Saturday, February 28, 2015

Force War Records

Force War Records is the sister site of Forces Reunited, the leading British military community on the web with more than one million members and reuniting veterans since 2001, part of Clever Digit Media Ltd.
The site was created in 2008 upon the request of some Forces Reunited members who were looking for information on their ancestors but had come up against dead ends with the usual genealogy sites. Since inception we have gone on to add over seven million individuals records and a ton of supplementary military data not found on any other sites and are currently adding over 200,000 records a month.

Digital Public Library of America

Today we viewed an interesting workshop given by Lisa Louise Cooke entitled "Five Ways To Enhance Your Genealogy Research Using Old Maps." We learned about using Google Maps to overlay historical maps of a particular area with regards to your family history research. These historical maps can assist you in your research and add to your story. We also received a list of recommended websites where some of these historical maps could be found.

When I returned to my desk I started reading Dick Eastman's newsletter which covered Digital Public Library of America another good website to go to when looking for old maps of interest to your research. I found a Beers's map for my home town Deer Park from 1888. This map was digitized by New York Public Library and is downloadable and available for printing. You could also overlay the map on the Google Maps website or upload to a blog, etc.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Biggest digitisation of Irish genealogy records set to begin

The National Library of Ireland is to digitise more than 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms and publish them online for free. For more information visit this link:

80,000 Electronic Genealogy Books Available

There are more than 80,000 electronic books available at the following websites, according to Dick Eastman Newsletter visit his article at to read more about it. Visit these websites to access these collections.
Google Books
Allen County Public Library
Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library
Church History Library
Family History Library
Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center
Pennsylvania State University Libraries’ Digitized Collections

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is Back

The web site now states, “RAOGK is a global volunteer organization. At one time we had over 4000 volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations, and helped thousands of researchers. We are trying to rebuild the RAOGK site. It will take a little more time to get it back to its former glory. Our volunteers take time to do everything from looking up courthouse records to taking pictures of tombstones. All they ask in return is reimbursement for their expenses (never their time) and a thank you.”Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

How To Preserve Old Photos Without Losing Your Mind

 on July 7, 2014 in Tips and Advice posted an article with recommended advice on how to restore your old photographs.  Visit the below link for straight forward advice on organizing and restoring your family photographs.
Every genealogist needs this book, if they're serious about researching their family history. Family stories of all kinds, not just obituaries, can be found in newspapers. While major metropolitan newspapers are being digitized and placed online, many more are available for viewing on microfilm. Learn about the free newspaper databases, and discover which newspapers are covered in subscription databases. Also included is the first-ever state-by-state listing of libraries and genealogical societies that have indexed local newspapers, along with state digitized collections not found elsewhere, and microfilm collections for each state. Interested in family history? Start your research today!

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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