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  • End of the Year Reminder: Copying

    Monday, Dec 30, 2013

    As we finish the year and you begin to plan your visits to The Genealogy Center, please remember that our copiers no longer accept coins. Our copiers and our computer printers use a card based system wherein you place money on the card, then the system uses the funds as you make your copies. The system will only accept bills ($1s, $5s, $10s).  Researchers have arrived in recent weeks with pockets and purses loaded with coins, resulting is frustration and wasted time as they have to go somewhere to change the coins into bills. So remember to bring bills for your copying.

    And remember to bring a UBS drive as well. Often, the images on our computers are more readable (as well as cheaper) as an electronic copy rather than paper. You may also want to save digital images from books, instead of paper copies, as there is no cost to scan images.

    Whether at The Genealogy Center or another research center, a call or quick email before you visit may provide basic information about the facility.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • A Handful of Treats

    Saturday, Dec 28, 2013

    Our WinterTech series continues on January 8, 2014, when Delia Bourne will share some 'Net Treats, databases and information sites available for free on the Internet, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Meeting Room C. To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or send an email.

    After this event, stay for the monthly meeting of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana at 6:30 PM.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Year's Eve and Day Closings

    Thursday, Dec 26, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will close at 5 PM on Tuesday December 31st for New Year's Eve, and will remain closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year's Day. We will reopen on Thursday January 2nd at 9 AM. Whether you come here to do research or party elsewhere, drive carefully. And have a wonderful New Year filled with lots of new family history information!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Christmas Traditions and Genealogy

    Monday, Dec 23, 2013

    by John

    The holiday season is a great time to investigate traditions associated with our families. When we interview older relatives, asking them to share holiday memories often elicits an animated response, and the information can be valuable material for us to preserve later on. One of my best Christmas gifts occurred in the early years of the 1980s, when I decided to write to several of my elderly great aunts and first cousins of my grandparents about their earliest Christmas memories. In several cases these were ladies born in the early 1890s whose earliest memories pre-dated the twentieth century. I still have their letters, which they wrote out in a shaky hand, setting out how my great-, and in some cases, great-great grandparents celebrated Christmas. One great-aunt on the Neal side, who had grown up in an upper middle class home in southern Kentucky, described the paper bell that was hung in the hall, the Roman candles that were given to the children to shoot off (one flame nearly missing another aunt), and a recipe for Christmas custard (egg nog, Kentucky-style), that my great-great grandmother (born in 1843) had always made. I still make it for guests, a Civil War era symbol of hospitality.

    Another great-aunt, who had grown up in Goshen, Indiana, in the 1900s, talked about how her parents would decorate the family’s modest tree while the children attended evening church services. My grandfather had gotten stage fright and refused to say his lines in the Christmas pageant, so his little brother had stepped in for him. When they returned home, they found that Santa had come while the kids were at church. Money was tight, but my great-grandmother had scraped up enough money to buy each of the younger girls a bisque head doll. Candles were lit on the tree, but there was always a bucket of water handy in case of fire. A Beatty cousin who lived in the country in the early 1900s said her grandmother, my great-great grandmother (born in 1834), would never light the candles on her tree for fear of fire, since there was no fire department in rural Kosciusko County at the time.

    My maternal grandmother, born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1899, remembered Christmas mornings with presents that Santa had carefully stacked on chairs in the parlor. They had only a very simple tree with handmade ornaments and popcorn strings. Her mother and grandmother, born in Switzerland, would bake Mailänderlis, a Swiss butter cookie cut in shapes and painted with egg yolk before baking. The tradition was carried down, I loved them as a child, and I got the idea in 1990 to video my grandmother (then a spry aged 91), preparing the dough and rolling the cookies out, giving an explanation in the style of Julia Child. Today, sadly, my children hate the cookies, I’m a vegan and can’t eat them, and the tradition has been allowed to go dormant, but I still have the video for any future descendant who wants to take on the challenge.

