FSU SLIS Wk 11 Intro to Info Services: Biography, Genealogy, Geography
“Genealogy, Biography & Geography” LIS 5603, Intro to Information Services Dr. Lorri Mon, FSU SLIS – Florida’s iSchool
Genealogy – Out of Scope?IPL Genealogy FARQhttp://www.ipl.org/div/farq/genealogyFARQ.html“The IPL cannot do the time-consuming researchto answer many of the genealogy-relatedquestions that we get, but we can help you getstarted on doing this research on your own…”Recommends Cyndi’s Listhttp://www.cyndislist.comAnd other genealogy-related web siteshttp://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local-history
Genealogy ResearchFamily History – for a short-term event (reunion, birthday, assignment) – as a long-term hobby (tracing “roots” back in time)Medical History – looking for a donor (bone marrow, organs) – tracing a genetic malady (e.g. Huntington’s)
Alex Haley’s “Roots” – A Genealogy Research Example Research clues from maternal grandmother: – Oldest ancestor was “The African” named Kin-tay – called a guitar a ‘Ko’ and a river ‘Kamby Bolongo’ – kidnapped while gathering wood to build a drum Matches to Lord Ligonier – – arrived in U.S. by ship at ‘Naples’ and ‘Annapolis’ Griot in Gambia – ‘Kings’ soldiers’ place called ‘Naples’SOURCES: oral history, National Archives, linguists, griot, shipping lists
Military Service Records Destroyed in fire: US Army before 1960, US Air Force before 1964 National Archives Veterans’ Records: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/ Marriage Certificates State of Florida has June 1927 onwards (earlier in circuit court records)Death Certificates (Vital Records) State of Florida has limited death records btw 1877 & 1917; births 1930 on CDC Vital Records: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm Shipping Lists / Passenger ListsPlus: Immigration, Insurance, Customs, Company Records, News Ads
LDS Family Searchhttps://www.familysearch.org/search/Includes the Social Security Death Index
City Directories (Polk & others) Polk Directories – 1870’s to 1950’s; not all cities or townsDistantCousin City Directories: http://distantcousin.com/directories/
Heraldry and Family Symbols• Crests, coats of arms, and mottoes• Tartans of a clan (Scotland)• Beware the commercialism … The College of Arms in the U.K. handles all achievements of arms. http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/ Library Sources: Burke’s (CS 27) Debrett’s (CS 27) (Public Library Dewey for Genealogy - 929.3 )
History of a House Genealogy of a House • Sanborn maps • Building Permit fiches Fire Insurance Map DetailWk 10 Genealogy: http://2011.ispace.ci.fsu.edu/~lmon/genealogy-fall2012.pdfand audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3UVAuw3CFg
Biography Practice Questions• I need biographical info on Walt Disney, including his picture and signature.• At what address would I write to Amy Tan?• Where can I find biographical information on Zitkala-Sa?• Is Harper Lee still alive?
BiographiesHow much is fact, and how much is fiction?Victorian era, 1800’s: mixture of fact with fiction (“life lessons”) culture of speaking positively about people20th Century, 1920’s: new critical, debunking approach culture of “muckraking journalism”Katz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
Biographical Dictionaries 1700s and 1800s: concise, factual, events •DEAD Dictionary of National Biography (1882) – British • Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1888) Includes facsimile signature and portrait • National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1892) • Dictionary of American Biography (1928) - CitesDEAD additional books & articles Katz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
Dictionary of American Biography (1928) Must already be dead to be includedCitesadditionalbooks &articles Continues – long article
Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1888) Could include people still living Includes facsimile signature and portrait
20th Century Biography Resources• subject oriented (esp. Contemporary Authors ALIVE authors)• more universal (after 1970’s) Who’s Who ALIVE in America• important people (nations Biography ALIVE etc.) Index ALIVE Biography & Genealogy Current• Indexing sources Master Index Biography ALIVEKatz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
Current Biography (1963)Lengthy articles with pictures, some citations to additional reading
In Gale’s Literary Resource Center: Contemporary AuthorsPersonal info including contact address, writings, literary criticism & articles https://login.proxy.lib.fsu.edu/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/tall85761?db=LitRC
Who’s Who (Marquis)• Who’s Who [British]• Who’s Who in America• Who’s Who in American Politics• Who’s Who Among Black Americans• Africa Who’s Who• Who’s Who of the Asian Pacific Rim• Who Was Who• [etc.] “Who’s Who” is the original British source from Marquis
Who’s Who – Subjects & GroupsWho’s Who in American Politics Who’s Who Among Black Americans
Considerations for Searching Is the person that you’re searching for -Dead or Alive? Who’s Alive & Who’s Dead http://www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com/ The Dead People’s Server http://www.dpsinfo.com/dps/ Obituaries in newspapersFamous or Unknown? Obituaries in magazines e.g. Current Biography & yearbooks Genealogy resourcesAssociated with Some(thing/one) Famous? Titanica, other such sources on the famous event/person Encyclopedia http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/
Mapping ProjectionsXKCD on Mapping Projections: http://xkcd.com/977/
Origins “Most early European maps are lost.” – Chinese maps survive from 1137 A.D. – Arab maps survive from 1154 A.D. Early key figures in geography – – Strabo (d. 20 AD) – Ptolemy (d. 168 AD) world map in 1482 – al-Idrisi (d. 1166 AD)Katz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
Geography Practice Questions• What’s the longitude & latitude for St. Croix?• How far is it from Ontario to San Antonio?• How do you pronounce “Versailles, Indiana?”• What’s the elevation of London?• Where can I find info about the city “Rekem”?• Where is the geographic center of the U.S.?• Where is Hell?• Where is the smallest country in the world?• What’s the most common U.S. town name?
