Genealogy Challenge #1: Santa Rosa County Library System Genealogy Offerings

Santa Rosa County Library SystemAmerica’s GenealogyBank (Library Resource)Quickly find your ancestors in over four centuries of rare documents and records. Search thousands of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and genealogies. Plus, selected material from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set, the complete Social Security Death Index and more than 29 million obituaries.

America‘s Obituaries & Death Notices (Library Resource)The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Ancestry Library Edition (Library Resource-Available only inside the library)Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) gives individuals something truly priceless: the chapters of their own authentic, unique family stories. The world’s largest online collection of family history records and resources, ALE is a popular research tool. It offers a wide variety of unique content to help users trace their family lineage.

HeritageQuest Online (Library Resource-Use this link inside the library)HeritageQuest Online (HQO) combines digital, searchable images of US Federal Census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History book collection, and other valuable content. HQO helps put family research in its historical, social and cultural context, with 21 million page images from materials such as: US Federal Census records from 1790–1930; over 22,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant application files with records for over 80,000 individuals; and Freedman’s Bank Records containing key African American data.

HeritageQuest Online (Library Resource-Use this link outside the library)HeritageQuest Online (HQO) combines digital, searchable images of US Federal Census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History book collection, and other valuable content. HQO helps put family research in its historical, social and cultural context, with 21 million page images from materials such as: US Federal Census records from 1790–1930; over 22,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant application files with records for over 80,000 individuals; and Freedman’s Bank Records containing key African American data.

ProQuest Obituaries (Library Resource-Use this link inside the library)ProQuest Obituaries offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of top US newspapers. With content dating as far back as 1851, this wholly unique database provides researchers with valuable clues about their ancestors in the US, including proper full name, maiden name, spousal information, relatives’ names, occupation, religion, cause of death and more.

ProQuest Obituaries (Library Resource-Use this link outside the library)ProQuest Obituaries offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of top US newspapers. With content dating as far back as 1851, this wholly unique database provides researchers with valuable clues about their ancestors in the US, including proper full name, maiden name, spousal information, relatives’ names, occupation, religion, cause of death and more.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the InternetYour genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!

FamilySearchFree Family History, Family Tree, and Genealogy Records and Resources from Around the World

GenDisasters: Events that Touched our Ancestors LivesContains information on the historic disasters, events, and tragic accidents our ancestors endured, as well as, information about their life and death. Database and records searchable by surname. Find newspaper accounts of local disasters including Milton Fire of 1909; Milton Tornado of 1962; Gulf Breeze Tornado of 1971; and the Jay State Prison Road Camp Fire of 1967.

Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa CountySanta Rosa County GenWeb Project

Old Pictures and MapsCompiles a wide selection of historical maps and photographs that display both the profound events of our past, as well as the events of everyday life. Search the site or browse themed or picture collections.

Roots TelevisionYou’ll find videos covering everything from DNA Stories, to Flat Stanley’s Family Tree, to the lectures from the latest Genealogy and Technology Conference. We’re defining “roots” broadly – really broadly – so you don’t have to be a genealogist to find something of interest here.

RootswebFinding our roots together.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps of FloridaThese maps were created for insurance purposes from 1860 through 1923. These maps show the size, shape and construction of buildings, dwellings (including hotels and churches), and other structures such as bridges, docks and barns. The maps include street names, property boundaries and lot lines, and house and block numbers.

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NOTE: THIS IS PART OF AMY’S 52 WEEKS TO BETTER GENEALOGY.

Week 1: Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don’t forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section. If you do not already have a library card, take the time to get one. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s genealogy collection.Amy Coffin of the fabulous We Tree blog, has done it again. Last year, Amy developed a series of 52 Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompts which kept folks very busy and forced them to look at many different aspects of their genealogy.Now Amy brings us 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy: a series of weekly prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty.

And remember – as Amy says – these should be fun exercises! Don’t feel that you have to participate each week, nor should you beat yourself up if you miss one or more challenges. We all have so much that we want to accomplish – let alone what we want to accomplish with our genealogy blogs. This series should be one which, by the end of 2010, helps you to be a better genealogist. 

 

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Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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