American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI)

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In May of 2007, Richard Black, director of the [http://www.godfrey.org/agbi.html Godfrey Memorial Library], announced that Fremont Rider's ''American Genealogical Biographical Index&nbsp;''(AGBI) would be made available for free at [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers: Accessing Family History Library Materials in Your Area|LDS Family History Centers]]. This collection, which spans over 100,000 pages and 200 printed volumes, is one of the most important printed genealogical sources in the United States. Also known as "Rider's Index," It is an every-name index (excluding authors and witnesses) to over 800 printed genealogies and other [[A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them|compiled sources]].<br><br>Historically, circulation of AGBI has been limited to a few hundred libraries, but the new partnership between Godfrey and FamilySearch&nbsp;will circulate this important collection to over 4500 brick-and-mortar locations worldwide.<br><br>Each entry of AGBI has the following parts:
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The American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI) is one of the most important printed genealogical sources in the United States. Also known as "Rider's Index," it is an every-name index (excluding authors and witnesses) to over 800 printed genealogies and other compiled sources housed at the [http://www.godfrey.org/ Godfrey Memorial Library] in Middletown, Connecticut. The collection spans more than 100,000 pages and 200 printed volumes.  
  
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A digital version of each volume is available in the FamilySearch Catalog collection titled “[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/152434?availability=Family%20History%20Library The American Genealogical Index].”
*First names
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*Birth year
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*State of residence
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*Biographical data
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*Citation
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All sources cited within AGBI are housed at Godfrey Memorial Library. Patrons can access these cited sources by making an AGBI search request. Submitted names are searched and photocopies of the pages on which they appear are made by the library's staff or volunteers. The [http://www.godfrey.org/agbiform.pdf AGBI Order Form] is available at the library's [http://www.godfrey.org/agbi.html web&nbsp;site]. To make a request by email, send your request to library@godfrey.org and include the words "AGBI Request" in the subject line.<br>
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Each entry of AGBI has the following parts:  
  
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*  Surname
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*  First names
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*  Birth year
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*  State of residence
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*  Biographical data
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*  Citation <br>
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All sources cited within AGBI are housed at Godfrey Memorial Library. Patrons can access these cited sources by making an AGBI search request. Submitted names are searched and photocopies of the pages on which they appear are made by the library's staff or volunteers. The [http://www.godfrey.org/agbiform.pdf AGBI Order Form] is available at the library's web site. To make a request by email, send your request to library@godfrey.org and include the words "AGBI Request" in the subject line.
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== Additional Online Resources  ==
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Brigham Young University (BYU) has created a helpful online list of AGBI references that includes corresponding Harold B. Lee Library call numbers and Family History Library microfilm numbers. The list also provides links to digital versions of each book when available. To access the list click [http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/AGBI/AGBI.pdf here].
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The American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI) is one of the most important printed genealogical sources in the United States. Also known as "Rider's Index," it is an every-name index (excluding authors and witnesses) to over 800 printed genealogies and other compiled sources housed at the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut. The collection spans more than 100,000 pages and 200 printed volumes.

A digital version of each volume is available in the FamilySearch Catalog collection titled “The American Genealogical Index.”

Each entry of AGBI has the following parts:

  • Surname
  • First names
  • Birth year
  • State of residence
  • Biographical data
  • Citation

All sources cited within AGBI are housed at Godfrey Memorial Library. Patrons can access these cited sources by making an AGBI search request. Submitted names are searched and photocopies of the pages on which they appear are made by the library's staff or volunteers. The AGBI Order Form is available at the library's web site. To make a request by email, send your request to library@godfrey.org and include the words "AGBI Request" in the subject line.

Additional Online Resources

Brigham Young University (BYU) has created a helpful online list of AGBI references that includes corresponding Harold B. Lee Library call numbers and Family History Library microfilm numbers. The list also provides links to digital versions of each book when available. To access the list click here.