    I’m also fortunate to have a short 78 rpm record, made for Christmas 1939, with greetings from the family, my grandfather singing “O Holy Night” in his baritone voice, and a precious clip of my great-grandmother (born in 1863), sending greetings. My project this year is to photograph and catalog all of my Christmas ornaments (some of which go back to the 1930s), and put together a kind of ornament heirloom catalog with information about where the ornament came from, if known, and who had it before. (Most are of the German painted blown-glass variety).

    All of these stories are among my holiday treasures, and you can make treasures like this, too, by sending emails to older relatives, cataloging decorations, and, yes, making videos of traditions and events. The stories and traditions won’t just descend to you – they take effort to record. But in the end, you will find it is definitely worth it.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Ornamants for Your Family Tree

    Friday, Dec 20, 2013

    by Delia

    No, not the breakable glass ornaments, nor the plastic ones of your favorite cartoon, sports or movie characters. And not for that green (or pink or silver) tree that appears every year in December. And not just people who celebrate December, either. The ornaments I mean are the the people and facts with which you decorate your family tree, either on paper or electronically.

    The holidays are an ideal time to reconnect with relatives to gather facts and oral reminiscences. Ask an older relative about holidays from his or her youth such as the kinds of gifts requested, given and received; family food traditions; shopping; or attendance at parties or religious events. You will please your interviewee with your interest, and the stories shared will add substance to your family portrait. Ask a new in-law about their family traditions, adding to your information about this new family member and making him or her feel included. And, who knows? You might like to incorporate a new family tradition to your own.

    Of course, you will want to record these shared memories, either by recording the speaker, or at least preserving the memories in print to be shared with future generations. So remember to take the time to decorate your family tree!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Gift Ideas

    Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

    Would you like to give a family oriented gift this year? Something that reflects your family or some specific person? Try clicking on the "Create a Lasting Genealogy Keepsake" button on our home page and connect with Keepsake Threads, a company that will create pillows, toys, quilts and other items using your pictures or family trees. With Keepsake Threads, your own keepsake clothing can be used to create a one-of-a-kind treasure for a parent, child or friend. Plus a percentage of the profits go to the Allen County Public Library Foundation that supports The Genealogy Center, so not only will you give a terrific gift, but you will also support your favorite (we hope!) genealogy research facility.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Databases

    Monday, Dec 16, 2013

    The Genealogy Center has made some recent additions to its Free Databases including:

    Take a few minutes to see if any of these will aid your research, and remember that The Genealogy Center is always interested in expanding our online databases, so look around to see what you might want to share with us, and everyone else!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More One-on-One Consultations Available

    Saturday, Dec 14, 2013

    Have a brick wall in your family history research? Would you like a greater understanding of some aspect of your genealogy? The Genealogy Center is offering 30-minute personal research consultations with a staff member on some troublesome aspect of your research on Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 2 PM to 4 PM, and on Thursday, February 13, 2014, also from 2 PM to 4 PM. Call 260-421-1225 or send an email for an appointment, providing basic information concerning the nature of your quandary. A staff member will be assigned and a time established for your consultation. Be sure to bring your research notes to your consultation.

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Closed for Christmas Holiday

    Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will be closed on Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday December 25th for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be open our regular hours, 9 AM to 9 PM on Monday, December 22nd and Thursday, December 26th, so there are still plenty of research hours for the holidays!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Researching Indiana Digital Collections

    Monday, Dec 09, 2013

    Don't forget to join us on Wednesday, December 11th, 2:30-3:30 p.m., for our next WinterTech program, "Researching Indiana Digital Collections." If researching family who migrated or resided in the Hoosier state, then this overview of online collections is essential. And plan to make it a full day at The Genealogy Center by staying for the monthly meeting of the Allen County Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m.

    Call 260-421-1225 or email to register for this program. Click to learn more about our WinterTech offerings for January and February 2014.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Presidential Genealogy

    Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013

    by John

    In many respects this month has been one to remember presidents. We have observed the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. We also recall the many presidential proclamations establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

    There is a great deal about our presidents to interest genealogists. A few of us can actually claim a president among our direct ancestors. Those presidents who have living descendants include the following: John Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Van Buren, William H. Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, Andrew Johnson, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding (through an illegitimate daughter), Coolidge, Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H W Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama. Others never had children (like Washington, Polk, and Buchanan) or have had their lines die out, including most notably Lincoln and Arthur. One, Andrew Jackson, has descendants (though not of his blood) through an adopted son, while Reagan’s only grandchild is through an adopted son.

    Even if you are not a direct presidential descendant, you may be related to a president through a common ancestor. Many presidents trace their ancestry who immigrants who arrived in the colonial era, and from them, many Americans also claim descent. The Genealogy Center has several books that attempt to trace exhaustively the known ancestors of presidents. Perhaps the best book is Gary Boyd Roberts’s Ancestors of American Presidents (2009 edition) (GC 929.11 R54ab). This work catalogs the ancestry of all of the presidents through Obama, contains kinship charts among presidents, and also shows the royal descents of some presidents. Craig Hart’s book, A Genealogy of the Wives of the American Presidents and Their First Two Generations of Descent (973 H251g), attempts to trace the ancestry of First Ladies, though this work is not as comprehensive as the Roberts book.

    If your interest is in the descendants of American presidents, you may wish to examine Burke’s Presidential Families (second edition, 1981) (929.11 B915), or American Presidential Families (1993) (929.11 Am352). The latter book lists descendants of collateral relatives of those presidents who do not have living descendants, but neither work is documented. Some presidents appear in larger published genealogies. For example, in 1990, the Theodore Roosevelt Association published The Roosevelt Family in America: A Genealogy (929.2 R67rf), an extensive genealogy of this extended New York Dutch family.

    New research is continually being published, and sometimes new discoveries are made with some fanfare, such as the discovery of President Obama’s Irish ancestry several years ago. In 2011-2012, Michael Thomas Meggison and R. Andrew Pierce compiled a multi-part article on descendants of Timothy Bush of Connecticut, the paternal ancestor of the Bush family, which continued over three issues in two volumes of The Genealogist (973.005 G2855), published by the American Society of Genealogists. Their research brings to light much new information about this colonial family, which, until recently, has not been fully investigated.

    The Genealogy Center has much to offer anyone wishing to determine if they have a presidential cousin, but be advised that being related to one doesn’t make you part of an elite club. Millions of Americans share kinship with at least one or two. The best part of being a relative is that you can sometimes benefit from the research on your family being done by these professionals.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thanksgiving & Early Settlements

    Saturday, Nov 30, 2013

    by Delia

    It's always a challenge to find something new and informative to share for the various holidays, so I thought I'd pass along some of what I "knew" as a child, and add what little more I know today. Thanksgiving as a national holiday represents a day to be appreciative of what we have achieved and what we have survived. Traditionally, it was a day to give thanks for the bounty of the harvest that would carry the people through the coming winter and into the new growing season, and had been celebrated on various dates in the different states until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln, prompted by Sarah Josepha Hale, settled on the last Thursday in November for a national celebration, although, due to the ongoing Civil War, the date was not recognized in parts of the South until the 1870s. Franklin D. Roosevelt shifted the date to the fourth Thursday in November to provide an economic boost (that is, extra time for Christmas shopping).

    To a child of the 1950s, the holiday seemed centered on the Pilgrims of Plymouth celebrating a decent harvest with their Native American neighbors. Little girls were dressed up in white bodice collars and caps with long black dresses. Boys had tall black hats and buckle shoes. Dried flint corn and paper turkeys decorated the tables, and we remembered the early European settlers to this country.

    Of course, it was only later that I realized that there were plenty of other early European settlers. There was a Dutch settlement on the Hudson River near Albany, New York in 1614. The English already had a settlement in Jamestown, Virginia that had been established in 1607. The earlier Roanoke Colony in North Carolina was settled in 1585, but the colonists disappeared by 1587. The French established several short-lived outposts in South Carolina, Florida and Texas, but the oldest European colony in the United States is Saint Augustine, Florida, established in 1565. And, of course, there were also many other people already here, with cities and towns already thoroughly established.

    So this year, remind everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving and share the stories of the making of this melting pot.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thanksgiving Reminder

    Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013

    Though The Genealogy Center will be closed on Thursday, November 28, we will reopen on Friday, November 29, with our regular weekend hours. Our hours this holiday weekend are:

    Wednesday, November 27 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday, November 28 Closed
    Friday, November 29 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Saturday, November 30 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sunday, December 1 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New African American Databases

    Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013

    Two new additions have been added to The Genealogy Center's On-Site Databases for those interested in African American research. African American Historical Newspapers offers nine distinct newspapers featuring the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), Chicago Defender (1910-1975), Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), The Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), and Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002). When the database opens, click on the "Genealogy" link to access the newspapers. Researchers can find obituaries as well as political and society articles by searching for a person's name or keywords. Digital images of the articles are downloadable in a pdf format and and printable.

    Our Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive database has recently been updated with a fourth collection covering the topic of emancipation. The site is searchable by name or keyword and offers an array of original documents, which are categorized on the results page as subject tabs on the top of the screen: Books and pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, manuscripts, U.S. Supreme Court Records, and Reference. The digital images can be downloaded as a pdf or printed.

    These wonderful new resources are available to those who visit The Genealogy Center or a branch of the Allen County Public Library.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Exploring Mayflower Roots this Thanksgiving

    Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013

    by John

    Thanksgiving is a most American holiday (though shared by our Canadian friends on an earlier date in the fall). It is also one of our most genealogical of national days, since it affords many a chance to remember the Pilgrims and the harvest feast they celebrated with the Wampanoag tribe in 1621. In an article written for Weekend Magazine in 2002, political commenters Cokie and Steve Roberts estimated that some 35 million Americans are linked by blood to the Pilgrims – and many probably don’t even know of their kinship. The Robertses make the point that while the original band of 102 passengers were Englishmen, their modern descendants comprise all manner of racial and ethnic identities. “Through the centuries,” they write, “the children of those first colonists have mixed with a continuous flow of newcomers, enriching the nation’s gene pool and helping to define our national identity.”

    When we gather at the dinner table with relatives and exchange stories of family history, many of us are curious whether they have a direct Mayflower connection. (I descend from William Brewster, the Pilgrims' spiritual leader, and his wife Mary). A great many genealogical works are now in print about Pilgrims and their immediate descendants. The classic work and most authoritative is the series, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, compiled by various authors and published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (974.4 M45). Produced in 23 volumes with multiple parts, these volumes are easily recognized with their silver binding. This work is still on-going, and thus far volumes have been produced for the following passengers: Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, William White, James Chilton, Richard More, Thomas Rogers, George Soule, William Bradford, Francis Cooke, Edward Fuller, Edward Winslow, John Billington, Stephen Hopkins, Peter Brown, Degory Priest, Edward Doty, John Alden, Isaac Allerton, Richard Warren, Henry Samson, John Howland, and Myles Standish. More volumes are forthcoming (we Brewster descendants are still waiting for our silver volume and must content ourselves with the Mayflower families in Progress volumes, which are incomplete). Families treated in earlier volumes have been revised, in many instances, in later volumes of the series.

    Another gem of genealogical research is Robert Charles Anderson’s The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633 (974.402 P74pn). This work collects the Plymouth settlers from his larger Great Migration series, considered by many to be a modern genealogical masterpiece. In some cases Anderson revised the sketches from his earlier work. New discoveries about the Pilgrims are always being discovered, and researchers should keep regularly abreast of new articles in such journals as the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, American Ancestors, and the Mayflower Descendant.

    For many genealogists seeking their Mayflower connection, the problem isn’t with constructing the five generations of immediate descendants from the Pilgrims in New England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The brick wall comes later in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century in upstate New York, where many New Englanders moved in the decades following the close of the Revolutionary War. New York did not keep vital records in this period, and the search for a connection can often be exasperating. The New England Historic Genealogical Society’s recent book, Western Massachusetts Families of 1790 (974.4 UL44we) offers some help with families in Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties, Massachusetts, bridging the gulf for some families (additional families appear on their American Ancestors website). Most researchers will still have to go through deeds, court records, church records, and estate records to find additional clues.

    Even if your ancestors didn’t come on the Mayflower (and millions more have connections to later arrivals in Plymouth Colony), we can all celebrate our collective diversity on this Thanksgiving and give thanks for the national heritage that they have bequeathed us.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker

    Friday, Nov 22, 2013

    by Delia

    Many of us see the same occupations over and over within our families. Farmers tended to beget farmers. Miner's sons followed their fathers into the mines. Sons of doctors often traced their fathers' footsteps into the medical profession. Teachers, both male and female, may appear in other lines. We may have a general idea of what our ancestors' professions entailed, but perhaps not the details. Other times, we may have no idea what an occupation may be. The Genealogy Center has a number of sources to aid you in understanding your ancestors' work lives.

    Of course, if you run across an usual job title, one fast and easy method to discover what that occupation entails is to check an unabridged dictionary or check an Internet search engine and easily discover that a cordwainer is someone who works with fine leather, often a shoe maker. But to discover that a girdleier is one who makes belts or shashes or a shuttleworker is a weaver one may have to use Trades and services of Colonial times ( 973.2 T675).

    There are also directories and lists of practitioners of various occupations, such as Patsy Page's Directory of Louisiana physicians, 1886 (976.3 P14D) and the 1881 and 1896 editions of The Bankers' directory and list of bank attorneys (929.11 R15B). There are also volumes from societies that cater to certain professions, such as the 1941 and 1949 editions of  Roster of the Maine State Grange Patrons of Husbandry (974.1 G75RO). There are also business records available, like that for Sand Lake, New York's Lumberman's account book, 1839-1843 (974.701 R29LU) and the Finis Hurt Store account book, 1889-1890 (976.901 AD1WL) in Adair County, Kentucky. 

    But one of the best ways to understand your ancestor in his or her profession could be to read diaries from other members of that profession, such as Laurel Ulrich's A midwife's tale: the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812 (974.101 K37U) and The 1805 diary of the Rev. Dr. James Muir: minister of the Old Presbyterian meeting house in Alexandria, Virginia (975.502 AL27MUI). Of course, these diaries may also provide biographical information the people in the area.

    So when you want to understand your ancestor, take some time to investigate his or her occupation to add a deeper understanding of their lives.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

    Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013

    The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will be closed on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving. We will be open our regular hours on Wednesday, November 27th (9A to 9P), Friday and Saturday (9A to 6P), and Sunday (12N to 5P), so you have time to get your notes in order to share with your relatives, or come on in after the holiday to solve any family history questions that have arisen!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Recreational Activities

    Saturday, Nov 16, 2013

    by Delia

    Our ancestors worked hard all week, on the farm, in the shop or factory. At the end of the day, they went home, ate dinner and went to bed. On the weekends, they attended religious services.

    Well, not really. They did have many chores, no matter the station in life, but there was often time for play, and they did play. And The Genealogy Center owns sources on all manner of play in our ancestors’ lives.

    Our national pastime, baseball, is represented nationally in a number of sources, including The baseball necrology (973 L512BN) by Bill Lee, The biographical encyclopedia of the Negro baseball leagues (973 R453BI) by James A. Riley, and Today's News (973 AL512TA), the journal of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players' Association. But there are also volumes relating to locations, such as Larry Lester and Sammy Miller's Black baseball in Kansas City (977.802 K13LES) and Robert Ashe's Even the Babe came to play: small-town baseball in the dirty 30s (971.502 SA28AS). 

    Basketball is not forgotten in our collection, with Todd Gould's Pioneers of the hardwood: Indiana and the birth of professional basketball (977.2 G737P) and Rankine Smith's The history of basketball in New Brunswick, Canada, 1892-1985 (971.5 Am596H).

    A number of sources pertain to sports in academia, such as Ken Kessinger's Sioux Falls Washington High School sports heritage, 1899-1989 (978.302 SI7KE), and Jim O'Brien's Hail to Pitt: a sports history of the University of Pittsburgh (974.802 P687HAI). 

    But it's the more unusual accounts of recreational activities that catch my interest. Norman Peterson's Index of about 11,000 1911 Michigan and Wisconsin billiard hall & saloon merchants (977.4 P442I) provides a list of what towns in those states hosted the dreaded pool halls that lured men into drink and play. And From buckskin to baseball; glimpses of Tiogans at work and play (974.702 T49FR) provides just the sort of overview to a community at play that should interest all researchers.And some are rife with history, such as Timothy McCann's Sussex cricket in the eighteenth century (942.2501 SU82P, V.88), and William Perkins Bull's From rattlesnake hunt to hockey; the history of sports in Canada and of the sportsmen of Peel, 1789 to 1934 (971.3 B87FR), which was limited to a thousand copies in 1934.

    So when you are investigating the lives of those that have gone before, pay attention to what they did in their free time to add another layer to the stories of their lives.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Remembering Together

    Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013

    by Delia

    Where were you and what were you doing when you heard that John F. Kennedy had been shot? It may very well be the defining moment in American history for those currently age 55 and older. For most of us, it’s a moment frozen in our minds. Just after 12:30 PM CST, shots rang out in Dallas, Texas, ending the life of the President of the United States. Days of mourning culminating in a televised funeral, then years of investigation, theories and accusations, but what most of us who were alive then remember is what we were doing.

    I was a fourth grader in a Catholic school in central California. We were herded into the fifth grade classroom, along with the sixth graders, to listen to events unfold on the radio. A Michigan colleague was in third grade, and recalls hearing the president died which was followed by three days of televised coverage. Another colleague was a high school student in Columbia City, Indiana, and just happened to be in an assembly when the announcement came. Another, only four years old at the time, recalls how shaken his parents were by the news. All are very vivid memories from four different people in four places, all about the same event.

    We aren’t going to go into the history and aftermath here. There have been many books, documentaries, movies, articles and investigations over the years for that. We are interested in making sure that all of us pass along for posterity our experience and reaction at the time. And we invite all of you to share, either here in a comment to this blog, or on our Facebook page, one or two sentences about your memories of that day. Where were you when you heard?

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Celebrate Veterans Day by Honoring (and Researching) a Veteran

    Sunday, Nov 10, 2013

    by Delia

    So, maybe you’ve got the day off to celebrate Veterans Day. You could go to the various sales and spend some money. You could sleep late, relax, watch television all day. But, really, it’s Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor all veterans. So you could…

    • Organize information about the various veterans in your family history, making sure that you have all of the facts you can locate about his or her service. The Genealogy Center is open regular hours (9A to 9P) to make research convenient.
    • Or just pick one veteran, gather photographs, service records, pension information and a brief biography to be published in a journal, or send a digital copy to The Genealogy Center for inclusion in Our Military Heritage website.
    • Research a veteran, using websites like Fold3, Ancestry or FamilySearch. Write a letter (or an email) to a county court house to see if the officials there have the veteran’s discharge papers, or to a library to get the veteran’s obituary.
    • Seek out a veteran, a relative, friend or neighbor, asking about military service, as well as other biographical details of his or her life. You can preserve these details in various ways, including sending us a copy for Our Military Heritage. Just being asked will remind the veteran how much that service is valued.
    • Add a World War II veteran into the National World War II Memorial Registry. This website allows you to honor any WWII veteran with his or her name, service, photo, etc. This is a great way to insure a veteran's service is remembered.
    • Or you can place flowers or a small flag on the grave of a veteran. Go ahead and take a photo while you are at it, note the information on the headstone and add any details you know. Send the photo and notes to Find a Grave or Billion Graves

    So you can just take the day off, or you can really use Veterans Day to recall our veterans!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center