The most recent issue (January/February 2014) of the Library of Congress Magazine is now available on the Internet and can be accessed (along with previous issues) at http://www.loc.gov/lcm. This issue features an article, “Preserving America’s Voices,” first-person stories that have been preserved at the Library’s American Folklife Center, and “Eyewitness to History: Civil War to Civil Rights,” oral accounts from freed slaves.
An interesting article, “Curious Collections,” mentions that the library’s collections include locks of hair of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, a 400-pound beam from the World Trade Center, and some “quirky artifacts,” including a piece of Tom Thumb’s wedding cake. (He was a “2 foot 11 inch man — star of the P. T. Barnum shows in the 1860s.”)
Regular departments in this interesting publication include Books That Shaped Us, Page From the Past, Technology at the Library, Online Offerings, and Favorite Places.
The Library of Congress belongs to all Americans. Enjoy learning more about our heritage.
The Indiana Historical Society will hold a Family History Program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Saturday, March 22, called “Genealogy Online: Productive, Organized and Successful.” As described in an IHS newsletter, “Take a walk through a day in the life of the online genealogist. Go through the process of creating a research plan using online tools and services such as Evernote, Ancestry, FamilySearch, Cyndi’s List and more. Learn how to keep yourself organized and on task, as well as how to write effective communications and research notes.” Online sources, social networking databases, and record depositories also will be covered.
The instructor, Cyndi Ingle, formerly Cyndi Howells, has been a genealogist for more than 33 years, is the creator of Cyndi’s List, and author of three books on genealogical research on the Internet.
Registration costs $40 (or $32 for IHS members); a box lunch costs $12. The class will be held in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater of the History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Registration includes free parking. To register or for more information, visit http://www.indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-1882.
Cyndi’s List is a free source of genealogical information for researchers worldwide: “a categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.” In addition to the information available on the Internet, the list was published in 1999 — with 40,000 websites then — and later in multiple volumes. Today a printed list would be too lengthy to be practical. According to her website, at http://www.cyndislist.com, she has identified more than 329,000 links in 204 categories.
Researchers can rely on her list as a starting point when seeking Internet information; it’s the “‘card catalog’ to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet.” This website should be bookmarked by every serious researcher.
Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com