Friday, December 10, 2010

Follow Friday - Public Libraries & Genealogy Blogging Gems

I love the library! Loved going to visit as a child on the quest find that special book. Off to another land you could go, on adventures of every kind! Those were the days when books weren't as available as now, with the many bookstores, Nooks, and Kindles. As an adult I still love the library, in fact I work for our local public system. Being "inside" I have access to information about the new authors and their publications. A dream come true for a bibliophile!

Once I started on this genealogy adventure the discovery of resources available at various public libraries was pure gold. Many libraries have collections of local histories, databases, and genealogical reference materials. Also found are family histories, census, and immigration records. My local branch has a collection of cemetery records in which I have been very successful in locating ancestors. In the quest to research other areas of the country for ancestors who migrated, I have found several useful links:

Libraries on the Web: USA Public Libraries

Public Libraries

Public Libraries: National Libraries of the World

Public Libraries: State & Archives
On these sites you can find links for every state in the union, Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, and the National Archives. There is also several helpful search tools located on the page for newspaper and library resource sites.

Our local system has a very active genealogy discussion group. Browsing some of the various websites you will find they offer genealogical groups, programs, and author discussions. Many of these libraries have linked to Facebook and Twitter creating a more interactive environment.

This tool has already aided in finding information about an ancestor in the nearby state of Delaware. After finding the appropriate local library system, I located on their webpage the "Ask A Librarian" function. Within 24 hours I had a response to my question with the librarian sending me an electronic copy of the document I requested!

On the Public Libraries page also is a link for authors to become a Public Libraries member with the added benefit of your own "Meet the Author" and "About My Book" pages on the site. If you are an aspiring author these may be helpful resources.

Check out your public library! Pun very much intended.

Here are several sites and blogger gems I started following this past week:

Internet Archive: Their site describes themselves as the following: The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Are My Roots Showing

Destination: Austin Family

Genealogy Dragnet

Pursuits of a Desperate Genie

Happy Follow Friday!

1 comment:

  1. I'm another lover of libraries, and am wondering if you've ever been to the DAR library, not terribly far from you. If not, I hope you can get there, you will love it. There is a fee if you aren't a member. Also, I still don't understand archives.org no matter how many times I try to figure it out, but good luck with it.

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