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Research Notes 2020-8-10

Research Notes

It’s too hot to do much more than walk the dog and water the plants. Now’s a good time to catch up on my reading. I’m currently reading Annette Gendler’s How to Write Compelling Stories from Family History. If you are considering writing a family history, this book is a great place to get started. She is building her family history one memoir at a time. Her ideas are simple and effective. My story collection is growing thanks to her delightful book. The paperback edition of the book can be purchased at Amazon.com for $8.95. Kindle Unlimited users can read the book free on their Kindle reader.

 

Do you remember the days when the Allen County Public Library’s genealogy center was the go-to place for historic books like parish registers, county records, published genealogies and other wonderful publications? Unfortunately, back then you had to go to the Allen County library to get access to any of those resources. Not anymore!

The Internet Archive has digitized 110,590 publications from the Allen County Public Library and they are all freely accessible online. This collection includes yearbooks, parish registers, county records, family genealogies, marriage records and much more.

That’s not all. Internet Archive has more than 3 million items in the American Libraries collection. There’s also the Canadian Libraries, European Libraries and more.

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It costs you nothing to use Internet Archive. You don’t have to create an account to use the archive or download items, but having an account allows you to build your own personal library. Log in and start favoriting things you like. They not only show up in your personal library, but Internet Archive even indexes all the things you’ve collected so you can easily find them when you need them.

If you want to learn more, there’s an introduction to Internet Archive in the January 2016 Ancient City Bulletin. You will find it at the bottom of the Ancient City Bulletin page on SAGS Support. We will have a guide for using Internet Archive ready to download later this week.

Final Notes

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