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Tell Your Story and Upload it to the Library of Congress

The following is from the August 10, 2015 edition of the As students head back to school, here comes a big homework assignment: StoryCorps wants tens of thousands of teenagers across America to interview a grandparent or elder this Thanksgiving and upload their recordings to the Library of Congress. The nonprofit oral history organization […]

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Arizona’s Genealogy Library Gets Downsized and Relocated

The Arizona Genealogy Library has now moved. The vast genealogy community was against it, as many valuable resources were not moved into the new digs. Following are links to articles both pro and con on the subject: New Genealogy Center at Polly Rosenbaum Archives & History Building Close Arizona’s genealogy library? Good idea Researchers lament […]

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HeritageQuest® Online to Offer Over 2 Billion New Records

I’m thrilled see see that my old employer is moving ahead with making more records available to genealogists. Following is their news release: ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Later this summer, family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest® […]

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Texas Legislature Increased Appropriation of the State Library & Archives Commission by $7.6M for 2016-2017

The following teaser is from the June 25, 2015 edition of The 84th Texas Legislature has increased the appropriation of the State Library and Archives Commission by $7.6M for the 2016-2017 biennium. The new funding includes resources to launch the Texas Digital Archive to preserve and make available electronic archives of state government as […]

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FindMyPast Library Edition Now Available in United States Libraries

The following news release is from FindMyPast: Findmypast, a global leader in family history, announces the availability of a library edition within the United States Provides access for libraries, archives, and other organizations to billions of records from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States Free, no obligation, 90-day trial […]

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Pickaway County Historical & Genealogical Library Gets a Renovation

The following teaser is from the June 17, 2015 edition of the Circleville Herald: The Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Library recently upgraded and renovated its facility to better accommodate patrons. “We received an inheritance which, together with our fundraising monies, enabled us to finish the last rooms,” explained director Darlene Weaver. Three unfinished rooms […]

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Who Will Design President Obama’s Chicago Library?

The following teaser is from the May 5, 2015 edition of It’s destined to be Chicago’s architectural commission of the decade, a building that gives physical form to the soaring ideals of the nation’s first African-American president. Which begs the question: Who will design it? In the run-up to next Tuesday’s announcement that the […]

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Library of Congress Acquires Rare Civil War Stereographs

The following is from News from the Library of Congress: March 31, 2015: Selection of Images Now Online The Library of Congress has acquired 540 rare and historic Civil War stereographs from the Robin G. Stanford Collection. The first 77 images are now online, including 12 stereographs of President Lincoln’s funeral procession through several cities […]

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A Review of the Washington Memorial Library in Macon, Georgia

The following article by Selma Blackmon is from the March 13, 2015 edition of With my goal of personal research, the Washington Memorial Library deserves more; the genealogical and historical room merits a five star review. The Washington Memorial Library located at 1180 Washington Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31201 provided for me the following amenities… […]

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More on the Indiana State Library “#Genealogy” Cut

Last week, I, and others blogged about the proposed elemination of the genealogy department of the Indiana State Library. Since about that time, folks have created quite an uproar. The following is just a teaser from a good article by Frank Phillips, a Times reporter, posted in the Feb. 10, 2015 edition of the Brazil […]

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Records of Weddings and Funerals, 1963 through 2002, Donated to Milan, Michigan Public Library

MILAN [Michigan]- The Milan Public Library received some informative materials on Jan. 30 when Milan historian, Martha Churchill, and retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Vern Campbell, presented two large volumes of printed materials collected by Campbell for more than 31 years. Personal records of weddings and funerals performed by Campbell were written […]

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Donation to Conserve & Digitize Documents From the 1911 New York Capital Fire

In the very early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire got started in the 3rd floor Assembly Library of the New York Capital Building. The fire quickly spread throughout the third floor, then on to the fourth floor and both towers. Many thousands of manuscripts and books went up in flames. However, there […]

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Russian Library Burns

The following excerpt is from an article at the New York Times website. A major fire that threatened to consume one of Russia’s most important libraries was finally put out late Saturday, but scholars are only beginning to assess the damage from the flames, smoke and water. The fire broke out at the Institute of […]

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Thoughts on the Elimination of the Indiana State Library #Genealogy Department

I posted a blog about the elimination of the genealogy department at the Indiana state archives earlier, but didn’t comment much on it. In reading further, it looks to me like the money is available to save the library budget – it’s just going to be used for other stuff – like 55 million bucks […]

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Indiana House Bill 1001 Proposes to Wipe out the #Genealogy Department at the IN State Library

The following excerpt is from the Indiana Genealogical Society Blog. If you have Indiana Ancestors, you better read the FULL blog – not just my teaser. This is important! Indiana House Bill 1001 – the State Budget Bill – includes a proposed 24% cut in funding to the Indiana State Library. According to State Librarian […]

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