Tips from the Pros: Easily Record Source Information on Copies

from George G. Morgan

When you make a photocopy of a page from a pertinent book at a library or archive, make a note of the publication information for your source citation. Include:

  • Author’s name(s)
  • Title
  • City and state (and country if foreign) of publication
  • Name of publisher
  • Year of publication
  • Other appropriate information (volume number, edition, etc.)
  • Repository where you located the material
  • The date you accessed the material

When you return home, you can type this information in your word processor in a bibliographic citation format. Feed the photocopies through your printer so that the citation will be neatly printed on the back of the photocopies you made from that source.

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Your Quick Tips

Google Books
After searching and all of the other family history websites for ancestors and hitting a brick wall on some of them, I tried Google. Google offers a book search section ( where you can type in a name or place and find all kinds of information on a family member or the history of a town. You have to register with the site but it is well worth the time and effort. Some of the books are full view, meaning that the whole book can be viewed. Others have limited views or snippet views. You can find out where to purchase a particular book if you wish. There are many town histories available and even family histories. I have found my great-grandfather in one of the town histories.

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The Year Was 1920

The year was 1920 and it marked the beginning of the “roaring twenties.” It was an age of flappers and jazz music, of Bertha Mekalski Szucsbootlegging and speakeasies.

It was the beginning of an era that redefined gender roles. Women were asserting their independence and with the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, all American women were guaranteed the right to vote. Dress styles were more revealing and young women shocked older generations by cutting their hair into short “bobs,” a controversial style that some people associated with immorality, smoking, and drinking. To learn more about flappers, see the website, The Jazz Age: Flapper Culture and Style.

For the first time, more Americans were living in urban areas than in rural areas. With the beginning of Prohibition on January 16, cities found themselves home to a growing number of “speakeasies,” places where patrons could get a drink, provided they knew the password, handshake, or other code required for entrance. Ironically, Prohibition ended up having a reverse effect in many areas. In Cleveland, there were 1,200 legal bars in existence before Prohibition, as opposed to an estimated 3,000 speakeasies by 1923. Continue reading

Photo Corner

Julia Lola McQueen and her new husband Lewie Kennedy Contributed by Jana Sloan Broglin, CG
Julia Lola McQueen and her new husband Lewie Kennedy on their wedding day July 2, 1902 in Brailey, Ohio. Julia was born 1 Jul 1884 and died 20 Oct 1940 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. Lewie was born 20 Aug 1875 and died 22 Nov 1932 in Swanton, Fulton County, Ohio. Their daughters, all deceased: Meredith Etta [Morse], Theone Catherine [Dodge], Nettie Amelia [Koepfer], Louie Merrilee [Beard] (Jana’s grandmother), Lola Julia [Hable], and Herma Nelle [Pilliod].

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Nellie Morrison, born 1895Contributed by Rod Marsh
Nellie Morrison, Rod’s paternal grandmother, born 1895, married 1918.  Photo date uncertain, possibly ca. 1915-1918, Northern Kentucky.

Durham Mining Museum Website

Last week as I was researching The Year Was 1829, I happened across a site that may be of interest to those of you who have ancestors from northern England–the Durham Mining Museum. According to the site, it “… covers mining in the Northern part of England, i.e., County Durham (DUR), Northumberland (NBL), Cumberland (CUL), Westmorland (WES) and the Ironstone mines of North Yorkshire (NRY). For information on mining in other areas of the country there may be a site listed in our Links section.”

For those with ancestors who may have died in mining accidents, their Memorial Roll and mining accident reports, will be of interest. Others who have ancestors in the area may also find the site useful as well, as it has several detailed historical maps. Although I don’t know of links to the area from my family, the site was full of information and I found it interesting to look through.


Durham Mining Museum

Recognition of Black Confederate Soldiers Committee

Recently, President General Esther Cope of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) appointed a committee to gather information on black Confederate soldiers, including information on markers and monuments honoring these Confederate heroes. Each UDC Chapter has been directed to search out and document graves, markers, pensions, military records and other information on these men. Individuals are asked to collect the following information:

  • The names, military records or pensions, if possible.
  • Location of grave and type of marker. If possible, include a photograph.
  • Photos of monuments to black Confederates, including location, date erected and other dedication information.
  • Any other pertinent information.

(This announcement is from the UDC Magazine, Aug 2006, Vol. LXIX, No. 7, p. 10)
You can send this information into the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC – Attn: Lynna Kay Shuffield, P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222 or via e-mail to

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Sheraton Boston Hotel FGS Discount Extended

 The Sheraton Boston Hotel, conference hotel for the 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference in Boston, has graciously extended the discount deadline to Wednesday, August 22. The conference is proving so popular that the conference committee has added additional rooms to the block to accommodate the increased demand. Plenty of rooms are available. It is a  large hotel designed for conferences.

The Sheraton Boston is conveniently located at 39 Dalton Street, attached to the Shops at Prudential Center and the Hynes Convention Center. Rooms are $159.00 single/double and  $40.00 for each additional person. To reserve a room at the Sheraton, contact the reservations line at 1-800-325-3535. Identify yourself as part of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2006 Conference when calling. Continue reading

Printer-friendly Versions Now Available

Because I was unexpectedly sidelined for a couple days last week, I was unable to complete the formatting of the newsletter and posting to the blog and library for printer-friendly versions until over the weekend. The library version posts with a scheduled site roll and should be available later today (typically by 3:00) MST. My apologies for the delay.

Hope you all have a good day! 


15 August 2006 Update: The printer-friendly versions of articles for this week’s newsletter are now available in the Library.