Do you offer Ancestry.com at your library? Or teach genealogy classes? Either way you might want to check out this PDF with 10 search tips for Ancestry.com.
Archive for the ‘Research’ Category
In the last couple of weeks I learned about Academia.edu and the new features of Google Scholar – both of which are very very similar. Let’s start with Google Scholar – most you know about this service already, it’s a great way to find articles and books for your research. I sometimes spend a couple hours just searching for new open source articles to save to my Zotero Library and [ Read More ]
Genealogy fans who don’t have an Ancestry.com membership, take advantage of the fact that from August 29th through September 3rd, Ancestry.com is opening all of its U.S. census records – FREE. Visit www.ancestry.com/census to do some free searching – but be warned it can be totally addicting!!
With the release of the 1940 census (and the completion of my latest book) I have returned to Ancestry to do more family research. In addition to the 1940 census though I have notices a lot of NY data that wasn’t there before and this is great for me and my Italian-American ancestry. Today I was pointed to this article on NYTimes.com that explains where this data came from: The [ Read More ]
Combining my love of Genealogy with my interest in Mashups, this announcement is kind of cool. The US Census Bureau has released its first-ever API to the public. The new US Census Bureau API allows “developers to design Web and mobile apps to explore or learn more about America’s changing population and economy” Found via ProgrammableWeb.
Ages ago I got a copy of Zotero: a guide for librarians, researchers and educators by Jason Puckett with the intention of reading it and reviewing it. Soon after I was hit with medical problem after medical problem and even though I read it cover to cover in practically no time at all, the book has been left un-reviewed. So here we go! I am a huge Zotero fan, in [ Read More ]
Today I finished my column for the next issue of the Collaborative Librarianship Journal and in it I talk about collaborative research tools. One of those tools is Zotero and I have plenty more to share about Zotero so I thought I’d share a review of the newest version with you all. Short version of my review – Zotero Rocks!! Longer version. First, if you haven’t heard of or used [ Read More ]
I got this email from a cousin of mine and I really wanted to share it with you all and see what you’ve experienced. Just got back from the library choosing a couple of “relaxing” books. As I browsed, I had these thoughts and then decided I’d send them to the family librarian :). Has anyone ever done a study about how people choose a book to check out? If [ Read More ]
My obsessing over genealogy research has paid off. ALA has published a bookmark and a poster with my tips for genealogy research online. Now I have to figure out where to hand out the copies I got of these two guides I have way more than I’ll ever need.
I am working on some very very broad research on open source use in libraries for a book I’m working on. The focus of the book will be on software you can use that is open source. If you have a chance to answer this brief survey to help me out that would be greatly appreciated: http://opensource.web2learning.net/limesurvey/index.php?sid=63946&lang=en In sticking with the open source theme, I used LimeSurvey (an open source [ Read More ]