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Research Notes 2020-1-27

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RootsWeb Mailing Lists Going Away

From the RootsWeb team:

Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state. Administrators may save the email addresses in their list prior to March 2nd.  As an alternative to RootsWeb Mailing Lists, Ancestry message boards are a great option to network with others in the genealogy community. Message boards are available for free with an Ancestry registered account.

Registration is now open for the 2020 conference scheduled for March 14th. Stop by the conference website to download the registration brochure, choose the classes you wish to attend and get registered. Don’t wait or you will find the classes you want are full.

It’s going to be a great conference!


Thanks to organizations like,, DPLA, Google Books and many more, we now have instant access to an amazing number of digitized genealogical and historical books. Even better, you can maintain your own collection of digitized books – most at no cost. Digitized books don’t take up room in your home. Most are stored online on your computer, mobile device or cloud storage. With cloud storage your collections are within easy reach wherever you go.

You don’t have to buy books. Our library has a growing collection of all kinds of ebooks. In the sample above, you are seeing some of the digital genealogy books available. You don’t have to visit the library to check out an ebook. You can do it online. All you need is the free Libby app (for iOS and Android devices) and your library card number. You can check out books right from the app. In the example above, you will see that most of the books shown are available to download. There is one with a wait list. If the book you want is on a wait list you can add yourself to the wait list and you will be notified when it becomes available.

There is more than just e-books . . . There is also a growing number of books in PDF format. These are often the digital equivalent to a magazine or a book with lots of graphics and photographs. They can also be scanned copies of older books. One good place to begin is the Internet Archive ( It is an amazing collection of digitized publications, books, records and more. It’s a great place for finding historic publications such as this history of Ewing College. I knew my great grandfather was educated there but it wasn’t until I found the History of Ewing College book on Internet Archive that I learned that my grandfather’s uncle was one of the founders. Even better, the book included a photograph of him.


Want to learn more about affordable genealogical publications? You will find them at the Genealogy Toolbox blog.

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