Keeping your roots buried

PBS has announced that it is “postponing the third season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS” which was to have aired this fall. Ben Affleck allegedly persuaded the show’s producers to omit mention of a slave-owning ancestor from an episode last season. Further details are available in this Washington Post story and from this PBS statement. Thanks to Peggy Lombard for letting us know about this.

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Summers hours starting July 1

Joan Allen and I thought we’d try an experiment. For July and August, I’ve changed our club’s room calendars at SignUp Genius so that:

  • There are two morning slots, 8 to 10 and 10 to noon;
  • The afternoon is unchanged with one slot from 1 to 3;
  • There are no meeting slots since we don’t need them in the summer.

The purpose of this is to encourage AM volunteering. We’ve only had one so far in June. If you’d like to do 9 AM to noon, I’d suggest checking both morning slots and putting in a note that you’ll start at 9. If you’d like to see the new July calendar, click here.

This is just a summer experiment. Given the hot afternoons and absence of Daylight Savings Time, it seems to make sense to shift the summer schedule earlier. (The Welcome Center opens at 7:30.)

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Changes to Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com has made some changes to its user interface. If you just use Ancestry to search its databases, the changes are minor and cosmetic. If you have a subscription to Ancestry and keep your family tree there, you’ll see major changes. There’s a completely new “Lifestory” view, for example. This focuses on one person but presents a timeline, pulling in historical events, events in the life of other family members, and photos that you’ve uploaded. They hope this will make it easier to share information with your non-genealogist relations. For an introduction to the new interface, see Crista Cowan’s 25-minute YouTube video: Navigating the new Ancestry.

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NGS Book Loan Collection

I requested a genealogy book via interlibrary loan from the Oro Valley Public Library. It’s here on my desk now. What surprised me is that it’s from the National Genealogical Society collection at the St. Louis County Public Library:

The National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection (NGS)

The NGS Collection features more than 20,000 circulating volumes. Received in 2001, the collection features state, county and local histories; cemetery, church, court, land, marriage and estate record abstracts and indexes; and more than 9,500 family histories. The collection is particularly strong in materials for eastern states and New England. All items in the NGS collection may be checked out or borrowed via interlibrary loan.

That’s a really big collection. One more reason for using interlibrary loan whether through Pima County Library or through the public library system where you’re summering.

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NEHGS Books on Sale

Pioneers_of_MA-29385_1024x1024The New England Historical & Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering 20% off on its “Experts’ Choice” collection from now through the end of June, while supplies last. Click here to see the collection.

Caveat: the one book I checked is available at a lower price from a different publisher at Amazon. It appeared that the book itself is no longer covered by copyright, and NEHGS has reprinted it and added a foreword. It was not available for free online.

New England genealogy is not my strong suit. If you can recommend one or another of these for our club library, please let me know. And if you’d like to make a little donation and pay half, our library will pay the other half, and you get to read it first. (All books are listed under $25, not including tax or shipping.)

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