The Genealogy & Local History Collection
is housed on the second floor of the library.
It includes the Edward Payson Jones Reading Room
and the Virginia T. Leighton
Genealogy & Local History Room.
Edward Payson Jones, a former president and trustee of the library, began the genealogy department by donating 1,000 books from his personal collection.
This collection has expanded to over 4,000 resources and includes audio visuals, books, documents,
journals, magazines, maps, newspapers, photos,
postcards, and scrapbooks. While this collection focuses on genealogy and state and local history,
it also includes may other historical resources
and reference materials.
The Genealogy & Local History Room
is very user-friendly.
All resources are listed in the library's on-line catalog, and there are guides for using the room.
Many resources are for reference use only, while others circulate and are available as inter-library loans.
A bookcase located outside of the room offers
a wide selection of circulating materials.
A microfilm reader/printer and a patron computer
are available to researchers, as well as
free in-house access to many genealogy websites.
Inquiries regarding our resources may be directed to, Verna Gilson, the Research Assistant who manages the collection. Due to the special focus of our collection, patrons must be ages 18 and over to access the Genealogy & Local History Room, or they must be accompanied by an adult.
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History on Display