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Dec/ January 2010, Volume 2, Issue 1

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 14, 2010

ALA MidWinter
Jan. 15-19, 2010

2010 National African American Read-In
February, 2010

Read Across America Day
March 2, 2010

Teen Tech Week
March 7-13, 2010

PLA National Conference
March 23-27, 2010

Featured e-Resources of the Month
AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest answer family trivia questions

Featured e-Resources of the Month

AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest answer family trivia questions

When did Uncle Art pass on? Who were his neighbors when he lived out on the farm? On what ship did great-grandfather come to the U.S.? Questions such as these may surface as families gather for the holidays. Answers may be only a few clicks away in State Library genealogy electronic resources found at


AncestryLibrary, accessible only within libraries, contains U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 thru 1930, immigration records, military records, the Social Security Death Index, newspaper and other articles, photos including high school yearbooks, historical maps and more. Ancestry continues to add more content, including more international collections. Use the Family Group Sheet, Ancestral Chart or other downloadable charts and forms to keep track of who’s who in your family or your patrons’ families.


HeritageQuest, available in the library or from home with barcode and password, provides stories from earlier times. It contains the same U.S. Federal Census information as Ancestry. The rest of the resource complements Ancestry’s holdings, and includes searchable family and local history books, an index to genealogy and local history periodicals (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman’s Bank records of emancipated slaves’ accounts and the U.S. Serials Set containing Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress.

Both resources offer excellent help features. Handouts pointing out the main features of each resource are available for you to print out for family and patrons at

What can you uncover that no one else knows? Help your patrons become family history experts or become one yourself!


databases, electronic resources, genealogy, history




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