Just to let everyone know, we have a monthly event called Heritage Scrapbooking that is open and free to the public. It’s always on the 1st Saturday of every month. If you are interested in participating, please come join us. You can share your ideas, meet new people, have a good time away from home, and learn from each other.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place the whole month of November. Have you been thinking about writing your family history? Maybe a memoir? OH OH! What about a historical fiction? MGC, and other branches across MCPL, have the space for you to come write-in, in addition to resources that can jump start your success. But what does success look like during NaNoWriMo?
The goal is to write 50,000 words during the whole month of November. But don’t panic!
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.
Ordering Microfilm from the Family History Library
Ever wish you could visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to look at microfilm?? Well, you don’t have to travel that far! You can order the film from Familysearch.org and have it sent to any participating library or Family History Center.
Your ancestor may have been a medical professional. If so, usually there is an indication of their occupation on census records, in county histories, city directories, or passed down by their descendants. MGC has several sources that show physicians from earlier times.
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.
Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a Library? How about resurrecting the ghosts of ancestors and celebrating them close to Halloween? You’ll get your chance soon; this year, the Midwest Genealogy Center will host our "Let Your Skeletons Dance" lock-in event for the sixth year in a row.
Midwest Genealogy Center subscribes to approximately 500 periodicals per year. Each year, we look for new and exciting periodicals to add to our collection. Our periodical collection is located on our first floor. You might want to stop in the periodicals area on your way up the stairs, or maybe even on your way back down the stairs after searching through our wonderful book collection. If you know of a good genealogical periodical title that you would like in our library, let us know. We might be able to get a subscription.
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.