The March issue of The Rogue Digger, the genealogical periodical published by RVGS, can be read by clicking on this link, The Rogue Digger or you can go to www.rvgsociety.org and click on News to read current and past issues of The Rogue Digger.
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & COMING EVENTS
Classes and Workshops are held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
April 3rd, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM: 8 week Writing Workshop, Week 5“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories” Joan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the fifth week of the series.
The “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week. The group does out-of -class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques. The group also does in-class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session. Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full. If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library, 541-512-2340, and we will put your name on a contact list.
April 5th, Saturday, 10:30–12:30PM Brick Wall Roundtable Discussion
Do you have an elusive ancestor you have searched for? Or ancestors you can trace just so far and have hit the “brick wall”. Attend the roundtable to present your brick wall and receive suggestions for researching and locating some of that missing information. Donations are welcome. Please pre-register for this FREE workshop. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 6th to 13th Salt Lake City Trip – Family History Library
RVGS members are traveling to Salt Lake City to visit the best genealogy library in the world. If you can’t make it this year, start planning now for next year and let’s wish everyone a safe and enjoyable trip. You are welcome to join us this year If you can make your own travel and hotel arrangements. We are scheduled to be at the Family History Library April 7-11. Call the library, 541-512-2340 Thursday or Friday of next week (April 3rd and 4th) or email mailto:email@example.com, and Betty Miller can give you more information. You do not have to be an RVGS member to join the group in ancestral search.
April 9th, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group. Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun! Bring your questions, let’s find answers together. Please pre-register for this FREE workshop. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 15th –3rd TUESDAY Public Program and Member Meeting 1:30- 3:30PM
Sue Naumes, president of the Naumes Foundation, presents a program titled “History of the Pear Industry in Southern Oregon”. Sue discusses the families in the industry, the locations of the packing houses past and present and displays some of the colorful fruit crate labels from her vast collection. She is retired from Naumes, Inc. where she worked for 30 years. During the Member Meeting, Charlotte Henry will be honored for her many contributions to RVGS. Members and visitors are welcome. This event is free, and there is no need to pre-register.
This event is immediately followed by:
Diggin’ In the Dark… when the library remains open the 3rd Tuesday each month until 9 PM!
Take advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., with helpful librarians available to assist you. Come use one of our eleven computer stations to explore several subscribed online websites or bring your laptop and connect to our Wi-Fi. The library also features a huge database and book collection. Bring your dinner or chip in for a pizza. Leave blurry-eyed at 9 PM! Please pre-register for this FREE workshop by telephone (541)512-2340, in person at JCGL, or email email@example.com.
April 17th, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM 8 week Writing Workshop, Week 6
“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories”
Joan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the sixth week of the series. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week. The group does out of class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques. The group also does in class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session. Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full. If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library and we will put your name on a contact list.
April 22nd, Tuesday, 1:00–2:00PM Quilts and Genealogy Talks: Table Rock Quilt Featured
“How a Rare Red Bell Helped to Preserve Historic Jacksonville,” presented by Larry Smith.
Larry Smith, director of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association, shares how the Gentner family of Medford identified Jacksonville’s signature flower as a new plant species and how one of the rarest plants in Oregon has helped preserve Historic Jacksonville. The Fritillaria gentneri, one of Oregon’s rarest plants, is found only in isolated populations in Southern Oregon. The greatest concentration of this rare and showy red bell is found in the native woodlands immediately surrounding Historic Jacksonville, Oregon. Please register for this free event… Please pre-register for this event by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
April 24th, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM 8 week Writing Workshop, Week 7
“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories”
Joan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the seventh week of the series. The “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week. The group does out of class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques. The group also does in class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session. Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full. If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library, 541-512-2340, and we will put your name on a contact list.
April 28th, Monday, 10:30AM – 12:30 PM Family Tree Maker IV ”Using Maps” presented by Charleen Brown.
