Friday, June 20, 2014

New York Public Library Card

One of the true benefits to doing research in the city is the New York Public Library Collection. The Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy is one of the largest genealogical collections freely open to the public.

Recently I obtained a library card by filling out an online application and faxing or emailing identification showing my legal residence. Even if you have no intention of going into the city to use the library collection, their library card will give you access to e-resources, some of which your library may not have access to.

I used my card to obtain an electronic copy of the table of contents of a book that was in storage. One of the services that they offer is Electronic document delivery of up to 50 pages of materials that are in storage. This gave me insight into what information was contained in the book so I could determine whether it was worth a trip into the city.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Free Online Webinars in Spanish: Sharing the Expertise of the Family History Library

Have you ever wanted to attend a class at the Family History Library but you couldn’t afford the gas or the plane tickets to get here? Recognizing the limitations many of you face, the Family History Library has begun online webinars as a way to share our expertise with the world.

For Spanish speakers, online webinars are a regular occurrence. These presentations are designed specifically for Spanish speaking researchers in Spain and Latin America. The themes include topics for beginners and intermediate researchers and are taught by the research specialists from the Family History Library Latin America team. The first Saturday class has been designated as a class for beginners while the third Saturday class is for intermediates to advanced researchers. Our most recent class held on May 3 drew 88 attendees from 12 countries around the world.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Brookly Daily Eagle

The Eagle has landed! In collaboration with, BPL has finished digitization of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper from 1903 - 1955. Combined with earlier scans created through a grant from the Institution of Museum and Library Sciences, we now offer the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, from 1841 to 1955, as a free online resource. Visit the new Brooklyn Newsstand website to start your search.
The old Brooklyn Daily Eagle website will be phased out in May of 2014.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Orphan Train

I recently read the book entitled, "The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. This book is based on the historical event where under the welfare program over 250,000 children were relocated to foster homes in the Midwest between 1853 and 1929. Many came from eastern cities like New York due to overcrowded situations. This book takes a look at present day foster situation and compares it to the orphan trains. Molly, a Penobscot Indian will soon turn 18 and leave the foster care system.  She meets Vivian an Irish immigrant who was an orphan train survivor and both orphans review their experience when they work together on cleaning out Vivian's attic. In this process they eventually free themselves from what memories haunt their past.

Monday, March 17, 2014

June Webinar Given by Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke, producer of Genealogy Gems Podcast will give a webinar at the Brentwood Public Library on Saturday, June 28th at 10 am. The topic of the webinar is "How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case."  Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You'll learn to track ancestors like a bloodhound, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Woman in the Photograph

Mani Feniger wanted nothing to do with the relics of her mother's life before she escaped from Nazi Germany in 1936. But when the fall of the Berlin Wall exposed the buried secrets and startling revelations of her mother's past, she was drawn into an exploration-of history and family, individuality and identity, mothers and daughters-that would change her life forever. THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH is a riveting, beautifully written memoir that reminds readers of the power of truth, the choices that shape our lives, and the legacy we pass on to future generations. Mani's evocative book unfolds like a mystery. The story has a heartbeat and I found myself rooting for her and for her mother. -Sue Bender, author of Plain and Simple and Everyday Sacred

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ultimate Search Book

This all new 2011 edition of Lori Carangelo’s The Ultimate Search Book: Worldwide Adoption, Genealogy & Other Search Secrets, is the first new edition of this guide since 2002. As director of the organization Americans for Open Records, Ms. Carangelo has amassed considerable expertise in helping people, and especially birth parents, find their missing loved ones. Now, in the 2011 edition of The Ultimate Search Book, she shares the secrets to successful searching with a broader audience. Just how do search experts get past the wall of secrecy and roadblocks to their loved ones? How, in the case of adoptees, do they find someone without a prior knowledge of the name? It is these and other questions that this volume answers by providing "how to" search tips and resources--for free and for fee--for legally accessing information and for locating anyone in the U.S. and 200 other countries.

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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