Genealogy

 Janet Mann Genealogy Corner

Located on the main floor of the library near the public computers, the Janet Mann Genealogy Corner is paid for by the Janet Mann Genealogy Fund. It houses the library’s technologically-advanced microfilm scanner, which provided users with options to enlarge words and images, copy and paste text, search for keywords, and more. Users can also use the scanner to save and print  copies of articles and photos found on microfilm. New bookshelves stocked with genealogy reference materials also occupy the Janet Mann Genealogy Corner.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library Program

The Southbury Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Individuals who are interested in genealogy are welcome to order rolls of microfilm and microfiche through FamilySearch.org, send the records they are interested in to the Southbury Library for pickup, and then use the library’s state of the art microfilm scanner (stationed in what will be our new Janet Mann Genealogy Corner) to view them. This service is open to anyone who would like to use our facilities to conduct their family history research.

FamilySearch is a nonprofit, online genealogy resource. After creating a free, personal account with them on FamilySearch.org, begin searching through their extensive collection of microfilm, microfiche, and digital records to find archived newspaper articles, church records, and other documents – some of which are hundreds of years old. In order to view a roll of microfilm or microfiche, simply select the item, pay the nominal shipping fee, and send it to the Southbury Public Library. Once it arrives, you may use our new microfilm scanner to view the roll of film. When you’re ready, the library will return the roll of film to FamilySearch for you.

Ancestry.com

Any of the library’s public computers can be used to search Ancestry.com for free. If you are using one of the library’s computers, please click on this link: Ancestry.com

Other Online Resources

The Connecticut State Library offers access to a variety of free online databases for genealogy researchers. Follow this link to learn more: iConn.org/genealogy

Please call the Reference Desk with questions at 203-262-0626 ext. 130