While I have belonged to the Godfrey Memorial Library of Newtown, Connecticut for several years now, I must admit that I am certain that I underutilize their resources. Memberships start at $35/year and go up depending on the number of databases you want to access, but you can also access the site for free at any LDS Family History Center.
Last night I was perusing the NewsArchive newspaper database, which is worth the price of the Godfrey subscription alone. I found several newspaper articles from the 1800s-1900s about people I have been researching, but the most exciting was finding my own sister's birth announcement. I nearly fell out of my chair when I noticed the next birth that was included in the article. It was the birth announcement of one of my sister's best school friends, that she didnt meet until close to 10 years later, in a town 30 miles or so away. To top it off, in those later years, both my father and then later my own husband worked for her father, yet at the time of the birth announcements, our families were completely unaware of one another. Genealogical research can be so amazing!
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Footnote.com has just added some really great information, including Civil War Widow's pensions (as well as a whole lot of other Civil War data), some more City Directories, and the Indian Census rolls from 1885-1940. If you don't have a subscription, remember you can currently access Footnote.com for free at any LDS Family History Center.
This is what they say about the Indian Census Rolls:
Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940:
Most rolls include the English and/or Indian name of the person, roll number, age or date of birth, sex, and relationship to head of family. Beginning in 1930 the rolls also show the degree of Indian blood, marital status, ward status, place of residence, and sometimes other information. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.
I found this wonderful site (www.conduit.com) that allows individuals to create their own custom toolbars. I put one together and included all of the websites that I include in my "Genealogy on the Internet" presentation, as well as a few others. I plan to update date it shortly with state specific sites as well, and would love to hear any suggestions of other sites to include. You can download the toolbar for free at http://relativelycurious.ourtoolbar.com/
Just FYI, I'm registered with the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and my calendar of upcoming speaking engagements is available there as well. I would highly recommend joining to anyone who enjoys speaking about genealogy professionally!