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Research Notes 2017-9-18

It’s not yet time to relax . . . There are more storms out there to keep an eye on. There’s still plenty of cleanup to do and the pile waiting for pickup will only grow in the next few days. Fortunately everyone in our family and neighborhood came through with only minimal damage so there is good reason to be thankful.

 

Are you familiar with Overdrive? It gives public libraries the ability to build a library of electronic books (e-books) that library members can borrow much like we do with paper books. You will need to install the free Overdrive app (available for iPad, Kindle Fire and other tablets) or the new Libby app and a library card. Once you’ve registered your library account via your device, it’s easy to browse the available books and borrow them. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in St. Johns County there are only a few genealogy books available at this time.

 

Forty-five years ago – on September 17, 1972 – U.S. audiences were introduced to the groundbreaking military comedy, MASH. The show ran for 11 years and still continues in reruns. It’s on most every night in our household and we know many of the lines by heart. Doesn’t matter, it’s still a great show.

When the series ended, the Smithsonian Museum accepted two complete sets from the show – the Swamp and the Operating Room. These were used in an exhibition that ran from July 30, 1983 to February 3, 1985. During that time 1,073,849 people visited the exhibit – many being repeat visits.

 

Larry Naukam at the In-Depth Genealogist has an interesting article on how to use ephemera as evidence in your research. He discusses a number of different ephemera items and describes how the information they contain can be used. One example was the film processing envelopes from back in the day when cameras required film which then needed to be processed. That envelope often has the date those photos were processed which helps document the date those photos were taken.

 
Reminder

Don’t forget the Genetic Genealogy special event! It’s scheduled for September 30th at the Southeast Branch Library. The presentation begins at 11:00am.

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