Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Contacting Societies - Historical and Genealogical


Contacting Societies- Historical and Genealogical
 by Susi Pentico

Every State has an Archive, check there.

Every State has a State Library check there

Check the County Library's in region your researching, check usgenweb.org for the library's you may need that are genealogical or historical in nature.

San Diego County has many libraries. Each has a somewhat different holding of it's facility. San Diego County System has many library's through out the region of the County.  We hold meetings to educate the public and members in the Lemon Grove and the Bonita-Sunnyside Library's.

Another member and I are slowly making the rounds to various libraries in the county to share more with you locally.

Imperial Beach County library has many books on the history of the southern part of the county, the development of the bases and local historical information.

Chula Vista has 3 libraries for it's members.  South Branch, Civic Branch and East County Branch.

Within our own grasp we have several LDS Familysearch.org site Libraries. Besides the one in Mission Valley there are small ones through out our region all with different holdings. 

I recently learned we have technical libraries, art libraries and others open for us to use.

Law Libraries hold many good finds. College libraries holdings are a gold mine and we have several in our county alone. SDSU, USD, UCSD, etc Southwestern, Grossmont, Mesa and the list goes on.

I personally got a 2 hour visit of the library at College in Northridge
I could camp there for at least three days.

Then move to private collections: in our area again there are many, in the area your going to visit look for them also.


Not every Genealogical Society has a library but for San Diego area we have: Carlsbad, SDGS moving to the new Library down town SD and Chula Vista Genealogical Society has a library regarding genealogy within the Chula Vista Civic Center Library.

Scour the History section of every open library in the system

Many state facilities have flyers or pamphlets that you can get each month free regarding what the events are coming up.

You can sign up for free information for NGS also, online.

 This is a flyer that tells you about publications many asked for at the last meeting in Bonita Sunnyside last Saturday.

usgenweb.org is a great way to find local genealogical and historical societies in the region you are researching. Joining one where your research is happening is extremely beneficial to your cause. If all else fails use google.

In the not to distant future we will cover  Pennsylvania in a working environment with your computers to learn more hand on research.


In the past we talked about JSTOR and in the future we will talk about OCLC…

About OCLC
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.
This is from Leland M from familysearch.org.

WE know Family Search and are learning more about their great improvements to help genealogists/


The joining of these two groups will greatly improve WORLDCAT for library researchers.


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