Thursday, December 22, 2016

Genealogy Club - Saturday 1/7/17



Topic:
Tracing & Documenting Your Ancestry for the Mayflower Society
When and Where:
9:30 a.m. at the Godfrey Library

Established in 1896, The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Connecticut is a hereditary society dedicated to preserving and recording its Mayflower ancestors and promoting Mayflower Pilgrim history and ideals.
  • Are you interested in applying to join the society, but don't know where to start?
  • Do you have questions about what sources are acceptable when vital records can't be found?
  • Would you like to know how to access previous research to help you along your way?
Robert Perry Ulrich of Glastonbury is a member of The Society of Mayflower Descendants who can trace his lineage back to at least 5 of the Pilgrims who settled on Cape Cod. He will use his own research as an example of how you can successfully document your Mayflower lineage for application to the Society.

Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium members or $10 a session for all others.  Call (860) 346-4375 for membership information.

Participants will have time after the club meeting to do research at the library. Bring your laptop!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday Closures - 2016/17


The library will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2, 2017.  We will reopen with normal hours (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) on Tuesday, January 3.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Immigrant Ancestors - 12/16/2016


Topic:  Immigrant Ancestors - Special Interest Group
When and Where:
Friday, December 16, 2016
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

Join us for an informal research session focused on skills for genealogists seeking ancestors in their countries of origin. Coordinators for this session have experience with finding ship manifests, naturalization documents, and vital records from other countries.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.  Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases.

Bring your laptop!

Session is free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary. For membership information, call the library at (860) 346-4375.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Genealogy Club - Saturday 12/3/2016

Topic:
Searching for Ancestors "Off the Grid"
When and Where:
9:30 a.m. at the Godfrey Library

Having trouble finding an ancestor who disappeared?

Many of our research requests come from people seeking information about a family member who left the family and whose whereabouts were unknown, or someone whom the family never talked about.  Why did this person leave and where did they end up?

Godfrey Director Beth Mariotti and Godfrey board member Cathi Maxim will give examples of research that turned up missing ancestors.  They will share strategies for locating and tracking these ancestors, and will provide sources that can be used for this type of research.

Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium members or $10 a session for all others.  The club meets on the first Saturday of each month (except July and August).

Participants will have time after the club meeting to do research at the library. Bring your laptop!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Holiday 2016 - Closure


The library will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2106 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, November 29.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Computer Skills for Genealogists - 11/23/16


Topic:  Computer Skills for Genealogists
When and Where:
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 


Many of our patrons do not feel confident about using computers. Join us at the library for this informal session. Get tips for conducting online research, saving and editing documents, citing material found online, using family tree software, and more.

Bring your laptop!

Session is free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary. For membership information, call the library at (860) 346-2523.

Immigrant Ancestors - 11/18/16


Topic:  Immigrant Ancestors - Special Interest Group
When and Where:
Friday, November 18, 2016
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

Join us at the Godfrey Library for an informal research session focused on skills for genealogists seeking ancestors in their countries of origin. Coordinators for this session have experience with finding ship manifests, naturalization documents, and vital records from other countries.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.  Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases.

Bring your laptop!

Session is free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary. For membership information, call the library at (860) 346-4375.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Lineage Researchers - Nov 11 & Dec 9, 2016


In November and December, the library will hold informal sessions focused on researching and submitting documentation for admission into lineage societies. Coordinators for these session have experience with lineage societies and seeking the early historical records necessary to provide adequate documentation.

Sessions will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the library:
  • Friday, November 11
  • Friday, December 9

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.  Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases. Get help doing research as you learn!

Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information.

These sessions are free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary.  For membership information, call the library at 860-346-4375.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Genealogy Club - 11/5/2016



Topic:
Give Your Family the Gift of their Ancestry
When and Where:
9:30 a.m. at the Godfrey Library

Get tips and suggestions for holiday gift giving:  quilts, books, framed family trees, ornaments, and more.  Bring your own examples to share with others.

Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium members or $10 a session for all others.  The club meets on the first Saturday of each month (except July and August).

Participants will have time after the club meeting to do research at the library. Bring your laptop!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Newer Genealogists - Nov & Dec 2016


In November and December, the library will hold informal sessions focused on building the research skills of newer genealogists. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.

The sessions are free and open only to Godfrey Premium members.  No pre-registration necessary. For membership information, call 860-346-2534.

Sessions will be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the library:
  • Tuesday, November 1 & 15
  • Tuesday, December 6 & 20
Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases.  Get help doing research as you learn!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Computer Skills for Genealogists - 10/26/16


Topic:  Computer Skills for Genealogists
When and Where:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 


Session is free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary.

Many of our patrons do not feel confident about using computers. Join us at the library for this informal session. Get tips for conducting online research, saving and editing documents, citing material found online, using family tree software, and more.


Bring your laptop!

Immigrant Ancestors - 10/21/16



Topic:  Immigrant Ancestors - Special Interest Group 
When and Where:
Friday, October 21, 2016
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
 
Session is free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary.

Join us at the Godfrey Library for an informal research session focused on skills for genealogists seeking ancestors in their countries of origin. Coordinators for this session have experience with finding ship manifests, naturalization documents, and vital records from other countries.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.  Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases.

Bring your laptop!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Godfrey News - Columbus Day Closing 10/10/2016


The library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 10, 2016 for Columbus Day.  We will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, October 11.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Genealogy Club - 10/1/2016

Topic:
Writing and Publishing Your Family History
When and Where:
9:30 a.m. at the Godfrey Library

Godfrey member Cindy MacNeil Sola will discuss how she formatted and published her beautifully designed 259-page family history, complete with genealogy, family stories, recipes, and thousands of digital documents and photos. Get tips and suggestions for your family history project.

Genealogy Club is free to Godfrey Premium members or $10 a session for all others.

Participants will have time after the presentation to do research at the library. Bring your laptop!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Computer Skills for Genealogists - 9/28/2016


Topic:  Computer Skills for Genealogists
When and Where:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 


Session is free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary.

Many of our patrons do not feel confident about using computers. Join us at the library for this informal session. Get tips for conducting online research, saving and editing documents, citing material found online, using family tree software, and more.


Bring your laptop!

Immigrant Ancestors - 9/16/2016


Topic:  Immigrant Ancestors - Special Interest Group 
When and Where:
Friday, September 16, 2016
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
 
Session is free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary.

Join us at the Godfrey Library for an informal research session focused on skills for genealogists seeking ancestors in their countries of origin. Coordinators for this session have experience with finding ship manifests, naturalization documents, and vital records from other countries.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.  Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases.

Bring your laptop!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Godfrey Training Series - Southington 9/19/2016


Topic: Where Did I Come From? Researching Immigrant Ancestors
When and Where:
Monday, September 19, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Southington Public Library - 255 Main Street
Southington, CT

Godfrey Director Beth Mariotti will guide participants in a search for their homeland, including a demonstration of how to locate:
  • ship manifests
  • naturalization records
  • vital records in their country of origin
The presentation will include examples from many countries; providing tips on hiring foreign researchers; and using Family History Centers to find original foreign vital and church records.

New researchers will learn how to get started, what information is available, how to find it, and how to use it. More seasoned researchers will benefit from tips on search methods and helpful websites and databases.

Registration is required. Please call the Southington Public Library at (860) 628-0947 to register.

Godfrey Open House - 9/17/2016

134 Newfield Street, Middletown

Have you visited the Godfrey Library yet?  Stop by on Saturday, September 17th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for our Open House.  Admission is free.

Tour the library and discover resources that can help you find your ancestors.

The Godfrey has a vast collection of books and materials from every state and many countries.  We also have a library subscription for Ancestry.com.

