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.

Please call to make an appointment for the use of our research library.

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.

On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. This change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology. Online access to digital images allows FamilySearch and its affiliates to reach more patrons faster and more efficiently. Affiliates may continue to provide access to their microfilm holdings already on loan from FamilySearch, while offering access to online copies as they become available.

FamilySearch is a global leader in historic records preservation and access, with billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections. It began the transition to digital preservation years ago, not only in converting its microfilm, but also in replacing its microfilm cameras with specialized digital equipment.

FamilySearch has now digitally reproduced the bulk of its microfilm collection—over 1.5 billion images so far—including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. The remaining microfilms should be digitized by 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

Digital images of historical records can be accessed today in three places on under Search. Records includes historical records indexed by name or organized with an image browse. Books includes digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries. The Catalog includes a description of genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, etc.) in the FamilySearch collection, including millions of online images not yet available in Records or Books. For navigation help, see Finding Digital Images on

Transitioning from microfilm to digital will enable more library patrons to access FamilySearch's growing digital content and enjoy a simplified experience. FamilySearch will continue to offer access to records through affiliate libraries, including new digital access to many of the records that are currently restricted from viewing at home. More information about this upcoming access opportunity for affiliate libraries will be communicated to you in the coming months.

The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017. Due to limited supplies, large quantity orders to increase library collections cannot be accommodated. Please limit orders to microfilms requested by patrons.

After microfilm ordering ends, affiliate libraries may continue to maintain microfilm collections already on loan from FamilySearch, with the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not being used by patrons, or to retain it for now. Libraries may also retain microfilms that are not yet available digitally.

For more information, see Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm.