GENEALOGY LIBRARY HAS A NEW HOMEPAGE
May 23, 2010
David Hardin, Head of Genealogy, Local History, Texana, and Archives at the W. O. Haggard Library notified me of their new website. It really is pretty, modern, and makes finding the things the Genealogy Library offers easy. It gives the usual such as the operating hours, library classes of genealogical interest, and support organizations. Additionally the new site shows their resources, how to request an interlibrary loan or obituary lookup, available library resources such as census information, county, state and federal holdings, military resources, family histories, vertical and map file, and the Walter B. Wilson papers. Those searching from out of state can email their questions to “Ask a Librarian” from the Web site.
From the site, you can also access the genealogy library’s brochure for its wealth of information. I am proudest of the link to their Databases where they explain clearly what you can access from home and what is only available in the library. The Ancestry database is available only in the library as is JESTOR. Other collections mentioned are The Dallas Morning News Archives; Footnote; and the TexShare Databases from which you can access HeritageQuest Online and Sanborn Maps. The Web address is www.plano.gov/Departments/Libraries/Genealogy/Pages/GLHTA.aspx.
Many questions and problems arise when searching for our family history that prevents us from breaking through the brick wall or extending our family lines. Are you stumped? Ask for help. If you prefer to go in person to the Genealogy Library there is always a librarian on duty during operating hours. Likewise, most days there is a library helper on duty. You have a choice of asking the reference librarian or the library helper to help give you guidance so you can continue with your research. If you decide to give it one more try before asking for help, then check out the various genealogy reference books available to you on the library’s reference shelves. There are books for finding government and municipal addresses, how to books where you can find how to abstract or extract information from vital records, deed records, and the benefit of searching the census for everyone in the generation instead of just your bloodline descent. Newspapers have many benefits for the researcher. If you are hunting a newspaper other than a local one, try an online search or pursue microfilm copies. An online guide to using newspapers is at www.barbsnow.net/Newspapers.htm. It suggests how to use newspapers and where to find various genealogy subjects in newspapers. If you want to know how to search and obtain old newspapers, go to http://genealogy.about.com/cs/newspapers/a/news_research_2.htm. Searching online at home will not have everything. You must search the library in person for subjects of interest, family histories, old medical terms, etc. Take it from an old library junkie that using your public library and knowing librarians and volunteers who can help you is a wonderful thing. DALLAS LIBRARY: A volunteer at the Dallas Public Library shared some information with me that I thought I would pass along to you, even though no announcement has been made at this point. My contact says, “By next October the downtown library will be closing Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.” Readers, please support your local library.
NEW YORK MILITARY HISTORY: Big Apple researchers, the state’s military history is online now at http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/index.htm just in time for Memorial Day.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.