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August 2012, Volume 4, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD 2012

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 23-25

Festival of Books
Sept. 28-30

Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 3-5

Teen Read Week
Oct. 14-20

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 21-27

Heritage Quest
Featured e-Resources of the Month

Help your patrons find answers in genealogy resources

Featured eResources of the Month


Help your patrons find answers in genealogy resources

Are summer travelers stopping in with family tree questions? Are town anniversaries and class reunions sparking local history interest? Let State Library genealogy online resources provide some answers.

Ancestry LibraryAncestryLibrary, available in the library and on school campuses only, recently added 1940 US census records, giving coverage from 1790-1940. It also includes school, city, and church yearbooks and professional and organization directories. Search results now offer cross-references of “suggested records” to help save time and link out to external sites, such as newspaper obituary sites and Patrons will appreciate the family trees and other charts available under the "Charts" tab. "Help" gives search tips and a wiki for special search questions and answers. The new Ancestry LibGuide describes Ancestry's holdings and use in the "About" page and gives pdf search help on the "Additional Materials" page. Other resources for AncestryLibrary are available here:

HeritageQuest, available directly from library or school and with barcode/password from home, contains census records from 1790-1930, as well as full-text books about people and places that may be familiar to your visitors. HeritageQuest's new "Learning Center" and familiar "Help" at the top right of the search page will assist you and your patrons in searching. More information is available here:

Digital Sanborn MapsSanborn Maps, 1867-1970, can engross researchers interested in town history. These historical fire insurance maps for selected towns in SD show street and business changes through time, as well as building materials and other details not available elsewhere. "Help" gives search and navigation advice. More information is available here:

To become expert at using AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest, sign up for a vendor webinar. Find a date and time convenient for you on the State Library Event Calendar available here:

These and other online resources are accessed from the State Library webpage "Online Resources" tab.





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