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Ancestor Searching, Vol. 4, #7

A new twist has been added to the arsenal of the Huntsville Heritage Room’s resources that are being made available to the public. First of all, for those with an interest in accessing Heritage Quest Online from home, there is now a brief instructional video available that gives step-by-step instructions on accessing Heritage Quest. (Note: Be sure to copy the entire link into the browser’s address field). Read more »

Triana Public Library closed

Due to a recent fire, the Triana Public Library will be closed until further notice. Photos of the damage are available on Flickr. Our press release is available here in .doc format.

Ancestor Searching, Vol. 4, #6

Terms and Meanings of Genealogical Words: Something a little bit different from the usual articles. During the course of research, terms and initials are bound to appear in most any kind of document that will require researchers to search for answers as to just exactly what the meaning of a word or abbreviation indicates or means. In an effort to offer assistance with these terms and abbreviations, the following lists are the first of a two-part series on genealogical terms and their meanings. This month's newsletter covers the subjects of occupations and initials. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 4, # 5

The Domesday Book was the first major census in the British Isles, and was more comprehensive than current census compilations, as properties such as farms, mills, bakeries and other industry were recorded which showed the wealth of the area as well as the population. Read more »

HMCPL receives grant from Huntsville Hospital

The HMCPL is a recipient of the 2009-2010 Huntsville Hospital Community Health Initiative Grant! The Library will use this money to create an attractive collection of information and resources available online, in the library, and in the community which will address the physical, emotional, and mental health of today's teens. The project will be named The Pulse to echo the idea of monitoring and maintaining the health of the Madison County teen population while creating a catchphrase for the teens to use. Read more »

Digital Media Zone

Now your library never closes! The Huntsville Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Digital Media Zone--a digital library where HMCPL card holders can browse, check out, and download best-selling and classic audiobooks, ebooks, music and video. The new Digital Media Zone is available any time of day from any computer. And there are never any late fees because titles are automatically returned at the end of the loan period! More information at dmz.hmcpl.org.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 4, # 4

Oral history interviewing is a tool that's used for research in history, anthropology, and folklore. Oral history collects information about the past from observers and participants in that past. It gathers data not available in written records about events, people, decisions, and processes. Oral history interviews are grounded in memory, and memory is used for recording the past. Oral history can reveal how individual values and actions shaped the past, and how the past shapes present-day values and actions. Read more »

Geronimo Descendants

From Dick Eastman's genealogy blog comes this interesting article . . .

Image of Geronimo"According to the BBC, US officials have moved to block a legal bid by descendants of Apache leader Geronimo to have his remains reburied. Geronimo's relatives say some body parts were stolen almost 100 years ago by members of a society linked to Yale University to keep in their clubhouse. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 4, # 2

When Roots Television debuted on September 29, 2006, it was a low-key launch in beta mode intended to draw enough traffic to test the site and work through the technical bugs that are a part of experiencing new online ventures on the Internet.  However, the low-key launch has quickly become a tremendous success as the word has spread about Roots Television which drew viewers from five continents in the first 24 hours!  Not surprising really, since family history commands one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world. Read more »

A Better Way to Cite Online Sources

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