Each time you enter a place name for a fact or event, FTM adds this location to a “master list” of locations. You can use this master list to view maps and satellite images of locations which can be attached to individuals in your tree. Come join Charleen for this powerful class. Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1st, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM 8 week Writing Workshop, Week 8
“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories”
Joan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the eighth week of the series and the final class. The “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week. The group does out of class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques. The group also does in class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session. Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full. If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library, 541-512-2340, and we will put your name on a contact list.
May 6th, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This informal group usually meets the first or second Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun! Please register for this FREE workshop by phone (541)512-2340, in person at JCGL, or email email@example.com.
May 9th, Friday, 10:00 – NOON: Jackson County Genealogy Research
Anne Billeter, JCGL Library Director, explains how to find information about Jackson County people at the Jackson County Genealogy Library and the Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library and their websites…and where else you should look. This class is free to JCGL librarians, JCLS staff, and SOHS library volunteers, $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, dropping by the library to reserve a space, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 10th, Saturday, 10:30 – 12:30 PM: How to Start Your Genealogy Project
Charleen Brown teaches the paper and pencil basics of gathering information to start your family tree. What you should know and do before you begin researching on the computer. You will learn:
- How to fill out and use an ancestor chart,
- How to find information at home,
- Uses of the family group sheet,
- How to continue your project,
- The types of documentation and why it is important
- Simple ways to organize information.
Please register for this FREE class. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, dropping by JCGL to reserve a space, or emailing email@example.com.
May 17th, Saturday, 9:30 – 4:30 PM : Spring Seminar
1st Session: 9:00- 10:30 AM Getting the Most from Family Search and Family Tree by Barbara Basden
2nd Session: 10:45-12:15 PM Finding Great-Grandma and Grandpa Too, and Are They Really Your Ancestors by Melinda Henningfield, CG
3rd Session: 1:15-2:45 PM How to Manage and Organize your Genealogical Photos and Documents by Bill Strickland.
4th Session: 3:00-4:30 PM Using Paper Trail, A Guide to Overland Pioneer Names and Documents Created by the Oregon-California Trails Association, by Jim and Sallie Riehl.
To learn more about each session please click the following link, May Seminar. Cost: Members full day $35 or $10 each session; Non-members full day $70 or $20 each session. Pre-paid registration deadline is May 12th. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, dropping by the library to reserve a space, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUT OF TOWN
April 5, Bend Spring Seminar featuring Denise Levenick, the Family Curator. Denise’s topics include “Preserving and Archiving the Past,” “The Paper-Less Genealogist,” “Secrets in the Attic: Breaking down Brick Walls with Home Sources,” “ Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin.” Click this link, Bend Seminar -Registration Form to access more information and the registration form.
May 7-10, “Virginia: The First Frontier,” the Annual Convention of the National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA. Click this link to learn more.
August 2,”Summer Genealogy Fest,” conference in Eugene OR presented by the Genealogical Conference of Oregon(GCO) and Oregon Association of Professional Genealogists (OR APG). The featured speaker is Tom Jones, Pack your genealogy passport and plan to repack your genealogical toolbox! For more information, click this link. GCO 2014 Flyers. [Editors Note: Lots of RVGS members are planning to attend and JCGL will host a table during the event. Come join us!]
ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS
A Tribute to Charlotte Henry
THANK YOU, CHARLOTTE
By Charleen Brown, Past-President of RVGS
RVGS is honoring Charlotte Henry for serving on the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2013. Charlotte Henry and her husband Gene moved to Medford after retiring as educators in Eugene, OR. They joined RVGS in January, 1997. Since RVGS is always looking for volunteers, it wasn’t long before I notice that they were in the library quite frequently. So, I approached them to become volunteers. They said they were just getting started in RVGS and just wanted to research. Not being one to take “no” for an answer, Emillee Brazill (the library manager in 1997) and I continued to beg, plead, cajole and pressure them until finally they both relented, probably just to get us off their backs.
Charlotte agreed to work on the Newspaper Project and was soon spending many hours photocopying the newspaper clippings of obituaries, births and weddings that were published in the local newspapers. These pages were later bound and are currently on the shelves of our Jackson County Genealogy Library. Gene began accessioning our new books, and we knew we had them hooked. This was also a very special time in RVGS history because it was when we made the big move from 133 S. Central in Medford to 95 Houston Road in Phoenix. They both spent many hours helping to pack and unpack the books to set up the library in the new location.
Charlotte was elected Vice-President and served from 2002 – 2003, but her higher priority interest was in gardening and she took over the landscaping at the new building. She was appointed Maintenance Director and served from 2004 until 2007. In 2007 we needed a Membership Director so she volunteered to accept that position which she held until 2013. She helped reorganize and implement the membership tracking system that is still used today.
Both Charlotte and Gene have devoted many hours of volunteer service to RVGS. When the new bookshelves were delivered, they were there to help install the shelves and move the books. Charlotte and her grandsons spent many Sunday afternoons after church shifting books to alleviate overcrowding. Gene was elected to Honorary Life Membership in 2004 and Charlotte became a Life Member in 2012. Even though both have had to cut back on volunteering due to health, Charlotte still volunteers to help out as our very capable cashier.
It is because of the dedication of members like Charlotte that our Library is a better place: So thank you for being a volunteer,
We’re privileged to work with you.
We want you to know how appreciated you are,
Not just for today, but for what you have meant to RVGS and JCGL
Not only in the past but also for the future.
THE 5/60 CLUB
The 5/60 Club needs members to renew their commitment to the mortgage payments. A donation of $5 per month or $60 for the year really helps make that payment each month. Orange 2014 stickers are available at the reception desk when you make your 5/60 Club donation.
Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club for Jan-Mar. 2014: Colista Bailey; Al & Carolyn Beron; Anne Billeter; Wayne Cabler; Carolyn Craig; Chuck Eccleston; Colleen Eccleston; Terry Fischer; Marie Fulbright; Cheryl Haas; Charlotte Henry; Gene Henry; David Hodson; Jacqueline Jump; Steve Kious; Norb Leiberg; Barbara MacMillen; Dick MacMillen; Bruce McGarvey; Betty Miller; Connie Miller; Stephen Seaton; Barbara Shrewsberry; Vanya Sloan; April Thomas; Helen Wolgamott
LEAVE A LEGACY
Donations to Leave A Legacy reduce the mortgage balance on the JCGL building. Our goal for 2014 is to reduce the mortgage balance to $80,000; with your help we can reach this goal. When making a donation, please indicate it is to “Leave A Legacy.” Donations may be made online via either website (the Donate button on the home page of each website) , by mail addressed to 3405 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501, or in person at JCGL.
We would like to thank the following people for contributing to Leave A Legacy:
Katherine Alsing; Mary L. Amaro; Vern & Marti Arnold; Karen Asche; Anne Billeter; Gloria Charlaine Brittsan; Jennifer Bryan; Vicki Anne Bryden; Mary Ann Byrne; Ken Clarke; Carolyn Craig; Richard Croly; Carita Culmer; Chuck & Colleen Eccleston; John Ferrell; Joyce Hailicka; Bob Hawk; Charlotte Henry; Horton Family Foundation; Larry & Ann Horton; Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor; Carolee Jones; Sheila Kimball; Virginia King; Linda Lipkind; Richard & Barbara MacMillen; Judith Mallchok; Alan Marion; Bruce McGarvey; Barbara Middaugh; Betty A. Miller; Connie Miller; Alice & Larry Mulally; Kathie Ordall; Jack & Andrea Patterson; People’s Bank; Dixie Pollard; Sallie K. Riehl; Stephen Seaton; Carl Shauger; Chloe Sternola
In Memory of… Mary Jo Owens, member #1495, she was a member since 1999, b. 26 Oct 1935, d. 11 Jan 2014
BUY STUFF FROM AMAZON! When you purchase stuff from Amazon using the link provided on the rvgslibrary.org website (about 1/4 down the home page), a portion of the dollars you spend (about 2%) is donated to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. So far in 2014, RVGS received $66.10 from such purchases (as compared to $126 for all of 2013.) Another way to access Amazon so that RVGS receives a percentage of your purchase is to create a link to Amazon on the desktop of your computer. Click on this link, Amazon Affiliate Link to bring up a PDF file telling you how to accomplish this.
