Bones Collector

Thank you for visiting our latest innovative genealogy tool that will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in the genealogy world both locally and elsewhere. As your guide and 'Head Bones Collector' for this blog, the primary goal is to provide information that can be referred to over and over again. We're very glad you stopped by! Visit us in person on 3rd floor of the Main Library in the Heritage Room!

Genealogy After Hours

Come to Genealogy After Hours for exclusive after hours access to: Census Records, Periodicals, Books (remember these?), Microfilm Readers and Computers. Robert Scott Davis, Jr. will open the evening with a talk about researching. Bring your own supper;we will have drinks & chips.

Registration fee: $20.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Register in person at the Administrative Office
 Monday—Friday 9:00 am—5:00 p.m. For further information call: 256-532-5969. Click here to view a poster for the event.

Heritage Quest is back!

We've prepared a quick tutorial on how to access Heritage Quest at home using your library card number and PIN.

To access Heritage Quest at home, click "advanced search" in the Rocket Search area on the front page of our website, hmcpl.org:

Screenshot: click the 'advanced search' link in the RocketSearch box

Next, type in your library card number and PIN number:

Screenshot: type your library card number and PIN here.

Once you have logged in, scroll through the database list until you see the database labeled "Heritage Quest Online". Clicking the "Heritage Quest Online" button will provide you with access to all of the Heritage Quest databases offered by the library.

Screenshot: Where to click to access just the Heritage Quest databases.

Thank you for your understanding while we migrated from hpl.lib.al.us to hmcpl.org!

Ancestor Searching: Volume 4, #11

The LDS has filmed all of the birth, marriage, and death records for the state of New Jersey for the period 1848-1900. There are a total of 290 microfilms, including indexes, that can be ordered through the local Family History Centers. Also, available on their web site is a work in progress of Arkansas marriage records. The records date from 1837 to 1957 and include a searchable index linked to digital images of the original marriage certificates.

The North Carolina Genealogical Society in cooperation with the Wilkes Genealogical Society is offering a one-day workshop on Saturday, April 10th. The program is entitled 'Farm House, Meeting House, Court House: Breathing Life into Your Family's Story'. The featured speaker will be J. Mark Lowe who will be presenting four lectures:

  1. Making Those Early Census Records Talk to You
  2. My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for your Rural Ancestor
  3. Bible Thumper or Pious Pilgrim: Religious Ancestors on the Frontier
  4. Follow a Case Through Court

Another very useful feature on the North Carolina Genealogical Society web site is the online posting of the society's journal beginning with the first issue back in 1975. These issues are 'full-text searchable on a per-issue basis.'

The Slaters Royal National Commercial Directory is now online at FamilyRelatives.com. There are directories of 35 Scottish counties with over 250,000 entries. This covers all of the largest professions such as taverns and public houses to name a couple. A virtual visit to the National Archives of Scotland can be a rewarding experience for other types of records and information on Scottish ancestry. Records there span the time period from the 12th through the 21st century.

For researchers with Devon (England) ancestors, a new online project Devon Wills is now available covering documents up to the year 1857. This is ONLY an index and doesn't transcribe or collect transcriptions of wills.

GenQueries is a new FREE service now being offered by the creator of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, Richard Eastman. Not only can researchers post their own personal genealogical queries on the site, but societies, publishers, authors, etc. can post as long as the post is genealogy related.

For those with Greek ancestors, the Greek Genealogy web site is a place to visit. Here can be found records, books, cemetery information, maps, photos and more. A blog is also available that goes into discussion of other Greek research resources.

Doing Irish research? Mike O'Laughlin has The Irish Roots Café podcast dealing with all aspects of researching ancestors from Ireland. Mike's Ireland website Irish Roots also contains a wealth of information and resources on research in Ireland.

Sources for this article

  • NCGS News – The Newsletter of the North Carolina Genealogical Society
  • FamilySearch.Org – Free Genealogy from the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)
  • 'Mississippi History Newsletter' published by the Mississippi State Archives
  • Internet Genealogy Magazine – Feb/Mar 2010 issue 

Genealogy Workshop

Fact: The National Genealogical Society has a twelve-minute video documentary available online entitled 'Paths to Your Past' where 'noted genealogists and family researchers tell why they are passionate about researching their family history.' Look for it on their website under 'Videos and Publications'. 

