Friday, March 24, 2017

Digitized newspapers at the Library of Congress

You might find some information relevant to your genealogy research at
This digital collection of The Library of Congress includes more than 11 million searchable, digitized pages from 2,100 newspapers, covering 1789 to 1924. There is also a U.S Newspaper directory of 154,000 newspapers going back to 1690, showing titles, years covered, and listing the institutions that hold them. (The library's collection of Brooksville newspapers on microfilm is not cataloged, so the library will not be listed as an holder). And there's a bonus: each day the site features newspapers from exactly 100 years ago.
If you have a question, there is a link for emailing a librarian in the LOC periodicals department.
While you are there, take time to see what else the LOC offers online: a large amount of historic video, audio, and documents.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Finding Obituaries in the Florida Newspaper Database

The library's Florida Newspaper Database is a good source for local obituaries for the years 1999 – present day:
1.        Hover over Research Help on the library's home page
2.      Click on E-Resources for Adults
 3. Scroll down to  Florida Newspaper Database
 (If outside the library, enter your library card # (the barcode on the back of your card) as a password.
4. Click on Publication Search.
5. 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).
6. Click on the name of the newspaper in the search results (If you are searching for a very common name and need to narrow your search, and you know the date of death,   you can click on a date at this point and then search within the results).
7. Enter the name of the deceased in the Search box at the top.
8. If there is an obituary for the person, you will see Obituaries in the results. Click on it
9. Once you have located the obituary, see the Tools menu on the right to email, print, download, etc.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Where to Find Obituaries at the Library

1.       Obituaries published Nov 11 1987- Jun 30 2013 – are in bound copies of Hernando Today at    the Main library, 238 Howell Avenue in downtown Brooksville.
        You can take a photo of the obituary with a smartphone or camera, or transcribe it by hand.
2.       Obituaries published 1920’S - June 17th, 1992-  are on  microfilm at the West Hernando         branch, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, near Weeki Wachee. 
     These are the old Brooksville newspapers, such as the Daily Sun-Journal, Brooksville Sun, etc.
      The Train Depot Museum on 70 Russell St. in Brooksville has an index of obituaries for the                microfilm.
       Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 12-3  Phone: 352-799-4766
       The microfilm viewer at the West branch does not have a printer. The Homosassa branch of  the        Citrus County library has a microfilm viewer with a printer:
      4100 So. Grandmarch Ave, Homosassa
      Phone 352-628-5626
      Hrs: Mon-Thu 10-7, Fri-Sat 10-5

Our library will need your name and card number, and a list of the reels you borrow (you can take up to 3 at a time):
   You can also take a photo of the obituary with a smartphone or camera, or transcribe it by hand.

3.       Florida Newspaper Database, in our E-Resources (ask library staff for assistance if needed).
        St. Petersburg Times-  Jan 1 2000 -  Dec 31 2011 (plus a few editions from previous years)
       Tampa Bay Times     -   Jan 1 2012 - present (plus a few editions from previous years)
        Tampa Tribune        Jan 1 1999-June 22, 2011 (plus a few editions from previous years)
        Hernando Today   December 8 2006 - October 30 2009
      Obituaries from this database and can be printed, emailed or downloaded to your computer di-
      rectly from the database     
      If you can’t find an obituary, check on the library website, or
      They may have the location of the obituary you are seeking.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Free Genealogy Course online

If you are new to genealogy, consider taking Genealogy 101, a free online course available through Universal Class on the library's website. It's available 24/7, and an instructor will be on the other end to review your work and answer questions. You have 6 months to complete the course, and you can take up to 5 courses at a time.

To get there, go to our homepage, click on Research Help, then E-Resources for Adults. Scroll down and click on the Universal Class logo. Then, enter your library card number and set up an account.While you're there, take a look at the other courses available- there's more than 500, all free.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Genealogy Guys Podcast

This is a website we have linked to before. George G. Morgan and Drew Smith discuss news from the world of genealogy and a variety of genealogy-related topics. Just click on the Pod symbol next to the title to listen. Each hour long podcast is accompanied by a list of the topics discussed, and you can skip ahead or back to listen to a particular segment.

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