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May 2013, Volume 5, Issue 5

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

National Library Legislative Day
May 7-8

Children's Book Week
May 13-19

BookExpo America
May 30– June 1, Javits Center, New York City

ALA 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition
June 27– July 2, Chicago, Illinois

SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood

Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Genealogy eResources—where history is new

Featured eResources of the Month


Genealogy e-Resources—where history is new

Sometimes people laugh when we tell them that new information is being added daily to AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest. After all, these databases contain old stuff! What we really mean is that more old stuff is being added, making it new to these databases.

Ancestry LibraryWant to make a family tree but wonder if someone else has already done it? Public Member Trees is new to AncestryLibrary this year. Public Member Trees contain family trees that members have contributed and allowed to be viewed by the public. The contributors own the trees, and does not verify or edit them. These nearly 40 million trees are read-only and do not show information about living people. The trees may change over time as users edit the information in their trees.

Wonder who lived where and for how long? AncestryLibrary has added U.S. City Directories, a collection of directories for U.S. cities and counties for various years from 1821-1989. Alaska is the only state not included.

To see if your family tree is included, or to find the U.S. City Directories, go to the State Library list of online resources >> Genealogy. Select AncestryLibrary click "all databases" at the bottom of the home page look for "Public Member Trees," or "U.S. City Directories" and click.

screenshot of all databases at AncestryLibrary
screenshot of public member trees and us city directories at Ancestry Library

Remember that AncestryLibrary access is available at public and school libraries only.

Heritage QuestTo do genealogy or history research from home with barcode/password or directly from library or school, try HeritageQuest. It contains census records from 1790-1940, as well as full-text books about people and places where your ancestors lived. HeritageQuest's new "Learning Center" and familiar "Help" at the top right of the search page will assist you and your patrons in searching.

screenshot of Learning Center Link at HeritageQuest
screenshot of Learning Center at HeritageQuest

For more on historic places in SD, use Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970. These historical fire insurance maps for 82 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.

To find more information or sign up for a vendor webinar, go to the State Library website.





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