Godfrey Library's Mailing List
There is a new tool for an old friend: Godfrey Memorial Library's brand new genealogy mailing list.
The list is to talk about the holdings at the Godfrey Memorial Library and it's extensive collection of online databases. It's for asking assistance if
you have problems with your subscription or searching the documents. Announcements will be posted to the mail list as new material is made
available or other things happen at the Library. The mail list is not for general genealogical queries. Please take those to ROOTS-L or your local
state/county or surname mail list."
You will perhaps recall that ol' Myrt here often writes about the Godfrey,
because I use that membership to view the online resources. This includes the invaluable HeritageQuestOnline.com, sold only to libraries such as the
Godfrey. I joined the mailing list looking for announcements about what's new. I found to my delight the list is very active and supportive.
In a recent email, Frederick M. Dittmar, list administrator explains: "I'm
working with [the Godfrey's Director] Thomas Jay Kemp in that he is answering questions and I'm the administrator of the mail list. It started
on Saturday the 19th [of March] and already has 332 in the LIST mode and 91 in the DIGEST mode."
He advises his listers to "Please keep the questions and posts pertaining to
the Godfrey Memorial Library - questions; news; success stories and problems you may be having with Godfrey.org." In ol' Myrt's estimation this is going
to be a busy mailing list. I've already switched to digest mode. Recent postings include:
-- A response to a list member's cry for help deciphering the handwriting on a specific online census page.
-- A lively discussion about how to use the advanced search options to narrow down a large hit list.
-- A note of encouragement from Helene who wrote: "...don't assume that the first hits on the list will be the "best." For my Houseals it loves giving
me every book with the work "household" in it - yikes! - but after about 4 pages of slogging through completely unrelated hits I found one that
actually added several generations (back to the 1630s) to my tree. It's a pain, but keep searching!"
-- A posting from Director Tom Kemp answering a question about the NEWSPAPER holdings for Georgia as follows:
|FROM: Tom Kemp
Earlier I was asked: What newspapers do we have online for Georgia.
Here is the list:
GA Atlanta Constitution (Newspaper) 1868-1925 (ProQuest) GA Atlanta
Constitution (Newspaper) 1870-1924 (EBSCO) GA Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(Newspaper) 1/1/1985-Current (Newsbank)
GA Augusta Chronicle (Newspaper) 1994-Current GA Carolina Morning News
(Newspaper) 7/1/1999-Current GA Coastal Antiques and Art (Newspaper)
7/1/2002-Current GA Coastal Senior (Newspaper) 6/1/2004-Current GA
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Newspaper) 7/22/1994-Current GA Constitution
(Newspaper) 1868-1895 (EBSCO) GA Daily Constitution (Newspaper) 1876-1879
GA Macon Telegraph (Newspaper) 8/18/1994-Current GA Savannah Morning News
(Newspaper) 7/1/1999-Current GA Times (Newspaper) 4/1/1999-4/29/2004 GA
Walton Tribune (Newspaper) 8/3/2003-Current
Over the next few months we are hoping to add more titles. Four pre-1820
newspapers for Georgia that we are considering are:
Columbian Museum (104 issues)
Georgia Gazette (398 issues)
Milledgeville Republican (2 issues)
Reflector (65 issues)
Please let me know if these papers would be of interest.
Thomas Jay Kemp, Director
Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457-2534
Phone: 860-346-4375 Cell: 860-218-5479
Fax: 860-347-9874 Email: TKemp@Godfrey.org
Web site: http://www.Godfrey.org
Now, in my estimation, you can't ask for better feedback than that! WOW! A
library director who asks for your input on the growth of the collection (online and other resources) is really trying to meet the needs of his
Happy family tree climbing!
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