For more information, call 860-346-4375.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Genealogy Training Series - Norwich 9/12/16

Otis Library in Norwich
Topic:
Tips for Successful Online Research

When and Where:
September 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Otis Library - 261 Main Street
Norwich, CT

Godfrey Director Beth Mariotti will speak on the multitude of resources available online and how to use them.  Get tips for:
  • Discovering which documents are available online
  • Using databases
  • Successful Google searches
  • Free sources such as ResearchIT and FamilySearch.org
  • Managing online documents

Registration is required. Please call the Otis Library at (860) 889-2365 to register.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Lineage Researchers - Special Interest Group

Tree with Branches and Roots

These sessions are free and open only to Godfrey Premium members. No pre-registration necessary.

In September and October, the library will hold informal sessions focused on researching and submitting documentation for admission into lineage societies. Coordinators for these session have experience with lineage societies and seeking the early historical records necessary to provide adequate documentation.

Sessions will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the library:
  • Friday, September 9
  • Friday, October 14

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.  Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases. Get help doing research as you learn!

Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Genealogy Training Series - Norwich 9/7/2016

Otis Library in Norwich
Topic:
Where Did I Come From? Researching Immigrant Ancestors

When and Where:
September 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Otis Library - 261 Main Street
Norwich, CT

Godfrey Director Beth Mariotti will guide participants in a search for their homeland, including a demonstration of how to locate:
  • ship manifests
  • naturalization records
  • vital records in their country of origin
The presentation will include examples from many countries; providing tips on hiring foreign researchers; and using Family History Centers to find original foreign vital and church records.

New researchers will learn how to get started, what information is available, how to find it, and how to use it. More seasoned researchers will benefit from tips on search methods and helpful websites and databases.

Registration is required. Please call the Otis Library at (860) 889-2365 to register.

Newer Genealogists - Special Interest Group


In September and October, the library will hold informal sessions focused on building the research skills of newer genealogists. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get suggestions from Godfrey staff and group participants.

The sessions are free and open only to Godfrey Premium members.  No pre-registration necessary.

Sessions will be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the library.
  • Tuesday, September 6 & 20
  • Tuesday, October 4 & 18

Discover resources at the library, other archives, and online databases.  Get help doing research as you learn!

Bring your laptop to make the most out of this useful information.
 

Godfrey News - Labor Day Closing 2016



The library will be CLOSED on Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day weekend.  We will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, September 6th.  Happy Holiday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: War of 1812

The War of 1812 ... You probably have heard the name, but do you know anything about the conflict? 



The War of 1812 is one of America's forgotten wars. Fought between the British and the newly formed United States, the war pitted family member against family member in debates over the role of the federal government, the states, and more. 

We love knowing what our ancestor did in a conflict, but, even more importantly, why they did it. What were their motivations? How did they understand what was happening around them? To know that we need to know more about the War itself.

 The 200th anniversary of the start of the War was in 2012.  To celebrate, a number of websites were created about this history. While most of them are designed for middle school students, they provide an excellent historical overview. Here are a few of our favorites: 

1) War of 1812 Interactives was designed for use in the classroom. It introduces War of 1812 artwork, covers the various political opinions about the war, and includes a map so that you can understand what was happening when and where. 

2) The War of 1812  is the online version of the PBS television program of the same name. You can learn about events in different sections of the country, major historic sites, and more by visiting their classroom page at http://www.pbs.org/wned/war-of-1812/historic-sites/

3) A Sailor's Life for Me introduces you to life aboard ship, particularly aboard the USS Constitution. You can explore "Old Ironsides," review the personal histories of shipmates, and even pretend to enlist.

USS Constitution, aka "Old Ironsides"

4) A Guide to the War of 1812 introduces artifacts from the War available online.

Now that you understand a little more about the War, the next step is to find your ancestors! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Connecticut's Role in War at Connecticuthistory.org

To understand our ancestors' lives, we need to understand their experiences. That means knowing what was happening in the world around them.

CT Humanities webpage

That's especially true when trying to learn about an ancestor's experience during wartime. But how do you find a history that tells you what happened during wartime where your ancestor was living?