Sources for Geography Two major types of sources – visual and textual – Maps (graphical representations of place) and Atlases (collections of maps) – Gazetteers (dictionaries for places)Also the usual domain sources (the academic literature, indexes, etc.) Maps and Representation TypesThematic maps (statistical, subject) Point of ViewPhysical feature maps (roads, mountains) Presentation StylePhotographic maps (aerial, satellite etc.)
Navajo AtlasShown here: locations of Navajo chapter houses
Thematic Maps – Statistics (1840s)National Geographic Geography Education, Dr. John Snow’s Cholera Map
Atlas of the World’s Disappearing Languages Shown here: Western Canada
Oxford Economic Atlas of the World Entry for production of newsprint in 1950
Times Atlas of World History Shown here: Slave population density
Weather Atlas of the United StatesShown here: Mean monthly number of days with precipitation
Civil War Newspaper MapsShown here: NY Tribune & NY Herald, Coverage of Battle of Antietam
Shepherd’s Historical AtlasShown here: layout of the Roman Forum
Atlas of Cyberspaces Shown here: The NSFNet in 1992http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/atlas.html
An Atlas of FantasyShown here: C.S. Lewis’ sketch of the map of Narnia
Important Atlases - General • Times Atlas of the World - $250.00 “finest”/“best”; not “Eurocentric”; very detailed; thematic features; index/gazetteer • Hammond Atlas - $70.00 greater focus on North America, easy to use; first computer-generated world atlas.From: Katz, Intro to Reference Work / Bopp & Smith, Reference & Info Services
Important Atlases - Thematic • Rand McNally Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide - $300.00+ updated yearly; maps plus demographic and economic statistics data, zip codes, post offices, banks. U.S. & Canada. • Times Atlas of World History - $65.00 updated every 5 years; not “Eurocentric”; historical and cultural information on different civilizations; glossary.From: Katz, Intro to Reference Work / Bopp & Smith, Reference & Info Services
Gazetteers • Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World – Older (1961) but “standard” – 130,000 entries, comprehensive • Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary – fewer than 50,000 entries, but “typical” / another “standard” library gazetteerFrom: Katz, Intro to Reference Work / Bopp & Smith, Reference & Info Services
Geographic Information• Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps• US Geological Survey Library http://library.usgs.gov/index.html• David Rumsey Mapshttp://www.davidrumsey.com/• Geonames & GNIS Server(US) http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic(World) http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmagaz/• ESIC Centers and Libraries http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/forms/esicstat.html http://ask.usgs.gov/sils_index.html
Next Dates• Mon, Oct 29: IPL2 Question #2 (second “real user” question• Tue, Nov. 13: IPL Question #3 & IPL reflective paper with copies of all questions (email to instructor)• Mon. Nov 20: Reference interviews and paper (email to instructor)• Mon. Dec. 10: Research Guide (email to instructor)
IPL2 Question-Answering AssignmentReflective Paper - Tue, Nov 13, midnight EST.• Write up your reflections on your IPL2 digitalreference experience, discussing your experienceand what you have learned.• 4 pages doublespaced, Times New Roman 12 ptfont• Include specific examples in your paper tosupport/illustrate your ideas• Turn in your three real-patron answered questiontranscripts (and if relevant to your narrative, yourpractice question transcript) with your paper bymidnight on Tue, Nov 13
Reference interviews and paper - due Tues. Nov 20 midnight ESTTurn in 3 things via email to instructor:• Face-to-face interview write up (you figuring out the info need as reference interviewer/professional)• Transcript of your chat/IM (you asking a librarian a question as the user/patron)• Reflective essay (at least 1,000 words) combining your thoughts on these experiences; include specific details from your experiences. In each case, what did you learn about negotiating an information need? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a face-to-face interview vs. a chat/IM? Which seemed easier? Why? What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are as a reference interviewer? What would you do differently next time?
Research Guide, Due Mon. Dec. 10 midnight EST• Handouts or Web-based research guides briefly explain the topic area, and then provide a wide range of helpful instructions for research strategies/resources such as: databases, indexes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, directories, books, journals, newspapers, and archives; good search strategies, subject searches and keyword searches for the topic in catalogs and on the Web; relevant organizations, associations, Web pages, and library call number• Be sure to see the Syllabus for full list of resources!
Participation : Live Class & Discussion Board Due Mon. Dec. 10 midnight ESTEach week, a discussion board will be availablefor discussing a variety of topics and issuesrelevant to the class. Participate by posting tothe discussion boards at least once per week onat least 10 of the 15 weeks of the semester. ifyou are an active participant in the live class,you receive extra credit in boosting your overallquality participation points.