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.  

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.