Genealogy for librarians

Since the Maine State Library is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been doing Zoom meetings for librarians about how to help patrons with genealogy questions. Here are links to the recordings of those sessions, with the most recent video first.

Using maps for genealogy

DNA/genetic genealogy, pt. 2

DNA/genetic genealogy, pt. 1

Starting in a new geographic area

Reading old handwriting

What the census can tell you

Helping patrons with lineage society (DAR/SAR, Mayflower Society) application research

When the records aren’t in English

Obituaries and death notices

B.J.’s seven favorite websites for genealogy (that aren’t Ancestry or MyHeritage)

Helping patrons get started with genealogy, pt 2

Helping patrons get started with genealogy, pt. 1

One thought on “Genealogy for librarians

  1. I am enjoying your series of recordings. I thought you might be interested in this, if you have ever had to deal with Hungarian records.

    Sometimes immigrants’ descendants have maintained a sense of community in the U.S. and created useful helps online. My wife is descended from a family in Burgenland, Austria, on the border with Hungary. They were part of a systematic, large immigration to the U.S. that started in the 1850s, triggered by poverty in Burgenland and primogeniture. It was systematic in the sense that early immigrants in this history assisted their employers in bringing more Burgenlanders.

    The website for persons descended from Burgenlanders is the Burgenland Bunch

    Through them I found several very useful resources for helping with the problem of records that involved not only German and Latin (which I can read), but also Hungarian:
    a Hungarian-English dictionary for genealogical research put up by the GenealogyRO Group which has the names of diseases grouped under each letter of the alphabet
    Hungarian Village Finder, Atlas & Gazetteer for the Kingdom of Hungary:
    Hungarian word list for occupations (found by a google search for “Hungarian Occupations Words”
    Bob Allison


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