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 About the G&LH Collection 

Beardsley Library's Genealogy & Local History Collection

is housed in two rooms on the second floor of the library.

It was created in the 1930's by Edward Payson Jones,

a former president of the library's Board of Trustees 

who was an avid genealogist and local historian.

The smaller of the two rooms is named in his honor.

A larger room was added in the 1980's, through the efforts of another trustee and genealogy enthusiast, and it is named 

The Virginia T. Leighton Genealogy & Local History Room

The Genealogy & Local History Collection focuses on family, town, and state history and includes reference, circulating, and digital resources. A librarian manages the collection, conducts research, and assists patrons. Walk-ins are welcome and research requests may be made via email, phone, or mail.

Due to the unique nature of our collection, children and pre-teens are asked to be accompanied by an adult when visiting.

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