Thanks to the folks who attended our Ancestry.com workshop, last week. Despite a change of presenters, it seemed like everyone left happy and with a little more information about the use of this great research tool (and more). As promised, here are the handouts we made available at the workshop, as well as information about digitizing and sharing your own personal materials.
Comments? Questions? Feel free to email us: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
[Part II of McArthur Library’s Family History Month 2015 series.]
An important part of preserving your family treasures is to preserve the CONTEXT of those materials. How many of us have stacks of old photographs that were handed down, yet we have no idea who the people are in the pictures?
Unless there is someone or something in the background that may clue you in, not knowing the who/what/why of the things we keep negates the keeping of them in the first place. This should be reason enough for taking the time to label your images/files/other materials that don’t obviously tell you why they matter or who they are about.
The resurgence in popularity of scrapbooking has had the great effect in that folks are not only labeling their images, they take the time to write a little blurb about them too, preserving the story that they want to tell about themselves and their loved ones. There are many ways today, via the Web, to connect with people to solve the mysteries of your family history. The use of social media allows us to interact with and share with friends and family anywhere in the world, and is a great way to figure out who that guy is in the picture with Great Aunt Edna from the 1978 family reunion. Numerous genealogy sites allow you to view the work of and connect with people whose family tree intersects with your own.
[Part I of McArthur Library’s Family History Month 2015 series.]
Today, caring for your family treasures means more than just keeping those old photos dust-free and wrapping grand-memere’s wedding veil in tissue paper. Not only do we have our analog family treasures, we have digital family treasures as well.
How about all those CD’s of digital photos in the back of your desk drawer? Or have you ever even made back-ups? Do you even have film negatives of your children, or are all of your photos on your computer, tablet or smartphone?
Also, with changing weather patterns and more extreme (read: unexpectedly bad) weather, are you prepared for an emergency or disaster? We know enough to leave the “stuff” and get ourselves to safety, but after the fact, what do you do to try and save what is left?
Read on for tools and techniques to help you keep your family treasures, of whatever kind, safe for the future.
PRESERVATION OF YOUR TANGIBLE KEEPSAKES (Mostly Library of Congress)
OVERVIEW. Great BRIEF introduction by Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, Mass.
Preservation Leaflets/Section 3 – Emergency Management. Overall a great resource, but section 3 in particular gives tips for dealing with disaster recovery and clean up. Aimed at libraries and archives but absolutely useful to individuals. (Northeast Document Conservation Center)
[This post originally had a crazy title, because I was thrilled about finding these materials. I’ve since toned it down for ease of linking and reading. -Renee]
Sorry. I know it is terrible netiquette to write in all caps, but I am so excited! While looking for an item that I had digitized, I stumbled across the MOST AMAZING FIND. Our glorious State of Maine has digitized maps of most of the cemeteries in Biddeford!
I KNOW, RIGHT!?
I believe that this now gives us all access to maps of all the large cemeteries in Biddeford. The State maps are WPA maps, and therefore dated, but something is better than nothing! And hopefully will help you get started. Click on the links below to access the maps. Enjoy!
So you are trying to locate an obituary that may have appeared in the Journal Tribune? Did you know that if it is 1977 or later, you can search online??
Yes friends, it’s true! At Goodall Library’s Online Obituary Index, you can search for obituaries which would have appeared in the Journal Tribune from 1977 to Present (they have much more to offer as well, you can read all about it on their site). They have created a simple, user-friendly index where you can see the name and age of the deceased, as well as the newspaper and date on which their obit appeared. With that information, you can contact or visit the library of your choice to access a copy of the obituary.
[We here at McArthur Library would like to officially announce that we think the folks at L.B. Goodall Library in Sanford are, well, amazing.