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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Godfrey Library, continued

Now, on to the databases! The Godfrey has four levels of membership. The basic level, is the Red Subscription, currently at $35 a year. This, and all other levels, include their PREMIUM DATABASES, which include an incredible amount of resources:
- Several Newspaper databases : 19th Century Newspapers Database, Accessible Archives, The London Times, and Early American Newspapers Database
- Published Histories: American County Histories to 1900, for states including New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
- US Civil War Databases: American Civil War Research Database & Civil War Letters and Diaries Database
- Letters & Diaries: British & Irish Women's Letters & Diaries, "In the First Person" database, North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries & Oral Histories
- Biographical Resources: American National Biography Database, Marquis Who's Who on the Web database, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Database, Reference USA
- African American Resources: Black Thought & Culture Database, Oxford African American Studies Center Database
- Geographical Resources: Columbia Gazetteer Database
- Library Catalogs: OCLC WorldCat
- UNIQUE RESOURCES: The Godfrey hosts a collection of manuscript and published materials, largely primary sources, including vital, church, Bible and funeral home records and cemetery inscriptions from several locations, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, Ireland and Italy, about which they claim "Most cannot be found anywhere else on the web."
- THE GODFREY COLLECTION - over 4,000 digitized books in the Godfrey Memorial Library collection.
- LINKS TO FREE WEB SITES - Arranged in folders by state, country and/or topic, with new additions highlighted for three months in a monthly folder as well, these are, in my experience, some very useful links -- and not necessarily the usual stuff you find from other directories or link-lists.

The Blue Level Subscription ($65), along with the premium databases, includes access to Newspaper Archives, with more than 3,200 titles from the US and Canada from the1700s to the 20th century.
The Green level ($75) includes all the premium databases plus access to World Vital Records US Collection.
And finally, the Gold Level Subscription includes everything - the Premium Databases, Newspaper Archives AND World Vital Records, for $100/yr.

I have discovered some really great websites through this service, and encourage you to go on over to your local Family History Center and spend some time perusing the Godfrey's resources. At $35/year for the Basic membership, you just can't go wrong.

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