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Libraries and Readers

The New York Times just posted a report from the Pew Charitable Foundation and Research Center’s Internet and American Life project. It indicates the Libraries are on the rise again. The public is using libraries, their books and digital resources. That’s fantastic news.  “Survey Finds Rising Reliance on Libraries as a Gateway to the Web” … Continue reading

Local History and Google Projects

I’m always fascinated by the local history projects that make the news. Doreen Carvajal’s article “And Now, via Google, Time Travel Through the Streets of Segovia” New York Time 15 Jan 2013  http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/and-now-via-google-time-travel-through-the-streets-of-segovia/?smid=pl-share  is a perfect example of the intersection of genealogy, local history, travel, and technology. But more than that, the article provides a … Continue reading

Asking Questions of the Population Census

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>I just finished reading Megan Smolenyak2’s Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing. In each chapter, Ms Smolenyak talks about what she finds or asks of various census records. These all important records contain many clues about the lives and success of the individuals listed. I want to talk about some of those … Continue reading

a virtual exhibit of King James Bible

You know I’ve been studying bibles for a few years now. Most of the examples I’ve looked at are Vulgate Bibles, Septuagints or Tanakh (Jewish Bibles containing the Pentateuch, Writings and Prophets). In 1611, The King James Bible was printed and disseminated throughout England and from there the rest of the world. It is this … Continue reading

Starting with the Census

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> Whether you embark on a Genealogy, Family History, or Local History project, you need to consider the types of information you have and what you seek or want to uncover. As a librarian, my focus is identifying the question, considering the types of records that hold or reveal bits of information, … Continue reading

Genealogy – An obsession

Welcome to the world of Genealogy and Local History Research.  This field is exploding with new resources every day. Companies and individuals constantly add newly digitized resources to the web, some are freely available, others require a subscription. We are going to explore print, microfilmed, and digitized resources that document family, company, and local histories. If … Continue reading