Tip: The Mississippi Digital Archives has added more collections to their online databases of historical Mississippi photographs and records. Just click on the 'Collections' link in the left side-bar to begin viewing/searching.

Updates on website upgrade

We're still working on a few issues from our migration to hmcpl.org. The 'My Account' page is still currently disabled. To renew items or place holds, visit our catalog directly. Access to Heritage Quest is back! Go here to learn how to access it from home using RocketSearch.

We're also gradually rolling out new features to help you stay more in touch with your library, including an RSS feed of front-page news and a simplified mobile version of our site at m.hmcpl.org.

Thank you for being understanding while we make this move!

Ancestor Searching: Volume 4, #10

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) annual conference is set for April 28th thru May 1 of this year. The theme this year is 'Follow Your Ancestral Trail' and will be hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association in Salt Lake City, UT. Information and registration can be made by calling 1-800-473-0060 or emailing conference [at] ngsgenealogy [dot] org.

From the Alabama Genealogical Society Newsletter comes the news that their 2010 Spring Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Brock Auditorium, Beeson Hall, Samford University. Their Speaker will be Dr. Joan Mitchell whose topic will be DNA in genealogical research. Her program is entitled "Tracing Your Genetic Roots".

Also from the AGS newsletter, the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) working with the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society, will be hosting their 2010 conference August 18 – 21, 2010 in Knoxville, TN. More information as it becomes available can be found on the FGS website. The conference theme is entitled "Rediscovering America's First Frontier". And, the Alabama State Archives now contains the following online searchable databases and Indexes: 1867 Voter Registration Records, Alabama Civil War Service Card Files, Governor's Executive Orders (1943 – 2005) databases; Alabama Churches & Synagogues, Alabama City Directories, Local Government/County Records, Maps, Military Records, Newspapers and Vertical file indexes.

Carolina Comments states that the North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project can now be researched online. According to the article, North Carolina first began publishing newspapers in August of 1751. Also, some 116 Bible records are now on the state's Family Records Project site.

Ohio Genealogy News has an informative article concerning the Ohio Genealogical Societies upcoming 2010 conference. This year's programs will be held at the Seagate Centre in Toledo, OH from April 22 – 24, 2010. This year's conference is entitled 'Guiding Your Way Through the Past". The conference includes over 50 programs from some nationally known speakers as well as six workshops which will be held on Thursday for early attendees. For more information, head over to the Ohio Genealogical Society's website. Also of note from the magazine, the Ohio Historical Society has begun work on The Ohio Newspaper Digitization Project which will initially include over 100,000 newspaper pages from 1880 – 1920.

The Kentucky Historical Society's Chronicle offers long-distance help to researchers through its professional research services. Their question to genealogists, "Are you ready to discover YOUR family's unique story?"  Resources searched include census records, marriage records, wills and historical and genealogical articles, just to name a few. The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The society can be found at Kentucky Historical Society, or by calling 502.564.1792.

Traces magazine for Indiana researchers contains news that the Midwestern Roots 2010 Family History & Genealogy Conference will be held this year on August 6th and 7th with preconference activities taking place for those who come early on August 5th. The Indiana Historical Society website has available all the information concerning this year's conference.

Reminder: Friday, February 5th the library is hosting another in a series of the 'Sitting Up With the Dead' program which will begin at 6 PM and go to 11 PM. Robert Davis from Wallace State will offer a short program of interest to researchers. Cost is $20 per person and space is still available. Booking for the evening may be made by calling Library Administration at 532-5950.

Genealogy Workshop

Fact: The Alabama State Archives now has a searchable online database of Civil War Records. These records have been transcribed from the multitude of 3 x 5 index cards in the archives collection. To research this new database, go to http://www.archives.alabama.gov/civilwar

Tip: To view an exceptional collection of Civil War photos, go to http://www.mikelynaugh.com/VirtualCivilWar/

Writing a Family History

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