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Dogs, Coats and Yarn

Jack Russell Terrier with knitted coatDuring the bleak days of February, members from the summer Warm Up America program are gathering on Mondays at 10 AM. Knitters and crocheters meet to work on projects. Out of the past Monday meeting, it was decided to make coats for dogs that will be donated to local animal shelters. It is hoped that enough coats can be made to become fund raisers for the  shelters. If interested, come to the next session, February 13, and get a pattern and some yarn. We will continue the project through the spring though we will not be meeting in the library.

If you have questions or can't make the sessions, call 634-4997 ext 139. Animal shelters are an important part of a community, yet funding for them continues to shrink. Rockland County has certainly suffered shelter cutbacks. Please help in this important program to support these struggling groups.

Chapters: A Winter Pastime

It's January and the hustle bustle of the holidays is over. Ah....to sit down with a good book but, you want to discuss it with someone else. Here is the perfect opportunity. Join the fiction book club at the library. Chapters  is the name of the group that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:15 PM. Each month, there will be an informal discussion of the chosen selection. All opinions are respected and title suggestions are always welcomed. Selections range from the classics to more current fiction. For more information, call 634-4997 ext 139. Chapters is proud to announce that it is nearing its 8th-year anniversary! Be a part of this active group.

 

Dick Eastman and SSDI

A recent email from Victor Jones, librarian at New Bern-Craven Co. Public Library directs us to a url, http://tinyurl.com/84f4ffj and to Dick Eastman. Mr. Eastman, famed genealogist, writes an excellent essay about the demise of the of the SSDI on Rootsweb and all the security issues with this database. I don't want to give the ending away..read the article. It is fascinating.

Library Budget Approved

Yesterday, December 14,  New City library cardholders were asked to approve the 2013 budget.  The unofficial results show strong approval of 492 votes and 284 opposed. In addition, there were three seats open for the board of trustees. The unofficial results show that incumbent Olahanna Poulose, Joseph  Reiter and Anthony Feliciano were elected.

Thank you to all who supported our budget campaign. The staff is committed to providing the best level of service to the Clarkstown community.

From all the staff, Happy Holidays to everyone.

New Genealogy How-To Book

I recently saw a recommendation about a book from a fellow genealogy librarian. It was a book about the basics of genealogy.  I usually ignore these basic books as the market is flooded with so many. The Rockland Room maintains many and the standards are updated with new editions. However, I ordered this one and it looks pretty good! The tile is, How To Do Everyting Genealogy written by George W. Morgan. It is the second edition.

It covers all the basics needed for a beginner. What I think makes it different from others is that it offers a clear and simple layout. So often these basic books are filled with too much information, charts and maps. The author who has been doing research for more than 40 years, has written 432 pages on the subject. People starting out in genealogy often become discouraged because the lecture or the book are too long and detailed.

When you are in the Rockland Room, check out this book on the new book shelf. You will find the book listed as 929.1 MOR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cyndi's list

CyndiisList.com is the world's largest one-woman family history resource, with more than 300,000 categorized links for genealogical research. This web site began 15 years ago and continues to grow and grow. Many people have been helped by using this site to trace their family history. Believe it or not, it averges 275,00 unique visitors and 5,000,000 page hits every month.

If you have never looked at this remarkable research site, do so. You will spend hours getting acquainted. The web site has just announced a newly upgraded web page with improved navigation and a custom administrative interaface. This upgrade was made possible by donations from generous users of Cyndi's List.

 

 

New York Historical Association

One of the best secrets is the New York Historical Association's annual conference always held the first weekend in June. I attended this past weekend and as usual, was not disappointed. The conference is always held near a college campus for both conference space and for dormitory rooms. For $70 registration fee, you can attend two and a half days of pure New York State history. It's wonderful!!

Speakers from both academia and the public sector present papers organized by subject. Examples this year included Demystifying Digitization, new directions in New York History, a talk on cemeteries about Harlem African Burial Ground and Westchester cemeteries. One of the most fascinating was a talk about the Rochester Riots delivered by Alexander Aldrich, first cousin to Governor Nelson Rockfeller and his deputy assistant. His recall of the activities during those riots was outstanding.

NYC Vital Records

Many people come into the Rockland Room looking for NYC vital records of loved ones. I want to take a minute to explain why the request is not possible. All New York City records are in the city and all the rest of the state's vital records are in Albany.

To help you understand, there are three important sites to memorize.

1). NY City Muncipal Archives, located at 31 Chambers St, holds public records for birth, deaths and marriages. Birth records are public through 1909, deaths are public through 1948 and there is a 50 year restriction on marriages after the event happened. Apparently the archives will soon become part of the Dept. of Citywide Services.

2). City Clerk's Office holds the marriage licenses beginning 1930 to present. It is located at 141 Worth St.

3. NY City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene holds non-public birth(after 1909) and death certificates (after 1948). This agency is located at 125 Worth St.

Postal History

I was reading an article in the Spring edition of the New York Researcher. It talked about philatelic genealogy. This is one research tool that I never gave much thought. Those old postcards and posted envelopes can contain information about locations in relation to military service, work, recreation, and even political interests.

There is a web site, Philgen.org, that offers an archive of envelope and postcard images with genealogical value. Its purpose is to provide postal history available to genealogists by identifying senders and recipients. The images are posted by postcard collectors and may provide important clues for genealogists. Currently there are 1,325  envelopes and postcards and in addition to the image, there is accompanying genealogical information such as U.S. census information or similiar data.

A goal of this site is to eventually to post 20,000 envelopes and postcard photos concerning New York residents. All the images are from postal history vendor web sites and archived philatelic auction catalogs. Take a look!

Genealogy Gems

The New State Archives recently announced the creation of two tools, called pathfinders, to help genealogists and researchers locate naturalization and probate records created throughout New York. from the colonial period ro the present.

The time line for the naturalization abstracts  begins in 1664 and included is a description about a book, "Denizations, Naturalizatons and oaths of allegiance in colonial New York" by Kenneth Scott and Kynn Stryker-Rodda. A copy of this may be found in the Rockland Room.

Probate pathfinder descriptions begin prior to 1787.

To view this web site, go to www.archives.nysed.gov?a/research/res_tools_pathfinders.shtml OR if you go to

www.archives.nysed you will be directed to research and then to the pathfinders link.

 

 

 

 

 

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