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Searchable archive of more than 2,900 full-text articles published in the journal Avotaynu from 1985-2011. The scope of the articles cover many aspects of Jewish family history research.  Available at the Reference Desk only.  Please ask a Librarian for assistance.


Publisher's blurb: "Enables users to locate biographical entries contained in more than 1,000 volumes and editions of important current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This index contains citations that point to over 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor."


A comprehensive biographical resource for all disciplines. Coverage of more than 600,000 individuals, over 2.2 million records, links to over 300,000 related full-text articles, as well as abstracts and images from thousands of periodicals. Access provided by iCONN.


A comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies on notable personalities. Access provided by iCONN.


Provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.  Also included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.


Lists members of the Connecticut General Assembly. The list of state Senators dates back to 1776, and entries for House members begin with 1849.  Database created by the Connecticut State Library.


Historical New York Times with Index.

Coverage: Full-text: 1851-2009.   Index: 1851-1993.


Full text of the New York Times newspaper, 1980 to current. The complete text of recent articles is provided in the ASCII format. The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine are provided in PDF format. Access provided by iCONN.


The official record books of the General Court/General Assembly, containing proceedings and other materials. This 15 volume collection contains a wealth of information for those researching Connecticut people, government, history and law. Colonial Connecticut Records. (CCR) provides online delivery of the complete digitized volumes. 

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Cemeteries of Granby, Connecticut: A Comprehensive Index of Gravestones With Maps of Each Cemetery Supplementing the Granby Gravestone Project, A Collection of More Than 8,000 Digital Pictures by Chris Klemmer, Cheryl Klemmer StLib Stacks F104.G65 K54 2014 LIB USE ONLY

Entries include the last name, first name, maiden name, birth date, death date, location key to cemetery maps, and inscriptions/notes.

The Last of the Doughboys by Richard Rubin
Call Number: StLib Stacks D639.V48 U67 2013 LIB USE ONLY
ISBN: 9780547554433
Publication Date: 2013-05-21
Legendary Locals of New Haven by Colin M. Caplan StLib Stacks F104.N653 A23 2013 LIB USE ONLY

"Finding someone who is not legendary in New Haven is nearly as hard as knowing how to pronounce the local dialect.