Tag Archives: Genealogy

Introducing America’s GenealogyBank

We are pleased to announce that we’ve subscribed to another terrific online genealogy resource: America’s GenealogyBank. This resource is user friendly—our staff enjoying experimenting with it!—and offers some keyword searching. Its five databases can help researchers find family members, verify … Continue reading

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New Feature: Have You Seen . . . ?

One of our ongoing projects is to scan and research each image in our photograph collections.   Most of the time, this is relatively (no pun intended) easy. The majority of our Hostetler glass negatives, for example, came with an original … Continue reading

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How do your Mayflowers grow?

If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Ancestors! If you’d like to research your Pilgrim ancestors, try searching our library catalog for “Mayflower”, “Pilgrim” and “Plymouth”, and see what we have available. Or try our subscription databases from … Continue reading

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Hispanic Genealogy Resources

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th – October 15th. This 30 day period covers the anniversaries of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua (all on 15 Sep 1821), Mexico (16 Sep 1810) and Chile (18 … Continue reading

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Introducing Footnote!

Have you tried our newest reference and genealogy database?  Footnote is a rich resource of digitized historical documents gleaned from the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and other institutions. Are you writing a paper on the … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Resources

What with the thirteen American Colonies and their territories being mostly east of the Appalachian mountains in the late 1700s,  it should come as little surprise that no Iowa soldiers fought in the Revolutionary War.  But that doesn’t mean that our ancestors didn’t … Continue reading

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Calling All Genealogists (and Historians): Free Stuff!

Genealogists (and historians) love free stuff. I think that’s because almost everything genealogists do costs money—copies of vital records, paying for research in some far off place, gas money to travel to the cemeteries or a great library (ahem). Well, … Continue reading

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Beginning Genealogy Workshop!

Genealogy is very popular on TV this month. NBC is offering Who Do You Think You Are?, which features celebrities researching their family history and their family’s connections to historical events.   And  PBS just wrapped up its four-episode run of Faces … Continue reading

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Defective, Dependant, and Delinquent

AncestryLibrary, the library version of the popular subscription database Ancestry.com, posts new resources almost daily. On February 7, 2010 one of the special supplemental census schedules for 1880 was posted – the Defective, Dependent and Delinquent Classes. One of the … Continue reading

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More Tales of the Census: Special Schedules

Population was not the only information the United States government was interested in collecting during the decennial federal censuses. Non-population questions were equally important – and for we historians equally interesting! Over the years, these censuses included mortality, social statistics … Continue reading

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