John Cotton Dana Research Library & Archives

 George Goodrow Memorial Photographic Archives


The Collection

Our collection contains records of all aspects of living and working in Woodstock and the surrounding towns of north Windsor County, since earliest settlement, as a means of providing both a broad context and a regional home for valuable records.  We also keep research resources on the natural and built environment, land records, local governance & planning, commerce, industry, recreation, tourism, and contributions of individuals to our common culture through the arts, literature, and science. Our collection includes books, photographs, DVDs, CDs, maps, artwork on paper, blueprints, personal papers, official documents, manuscripts, diaries, account records and ledger books, posters, periodicals, family records, bibles, genealogies, albums, scrapbooks, memoirs, oral histories, ephemera, selected newspapers back to 1800, and other records of local interest and historical importance.



  • Member: First hour free, then $10/hour
  • Non-members: First 1/2 hour free, then $20/hour
  • B&W Copies: .25/page
  • Color Copies: $1/page
  • Email low-res scan: $2/scan

Family Search Site:  Genealogical Records

Our John Cotton Dana Research Library is a FamilySearch affiliate library. FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records, over 2.4 million rolls and 727,000 microfiche, from over 130 countries. We have borrowing privileges for the microfilm collection of the largest genealogy library in the world.

FamilySearch’s Microfilm Ordering service is your gateway to a vast collection of genealogical and historical records. The service allows you to reserve and loan films to family history centers and affiliate libraries. The loan is free, but there is a small shipping and handling charge for each film.

Ordering is simple:

  1. Sign in using FamilySearch Accounts with the link in the top right corner. If you do not have an account, clicking the Sign In link will prompt you to Register.
  2. Locate the microfilm number(s) you want to order from the Family History Library Catalog located on
  3. Select your loan type, enter the microfilm number, and click Search. Repeat this step for additional items.

 Note: Before ordering any film, check to make sure the Family History Library Catalog does not have a digital copy online.