Monday, February 12, 2007

What is the AGBI and why should you care?

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt would like to report on her research using the AGBI (American Genealogical-Biographical Index).

The AGBI is the brain child of the Godfrey Memorial Library. I first became aware of it when Thomas Kemp was the Special Collections Librarian at the University of South Florida. He explained this is a large series of books indexing articles from a variety of sources about ancestors. Note the AGBI is available in:

-- book format at a few major libraries in the US

-- in CD-ROM format

-- as a searchable database at Ancestry.com

From the Godfrey.org's website we read that the AGBI contains "nearly four million names, related statistics, and sources for further research that include local histories, church and vital records, military lists, and more, the AGBI could be just what you need to fill the missing branches on your family tree. This CD-ROM version of the index is the equivalent of almost 200 printed volumes in a convenient and economical two-disc set. The AGBI databases contain millions of records and family histories from the last 350 years. There is little duplication or overlap between this valuable resource and other indexes."

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HOW TO USE THE AGBI
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Find an index entry for a specific ancestor (filed by surname). If you wish to search ONLY the AGBI, go to: http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3599

-- Obtain a copy of the original document or article from the Godfrey Memorial Library.

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HOW OL' MYRT FOUND INFO ABOUT HER ANCESTOR
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1. Searching Ancestry.com, I found the following entry concerning my step-mother's eldest known ancestor, William HAZ(Z)ARD who married Cassandra Coan in 1823. They lived in St. Joseph Michigan, and he died in 1878 in Mendon, Michigan, and was buried in the Pioneer Cemetery near Centreville, St. Joseph, Michigan.

-- Name: William Hazard
-- Birth Date: 1798
-- Birthplace: Massachusetts
-- Volume: 76
-- Page Number: 315
-- Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 21 Aug 1918, 7130; 3 Sep 1918, 7130

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TO ORDER A COPY OF THE BOSTON TRANSCRIPT ARTICLE
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Ol' Myrt sent a copy of this information to:

Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457-2534
Phone: 860-346-4375
FAX: 860-347-9874
Library@Godfrey.org

Library hoursMonday 9am to 8pm
Tuesday thru Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Telephone Support Mon thru Sat 9am to 9pm Eastern Time

LINK TO AGBI ORDER FORM:
http://godfrey.org/OrderFormAGBI.pdf

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WHAT Ol' MYRT RECEIVED
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The wonderful volunteers at the Godfrey promptly sent a 4-page photocopy with information as follows:

-- A Posting 21 Aug 1918 published in the BOSTON TRANSCRIPT where a researcher is inquiring about the possible father of William HAZZARD.

-- A Reply 3 Sep 1918 published in the BOSTON TRANSCRIPT from another researcher referencing the Russell, Massachusetts vital records of birth, including William and his siblings, all children of James and Sally HAZZARD. The reply also distinguishes other HAZZARD families from the one in question.

-- There is also a reference to the HAZZARDS living in Connecticut prior to living in Russell.
NOW isn't that just the sort of information Ol' Myrt here needs to keep climbing the HAZZARD family tree?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
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