Monday, February 29, 2016

Genealogy Interest Group- March meeting date

The Genealogy Interest Group, which usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the West Hernando branch, will meet the 2nd Wednesday of March--March 9--- still at 10 AM.
The group will meet on the 8th.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Using the Library's E-Resources to Find Obituaries

The library's Florida Newspaper Database is a good source for local obituaries for the years 2001 - 2016:

Click on E-RESOURCES on the library's home page.

Scroll down to  Florida Newspaper Database

(If outside the library, enter your library card # (the bar  code on the back of your card) as a password.

Click on Publication Search.

Enter the name of the newspaper and click on search (click on Search All Publications if you don't know the name of the newspaper you need).

Click on the name of the paper in the results.

To the left, you will see a drop down menu with a year displayed. Use the drop down menu to select the year. (note: the earlier years(1990's to 2000) of some publications do not include complete January-December coverage - some days/months are missing).  

Click on a specific day.

In the “search within results” box  enter last name , or last name, first name, and click on the magnifying glass icon.

Click on Obituaries, and scroll through the listings to find the one you are looking for.

 Notice the Tool menu  to the right. Here you can print, email the obit, etc.

These instructions can also be used for Florida and non-Florida newspapers in  the Popular Magazines database, also found in our E-Resources.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Asbury Park, Catholic Registers from Ireland, Pullman Porters

For a fee, you can read 111 years of  the Asbury Park Press online, including birth and wedding announcements, and obituaries....
Ancestry will be putting a collection of Irish Catholic Registers online next month. Ancestry Library Edition is available at the library in our e-resources....The Pullman Porter Museum  is constructing an online registry of  Pullman porters- click on the 'National Registry" tab on their home page. (source: ResearchBuzz

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Digital Public Library of America

Read this blog post  about the DPLA, a website that provides free access to more than 11 million digitized items. The article by professional genealogist Amy Johnson Crow provides a link to the database. Scroll down below the article to find some other potentially helpful posts.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cursive writing- Should it still be taught?

This is a bit off topic, but while searching for websites that assist with deciphering the old handwriting we encounter in our research, we found this argument against teaching our kids cursive writing. In the meantime, we found this list of tips.

20 Reasons You May Have Trouble Finding An Ancestor In the Census