Books in three categories: Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War
  • Newspapers – 19th century US Newspapers
  • State and Local Histories – Alphabetized by state
  • Vital Records – alphabetized list by state (mostly Connecticut and Massachusetts)

The Godfrey collection is the second new addition to the Largo Library genealogy databases in the past several months. The other is Fold3, a comprehensive collection of online military indexes and actual records ranging from the Revolutionary War to the present.

Plan to stop by the Genealogy Center and see if these new resources are helpful in your research.

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