Beardsley Library's genealogy and local history department 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 books from his personal collection.
This collection has expanded to an estimated 4,000 resources and includes audio visuals, books, documents, magazines, maps, newspapers,
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 (G&LHR)
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 many 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 about genealogy and state and local history
may be directed to, Verna Gilson, the research assistant who manages the collection.
During regular library hours, patrons (ages 18 and over) may access the G&LH Room. There is no fee for research services, but donations are welcome.
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History on Display
40 Munro Place
Winsted, CT 06098
Tues 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Karin Taylor, Library Services Director