Genealogy Research
at the Dick Smith Library
Amanda Pape – Tarleton State University – 19 July 2014
Getting to Campus
<-Library
Parking!
Red – Residential Students – OK in summer
Yellow – Visitor - Best
Blue – Faculty/Staff – No; reserved spots
Purple – Commu...
View of P-12 from above
Library loading dock
Shuttle Service
- From remote lots
- Can hail it anywhere
- Doesn’t run in summer
- See Parking Services website for more ...
Best Time to Visit
• Summer
–Parking is easier
–Fewer students = more help for you
• M-F, 8-5
–Minimally staffed evenings ...
Library Entrance is the Same…
East side of building
Inside…
…the Main Level is very different!
When you enter - here - ^
Circulation Desk is to your left
Stairs and elevator are to your right
Café, Periodicals, Refere...
Stephenville
Empire-
Tribune
microfilm
is now
in a film
cabinet in
Periodicals
area.
Also here…
On the Main Level
Digital Microfilm Scanner
- Bring a flash drive
- Save images
- We will help you use it!
Document Scanner
- Large flatbed touchscreen scanner
- Save as PDF or JPG to flash drive
- Don’t need Guest Pass to use
Information Desk
Get a Guest Pass here to use computers or the
digital microfilm scanner
Lower Level is
Still the Same!
When you come off the stairs or elevator,
you will see our reference desk.
I’m usually here.
Special Collections Suite
Local History Room
Open Monday - Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM
County
Records
Microfilm
There is an old-
style microfilm
reader in the
Suite
…for now
General Reference & Local
History Books for Other States
Texas County and Town Histories –
Erath & Surrounding Counties in
the section to the far right
Vertical Files –
Pamphlets, etc.
Meet the Lower Level Staff
Amanda Pape
Coordinator, Archives
& Special Services
254-968-9251
pape@tarleton.edu
Vickie Sowe...
What’s Unique Here?
1. County Records - Texts
Coleman County (1875-1940)
Comanche County (1924-1972)
Comanche County School Grade Books (1922-...
2. County Records - Microfilm
Brown County (1880-1985)
Callahan County (1857-1981)
Erath County (1866-1992)
Shackelford Co...
http://www.tarleton.edu/library/countyrecords.html
More Info on
Our County Records web page
Coming soon: a glossary!
3. Stephenville Empire-Tribune
- Since 1882 on microfilm (some gaps)
- Must be used on-site (Periodicals area)
- Need gues...
4. Databases
- Go to library
home page
www.tarleton.edu/library
- Click on Research
Guides by subject
- Click on
Genealogy
Genealogy Research Guide
http://www.tarleton.edu/library/subguides/geneal_sg.html
Databases – Only with Guest Pass
• *A to Z Maps – check the Antique Map Collection
• *Access World News -
– Fort Worth Sta...
Example – Archive of Americana
<- Enter
search
term(s),
limit by
date
(optional)
Archive of
Americana, 2
In the image at right,
only five of the 132
results are
visible. Click on the
"View all [whatever
...
Archive of Americana, 3
This should (it doesn't always) bring up preview images
from the documents that include one or mor...
Archive of Americana, 4
When you find an article, you will find a number of tools at the
top right of the page. The databa...
5. J-Tacs and Grassburrs
More local information than you might expect
in these student publications
Can access from home a...
J-Tac Student Newspaper
http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/JTAC/browse/
December
1919 on
Grassburr yearbook
http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/partners/TSU/browse/?fq=str_title_serial%3AGrassburr
1970-2012
up n...
Thank you! Any questions?
Contact Information:
Amanda Pape
Coordinator for Archives and Special Services
Dick Smith Librar...
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A presentation to the Erath County (Texas) Genealogical Society at their quarterly meeting on July 19, 2014. Amanda Pape, Coordinator for Archives and Special Services at the Dick Smith Library of Tarleton State University, discusses getting to campus and where to park, some changes in the building with the recent renovation, and unique items in the collection, including textual and microfilm county records, the Stephenville (county seat) newspaper on microfilm, useful databases that can be accessed on site, and the student newspaper and yearbook (going back to 1919 and 1916 respectively) that have been digitized and put online at the Portal to Texas History.

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Genealogy Research at the Dick Smith Library, Tarleton State University

