Godfrey's Disappearing Trio
6/1/2006
Godfrey Memorial Library no longer offers HeritageQuest, ProQuest or Find USA.
Middletown, Conn.-based Godfrey Memorial Library <www.godfrey.org>, known for its bargain-basement online access to a range of genealogical databases, is no longer offering its members HeritageQuest Online, ProQuest Historical Newspapers or Find USA.

HeritageQuest Online's databases of census records, local and family histories, and other genealogical information are available only through subscribing libraries. In the past, Godfrey's $35 access to that data was a major draw for members (called “Godfrey Scholars”), but an increasing number of genealogists have found they can search HeritageQuest Online free from their home computers by logging onto a public or state library Web site.

The Godfrey Library initially planned to let Godfrey Scholars who joined prior to Dec. 31, 2005, access HeritageQuest until their subscriptions ended. But at press time, library director Richard Black said ProQuest was writing up a new contract — possibly including a prohibitive price increase — for the balance of 2006.