Local History & Genealogy

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.

DNA Testing for Genealogy Research

On Saturday, September 23 at 10:30 am at Cos Cob Library, TV researcher and genealogist, Janeen Bjork will present the basics of Genetic Genealogy. The discussion will cover the 3 types of DNA tests and the companies that offer them. Real results from several different companies will be shown to demonstrate what testing for DNA matches and ethnicity can (and can’t) reveal.

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Stone Walls and Stone Houses Lecture

On Monday, September 25 at 6:30 pm at Cos Cob Library, Andrew Pighills will explore the unique historical record in the drystone walls and structure of New England. Pighills is a member of The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and is an accomplished stone artisan, gardener, and horticulturist.

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Historic Photo Collection

Explore and share comments on Greenwich Library’s historic photo collection.

The photo collection is currently in development. Stay tuned for the updated link!

Greenwich Library Historic Photo Collection
  • Grand Lists
  • Historic Maps (for use in the library)
  • Microfilm and Microfiche
  • Oral History Transcripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Passenger Lists
  • Periodicals
  • Prominent Family Histories
  • State Histories
  • Town Budgets and Reports
  • Vertical Files

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Additional Local History 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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