This week’s Wonderbase at WorldVitalRecords.com is comprised of a series of 300 databases from the Godfrey Memorial Library. These databases will be released throughout this week. Click here to access these databases.
The first databases to be launched contain biographies. These biographies can be especially useful if they were written specifically about your ancestor. Not only will they provide important information to add to your genealogy records, but they will include contextual information about your relatives that can help you transform your genealogy into family history.
Many of the biographies being posted this week highlight well-known, prominent individuals. Some of the titles about prominent people include: American Statesman: Albert Gallatin; Makers of America: Alexander Hamilton; David Hummell Greer: Eighth Bishop of New York; The Life of Rev. George C. Haddock; Great Commanders: General Greene; and The Life of Captain Nathan Hale: The Martyr-Spy of the American Revolution.
In addition to these biographies, there are many others that focus on ordinary people. Some of these titles include: Descendants of Joseph Greene of Westerly, Rhode Island; James Hall of Albany; The Life of Jacob Gruber; Galusha A. Grow; Memories, Grave and Gay: Florence Howe Hall; and An Astronomer’s Wife: The Biography of Angeline Hall.
Although your ancestor may not have a biography written about him or her, he or she may have associated in some way with a subject of one of the biographies. For example, you may know that an ancestor worked for a certain company during a certain time period, and perhaps the owner of that company may have a biography written about him. The biography might mention your ancestor specifically. Even if it doesn’t, the book can still be valuable to your research because it can provide insight into the day-to-day life of your ancestor.
As always, these databases are fully indexed and will be free for ten days.