King and others to remember

January 18, 2010

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, you might want to take a look at The Black 100, a ranking of the most influential African-Americans, past and present to read short biographies of King and others important to African-Americans in the United States, which not only includes civil rights leaders, but also artist Langston Hughes, patriot Crispus Attucks, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and baseball great Hank Aaron. This volume also includes photos or sketches of each subject and a bibliography to guide further reading.

“Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

December 7, 2009

After Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked in the early morning hours by the Japanese, President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the phrase, “December 7th, 1941…the date which will live in infamy.” Following the tragedy that left 2,402 dead and the nation in shock, the United States became active in World War II.

In remembrance of this anniversary, you can view historical records about the raid on Pearl Harbor at the Genealogy Center. The library holds over 97 titles pertaining to the event, including newspaper articles and personal accounts. Our Military Heritage database features 35 links to information on Pearl Harbor.

Take the time today to remember those lost and what we’ve gained by looking at a piece of history.

…And Still Growing!

December 3, 2009

The PERSI (Periodical Source Index) now contains 2,300,000 entries to assist you in your research! The project, which began in 1986, was planned to culminate in a 16-volume retrospective set plus current volumes published annually, but the planned size was much too small to accomplish the goals of the developers. The retrospective set was published, and annual volumes issued until 1997 (actually 1996 and 1997 were two volumes each), after which it became available only in electronic format, first as CDs, and now, online via Heritage Quest Online or Ancestry. Early volumes contained about 30,000 entries, so if it was still available in book form, it would require 106 volumes! Electronic searching is much easier. The project currently employs a staff of eight full- and part-time encoders, editors and fulfillment personnel, however the entire Genealogy Center team contributes to its success. And we would like to thank everyone who has encouraged us in this endeavor, all of the compliments, suggestions, corrections, and complaints that keep us striving to provide this unique genealogical research source.


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