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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 »

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 »

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 »

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.

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 »

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!)

Summer Reading 2008

What is Readers to the Rescue?
Readers to the Rescue is an altruistic incentive-based program that encourages children to read to support a cause in their local community.

What is the 2008 cause?
This year, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library has partnered with The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama to support local conservation efforts. Hence, the theme: It’s Easy To Be Green! As children read, our sponsors will donate resources to The Land Trust for conservation of green space. Read more »

Maryland Land Record Images

A joint effort on the part of the Maryland Judiciary, the Court Clerks of Maryland and the State Archives is now making available online Maryland Land Records. Upon arriving at the site, prospective users can request a password to access the land records. Still a work-in-progress, there are approximately 165 million records covering the entire state of Maryland. An excellent resource for researchers with ancestors in that state.

Ohio Death Certificates

Now accessible FREE, Ohio Death Certificate Images for the years 1908-1953. Simply go to FamilySearch Labs and register for a free account. Enter an email address, name, state and country and within 24 hours, receive an activation key to use within seven (7) days. After the first use, the email address will be all that's necessary to search the records. Read more »

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