Genealogy Success Story: We welcome your stories. Please submit success stories to email@example.com.
A Success Story in Atlantic Research
By Dr. Stephen Lee Seaton
Inspired by Sue’s story, I thought this success story might be suitable. Lee Seaton Last month’s success story prompted me to write down my discovery this past summer of the details surrounding the 18th century shipwreck of one of three Seaton brothers. These Jacobite brothers fled Scotland to Ireland around 1715. Their stories are told in part by Oren Andrew Seaton in his The Seaton Family, published in 1906. Oren recounts how the brothers separately emigrated from Ireland to the New England colonies starting in 1727. The first two, James and John, settled in Massachusetts’ Essex County. The third, Andrew, for a time, kept a public house, likely the still-operating “Tullyhogue Arms” in Tellehoague, County Tyrone. He became a wealthy man and was said to have given each of his children “their weight in gold” before his departure from Ireland to join his brothers in 1740.
Andrew loaded his vessel with a valuable stock of merchandise before it sailed into the North Atlantic. The voyage ended in a shipwreck on the “Isle of Sable” with the Andrew’s family suffering multiple injuries. The youngest daughter was first thought lost, then found and resuscitated; the mother soon died, while the father suffered a broken jaw. After nine days, the survivors were rescued and taken to the “Island of Cancer.” Eventually the surviving Seatons made their way to Boxford, Massachusetts, and reunion with Andrew’s brothers and their families.
The key detail missing from this account is the name of the ship on which Andrew left Ireland for there is no online record of a 1740 shipwreck on the Isle of Sable. There are many websites sharing information about shipwrecks around the world. There also many on-line passenger lists, some naming other early Seatons coming to the colonies. However, even after I located the shipwreck location as probably Nova Scotia’s Sable Island, possibly the world’s leading site for 18th century shipwrecks, there was no shipwreck in 1740. I came to accept that the mystery of the ship might be one of those not solved without a trip to Ireland.
The actual trip of discovery started in New York City aboard the Emerald Princess in the fall of 2013. Marilyn and I were sailing with her sister and husband to celebrate his birthday and the colors of New England and Canada. Among the ports of call on this voyage was the city of Halifax, the home of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Instead of taking the excursion to the graveyard of the Titanic, we walked to the museum. There was a very large map displaying shipwreck sites, including Sable Island and the sea town of Canso on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. There was not time to inquire but I promised myself to check out the museum website when we got home.
The museum’s website provided extensive information about current and historical aspects of the western north Atlantic. Fortunately, it also had an “ask a curator” email feature. The reply can from an assistant curator suggesting several possible matches and resources. Bingo! From those links, it was clear that the ship was the “Snow Catherine”. The ship sailed from Portrush, Antrim, Ireland on June 4, 1737 with 202 passengers to run aground on Sunday, July 17, 1737. The “Boston Evening Post” newspaper of August 18, 1737 carried a passenger’s account of the wreck and rescue; this article was reprinted in “The Pennsylvania Gazette” on September 8, 1737. It appears that this reprint is the direct source for The Seaton Family text.
A “snow” is a type of frigate. Almost half of the passengers perished in the wreck. Andrew remarried and later moved to Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, where he died.
WELCOME NEW AND RENEWING RVGS MEMBERS FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2014:
|Hayden, Gould Dwight|
|Burke, Cheryl l.|
|Hunter, Judy L. & Phil|
|Ross, Steve & Barbara|
JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS
2014 Grants Awarded – Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) has $23,850 Available for a Scanning and Digitizing Project to Enhance the Collection at JCGL.
Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded $9050 in a matching grant, $1800 awarded by Jackson County Cultural Coalition with RVGS matching $2800.00 from its technology fund and $10,200 in volunteer hours. The project is to scan and digitize late 19th and early 20th Century Jackson County court records and survey maps to make them available to the public.
While visiting JCGL, you may have noticed the old ledgers with 19th and early 20th century Jackson County historical court records. These ledgers are cumbersome and fragile and need to be protected from frequent handling. Also, Roger Roberts an RVGS member has a private collection of 2500 – 3000 historical Jackson County survey maps, some too large and too fragile to house and have open access.
Barbara MacMillen, RVGS Finance Director submitted the grant applications to acquire the equipment and means to scan and digitize all these maps and ledgers making them available to the public via the JCGL website (www.rvgslibrary.org). RVGS Project Director, Chloe Sternola has already organized volunteers and the project is underway expecting to be finished in early 2015.
Great thanks go to Jackson County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for these generous grants. The award of both these grants enables RVGS to fulfill its mission of preservation for years to come. Visit the website to access records, order research and check our progress on this digitization project.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE COLLECTION AT JCGL Please click on the following link, March 2014 Additions, to access the list of recent additions to the library collection.
WEBSITE MENU REVISED; WEBSITE MENU AND EMAIL HELP AVAILABLE The website menu on Patron Computers at JCGL has been revamped to make it easier for you to navigate to various helpful websites. The menu now has two pages, a page for paid sites including Ancestry, Fold3 and others; and a second page for free sites including Family Search, RootsWeb, and others. To navigate from one page to the other, click on the large brown arrow labeled NEXT in the lower right hand corner of each page. If you want to return to the Website Menu after having explored a site, click on the home icon toward the upper right corner of each page.
From each of the patron computers you now have access to a file labeled “Website Menu Help” available from a link on the desktop. That file describes the content of each site on the Website Menu and also tells you how to login to that site, if login information is needed. An additional link on the desktop takes you to a file that tells you how to access the gmail account for JCGL patrons. That link is labeled “Email Help.”
NEW WEBSITE ADDED TO THE PAID WEBSITES MENU
According to the Top Ten Reviewers on the internet, the four most highly rated sites for genealogy are e (1) Ancestry.com, (2) Archives.com, (3) Family Search, and (4) World Vital Records. JCGL now offers quick access to all four of these “megasites” from the revised Website Menu. Some features of Archives.com that may be unfamiliar to you are that this site helps you acquire certificates, e.g., marriage, birth, death, from county courthouses, and it permits connecting to social media sites (e.g., Facebook) and their records. Archives.com is rated as very easy to use and is rapidly adding to its collection of records.
DO YOU STILL NEED A DESKTOP PROGRAM FOR YOUR GENEALOGY? CAN’T IT ALL BE DONE ON THE INTERNET? Say you have input all the information you have on your family into Family Search Family Tree or into Ancestry Public Member Trees, do you still need Family Tree Maker or Legacy or RootsMagic or any other software on your computer to continue your research? The answer may surprise you, click this link to read an article by Genealogist Renee Zamora for an in-depth discussion of this issue.
CONFUSED BY COPYRIGHT LAW?
Copyright Law and Genealogy
By David Devin
At the February Meeting of the LGS, the program was “Genealogy & Copyright Laws.” The take away of the presentation was that you should always be careful of what you copy and use in your published genealogies. While the “Fair Use” clause of the Copyright Law allows you to use copyrighted material for research and educational purposes, the catch is what constitutes “Fair Use” is rather vague. It boils down to if a copyright holder decides you are violating his copyright, it may take a lot of time and money to defend your “Fair Use” of his material. Best practice is to keep any direct transcriptions, photographs, or scanned documents in your published genealogies to just the little bit needed to support your evidence.
On the bright side, anything published before 1923 is in the public domain and you may use transcriptions and copied pages in your research.
