Texas Library Association Annual Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Genealogy and Local History Primer: Databases, Websites, and Finding Aids

  1. Heritage Quest
  1. Available through Texshare program (a program to make databases available to libraries state-wide).
  1. Patrons can use in the library or at home with their library card.
  1. Has full-text resources.
  1. Book resources have been digitized from microfilm.
  1. Can be downloaded.
  1.  50 page limit
  2. Can select the range of pages to download
  1. Periodical Sources Index (PERSI)
  1. Covers US and Canada
  1. 1800 onward
  2. Search by people, place, title
  1. Census data is available from 1790 to 1930
  2. All ages enjoy searching for genealogy, teens included
  3. Help buttons are contextual. They know where in the site you are.
  4. Census records provide page numbers in order to find later.
  5. The database is session-based.
  1. It does not save information from session to session.
  1. Many ways to search site:
  1. Basic, advanced, page number, etc.
  2. If no search results are found, the site will help you find out why.
  1. There is also a copy of the Census help book available.
  1. Searches can be expanded by state and county
  2. Many different ways to sort the search.
  1. Books can be ordered through the site, but it is easier and faster to get them through Interlibrary Loan.
  1. Texas is instituting a new system for ILLs
  1. Small libraries are now included/visible, though the system might not necessarily allow loans of their items.
  1. Search history allows the user to travel back to where they were.
  1. Shows links the patron did not click on.
  1. Email, print, or download results and citations.
  1. Images are available in PDF or TFF files
  1. The database offers a learning center.
  1. Videos and how-tos are available.
  2. Lib Guides
  1. Guides created by libraries for patrons.
  2. http://www.proQuest.libguides.com/genealogy
  3. Features Youtube movies.

  1. What are the differences between Ancestry.com Library Edition and Heritage Quest?
  1. 1940s census is browsable in ALE, not searchable.
  2. ALE has over 8,000 databases to search through.
  3. ProQuest has ALE libguides available, with videos.
  4. ALE has a better help function.
  5. See Genealogy Handouts.

  1. FamilySearch.org
  1. Provide research assistance.
  2. Largest genealogy organization
  1. Non-profit
  2. FREE!!
  3. Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
  1. Does not just include American records; international records are available.
  2. Do not use the site with Internet Explorer
  3. Allows access to microfilm.
  1. Microfilm is sent to patron’s closest family history center.
  2. Patrons only pay for the copies they print out.
  1. A research wiki is available.
  1. Contains over 66,000 articles.
  2. Explains what is available, how to access information, and more.
  3. Staff verify information on wiki for accuracy.
  1. They are in the process of digitizing books and adding them to their site.
  2. There are over 500 on-line courses to take on how to research genealogy, including five minute genealogy episodes.
  3. The site uses volunteers to index records.
  1. No special skills are needed.
  2. Can be used as a service project.
  3. Can be done from home.
  1. Registration is free.
  1. Registration is used for statistics and to fulfill contractual obligations.

  1. 1940s Census
  1. Released April 2, 2012
  2. https://the1940census.com/
  3. 132 million people are in the census.
  4. Can be used in conjunction with a 1940s library program.
  5. New questions were added to the census
  1. Who in the household answered
  2. Income
  3. Previous residences in the last five years
  4. Occupation
  1. Indexing is currently being done
  1. Volunteers are needed.
  2. Two volunteers index the same batch. If indexes are the same, they are sent through. If not, the records will go to an arbitrator.

  1. Websites and apps.
  1. Websites
  1. see handout
  2. Archives.com indexes the 1940 Census s
  1. Subscription needed
  2. No library edition
  1. Cyndi’s List
  1. A beginner’s list of websites
  1. Find-a-grave
  1. App available
  2. Volunteer-based
  1. Takes pictures of graves
  1. Billion Graves
  1. App available
  2. Take photos of graves
  3. Gps enabled
  4. Not subscription based
  1. Family Tree DNA
  1. Scholarly articles
  1. International Society of Genetic Genealogy
  1. Catalogs DNA records
  1. Apps
  1. See handout
  2. Scanner Pro
  1. A way around paying for photocopies
  1. Also Added:
  1. Microsoft One Note
  2. iBookshelf
  1. similar to book crawler
  1. Family Search Index
  1. Index records
  2. Index name only

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