Thursday, May 03, 2007

WAPL 2007: Genealogical Resources for Library Support Staff

Genealogical Resources for Library Support Staff
a presentation by Lori Bessler, Microforms Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society's newspaper microfilm collection is 2nd in size only to that of the Library of Congress.

Area Research Center network:
  • The Society's Area Research Center network holds original records from the area near to the ARC's location
  • each of the ARC locations have web sites, accessible from
  • items can be couriered from one ARC to another for use by your patrons
Use the MadCat catalog to find items owned by the library at WHS.
Use the ArCat catalog to find items owned by the archives at WHS.

Other services offered by WHS:
  • photocopying services
  • research services
  • web site provides lots & lots of resources, including access to over 20,000 images & photos
The WHS Research Portal points to databases such as...
Tips for beginning genealogical research:
  • start with yourself & go backwards
  • talk to your living relatives & get an oral history
  • cite sources thoroughly so you can find the information later
  • photocopy everything, instead of transcribing what you find
  • use pedigree charts & family group sheets
  • find reviews of genealogical software at Cyndi's List
Genealogical resources:
  • census
  • vital records
  • newspapers
other good web sites for genealogical research:

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