How to Access Kansas Historical Newspapers Online

July 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Posted in Genealogy Websites | Leave a comment
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Recently I wrote about the amazing newspaper search service that The Historical Society of Missouri offers.  In an attempt to offer equal time to my home state, Kansas, I should let you know about the really cool project they have undertaken to make Kansas newspapers readily accessible.

In 2009 the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS), Topeka, KS, received a $260,004 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to digitize their newspaper archives.

What you need to know is that KSHS has the preeminent newspaper collection for the state of Kansas.  They have nearly every page of every paper ever published in the state of Kansas.  It’s amazing.  Their devotion to capturing this archive started with the founder, who was a newspaper man himself, and continues on today.

Now this tremendous archive is being digitized and made available on the Internet through the Chronicling of America Project of the Library of Congress.  Accessible now are a mere 100,000 historic Kansas newspaper pages!  Plenty enough material for a good Sunday morning read with a cup of coffee.

In 2011, KSHS received additional funding to digitize another 100,000 pages.  I know I’ll be watching the website for more good things to come.

For a list of papers already digitized, those scheduled to be digitized, and a spiffy interactive map of towns with digitized newspapers enumerated visit here.

Happy researching…and pass the Danish & coffee.

The Big List of Beginner Genealogy How-To Guides

July 6, 2012 at 7:10 am | Posted in Foundational Genealogy, Genealogy Reference Books | Leave a comment
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As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of genealogy how-to books.  I like them so much because there is so much to learn in genealogy any assistance I can find is most welcome. To that end, you may have seen my blog posts on The Source, The Family Tree Problem Solver, and on maps in The Red Book.  All of these are excellent reference guides.

But there’s nothing like a handy professionally-collected bibliography of beginner how-to books to get one planning a trip to the library.  I found such a nifty guide the other day on the Midwest Genealogy Center’s website.  It is a neat bibliography of beginner how-to books entitled, How-To Guides for Beginning Genealogists.  You can access it here.

Organized alphabetically by author and sorted by “Books” and “Periodicals,” it’s a great beginner guide and excellent reference tool for the rest of us.  But wait! There’s more.  If you happen to be able to visit MGC (Midwest Genealogy Center) in Independence, Mo, the compilers of this list have included the handy-dandy Dewey Decimal number for each of the books.  Finding the books couldn’t be easier.

Finally, the compilers have annotated the list by marking their favorite books.  One happens to be Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Anne Croom, which interestingly, was the very first genealogy book I ever bought.  I suspect that it did its job in getting me started on the right foot because lo these many years later I’m still at it!

Check out the list and let me know if you have a favorite book and why.

And happy researching.

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