Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vacation

We will be taking a break from now until Monday April 23rd for a much needed vacation, so there will be no new posts until then. In the meantime, take a look at Fl Gen Web for Florida Genealogy resources and volunteer projects.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Old issues of Hernando Today

We found recently, on a bottom shelf in the reference area, bound editions of the Hernando Today. Coverage runs form Nov 1987 to Dec 1988. Obits are being indexed.
Interesting to read about what was happening in the county at the time. The November 11th, 1987 issue features an announcement by the BOCC that the library would start allowing patrons to call in holds via telephone- they would be allowed a single hold request, and only if they knew the author and title. This was a compromise between the library director, who believed that the library didn't have enough manpower (2 people at the circulation desk without automation), and the Friends of the Library, who wanted to accommodate seniors who couldn't visit the library every day or wait in long lines.
This was before computers were installed to speed up the process; at the time of the article, a "county wide computer system" was in the works.

Monday, April 2, 2012

1940 Census begins loading

Read about it here. The 1940 form includes amount of income from 1939, as well as the level of education. This curious genealogist will be interested to learn how much education his grandfather had.

Ellis Island Research

The Statue of Library- Ellis Island Foundation is a good place to start your immigration research. The link is  here  .