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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. Read more about Triana Public Library closed

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 about Ancestor Searching, Vol. 4, #6

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 about Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 4, # 5

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 about HMCPL receives grant from Huntsville Hospital

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. Read more about Digital Media Zone

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 about Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 4, # 4

Geronimo Descendants

From Dick Eastman's genealogy blog comes this interesting article . . . Read more about Geronimo Descendants

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 about Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 4, # 2

A Better Way to Cite Online Sources

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New Zealand Blue Books 1840-1855 now online

From the New Zealand Archives comes the following news:


A detailed insight into times past is revealed in this country’s Blue Books 1840 to 1855 which are now available online, Archives New Zealand Chief Executive Dianne Macaskill said today.

“All 24 books which are a wonderful source of information about the workings of the early New Zealand government have been digitised,” Dianne Macaskill said. Read more about New Zealand Blue Books 1840-1855 now online