For Connecticut research, the website ConnecticutHistory.org can help. A project of Connecticut Humanities, the website contains small profiles of historic places, people, things, and events written by experts. These include everything from a description of Middletown to a mini-biography of Benedict Arnold.

To find military histories, click on "Topics" and then look for the word "War." Topics include the War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and War and Defense. Happy hunting!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Military Headstones

Where can you find help understanding the abbreviations on a military headstone?  For example, what does "Regt." mean?

Military Headstone
The National Cemetery Administration has made it easy. Its website (part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) includes a list of abbreviations commonly used on government-furnished headstones and markers. The abbreviations include branch of service, war service, awards, and rank. 

Find this helpful list at http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hmm/abbreviations.asp

 

 


Friday, July 15, 2016

July Sale : 10% off Used Military Books

In the spirit of Independence Day, we're celebrating with a sale of military books in our used book collection! All military books are 10% off. If you order a book from our eBay listing, simply bid 10% less. To order from the listing on our website, call us at 860-346-4375. Sale ends Sunday, July 31.

Used Books for Sale

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database

So you've checked the Godfrey Scholar and still haven't located a history of your ancestor's Civil War regiment. Where else can you go to find out where he served?

Veteran's Tombstone
Go to https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm.  Scroll down and then click on "Regiments."

Fill in as much information as you know, and click search.  Your results should include the unit in question.

Here's information on Col. Kingsbury's 11th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Military History on Godfrey Scholar

Military histories are amazing resources. They can tell you if your ancestor served, where, and for how long.

Even better, a number of military histories have been digitized and are available online for members through Godfrey Scholar.

Wondering how to access them? Check out our video.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Military Gravestones

What can a gravestone tell you about an ancestor's military service? As it turns out, quite a lot.

It might tell you where your ancestor served, when, and with whom.

Enjoy the below video to get some ideas about how gravestones can help you research your veteran ancestor.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Gravestone Symbolism

Ever wonder about the artwork, symbols, or decorations on your ancestor's gravestone?  What do they mean? Check out our Facebook post today for some ideas.

Gravestone with Carvings



Friday, June 24, 2016

Godfrey's Unique Connecticut Resources


Did you know? 

Godfrey has a number of unique Connecticut resources that members can access online from home. These include everything from the Congregational church records of Middle Haddam and Cromwell to the funeral home records of Middletown. Just imagine finding your ancestor's cause of death in your PJs! Check out the full list here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Doing Research in Middletown

You know your ancestors went to church or school in Middletown, but you don't know which one.  How do you find their records?

A Summer Concert at Middletown's Long Hill Estate
Middletown was once much larger and included parts of several other towns. Cromwell, north of Middletown, was founded as part of the Mattabesset settlement in 1651. It was called “Upper Houses” until its separation from Middletown in 1851. Parts of modern Portland and East Hampton also once belonged to Middletown and were called “East Middletown.” The areas were first settled in 1714. In 1767, East Middletown split from Middletown to become Chatham. In 1841, Chatham split again to become Portland and East Hampton. Middlefield was the last of Middletown’s parishes to split off, in 1866. As a result, records for these other towns may be found in Middletown archives.

For more information about Middletown and where to locate repositories, use this locality guide created by Godfrey staff member, Bryna O'Sullivan: Middletown Locality Guide

 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Upcoming Event: Cemetery Resources Online

Have you ever wondered how to locate an ancestor's tombstone?  There are online resources that can help. 
Old Tombstone
Join us June 20 from 6-8 pm for an Internet Genealogy Group session on online resources for locating cemetery records. 

Internet Genealogy Group is free for Premium members; $15 for all others. Please pre-register by calling 860-346-4375.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Upcoming Event: Open House on Middletown Resources

Library sign on Newfield Street
Are you curious about the Library, but have never visited? Join us on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. for our quarterly open house.
 
This quarter we are celebrating our extensive collection of original Middletown records. Stop by the Library for a tour and a chance to discover resources that can teach you more about your Middletown ancestors.

