Have you ever taken a close look at some of the questions the enumerator asked when taking the census? Some questions don’t seem very useful to a genealogist. (Yes, I do realize that censuses were not taken just so I could use them for genealogy.) One particular question caught my attention one day and became a way to track an elusive family. I found my ancestor on the 1855 New York State Census. Looking at the original image, I noticed writing in a column next to his mother and brother that others didn’t have.
Recent family responsibilities have led me to spend a lot of time on the eastern side of Missouri, mostly in the Hannibal area. Many Midwesterners are aware that Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain as he is commonly known, grew up in Hannibal (he was actually born in Florida, Missouri). If you get a chance to visit Hannibal, you will see how they capitalize on one of their favorite sons and his literary creations… with the Mark Twain Dinette, Pudd’nhead’s Antiques, Becky Thatcher’s Antiques, and even the oh-so-politically-incorrect Injun Joe’s Campground.
TAG is a special group at the Library formed completely of teens. TAG is a way for teens to start being heard in our community. It’s a safe place for us to come and relax for two hours while we meet friends and talk about the great events coming up. Whether it’s another exciting game night, the famous Anime night at Parkville, or something completely new like the Divergent Lock-In, we decide how to run it.
A friend recently came into the possession of about 30,000 baseball cards, many of them still shrink-wrapped in their original multi-pack boxes. The majority of these cards were from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. He was so excited. He was positive he had a veritable gold mine of image-laden, thin pieces of cardboard depicting baseball players from a few years ago. He could hardly control his excitement when he asked, "Hey, man! Think you could help me sell 'em? I will cut you a percentage of the profits! Should make us a ton of money! How much do you think we can get for them?"
Recently, I received a genealogy research request that brought me to a lesser-known part of the Midwest Genealogy Center’s extensive genealogy collection. The customer’s request was for information regarding an ancestor who had been investigated by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
As you read this, I will be off in the wilds of the West, and while I’m there, I plan to do some fly-fishing for trout. Like many anglers, fly fishers love their gear: rods, reels, lines, leaders, vests, etc. But above all, they are obsessed with flies.
During a recent patron request, I was asked to look up the service records of an aviator who flew in World War II and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise. I knew that the Midwest Genealogy Center would have many different types of materials to help with this request, and I was right.
To be honest, I had never given much thought to banned books. It’s actually kind of embarrassing to admit, seeing as I was an English Literature major in college, am currently a library science student, and a librarian! We even participate in Banned Books Week (September 21-27, 2014) every year, but I had never really given much thought to why certain books are challenged.
What do you get when you cross a raccoon with a giant tree like humanoid? Can I get a summer blockbuster in the making! Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters August 1st, 2014. This will be Marvel’s first exploratory trek into the obscure. This rag tag group of hero’s consists of Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, and Groot.
Recently, while searching for the meanings of my family’s surnames, I came across some interesting information on the origin of names. I always knew some surnames were derived from occupations, like Smith, Mason, Shoemaker, Miller, Farmer, etc., but I didn’t realize so many were also derived from nicknames and geographical locations. Classifying surnames and figuring out their origins has long been an interest of historians and genealogists.