Monday, November 30, 2015

Godfrey Memorial Library Middletown, Conn.

Godfrey Memorial Library was founded in 1951 and it has been helping people to trace their roots ever since. With over 200,000 pieces in their collection, they have a lot to offer. 

I have spent many hours here in their Family History Center using microfilm to look at records. For years I was here every Monday night for at least 2 hours. At that time, Monday was the night they had extended hours. I used to rush out at closing to get home for Dancing with the Stars. 

The procedure has changed for ordering films from the Family History Center but it is still very much a part of the services offered. 

One of the main reasons people use the Godfrey library is the AGBI (American Genealogical Biographical Index). This was compiled by A. Fremont Rider who founded the Godfrey. It is an index of about 4 million ancestors to today's American families. 

You don't have to come to Middletown to access the records that the Godfrey has. You can become a Godfrey Scholar and have access to many things online. You can also send in requests for research. 

If you live locally, by all means stop by, you will be amazed at the scope of the collection. If you have time on your hands, volunteers are always needed. 

Check out their website to see what they have to offer. 

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