We’re into the second week of February, and for those of you in school, that means a lot of research is coming your way(When school isn’t called for a snow day, of course.).Mid-Continent Public Library would love to help you with your work, even if you can’t make it to a branch.Have you tried our research databases?They offer
Resources for Small Business Owners: Demographics Now
I have always found the Research Databases to be not only informative, but also entertaining. When I was asked to host a program in November that would showcase our business databases, I was very enthusiastic. Many people are unaware of the valuable information contained in these databases that is available free of charge. The only requirement is to have a valid Mid-Continent Public library card.
You might not be ready to think about it, but the summer is almost over. It will be time to go back to school soon. What better way to get prepared than to attend a free demonstration at the North Oak Branch?
Many of us will admit to being procrastinators. We put off doing an assignment or project until the last minute, and then finally, we put the effort in and wrap it up in a flurry of activity. It’s estimated that 80-95% of college students procrastinate, and 75% of them actually consider themselves procrastinators. They devote weeks to gathering information but are unable to finish their paper because they didn’t leave enough time for actually writing the paper. "Student Syndrome" is the term
Academic writing is completely different from any other kind of writing; it requires a type of thinking that has to be learned and developed over time. The first step in writing an effective research paper is choosing a topic. For me, coming up with the idea of what to write about always happens one of two ways; it either begins with a vague thought that develops into a general idea the day before the proposal is due, or it strikes all at once in a moment of manic epiphany complete with excruciating detail demanding to be composed immediately.
At MGC, we do our best to give you multiple ways to search for your genealogy, from databases to books to microfilm. And our topics range from Civil War history to researching your Cherokee, Irish, or German ancestry. In the spirit of trying to encompass more than European ancestry or early American ancestry, we want to highlight many of our other ethnic resources. So, I set off on a journey to find MGC’s resources for Samoan genealogy research.
Tom and Eliza Felps lived in a cabin on Miller Creek in Blanco County, Texas with their two children (Callie, aged 2 and Tom Jr., aged 6 months). That summer, Tom and Eliza took their children to the White ranch to stay with her mother while Eliza’s father, a county judge named Simeon Tracy White, was away on court duties. On July 21, Mrs. White kept the children while Tom and Eliza went to Cypress Creek to catch fish for dinner. There, they were attacked and killed by Comanches.
Look at the writing example above. Beginning with a ‘c’ and ending ‘r’ or ‘n’ and a count of five minims, the word could be: copper, coffin, captain, castle, or cotton. Can you think of other possibilities?
When reading modern text, we generally identify whole words at a glance. Look at this sentence:
The human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe wouthit any porbelm.
Have you hit a brick wall in your Genealogy research? Need help translating that German document? Having trouble with FamilyTree Maker? The Midwest Genealogy Center may be able to help. We have staff members and volunteers that will meet with you by appointment. This free service does not replace the assistance of a professional and/or paid researcher, but in many cases, our staff and volunteers may be able to help you break through that brick wall in your research.
If you have ever been skeptical that you may not be able to learn about your ancestors from Central or Eastern Europe due to language barriers, border changes, countries’ name changes, or different spellings of names, then perhaps now you may be more optimistic.
Can we help you? Yes, of course we can. Loyal to our name--the Midwest Genealogy Center--we carry plenty of resources for the Midwestern genealogy enthusiasts. However, we have resources not only for the entire United States but for European research, as well.