Tuesday, January 04, 2005


The "Ancestry Daily News" staff are on hiatus spending some quality
time with family, playing with new toys, and chasing a few ancestors
in between! Thus the most recently added databases will be available
on Ancestry.com at the following link (rather than in the
"Ancestry Daily News"):
Ancestry.com - Recent Genealogy Databases


One of the most important genealogical collections, the American
Genealogical-Biographical Index, or AGBI, is the equivalent of more
than 200 printed volumes. This database contains millions of records
of people whose names have appeared in printed genealogical records
and family histories. With data from sources largely from the last
century, each entry contains the person's complete name, the year of
the biography's publication, the person's state of birth (if known),
abbreviated biographical data, and the book and page number of the
original reference. In addition to family histories, other
genealogical collections are indexed. These include the Boston
Transcript (a genealogical column widely circulated), the complete
1790 U.S. Federal Census, and published Revolutionary War records.
The most recent update to this database reflects the inclusion of
volumes 196-206. For researchers of American ancestors, this can be
one of the most valuable databases available at Ancestry.com.

Most of the works referenced in the AGBI are housed at the Godfrey
Memorial Library in Connecticut. A photocopy service is available.
Please contact Godfrey Memorial Library at 134 Newfield St,
Middletown, CT 06457 or via e-mail at referenceinfo@godfrey.org to
make use of this service.

To learn more about the AGBI, read the extended description below,
but also read Kory Meyerink's article, "Genealogy's Best-kept Secret:
American Genealogical-Biographical Index."


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