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.

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