Godfrey Memorial Library's databases now free at Family History Centers
May 16, 2007
Director Richard Black is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between Godfrey Memorial Library and FamilySearch.
"We are excited to include Godfrey Memorial Library to our list of premium databases or services offered throughout FamilySearch centers worldwide. They provide some premier resources that will certainly be of great value to FamilySearch center patrons," said Paul Nauta, manager of public affairs for FamilySearch. "In return Godfrey Memorial Library will significantly broaden its reach and awareness by being introduced to scores of researchers through 4500 FamilySearch facilities in over 70 countries," Nauta added.
Many new genealogical websites and services are coming online everyday, making more and more records available. FamilySearch is teaming up with these online service providers like Godfrey Memorial Library to introduce patrons to these exciting services and provide even greater online access to the world's genealogical records. These premium services are available for free in family history centers, the Family History Library and FamilySearch operated centers.
FamilySearch is committed to providing as much genealogical data as possible to its patrons quickly and economically. The accomplishment of this initiative will come in part from its own programs, and others will come from affiliations with service providers like Godfrey Memorial Library. This will allow maximum and efficient use of industry resources.
Godfrey Memorial Library can greatly increase awareness of its services through the FamilySearch public distribution channels. FamilySearch workers will innately help patrons use/become familiar with Godfrey's online services. Some limited promotion by Godfrey will be allowed to properly introduce patrons to its full range of services.
Patrons to FamilySearch facilities get access to Godfrey's databases-an otherwise fee-based online service. The FamilySearch resources are frequented by mostly enthusiasts and professional researchers; many of which may elect to subscribe personally to the services for home or remote access.
I'm at a Family History Center, and I can't find out how to access this database that is supposed to be free here? Any information on how this is actually accessed? The staff here don't know about it, probably since it's such a new addition.
Posted by: Steve | May 17, 2007 at 05:13 AM
The tech person at your FHC may not have had the chance to set that up yet. Talk to the Family History Center Librarian (the person that is called to head up the library) and they maybe able to give you an idea when it will be on-line at your location.
Posted by: Char | May 20, 2007 at 02:06 PM
I'm sure this is an announcement of a feature that WILL be available, not one that already is. I work in a Family History Center and as of the date of this notice we had not received word about Godfrey access. World Vital Records has also announced they would be providing free access to the centers. Be patient. We learned about the Ancestry cutoff months before it happened. This may take a while to implement as well.
Posted by: Victoria | May 20, 2007 at 05:55 PM
I spoke with the director of Godfrey Memorial Library at the NGS conference this week. He said it should be available within the next couple of weeks.
Posted by: Geoff Rasmussen | May 21, 2007 at 06:23 AM
I belong to the Godfrey
Memorial Library, and I have found it to be a very valuable genealogical resource. It should be a great marriage for both the Godfrey and the FHC.
Posted by: Hans Waagen | May 22, 2007 at 05:51 PM