This edition of Follow Friday is about Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, CT. However it’s not the physical library I’m referring to today, it is the virtual library. Godfrey offers a number of levels of online memberships, which provide many terrific benefits.
The basic (“Red”) membership offers a number of premium databases and some of Godfrey’s in-house content that has been digitized. They have a cemetery database complete with photographs of many tombstones. For those who are still looking for photos of the tombstones of their ancestors buried in Connecticut on Find-a-grave, you’ll be delighted to know there is most likely a photo already available in the Godfrey collection. Additional access is provided to digitized genealogy books, projects and research. The premium databases included in the basic membership include newspapers and archives as well as access to OCLC World Cat.
The next level subscription, called the “Blue Subscription” includes everything that the “Red Subscription” offers, PLUS access to NewspaperArchive.com. The incremental cost for this over the basic subscription is well worth it, in my opinion.
At the Green level you get everything the Blue offers, plus the World Vital Records World Collection.
Finally, at the Gold level there are illustrated Civil War newspapers, magazines, Dictionary of Irish Biography, and Social Explorer.
I have been a member of Godfrey for some time now and consider it an integral part of my online research sources. My main research is in the southern states, yet the resources available at Godfrey are still well worth the price of membership.
Here’s the link to the website:
Here’s the complete description of the membership levels: