TIP OF THE WEEK – DIGITAL LIBRARY AT FamilySearch
Thanks to Dick Eastman and his free online genealogy newsletter for
reminding us about the FamilySearch Digital Library and its collection
of more than 440,000 digitized genealogy and family history books and
publications right at our fingertips.
At the Digital Library, you can dive into family histories, county and
local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, and even medieval
histories and pedigrees. (You do have your free FamilySearch account,
right? Be sure to be logged in.)
Visit FamilySearch.org, and click Search in the top menu. Then, in the drop-down menu, click Books.
The content of the digital library is freely viewable. On the home
page of the Digital Library, use the simple search bar to search by a
surname, historical events, groups of people, book title, or names of
places. Go ahead! Try it.
Check back often as more and more books are being added to the Digital Library every day.
TIP OF THE WEEK – FREEBIES
Both American Ancestors and Ancestry have free access promotions this
month. If you hurry, you can get in on the last few days.
Between Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019, anyone
can access the many research databases of American Ancestors by
registering as a FREE Guest Member. That link is AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion
contains some of the most important online databases for researching
American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering
For Veterans Day, Ancestry.Com is offering free access to their military records collection covering all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American history, from the Colonial era to Vietnam—and beyond. Search for free now through November 17
TIP OF THE WEEK – ARE YOUR “SAVED” RECORDS “SAFE”?
Most people who keep their family tree on Ancestry regularly attach
records/images to an individual in their tree using the ‘Save to a
person in my tree’ function, thinking they have really saved the record
to their tree, and it will be there forever and ever. Fun and easy?
True. Forever and ever? Not true. What has really happened was a link
was created from their tree to that record/image in a database. So once
they stop subscribing to Ancestry, they will still have access to their
family tree kept there, but they will no longer be able to view any
record/image attachments “saved” from a paid database — which most are.
The bottom line, if these records/images are important to you, by all
means, “Save to someone in my tree” as you have been doing, but also use
the “Save to my computer” function. Name the record/image file you
saved something meaningful, so it can easily be identified later, and
keep it organized in a folder on your computer. A good practice might be
to create a folder on your computer for each of your family surnames.
TIP OF THE WEEK – OUR BOOKSHELVES (Part Two) Once again this edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session.
want to find my grandmother’s high school photo, she went to Stadium
High School in Tacoma and graduated in 1926. Does the SGS Library have
yearbooks for high schools?”
We have lots of school yearbooks for Seattle schools (high schools,
UW, and others), King County schools (high schools and colleges),
Washington State schools ( high schools, colleges, and universities).
These yearbooks are in the Special Section area of our library on the
north wall in the main room and are labeled by school, county, and
TIP OF THE WEEK – OUR BOOKSHELVES This edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session.
Question: “My great-grandparents lived in Orange County, New York. How do I find information on Orange County, New York in Seattle Genealogical Society’s Library?”
Answer: “First, go to the New York section of our bookshelves and look for this manila colored “county card” shown in the left photo below. Look down the list for Orange County and see that it has the #36. All our books are numbered with the state first, then the county # and finally the sequence # of the book in that County’s collection. So, NY 36-1 would be the first book cataloged in Orange County in our collection in New York. NY 36-1 is the “call number” for that book. The “county card” (left) and book “call number”(right) are shown in these photos:
You may also find a book and its call number in our library by using the Library Catalog you can find on our website: www.seagensoc.org
TIP OF THE WEEK – FIX THAT INDEX!
finally here, and Family Search members are excited for the newest
enhancement that allows for correction to names in the indexes on Family
Search. If and when you find it necessary to correct an index record,
you will be asked to provide an explanation for the correction and given
a choice of two reasons :
Indexed incorrectly (such as misread of the original document)
Wrong in the original document (such as nickname used)
in mind that your correction does not override the information already
on FamilySearch. Instead, you are providing additional information. The
old index information remains intact. Your change, as well as the
original information, are both searchable; therefore, allowing other
members to more readily locate these persons. There could end up being
several changes for the same record, so please edit carefully since
multiple changes will muddy the waters.
TIP OF THE WEEK – FREE ACCESS TO OLD YEARBOOKS Labor Day Weekend special! Ancestry has an indexed collection of middle school, junior high, high school, and college yearbooks from across the United States; yearbooks dated from 1900-1999. They are offering free access to this collection until Monday, September 2, 2019, 11:59 pm ET. With over 450,000 yearbooks and 62 million pages, see what you can find here. Speaking of yearbooks, do you know SGS has an extensive collection of Seattle area yearbooks? We have Roosevelt High School from 1923-1988. We also have Franklin, Garfield, Queen Anne, and West Seattle High Schools, as well as University of Washington “Tyee” and Eckstein Jr High. Come browse through them. Our library is closed over Labor Day Weekend, but will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
TIP OF THE WEEK – FREE MILITARY GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 1:00 PM, the Puget Sound Navy
Museum in Bremerton, WA is offering this free workshop that is open to
“Uncover your Sailor’s story through military records! Join our curator to learn about researching military service records, with a focus on records available from the National Archives” is how the workshop is described on their Facebook Page.
While the workshop is free, an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP on
Facebook, or to Curator.PSNM@Navy.mil or (360) 627-2452 by Friday,
September 13, 2019. The Puget
Sound Navy Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and
interpreting the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit
of the U.S. Navy and general public.
Currently it is open daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There are programs
for children as well as adults. Search for Puget Sound Navy Museum on
Facebook, or visit their website, www.pugetsoundnavymuseum.org/
On our Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Group Facebook page, a
member posted this question, “I’m wondering if there’s a safe process
for bringing out what’s written on the back of old photograph cardboard
stock that the photo was mounted on. Looks like maybe pencil”.
Several members replied they have had luck scanning the back of the
photograph at the highest resolution possible and then using a photo
editing application to adjust the contrast and brightness, etc.
Possibly with this technique, you will be able to make out what was
written on the back of that precious old photograph.
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