Free Use of Ancestry Library Edition at Quitman Public Library

Wood County Genealogical Society members and the general public who wish to access Ancestry.com at no charge may now do so at the Quitman Public Library at Quitman, Texas.

As expected, you can go to one of the library internet-connected computers (in the area of the front desk) and log on and start searching. This also includes the computer in the genealogy research room.

To log on, type ancestrylibrary.com into the address url at the top of the browser page of any library computer. This should take you directly to a search page at Ancestry.com. If you first are taken to a page asking for password and user name, don’t fill in either. Just click the LOGON button.

Even more exciting news for WCGS members is that you can bring your own laptop computers and log onto the library wifi connection to access Ancestry.com, and use your own computer. The logon process uses the same ancestrylibrary.com as the address url.

This means that we can bring and use the library six laptop computers as well as personal computers on meeting nights in the Shamburger room. If we have a regular program at 7 p.m., then we can log on from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Reminder: This will not work from home or any other location. You must be on a library computer or at the library using the library wifi connection for your own computer.

Happy searching!

Ancestry.com Subscription Coming Soon

The Wood County Texas Genealogical Society’s $500 matching contribution to the Quitman Public Library along with the same amount contributed to the library by Uncle John’s Coffee House of Quitman will result in the library version of Ancestry.com being available to the general public (and society members) at the library in the very near future.

This will make many online databases available to researchers locally at no additional charge to each user.

We will probably be discussing fundraisers during the coming year so that we can renew the subscription in 2013 also. This is one of our major community service projects this year and , hopefully, in the future.

Ancestry Might Be Available at Library Soon

Prospects for Ancestry.com to be available soon at no charge for patrons at the Quitman Public Library are looking good with donations in the works to the library by the Uncle John’s Coffee House of Quitman and the Wood County Genealogical Society.

Uncle John’s Coffee House is an organization in Quitman which raises money for causes in Wood County with its second Saturday of the month meetings held at 7:00 p.m. in the Joy Hall at the First Methodist Church. Attendees contribute $7.00 a ticket each meeting to raise the funds which are awarded annually.

The $500 donation to the library will be matched by the genealogical society.

1940 U.S. Census to be Free on Ancestry.com

PROVO, UTAH (August 17, 2011)- Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.
When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state, and parents’ places of birth. It will be Ancestry.com’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date.
Ancestry.com is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history. As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery.

Part of a news release from Ancestry.com

Charting Technique from Ancestry Newsletter

Yet another free newsletter which arrives by email and to which you can subscribe at the my communication preferences link at Ancestry.com is the Weekly Discovery Newsletter.
The following article is from the August 16, 2010 edition and is part of a larger article written by Juliana Smith titled RE-ENERGIZING YOUR RESEARCH.

Charting It “Old School”
Nowadays we can use technology to manipulate data into various charts and forms with the click of a mouse. In a matter of minutes, you can use your genealogy software to print family group sheets, pedigree charts, ahnentafels, and any number of other reports. However, sometimes this one-click type of formatting robs us of the perks that come with the manual manipulation of data.
Spreadsheets and word processors are basic and flexible tools that can help you to take a closer look at the facts you’ve discovered about your ancestors through chronologies that can help place your ancestor in a particular place at a certain point in time, and other charts. I created census grids for families to see where I’m missing them in census records.

I also used a spreadsheet to organize the many city directory listings for Kellys in New York City. This allowed me to sort by street name and other fields and follow individuals through the years.

Inventories of records you’ve collected can remind you of the records you still need to seek out.
Relocate
When I’m in a rut, I like to take my laptop off the dock and move into my favorite comfy chair in the living room or out to the back porch. For some reason, not being confined to my desk really does wonders and I feel much more energetic. If you don’t have a laptop, turn to that old standby-a pad of paper and pencil. Jot down notes for follow-up and reorganize data and see what you can come up with.

Read a Book or Article
I have found that the more I read about family history, the more inspired I am to do it. In addition to this newsletter, the Ancestry Monthly Update is another free way to get a family history fix. (If you don’t already receive it you can sign up here.)
Reading books about the times and places where your ancestors lived can give you insights into their lives. Biographies of their contemporaries are particularly helpful.

Build Up Some Karma
Nothing is more inspiring and uplifting than helping someone else. Look around for queries posted on message boards or mailing lists in areas where you have expertise. Or join us on our Facebook page where we often find newcomers to family history seeking advice from more seasoned veterans like you. Once you’ve put your skill to work helping someone else out, you’ll be itching to turn that talent back to your own research.
Ups and Downs
We all go through ups and downs in our family history research, and if you’ve been in a bit of a rut and feeling uninspired, why not give some of these ideas a try. What inspires you? Share your tips with us in the comments below.
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