Local History & Genealogy

The Local History and Genealogy collection consists of approximately 5,000 books, 800 Oral History transcripts, yearbooks, historic maps, vertical files, pamphlets, and periodicals. US Census microfilm is available as well as The Boston Transcript microfiche and City Directories from the late 1800s.


Historic Photos

Explore, share comments on, and download images from Greenwich Library’s historic photo collection.

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Ancestry Library

Trace your family’s history! At Ancestry Library, search more than 500 million names, Census images and indexes, and historical maps. Follow this link and enter your Library card number and PIN.

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Historic Digital Collections

This collection features digitized historical photographs and postcards of Greenwich, CT.

The Greenwich Magazine Index indexes articles as well as marriage and obituary notices published in Greenwich Magazine, Nutmegger, Greenwich Nutmegger, Greenwich Review, and Greenwich Social Review.

The Greenwich Newspaper Index is a guide to newspaper articles of local interest, marriages and obituaries found in Greenwich Time, Greenwich News, Greenwich Graphic, Greenwich News & Graphic, and Greenwich Observer.

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  • Passenger Lists
  • Periodicals
  • Prominent Family Histories
  • State Histories
  • Town Budgets and Reports
  • Vertical Files

Genealogy Databases

Provides family historians access to more than 400 million records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

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Trace your family’s history through one simple search of more than 500 million names. Key collections include U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790-1930, and historical maps.

Remote Access *Remote access available in spring 2020

Six collections put together by the Connecticut State Library.

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Remote Access

Discover your family history. Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.

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NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

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Additional Resources:

These are photographs of Greenwich taken by professional photographer John Gotch from the early to mid 1900s.

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Video testimonials of people who experienced and survived the Holocaust, including local Greenwich residents.

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Collection of materials used in the research of the Rundle family genealogy.

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Programs and phonograph records of early plays performed by the Connecticut Playmakers acting group.

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Interviews with local people who served in World War II.

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