Your Quick Tips, 23 October 2006

Periodicals in Local Libraries
Looking for an article that you found through PERSI? Go local. Recently I located two articles in periodicals that I wanted copies of. While there is an online form for ordering them from large genealogy libraries, it indicates that wait times are from six to eight weeks. The articles I wanted were in Chesapeake Cousins printed by the Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland and the Dorchester Genealogical Magazine. I searched the Internet for a local library in Dorchester County and hit pay dirt. They had a genealogical room with a wonderful library associate who informed me that that they had the Dorchester County periodical but not the “Chesapeake Cousins.” She offered to check other facilities in the area to locate the Chesapeake Cousins article.

Within a week of making contact, the two articles arrived in my mailbox in Fayetteville, GA. I asked what the cost was for the articles and was told there was no charge. This scenario may not be the case with other libraries and longer articles, but the three pages I received were very valuable to me. I send many thanks to local libraries and their helpful library associates.

Susan Sloan
Fayetteville, GA

Brooklyn Public Library
I enjoyed reading your adventures with the Dyer name in Brooklyn. I too am from Brooklyn and live just outside the city limits now on Long Island. In some of my research trips back to the Brooklyn Public Library for microfilms of the “Eagle,” the desk librarians kept telling me that I must go upstairs to the local history room. I finally took their advice and had a wonderful trip down memory lane.

The librarian there asked me to write down my interests which I did. She came up with some really useful leads a few weeks later. If you have a chance to visit Brooklyn, be sure to go to the library and visit that room.

Virginia Wright D’Antonio

Family or Friend?
Recently, I was going through some boxes of old photos searching for one particular picture. I noticed many of those cards that are given out at funerals. My grandmother used to put those funeral cards in the family Bible. Most of them were from family members but a few were from family friends. Those funeral cards caused quit a stir when we tried to figure out who was a family member and who was just a friend.
 
I made the following note, “Not a relative–a family friend” on cards of those that I knew were friends. Now when my descendants find one of those cards many years from now, they will know who is and who is not a relative.

Lindy Brammer

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