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Research Notes 2018-10-22

Are you familiar with the Internet Archive? If not, it’s time to get introduced. Why? Findmypast.com, the home of PERSI – the PERiodical Source Index, has partnered with Internet Archive to provide digital images of family history periodicals online for the first time.

PERSI screen on Internet Archive

The publications and articles posted on Internet Archive are freely accessible to everyone. You can search and read them online and download any publication in a number of different formats. While the PERSI collection is quite impressive it’s just one small part of Internet Archives content. There are millions of free books, movies, music, websites, software and more.

Want to learn more? You will find several useful articles in previous editions of the Ancient City Bulletin. These include:

  1. Internet Archive – An Introduction – January 2016

  2. City Directories at the Internet Archive – August 2016

  3. Local Histories at the Internet Archive – August 2017

  4. Build Your Own Research Library at the Internet Archive – June 2018

 

Have you taken advantage of FamilySearch’s Search component? It’s an impressive resource and one that’s very easy to use. Here’s a look.

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You will need a FamilySearch account to access this information. It only takes a minute to create your account and it costs you nothing. Once you log in, click on the Search item in the top menu. When the screen refreshes, click the Catalog item in the sub-menu. That will display a screen similar to the one you see here. In this example, I’m looking for information about a place. I entered the place – with help from the search box – and chose Any in Availability options. Then I clicked the Search button.

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Here is the results from my search. Click on the icon to the left of an item to view information about that item. In this case I’m looking at the two items included in the Genealogy category. Click on an item’s title to view details about it. 

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This resource is a published book. The details section provides the information about the book along with a link to that book’s information at WorldCat. Following that link I can see if there is a copy of the book in a library near me. It also shows me that this book is available in the Family History Library.

Did you notice the Add to Print List button? You can use it to create a Catalog Print List of any items you find using search. Add that to your research notes so you’ll know what you found and where.

 

Are you looking for a specific article or topic in past issues of the Ancient City Bulletin? No problem! You’ll find an index of articles on the Ancient City Bulletin page at SAGS Support. You can browse the page or use the page search command to find the article(s) you want.

 

Final Notes

Each new post published at SAGS Support is automatically emailed to member subscribers and/or delivered to their newsreader. Research Notes is published every Monday morning and other articles are posted during the week. Subscribers have the option to control how often these updates are delivered. Look down at the bottom of this message and you will find a Manage Subscriptions link in the fine print as you see in this example. Click it and you will be taken to the WordPress.com Subscription Management page. Use the Delivery Frequency column to change your delivery options from “Immediate” to either “Daily” or “Weekly”.


Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

Also down at the bottom of each delivered post is a Comment button. If you would like to comment on something discussed in a post or ask a question, just click the Comment button and you will be taken online to the comment section of the post where you can share your thoughts and read what others have shared.

To learn more, download a copy of the SAGS Support Guide.

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