No matter the publication date, facts cannot be copyrighted. You may use information found in copyrighted material as long as you use only the facts. For example, you can use birth, marriage, and death dates found in a copyrighted document, but you cannot use an exact transcription or photocopy of the material in your published genealogy. Anything published by the United States government is in the public domain and you may use that material. Check with individual states to find out if their published material is in the public domain or copyrighted.
Finally, all works published after 1923 are automatically copyrighted. That means, your family history manuscript is copyrighted, whether you register the copyright or not. Other people or organizations cannot use it for any purpose without your permission. However, it may take a lot of time and money to protect your copyright.
If you have doubts about using copyrighted material, your best practice is to ask the author or publisher if you can use the material, and get their permission in writing.
You may want to consult a copyright lawyer for the specific information.
This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of Heritage Newsletter published by the Linn Genealogical Society, Albany Oregon. Used with written permission of David Devin.
REVITALIZED RECYCLING PROGRAM IN PLACE AT JCGL A revitalized recycling program became effective at JCGL on March 25, 2014. While folks have been doing a great job of separating library recyclables from garbage, the program has been upgraded to a new level to get those recyclables to the recycling center. Nancy Roberts, master recycler and JCGL member, has been working over the past few weeks with Alan Marion and Chuck Eccleston to develop this program for the Library.
On a weekly basis, Nancy will pick up and recycle material that has been placed in several bins identified as “Recycle” containers. She will move the recycle material to the new co-mingle recycle bin located on the patio and transported by Nancy for final disposition and repurposing.
An informational and educational binder has been placed at the front desk. It is labeled JCGL Recycle Program. Additional recycling updates for the newsletter will be provided. If you have questions, comments and/or suggestions, please e-mail Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFORMATION ABOUT WORLDCAT AND FAMILYSEARCH CATALOG COOPERATION
- Genealogists can now find FamilySearch and WorldCat records through both online resources
- Researchers can find libraries that hold needed information no matter where they start their search
DUBLIN, Ohio, March 4, 2014—OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than 1 million FamilySearch genealogical records are now discoverable in WorldCat, the world’s largest database of records representing resources in libraries worldwide. Links to WorldCat are now available on FamilySearch.org.
Many FamilySearch records added to WorldCat represent large collections of vital information, such as birth and death records from localities all over the world. If digitized, these records link back to FamilySearch.org where they can be viewed online. If on film, these records can be requested from FamilySearch to a satellite or affiliate FamilySearch Family History Center. FamilySearch records with a corresponding WorldCat record will indicate a library or libraries that hold the item.
“Many of the books in the FamilySearch library collection are also in other collections of other public and academic libraries and appear in WorldCat,” said Steve Fox, Product Manager for FamilySearch. “This means genealogists using the FamilySearch Catalog may now be able to find additional copies of books and other sources at libraries closer to them. Many additional materials related to their research that are not in the FamilySearch collection will also be discoverable in the collections of other libraries that include their holdings in WorldCat.”
“The FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat have been tremendous resources for genealogy research for many years,” said Chip Nilges, Vice President of Business Development, OCLC. “OCLC and FamilySearch are bringing these great resources together through our data sharing partnership. We will continue to update these resources through our ongoing partnership to continue to improve and enhance the tools available for genealogy researchers around the world.”
Those who start their research by using the FamilySearch Catalog now have access to unique and freely available sources that libraries can offer, including:
· Local histories of counties, cities and regions
· Maps, photos and other images
· Local biographies and profiles of prominent citizens
· City directories, catalogs, inventories and original manuscript materials.
FamilySearch has been a pioneer in the use of technology and processes for image capture, digital conversion, preservation, online indexing and online access and adds over 400 million new digital images each year to FamilySearch.org. Those who start their research by using WorldCat will have access to collections from FamilySearch that include historic documents of genealogical value such as:
· Civil registration records
· Church records
· Probate, census, land and tax records
· Military records
· Family histories
· Clan and lineage genealogies
· Oral pedigrees
· Local histories
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