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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Genealogy Tips - Part 1

Genealogy research is a lot like a treasure hunt. It can be very fun and rewarding to unearth family information, but it can also be potentially frustrating if you don't have as many facts as possible on hand to get you started on the right track. Because of this, we here at MLC thought it would be a great idea to share a few helpful links, book titles, and tips we've learned along the way while assisting our patrons with genealogy research. So here goes!

Tip #1- Organization is key! You may find a little bit, or a lot, but having a well-organized accordion file folder, or a three ring binder (or whatever works best for you) will save you in lost time and headaches. Everything you need will be right on hand.

Tip #2- Gather as much information as possible! Interview relatives, obtain copies of vital records (birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, etc.) and plot out a general family tree (or ancestral chart) using what you already know (or gathered through interviews with relatives). There will be exceptions to this rule. Sometimes the impetus for starting genealogy research is because there's not much family information available to begin with. That's okay! Gather as much information as you can and try to fill in the gaps as you go along. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance.

Tip #3- Take your time and enjoy the process! It's perfectly fine to take a step back if you hit a bump in the road, or if life happens and you can't devote as much time as you'd like to the whole process.

Helpful Links:
Getting Started - National Genealogical Society
Organization for Genealogists -

Titles at MLC:
AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect by Matthew L. Helm and April L. Helm. 2013
Genealogy Online for Dummies by Matthew L. Helm and April L. Helm. 2009
The Official Guide to by George G. Morgan. 2008
Plugging Into Your Past: How to Find Family History Records Online by Rick Crume. 2004
...and many more!

Did you know that we have Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest available for use on our premises? If you have a library card with us, you can access Heritage Quest at home. Contact us for more information!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Don't Eat The Books

Have you ever noticed how many children's books are about food? I suppose that would be because food is one of the things little kids, older kids, and people who wish they were still kids can all identify with. Makes me hungry:

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    written by Judi Barrett
    illustrated by Ron Barrett
  • Stone Soup
    written by Marcia Brown
    illustrated by Marcia Brown
  • One Green Apple
    written by Eve Bunting
    illustrated by Ted Lewin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    written by Eric Carle
    illustrated by Eric Carle
  • Magda's Tortillas/Las Tortillas de Magda
    written by Becky Chavarria-Chairez
    illustrated by Anne Vega
    translated by Julia Mercedes Castilla
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    written by Roald Dahl
    illustrated by Quentin Blake
  • James and the Giant Peach
    written by Roald Dahl
    illustrated by Quentin Blake
  • Everything on a Waffle
    by Polly Horvath
  • Strawberry Girl
    written by Lois Lenski
    illustrated by Lois Lenski
  • Blueberries for Sal
    written by Robert McCloskey
    illustrated by Robert McCloskey
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    written by Laura Joffe Numeroff
    illustrated by Felicia Bond
  • Creepy Carrots
    written by Aaron Reynolds
    illustrated by Peter Brown
  • How to Eat Fried Worms
    by Thomas Rockwell
    illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Tales for Picky Eaters
    written by Josh Schneider
    illustrated by Josh Schneider
  • The Stinky Cheese Man
    written by Jon Scieszka
    illustrated by Lane Smith
  • In the Night Kitchen
    written by Maurice Sendak
    illustrated by Maurice Sendak
  • Green Eggs and Ham
    written by Dr. Seuss
    illustrated by Dr. Seuss
  • Too Many Tamales
    written by Gary Soto
    illustrated by Ed Martinez
  • The Talking Eggs
    written by Robert San Souci
    illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
  • My Darling, My Hamburger
    written by Paul Zindel
I think it's time for a small snack and a short read.
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