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Research Notes 2019-10-28

Research Notes

Halloween’s just around the corner. What kinds of skeletons do you have in your closet? Pull them out and show them off! Your family will love those stories.

Sometime back I stumbled upon an interesting family skeleton. The first thing I did was call my sister and tell her what I found. Her response was “I have so many skeletons I have to rent storage.” Strangely, I believed her.

Our research efforts often deliver things we weren’t prepared for, but we have no control over what our ancestors did. One thing we need to remember . . . our world is very different than theirs and what is outrageous to us in this century may have been normal in their time. It’s time to pull out the history books and learn more about the world they lived in.


The Internet Archive is an amazing resource for family historians. It is continuously adding more books, genealogies, registers and records. Even better, it costs you nothing to use.


As you can see, the Allen County Public Library currently has more than 100,000 publications posted in the Internet Archive – many of them genealogies and parish registers. You will need to create an account – username and password – to take full advantage of this resource. You can use your account to build your own library and manage it within the Archive. That makes it much easier to pull out the publications you need for the moment.


It’s not all books either. You’ll find marriage licenses, regimental rosters, census, photos and more. Point your web browser to and you’ll soon see what an amazing resource the Internet Archive is.


The Research Resource Center is now operational on It is a “selective” group meaning that the group manager determines who can become a member. This is done to keep trolls out.

The center already has an impressive collection of research resources with more being added regularly. The center uses MeWe’s tag feature to organize content. A tag is a keyword preceeded with a hash mark (#). Click/tap any tag and the screen will redraw to display all posts matching that tag.

Want to learn more? Check us out at You will also need a account for access. 


The resource center group on also has a companion blog. In the example above you are seeing a clip of the Fold3 post on the Genealogy Toolbox blog. Just click/tap the link below the text and you will be taken to the blog for the full story.

Need help or want to learn more? Contact Denise Olson at

Final Notes

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

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