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GHS Digital Archives

The Greenwich Historical Society has 40,000 images in its
digital archive.  Access a representative sample through the
link above.

Greenwich Library Digital Collections

Greenwich Library has uploaded 1000 images, which can be
accessed through our Digital Collections.  Return frequently
to see new images.

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The Great Patent Medicine Era
Saturday - November 14 - 2 PM
Greenwich Library

This program will briefly trace the history of Patent Medicine from the 1800s to the present day. Bill Cameron will illustrate stories of the charlatans who got very rich and famous while manufacturing these sometimes deadly elixirs.

This FREE program is open to all.  Registration is required.

Navigating Key Genealogy Websites
Saturday - November 21 - 10:30 PM
Cos Cob Library

Tony Lauriano explains how easily one can use KEY websites from the comfort
of your home to research your ancestors. 

Free and open to all.

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There's no shortage of historical information in Greenwich!  Today's technology provides new ways to reach out to the public.  You might want to take a look at these:

Greenwich Historical Society Newsletter

This informative newsletter provides information on interesting programs and
tidbits of historical events, prominent people, etc.  Access the website and
select the newlsetter link, or enter: as a URL.

Oral History Project Webpage

OHP maintains a website with an index of their transcripts and red books.  You can also read past blogs and e-mail the office.  Select it on our main webpage, enter the URL:

Greenwich Library Historically Speaking Blog

Take a look at this interesting local history blog.  You're bound to find some interesting article on something new.  You can also comment and add background information.  Access it through the Local History Link, under Blogs or enter this URL:

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Greenwich Historical Society

Here's a great website which lists current exhibits,
upcoming events and provides access to digital archives.
Call (203) 869-6899 for more details.

Stamford Historical Society

This portal provides a history of Stamford, a photo
archive and information on research tools.
Call (203) 329-1183 for info on hours, etc.

Connecticut Historical Society

CHS provides an online catalog, list of finding aids
and an e-Museum for researchers.
Call (860)236-5621 for information.

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You might have some time during the holidays to look at the following family history research links.  They're all available under RESOURCES / LINKS on the Local History Web Page.


Ellis Island

This is a wonderful resource which provides history on the island, and tools to search passengers and ships for relatives who may have immigrated to the United States between 1892 and 1924.



The National Archives and Record Administration website is a powerful tool to search for family members using the Federal Census, military, immigration and naturalization records. 


USGEN Web Project

This is a free database provided by volunteers.  The goal is to provide genealogical information for every county in every state of the United States.


These links are accessible from home via the Greenwich Library website at


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Photo Links

The Local History webpage has links to 3 different photo resources.

One link connects you to The Library of Congress photo collection.  Most of these are photos of prominent homes in town.

Another link gives you access to The Treasures of Connecticut Libraries collection from across the state.

Finally, there is a photo stream on the Local History page.  If you hover over the "black box", a photo will eventually appear and you can activate a photo stream.

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The library has a number of genealogical resources you can use from home!  Simply access the Local History webpage at:

and look for the LINKS hyperlink.


Ellis Island Link

You can search for your relatives if they passed through Ellis Island from

1892-1924. Search by name, ship, etc. There are also guides to family histories.


FamilySearch Link

This is a site that provides a research wiki, free online research courses and discussion forums. You can look for vital records and books as well.


USGen Project Link

This portal connects users to state and county resources for family research. Volunteers help maintain this site. You may even want to volunteer to help!

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Oral History Project Blog

The OHP was a gift of the Friends of the Greenwich Library during the Bicentennial of 1976. There are 800 transcripts and approximately 137 "Redbooks",  which recap interviews with narrators who have a unique perspective on local history. Be sure to check out their blog at the address above.


Did You Know? Blog
Greenwich Historical Society

Greenwich Historical Society Archivist Christopher Shields authors a blog series, which can be found at the address above on


Historically Speaking Blog
Greenwich Library

This is the Local History blog at Greenwich Library. The blog alternates weekly between topics of interest (ex. Roger Sherman Baldwin) and Historical Happenings such as this posting. Be sure to check it regularly!

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Songs of the Civil War
Sunday - February 3 - 4 PM
Greenwich Library - Cole Auditorium

The Greenwich Historical Society presents a program of Civil War era songs
which frame the years of the "War Between the States". 

Musicians will use instruments representative of the period. 

Open to all !  Admission is free !

Local History and Genealogy Webpage
Greenwich Library

This webpage - accessible through the Greenwich Library website - provides
a wealth of information on print and electronic resources to help you research
local history and genealogy. 

Start your research by checking out this useful tool !


Stamford History and Genealogy
Ferguson Library - One Library Plaza - Stamford

Ferguson Library provides a number of resources on-site to research local and Connecticut history.

There is a lot of interesting and useful information on their website also at:

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Genealogy Program

Genealogist Toni McKeen will be at the Cos Cob Library this Saturday,  May 19th, at 10:30 am to talk about  " Finding Your Relatives in the 1940 US Census".  Volunteers are still inputting data, and only a few states can now be searched by last name.  Find out how you can best access data on your ancestors.


Art at the Bush-Holley Historic Site

Don't forget about the Greenwich Community Artist Series at the Bush-Holley Site on Strickland Road.  The exhibit celebrates the work of local contemporary artists, who work in a variety of media.  Currently the works of Elizabeth Littman, Geraldine Marcenyac, Chitra Ramcharandas and Elizabeth Vazquez  are being featured.  The exhibit will run through July 5th.

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