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ACROSS MY DESK: 13 June 2006

-- WorldCat
-- Black American research
-- Cruising with Wholly Genes
-- Eagle Scouts genealogy project
-- Putting the gene in genealogy
-- Early Settlers of Great Falls
-- Interviewing relatives first step in tracing genealogy

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WORLDCAT has become an invaluable resource
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from the Cincinnati Post 12 June 2006

"WorldCat is one of the most overlooked genealogy resources.

WorldCat is an online catalog developed to assist librarians in locating books and other materials from around the world.

The WorldCat database contains millions of records from more than 7,600 libraries from across the United States and around the world.

Many of these collections contain local history and genealogy publications. Among the items that can found on WorldCat include: newspapers (United States and foreign), microfilm resources, maps, manuscripts, published family histories, digital images and many other resources that would be helpful to genealogists.

An excellent tutorial on WorldCat can be found at http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/genealogy

WorldCat is a fee-based Web page; however, many area public and academic libraries can provide free access.

Once a book, document or other resource is found in the catalog, patrons may be able to order the item through their local library's Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Department.

Many ILL requests are free.

All ILL requests made to public libraries must be made through your home library (the library system in which you live)."

Genealogy tips are provided by Dave Schroeder, historian for the Kenton County Public Library. Contact the library's local history department by calling (859) 962-4085 or via e-mail at history@kentonlibrary.org 

 

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BLACK AMERICAN RESEARCH
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from the Great Falls Tribune Online 13 June 2006

"The third edition of Paul Heinegg’s Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia was awarded the American Society of Genealogists’ prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus Award for the best work of genealogical scholarship published between 1991 and 1994. Now the Clearfield Company of Baltimore has released a fifth edition which just may be Heinegg’s most ambitious effort yet to reconstruct the history of the free African-American communities of Virginia and the Carolinas by looking at the history of their families."

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060613/NEWS01/60613001/1002

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CRUISING WITH WHOLLY GENES
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Find out about the 2006 Genealogy Conference & Cruise through the Mexican Riviera by visiting:
http://whollygenes.com/

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EAGLE SCOUTS GENEALOGY PROJECTS
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from the laurel Leader-Call 8 June 2006

Eagle Scouts present genealogy projects to Laurel-Jones County Library

"Two local Eagle Scouts presented their Eagle projects to the Laurel-Jones County Library’s genealogy department.

Thomas Howse and Le’Byron Jackson donated their works to the collection of genealogical materials housed in the Genealogy Room at the library. Howse’s project involved cleaning up the Good Hope Cemetery in Sandersville and recording the information on the tombstones for future researchers." For more of the story see:  http://www.leadercall.com/peopleandplaces/local_story_159112928.html

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PUTTING THE GENE IN GENEALOGY
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from the Bangor Daily News 12 June 2006

Alice Long holds the key to an ancient mystery at the tip of her tongue.

"The 71-year-old Bar Harbor resident has always sought to learn more about her ancestors. Her grandparents emigrated from North Wales to suburban Pittsburgh in 1898. They had six daughters, a farm and a fish market. They also had some tough luck - financial struggles and, finally, a fatal run-in with the big influenza epidemic during World War I. Long's grandmother died in the epidemic, leaving her descendants little information about family history or about her life.

"My mother never learned about Wales, anything like that," Long said wistfully.

So when Long found out about the Genographic Project, a five-year research venture undertaken by IBM and National Geographic to trace ancient and modern migration patterns, she jumped at the chance to participate. Earlier this spring, she carefully swabbed her cheeks and sent away the extracted genetic information - and a check for $100 - in order to have her Mitochondrial DNA tested. That's the portion of DNA that's passed down through the mother's mother's mother's mother - and so on."

For more of the story see: http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=135702

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EARLY SETTLERS OF GREAT FALLS
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From the Great Falls Tribune Online 13 June 2006

Genealogy Society compiles "The Early Settlers of Great Falls"

"The Great Falls Genealogy Society has gathered over 20,000 names has part of its project "The Early Settlers of Great Falls." Volunteers plan to include in the reference as many citizens as possible for the period of 1880 to 1920." For more of the story see:  http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060613/NEWS01/60613001

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INTERVIEWING RELATIVES IS THE FIRST STEP IN TRACING GENEALOGY
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Iroquois County Times-Republic 6 June 2006

ERIN DOSS\Reporter

"Accredited genealogist Sabina Murray shared her knowledge with Iroquois County residents during a session at the Watseka Public Library yesterday afternoon. [...]

Murray said genealogical research should answer four questions about family members, including: What was their name? Where did they live? When did they live and die? and What was their relationship?"

For more of the story see: http://www.watsekatimesrepublic.com/articles/2006/06/06/news/406news02.txt


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