Have a genealogy problem to solve? You can also schedule half-hour consultations during the Open House for a $15 fee. Consultations are available by appointment. Please call 860-346-4375 to reserve a time.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Spring Cleaning?

Are you cleaning out your bookshelves? Donate your unwanted books to the Godfrey Library!

The Godfrey Memorial Library gladly accepts donations of genealogy-related books. If we don't have a place for a book on our shelves, it may be included in our online book sale that helps support the Godfrey's continued operation.

We have more than 500 used books available for purchase on eBay and through our website. Topics include Connecticut history, New England history, genealogy resource and "how to" books, military, immigration, genealogies/biographies, and more. Many of these books are out of print and incredibly difficult to find, even through online markets. Books are priced below the rate found on AbeBooks and other popular genealogy book dealers.

Wish to make a donation? Please email Beth Mariotti at bmariotti@godfrey.org or call the library at 860-346-4375. We'll let you know what materials we can accept and how we can receive them. 

Interested in purchasing a book? Visit our online book sale for more details.

Books For Sale

Friday, June 3, 2016

Call for Volunteers!

If you love cemeteries, we know immediately that you're a genealogist.  But did you know you can use that interest to help other genealogists with Connecticut roots?

If you have time to share, please consider participating in the Ed Laput Cemetery Project.  Volunteers are involved in photographing and transcribing tombstones, building databases, and searching cemetery records.

Tombstones continue to deteriorate and cemetery records are sometimes missing, damaged, or poorly organized.  The project seeks to preserve tombstone design and carving, as well as identify "lost" cemeteries.  To date, volunteers have completed 956 cemeteries with 370,664 names and 303,321 photographs.  Eleven Connecticut towns have all of their cemeteries done.  

Tombstone
Volunteering can be an excellent community service project for groups or a way for a community to honor their heritage.

Interested in participating? Please email Beth Mariotti at bmariotti@godfrey.org or call the library at 860-346-4375.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Upcoming Event: Using the US Census for Family History Research

Are you just getting started in genealogy?  Imagine finding a source that would help you trace your family over time, find the names of their siblings, and much more.

Uncle Sam & U.S. Census

Discover how the U.S. Census can help your family history research in our upcoming 2-hour class. The class will explain what census enumerations are available, how to access them, and what questions they can answer about your ancestors.

The class will meet June 2 from 1-3 p.m. at Godfrey Memorial Library. The cost is $15 per person. Please pre-register by calling the Library at 860-346-4375.  Click here to see the flier

We hope to see you there!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Upcoming Event: Using Cemetery Records to Help Your Genealogy Research

Cemetery records can be a valuable resource for building your family tree.

gravestone
This gravestone, for example, includes not only the ancestor's information, but also whom she married.

So how do you locate gravestones, plot records, and other cemetery information?

Join us on June 4 at 9:30 a.m. for a Genealogy Club meeting on cemetery records. We'll discuss resources that can help you determine where your ancestor was buried and give hints about what other information, besides their gravestone, may exist.

Gene Gumbs, head of the Ed Laput CT Cemetery Project, will also speak about that project and how it can help your research.

Genealogy Club is free for Godfrey Premium Members or $10 per session for Guest Members.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Connecticut's Hale Collection

Rural Cemetery
Have you heard the name "Hale" while doing Connecticut research and don't know what it means?

Named for Charles R. Hale, the Hale Collection was created through the federal W.P.A. between 1932 and 1935. It includes headstone transcriptions for approximately 2,400 Connecticut cemeteries. Since many headstones not have survived years of rough winter weather, the Hale can be helpful in determining where your early Connecticut ancestor was buried – even if the headstone is no longer standing.

Looking for a photo of a Connecticut headstone? If you are a member of the Godfrey library, check to see if one is available through the Ed Laput Cemetery Project.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Wesleyan University Donates Two Computers

Computer Stations at the Godfrey
Thank you to Wesleyan University for the donation of two computers for our patrons to use. Your gift is so appreciated!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: How To Access Our Cemetery Collections

Rural Cemetery
The goal of the Godfrey's Ed Laput Cemetery Project is to update the Charles R. Hale cemetery collection that recorded vital information from the headstone inscriptions of approximately 2,400 Connecticut cemeteries circa 1932-1935.

