Monday, October 06, 2008

American Genealogical Biographical Index

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Godfrey Memorial Library. Please address all inquiries to Bruce Tyler, Interim Director .

28 Sept 2008
Jan 2009: AGBI images to be posted at Godfrey & WVR

Godfrey Library publishes the American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI). The AGBI is a 226 volume every name index of hundreds of genealogies, including unindexed and partially indexed genealogies. The AGBI also indexes the Boston Transcript genealogical column that appeared from 1896 to 1941, the 1790 census, parts of the Pennsylvania Archives and various vital, church and military records. About 300 large libraries, in addition to the Godfrey Library, have print copies.

The only online addition appears on That is about to change. Beginning in January 2009 the AGBI will no longer be part of Instead the AGBI will be part of Godfrey Library's paid subscription service, Godfrey Scholar, and will also be part of World Vital Record's database offerings.

The American Genealogical Biographical Index is an invaluable first step in any genealogical research. Since the AGBI also sorts names by birthdate whenever available, it is also an important research tool when the the same given name appears many times during a surname search. The AGBI also sorts by geographical location within a surname listing.

Godfrey Library owns all the material indexed in the AGBI.

Godfrey Library, a library of genealogy and family history, is located in Middletown, Connecticut.