Genealogy at the Palm Springs Library
Where to start? <ul><li>YOU come first! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always work UP, never DOWN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start with...
<ul><li>If you find a “fact”… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In a book… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the Internet… </li></ul></ul>...
Who can trust YOU? <ul><li>Always create citations for your facts! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Results in better records for you...
Can you trust the library? <ul><li>Books and Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Original records? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I...
Prove it! … But  how ? <ul><li>Original Records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Census </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth / Marriage /...
US Census records <ul><li>How to access Census images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microfilm? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online? ...
Need to travel? Usually, no! <ul><li>What if PSPL doesn’t have the book or article you need? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interli...
The Internet <ul><li>Which websites to use and trust? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know where the information is coming from  </l...
<ul><li>For reliable genealogy links, visit  www.palmspringslibrary.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Use PSPL to the fullest! Get your Palm Springs Library Card at the Circulation Desk today!
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Tips on genealogy in general, and what you can do from the Palm Springs Public Library

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Genealogy At The Palm Springs Library

  1. 1. Genealogy at the Palm Springs Library
  2. 2. Where to start? <ul><li>YOU come first! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always work UP, never DOWN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start with family history, but always PROVE IT! </li></ul>How do you do THAT?!
  3. 3. <ul><li>If you find a “fact”… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In a book… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the Internet… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From your mother… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the family bible… </li></ul></ul>Who can you trust? Is it TRUE??
  4. 4. Who can trust YOU? <ul><li>Always create citations for your facts! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Results in better records for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes your research more valuable to your family & the research community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guidebooks especially for genealogists: </li></ul><ul><li>Cite Your Sources , by Richard S. Lackey </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence! , by Elizabeth Shown Mills </li></ul>
  5. 5. Can you trust the library? <ul><li>Books and Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Original records? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indices? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If not, use them as LEADS only. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find your own proof. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Prove it! … But how ? <ul><li>Original Records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Census </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth / Marriage / Death records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preponderance of evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to do that in the PS Library? </li></ul>
  7. 7. US Census records <ul><li>How to access Census images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microfilm? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Heritage Quest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free to you at PS Library or from home with your valid Palm Springs Library Card </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Need to travel? Usually, no! <ul><li>What if PSPL doesn’t have the book or article you need? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free with your PS Library Card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You will need: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Title of book or article citation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date of publication </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library searches for book </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book is delivered to PSPL for your use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask at Reference Desk </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Internet <ul><li>Which websites to use and trust? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know where the information is coming from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use same criteria as for books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Original records? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Citations and sources listed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If not, use as a lead and prove it yourself </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>For reliable genealogy links, visit www.palmspringslibrary.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“Internet Links” -- then “Genealogy” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>or </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“When Google’s Not Enough” -- then “Genealogy” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to selected, non-commercial, non-subscription websites </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Use PSPL to the fullest! Get your Palm Springs Library Card at the Circulation Desk today!
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