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Harvard University Online Resources

The collection covers the years 1789-1930 with over 1800 books, pamphlets, 9000 photographs, 200 maps and 13000 pages from manuscript and archival collections. The primary focus is the documentation of voluntary immigrations from the signing of the Constitution up to the early stages of the beginning of the Great Depression. An added feature is an immigration timeline with embedded links to the complementing online resources. 'Search' and 'Browse' options are available. Read more about Harvard University Online Resources

1790 Census Online

The US Census Bureau website now contains in downloadable format the 1790 census returns for the then new country. They are available in PDF format as well as ZIP. Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to read the files in PDF format. The Reader is FREE for download. Read more about 1790 Census Online

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 4

State Census Records have many uses for family historians. First, they can fill in the gaps between federal censuses and they can replace information lost when a federal census, such as 1890, was destroyed. Secondly is that state censuses are not closed to public scrutiny for 72 years as are the federal censuses. And finally, is that state censuses often ask different questions than were asked on federal censuses. These local censuses may have been authorized to provide some specific regional data to the local officials. Read more about Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 4

Free Marriage Records Online

Here's an interactive website that has the potential to become a "one-stop shop" for marriage records from around the country. Read more about Free Marriage Records Online

Wirelessly...

April 2008's big library technology event is "going live" with our public wireless network. Free public wireless isn't a new concept, providing a free wireless network for the public has been in each of the Library's technology plans since 2001. But riding the teeter-totter of public sector implementation means continual adjustment of plans in the face of competing priorities. (No IT project ever dies, some are just delayed a while.)

Features HMCPL needed in a wireless network: Read more about Wirelessly...

Linux on the Desktop?

Running Linux on the desktop can save money for an organization. Given time and staff, ITS could certainly implement thin client Linux desktops for the public, and move from Microsoft into the open source realm. Open Office, Scribus, TheGIMP, all good "no-cost" substitutes if you are interested in the finished product, not the process.

New Social Genealogy Website

Genealogy continues to evolve into new areas in the ever-broading scope of the field. Quoting from the website's homepage . . .

"Familybuilder is a leading software application development company focused on building genealogy and family-oriented applications within online social networks. The company’s flagship product, Family Tree, is a leading social genealogy application on Facebook, Bebo, and MySpace. As of April 1, 2008 over 10,000,000 profiles have been built with Familybuilder." Read more about New Social Genealogy Website

1911 Irish Census

Digitization is now underway that will, when completed, make available online the Irish census records for the years 1901 and 1911. Currently, the 1911 census for Dublin is searchable on the National Archives of Ireland website. Help links located on the site contain more information on specific details found in the census and a comprehensive guide to using the census. Read more about 1911 Irish Census

Slave Registry

Descendants of slaves from the British Empire can now search a new online database that has just launched on the Internet. Ancestry.co.uk has created a database that covers over 2.7 million slaves and 280,000 slave-owners from 17 former British colonies. The records cover the time period 1812 through 1834 and is able to be searched by the slave's name, year of birth (if known), gender and name of their holder. Read more about Slave Registry

Chet Gecko parties!

Dave Ballard of Animal Trax was the special guest at Madison's "Chet Gecko party" -- and he brought his own geckos! We've got photos of the party up on our flickr account, or you can take a look at all of our Big Read photos.

(We're HMCPL on flickr -- don't forget to add us as a contact so you can see what's going on at your library!) Read more about Chet Gecko parties!

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