Thursday, January 26, 2012

Are Your Photographs Just Gathering Dust?

Do you have old photographs hidden away because you don't know how to protect them or don't know when they were taken?  Three new books by Maureen a. Taylor may help:
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Care for Your Family Photographs - From Daguerreotypes to Digital Imaging teaches us how to identify , restore, and repair damaged photographs, preserve and share photographs and digital images.
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album helps you determine when and if your photos were taken during the Civil War by helping you identify and analyze clothing, tax stamps, military dress, etc.
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840 - 1900 helps you identify a time frame for your photographs by using hairstyles.  Hairstyles can help you discover when the pictures were taken, if the person was wealthy and how old they were.

Volunteer to Make History!

Join the 1940 Census Community Project by volunteering to transcribe the 1940 Census Records.  Unlike previous census years, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made available as free digital images.  Family and other project organizers will need volunteers to start indexing the Census to make it searchable.  If you are interested, go to  for more information.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Future Genealogists

Do you have younger relatives interested in Genealogy?  If so, we have four new books to help them along: Basic Genealogy for Kids, Using Technology to Find Your Family History, How to Research Your Ancestry, and Design Your Family Tree. 
  • Design Your Family Tree gives tips on how to share family history through trees, timelines, autobiographies, scrapbooks, family web sites, etc.
  • How to Research Your Ancestry shows children how to start their research into the past.
  • Using Technology to Find Your Family History helps children find websites to assist them in their search and different search strategies to use.
  • Basic Genealogy gives insight on how to begin the process of finding your ancestors.
All of these books are available at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library and the John and Judy Gay library and can be checked out.  this way, you can enjoy them with your future Genealogist.  Who knows, these books may inspire the person you eventually hand down all the information you've gathered.