What You Might Have Missed: November 25 edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 25, 2013 in Site, Reference Desk

Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the world. Blog Posts Two Historical Anniversaries This Week Collection Spotlight: WWII United News Newsreels Family History Wiki [VIDEO] Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection Why You Need to… Read more

Hunger Games Hometown Favorites – Katniss? Haymitch? Coriolanus Snow?

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 23, 2013 in Cool Finds

We could not wait for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy, and thought it would be fun to map out the Districts in the movie, as if Panem actually existed. Our beloved Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) both come from District 12, which covers areas in South Carolina… Read more

Criminal Records: Troublemakers In Your Family Tree

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 22, 2013 in Collections

We’d all like to think that our ancestors were good, kind-hearted, upstanding citizens who followed the letter of the law. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and sometimes we find a few leaves in our tree attached to troublemakers. Whether they were trying to sell unsuspecting customers snake oil, or became experts in lock-picking… Read more

Two Historical Anniversaries This Week

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 22, 2013 in Moments in Time

  150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: November 19th President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic speech came four months after a fierce, three-day battle in July 1863 that left more than 7,000 soldiers dead and 40,000 wounded. It was delivered on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and remains… Read more

Collection Spotlight: WWII United News Newsreels

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 21, 2013 in Site, Collections

  During World War II, in the summer of 1942, the United States government started a branch known as the Office of War Information (OWI) whose role was to bring together many of the government communications circulating during the war. As a part of its job, the OWI was responsible for creating and distributing news… Read more Family History Wiki [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 20, 2013 in Site, Wiki, Research

The Family History Wiki is one of the best ways for you to discover more information about records and family history research. The Family History Wiki was developed to help genealogists find information they need, but also contribute, by editing and adding information. Our Family History Wiki is completely editable by the community and… Read more

Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection

Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Site, Collections

  Nearly 100 years of Texas birth and death records now available online, including key figures who investigated the death of the nation’s President and reported on the events in the days that followed.  Today we are releasing, for the first time online, 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas Department of… Read more

Why You Need to Learn About Changing County Boundaries

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 19, 2013 in Site, Research

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that maps today don’t reflect accurately the areas where our ancestors lived long ago. Roads have changed. New towns have appeared (and some have disappeared). What you might not realize is that the counties themselves might have changed. Those changes can have a huge impact on your research.… Read more

Is Your Family History Safe from Disaster?

Posted by Juliana Smith on November 18, 2013 in Juliana's Corner, Research Helps

As a life-long Midwesterner, I know that when the weatherman puts you in a high-risk zone for dangerous weather, you pay attention. It’s gonna get ugly. So yesterday morning when I woke to that big red high-risk bubble over Illinois and Indiana, I knew we had to hit the ground running. The little closet in… Read more and Associated Press Bring Historical AP Archives Online

Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Site, Collections

We are excited to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories–in their original wire copy format–available online today. Available at, the voluminous card catalog of names and subjects links to more than two million records and more than one million AP stories spanning 1937 to 1985, a resource… Read more

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