The Laput Project differs from FindAGrave.com in that every stone is photographed; every Hale inscription is included; information from stones post-Hale are entered; and there are no unsourced data.

The Godfrey also has other cemetery records, including Connecticut burial and sexton records from 1847 to present.

How do you find our cemetery records? Watch the video below and see.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Upcoming Event: Quebec Birth, Death, and Marriage Records

Wondering how to locate your Quebec ancestor's birth, death, or marriage record?

French Manuscript
Quebec used church records as substitutes for birth, death, and marriage records until the 20th century. Many have been digitized and are now online.

Library sign on Newfield Street
Join us for Internet Genealogy Group on May 16 from 6-8 pm at the Library. Discover how to locate these records on Ancestry's Library Edition, and learn how to understand their content – even if you don't speak French.

Please preregister by calling 860-346-4375. Free for Premium Members; otherwise $15.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Help with French-to-English Genealogy Translations

We know your frustration.... You've just found an ancestor's record – but you can't read it! What do you do now?

French Manuscript
If you can read the handwriting well enough, you can try typing the information into Google Translate and hope for a good result.  You can also try using a foreign word list with English translations and hope you do not miss any important details.  A better solution is to hire a translator. A genealogy translator will transcribe (copy) and translate the record for you so that you do not have to deal with handwriting and language issues.

Godfrey currently offers French-to-English translations. If you're interested, please call the library at 860-346-4375 for more information about this service.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Today is our 65th Anniversary!

Front Door to Library
That's right. Sixty-five years ago today, our founder, Fremont Rider, opened Godfrey Memorial Library to the pubic.

Click here to see the newspaper article from 1951 describing our founder and the library. 

To celebrate, we are offering 50% off the price of our sale books. Click here to view book listings and purchase books. If purchasing on eBay, simply bid 50% and we will accept it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Upcoming Event: Genealogy Club on French-Canadian Research

If your family descends from French-Canadians and you've been struggling to locate records, you're in luck! On May 7, the Godfrey Genealogy Club will welcome Maryanne LeGrow, president of the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut.

Maryanne will discuss the types of records available for French-Canadian research; how they differ from American records; what challenges you might face when doing research; and what records you can access at the Society's library in Tolland and at the Godfrey Library.

Maryanne LeGrow

If you've yet to attend a Genealogy Club session, it's time to check us out. The Genealogy Club meets on the first Saturday of the month, starting at 9:30 a.m. For Premium members, admission is included with your membership. For Basic members and Guests of the library, admission is $10 per session.

Genealogy Club attendees are welcome to use the library after the meeting. Staff will be available to answer questions.

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Using FamilySearch to Order French-Canadian Records

Most genealogists start by reviewing the same set of records, no matter what country they are researching: census, vital and church records, land records, probate files, military records, newspapers, and city directories. For French Canada, census records, military records, newspapers, and city directories may be online. But how do you find land and probate records?

You can order many land and probate records (called notaire records in Quebec) on microfilm and have them sent to the Family History Center at Godfrey.  To do so, go to www.familysearch.org and follow the instructions below.

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First, "sign in." If you don't have an account, you can create one by clicking on "Free Account." Once you are signed in, you'll be brought back to the main page. Click on "Search," and then "Catalog."

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Enter Canada and then the province name under "Place."

Entering "Canada, Quebec" and then clicking on "land and property" results in a number of titles related to the topic.

For example, click on Land Records, 1754-1857. Clicking on the title brings up a page about the item. Going to the bottom of page, you can see how the land records are available.

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This particular set of records is available on microfilm. Once you see the years you need, click on the film reel to order that roll.

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Follow directions to add it to your cart and have it shipped. Hope to see you soon at our Family History Center!