  1. 1. Genealogy Research at the Dick Smith Library Amanda Pape – Tarleton State University – 19 July 2014
  2. 2. Getting to Campus
  3. 3. <-Library Parking!
  4. 4. Red – Residential Students – OK in summer Yellow – Visitor - Best Blue – Faculty/Staff – No; reserved spots Purple – Commuter Students - OK OK YES NO OK http://www.tarleton.edu/STULIFE/parking/index.html
  5. 5. View of P-12 from above Library loading dock
  6. 6. Shuttle Service - From remote lots - Can hail it anywhere - Doesn’t run in summer - See Parking Services website for more info
  7. 7. Best Time to Visit • Summer –Parking is easier –Fewer students = more help for you • M-F, 8-5 –Minimally staffed evenings and weekends –Special Collections only open at this time • Call or e-mail me first! –pape@tarleton.edu (best) –254-968-9251
  8. 8. Library Entrance is the Same… East side of building
  9. 9. Inside… …the Main Level is very different!
  10. 10. When you enter - here - ^ Circulation Desk is to your left Stairs and elevator are to your right Café, Periodicals, Reference, computers are straight ahead
  11. 11. Stephenville Empire- Tribune microfilm is now in a film cabinet in Periodicals area. Also here… On the Main Level
  12. 12. Digital Microfilm Scanner - Bring a flash drive - Save images - We will help you use it!
  13. 13. Document Scanner - Large flatbed touchscreen scanner - Save as PDF or JPG to flash drive - Don’t need Guest Pass to use
  14. 14. Information Desk Get a Guest Pass here to use computers or the digital microfilm scanner
  15. 15. Lower Level is Still the Same!
  16. 16. When you come off the stairs or elevator, you will see our reference desk. I’m usually here.
  17. 17. Special Collections Suite
  18. 18. Local History Room Open Monday - Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM
  19. 19. County Records Microfilm There is an old- style microfilm reader in the Suite …for now
  20. 20. General Reference & Local History Books for Other States
  21. 21. Texas County and Town Histories – Erath & Surrounding Counties in the section to the far right
  22. 22. Vertical Files – Pamphlets, etc.
  23. 23. Meet the Lower Level Staff Amanda Pape Coordinator, Archives & Special Services 254-968-9251 pape@tarleton.edu Vickie Sowell Special Services Assistant 254-968-9869 sowell@tarleton.edu Gary Spurr Collections Archivist 254-968-1808 spurr@tarleton.edu
  24. 24. What’s Unique Here?
  25. 25. 1. County Records - Texts Coleman County (1875-1940) Comanche County (1924-1972) Comanche County School Grade Books (1922-1953) Eastland County (1874-1947) Erath County (1867-1985) Erath County School Grade Books (1920-1976) Advance notice required to use these as all are housed offsite and must be retrieved – lack of staff or bad weather could prevent that.
  26. 26. 2. County Records - Microfilm Brown County (1880-1985) Callahan County (1857-1981) Erath County (1866-1992) Shackelford County (1867-1981) Stephens County (1867-2005) These can be used onsite, or they can be sent to another library for you to use there for two weeks (can be extended).
  27. 27. http://www.tarleton.edu/library/countyrecords.html More Info on Our County Records web page
  28. 28. Coming soon: a glossary!
  29. 29. 3. Stephenville Empire-Tribune - Since 1882 on microfilm (some gaps) - Must be used on-site (Periodicals area) - Need guest pass to log into digital scanner – bring a photo ID; must be age 16+ - Guest passes not available in spring and fall semester between 10 AM and 3 PM - Purchase copy card at Circulation to print - $1 with $0.50 credit; reloadable - Can also be used with copy machines
  30. 30. 4. Databases - Go to library home page www.tarleton.edu/library - Click on Research Guides by subject - Click on Genealogy
  31. 31. Genealogy Research Guide http://www.tarleton.edu/library/subguides/geneal_sg.html
  32. 32. Databases – Only with Guest Pass • *A to Z Maps – check the Antique Map Collection • *Access World News - – Fort Worth Star-Telegram (December 1990-current) – Austin American-Statesman (1989-current), as well as – 62 other Texas sources. • Fold3 databases – *African American Archives – *Revolutionary War Archives - (Select from top pull down menu). – *World War II Archives - (Select from top pull down). • *Archive of Americana – includes – *American Historical Newspapers ranging from 1690 to 1989, – *U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980. • *Biography and Genealogy Master Index – citations to other resources with biographical information • *Dallas Morning News: – Current (since August 1984; including indexed death notices from 12/29/02) – Historical (October 1885 through 1984). • Sometimes a legal case involving a family member will provide clues in your family history. – *Lexis-Nexis Academic – *WestLawNext - • * New York Times Historical (1851-2010), via *ProQuest.
  33. 33. Example – Archive of Americana <- Enter search term(s), limit by date (optional)
  34. 34. Archive of Americana, 2 In the image at right, only five of the 132 results are visible. Click on the "View all [whatever number] link in the bottom left corner--in the red box in the image->
  35. 35. Archive of Americana, 3 This should (it doesn't always) bring up preview images from the documents that include one or more of your search terms. If you see something promising, you can click on the preview or on the "View Article" link (see the red boxes in the image above).
  36. 36. Archive of Americana, 4 When you find an article, you will find a number of tools at the top right of the page. The database has a very informative "Help" page that explains all of its features. You can zoom in or out, reposition the image in the viewing pane, view the full page the article was published on, and reset the image view to the default. You can also open the article as a PDF, open it in a print-friendly view, and maximize (or minimize) the image view pain. You can also add the article to "My Collection," a temporary saving space that's held until you log off. Your search term(s) will be highlighted in yellow. There is a check box at the top left of the screen to toggle that feature on or off. Give this database a try for your pre-1922 ancestors, as well as Texas family through 1983. I was expecting to find my grandfather's cousin who lived in the Dallas area (and I did). I did not expect to find this article (pictured right) about my grandfather, who never lived in the Metroplex but only in Houston and Austin!
  37. 37. 5. J-Tacs and Grassburrs More local information than you might expect in these student publications Can access from home at Portal to Texas History http://texashistory.unt.edu/
  38. 38. J-Tac Student Newspaper http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/JTAC/browse/ December 1919 on
  39. 39. Grassburr yearbook http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/partners/TSU/browse/?fq=str_title_serial%3AGrassburr 1970-2012 up now, 1916-1969 coming soon
  40. 40. Thank you! Any questions? Contact Information: Amanda Pape Coordinator for Archives and Special Services Dick Smith Library Tarleton State University Box T-0450 Stephenville, TX 76402 254-968-9251 Office: Lower Level, Room B05B pape@tarleton.edu http://www.tarleton.edu/library/ Twitter: @AmandaPapeMSLS

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