Libraries: New books here, ALE there

New books here:  Your club library has acquired three new books:

Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians, by Geoff Rasmussen. Legacy Family Tree’s own Geoff Rasmussen, who’s visited us a number of times, has written a book describing the ins and outs of photo preservation, scanning, image formats, and related topics. Shelved in Photography. (This is not about how to use Legacy.)

The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors, by Marsha Hoffman Rising. Foreword by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. This revised edition includes appendices on online research (by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack) and DNA (Lauren Gamber). Shelved in Research.  (This is not about the Family Tree Maker genealogy program.)

The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Use the Web to trace your roots, share your history, and create a family tree (2nd edition), by Kimberly Powell. This is a book to help you pluck the low-hanging fruit: genealogical information available in online databases the club offers (, GenealogyBank, Fold3) and elsewhere. Shelved in Research.

ALE there: The Oro Valley Library now has Library Edition (ALE). Sherri Hessick mentioned this in last week’s talk. The library also has Heritage Quest available. Heritage Quest can be used from home (with your library card), but ALE is only available in the library.

Our club computers have plain vanilla, not ALE. But the limitations are similar for both: you are logged on to Ancestry using the library’s account. So you can’t ask questions on the message boards (answers will go to the library) and you can’t keep your family tree there (anybody else using the library account could change or delete it).

Is there any reason to use the public library for Ancestry rather than the club rooms? Well, it has longer hours: 9 – 5 MWF, 11 AM – 8 PM Tuesday & Thursday, and 9 – 5 Saturday. I can’t think of other reasons at the moment.

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