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Access World News

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Find global information on topics related to business, health, education, the environment, government, politics and more from a variety current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, blogs, broadcast transcripts, periodicals and web-only content featuring the Christian Science Monitor, Connecticut Post, Darien News-Review and the Hartford Courant.

Ancestry.com Library Edition

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This premiere genealogy database is ideal for the family historian. Ancestry Library Edition provides the most genealogical information available on-line, with more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections.

Census Finder

A directory of free census records, linking records available online into one website. Census records are useful for learning about where your ancestors lived, if they could read/write, their occupation, and more.

Connecticut Historical Newspapers

This extensive online collection offers nearly 80 newspapers published between 1756 and 1914 in the State of Connecticut.

Connecticut History Illustrated

A collection of images of the state's people, places, and events.

Cyndi's List

A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. Cyndi's List is one of the most popular genealogy resources on the web today.

Ellis Island Immigration

Search the electronic archive of passenger lists from Ellis Island's immigration records.


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides access to genealogical records gathered from all over the world.

National Archives & Records Administration

Find information on how to do genealogical research at the National Archives and other useful links. The National Archives are located in Washington, D.C.

New York Times Historical (In-Library Use)

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Searchable full-text and images from The New York Times archive. Find every article, every issue from 1851 - 2017.

New York Times Historical (Remote Access)

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Searchable full-text and images from The New York Times archive. Find every article, every issue from 1851 - 2017. Note: You will need a valid Darien Library Card to access this resource from home.

researchIT CT Newsstream

Full text of the Boston Globe and Christian Science Monitor, 1988-current. Hartford Courant, 1992-current. Los Angeles Times, 1985-current. New York Times, 1997-current. Wall Street Journal, 1982-current. Washington Post, 1987-current.

Roots Web

Calls itself the oldest and largest free genealogy site, supported by Ancestry.com.

USGenWeb Project: Darien, CT

The local page of a nationwide genealogy research site based on the town or county level.

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