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What’s Past is Prologue: Yesterday’s Influence on Today’s Genealogy Research.Thomas Jay Kemp, MLS
Director, Genealogy Products - NewsBank, inc.
The Past, Present & Future of Genealogy in the Library
Saturday, June 26, 2010
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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  • 1. What’s Past is Prologue Yesterday’s Influence on Today’s Genealogy Research Thomas Jay Kemp The Past Present and Future of Genealogy in the Library National Press Club 26 June 2010
  • 2. Timeline
    • 1620 – Pilgrims
    • 1629 – First Library – May 1629 – Isle of Wight – set sail for Salem with “Godly passengers” – cattle, supplies and a collection of books
    • 1656 – New Haven – Gov. Theophilus Eaton (1590-1658) – gave a bequest for a library
    • 1656 – Town House – Capt. Robert Keayne’s (1595- 23 March 1656) his will: a set of books & funds for purchasing more
  • 3. Timeline
    • New Haven Colony Library
    • 1656 – New Haven – Gov. Theophilus Eaton (1590-1658) – gave a bequest for a library
    • 1689 – town voted to sell the library to Rev. James Pierpont for: “…”forty pounds of rye and thirty-two bushels of Indian corn”.
  • 4. Timeline
    • Town House - Boston
    • 1656 – Town House
    • 1994/95 – “…it was voted that books of the Registers of births and deaths in the Town of Boston shall be demanded by the Selectmen in whose hands soever they may be” – and kept at the Town House.
    • Town House served for more than 90 years
    • caught fire, burned down in 1747.
  • 5. Timeline
    • 1690 –
    • First Newspaper
    • 7 May 1724 –
    • First Genealogy published in US – newspaper:
    • American Weekly Mercury
    • 1771 –
    • First Genealogy (Book) Published in US
  • 6. Timeline
    • 1825 – 1 st Photograph
    • 1839 – Microfilm invented
    • 1845 – NEHGS – begins
    • 1876 – Centennial 1776-1876
      • Pres. U.S. Grant encouraged writing local & family histories
    • 1894 – FHL begins
  • 7. Timeline - 1912
    • Genealogy Study Rapidly Growing.
    • In Recent Years Americans Have Been Making Great Study of the Family Tree.
    • 16 Mar 1912 San Jose (CA) Mercury
  • 8. Timeline - 1912
  • 9. Timeline
    • 1920 – 2,000 genealogies published
    • 1931 – Ground broken for NARA
    • 1961 – ALA History Section
    • 1968 – ALA Genealogy Committee
    • 1969 – Internet Invented
  • 10. Timeline
    • 1972 – 50,000 genealogies have been published
    • 1974 – Reader’s Digest – Haley - Roots
    • 1976 – Roots (book)
    • 1977 – Roots TV Series
  • 11. Timeline
    • 1980 – Robert M. Warner – 6 th Archivist
    • 1983 – Ancestry - publishing imprint
  • 12. Timeline
    • 1995 – Google
    • 1998 – Over 90,000 genealogies
    • 1998 – Iceland goes online
    • 1999 – FamilySearch.org launched
  • 13. Timeline
    • 2000 – China – Genealogy Conference
    • 2003 – Facebook
    • 2006 – GenealogyBank.com
    • 2006 – WorldVitalRecords.com
    • 2007 – Footnote.com
    • 2008 – 150,000 genealogies published
    • 2008 – Scribd.com
  • 14. Pace of Genealogy is steadily increasing.
  • 15. Our Patrons Use Home Sources
  • 16. Our Patrons Use Library Sources
  • 17. Our Patrons bring their charts
  • 18.  
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  • 21.  
  • 22. And head into the stacks
  • 23. To find their answers….
  • 24. Books like …
  • 25. Books like …
  • 26.  
  • 27.  
  • 28. Eastern Argus Portland, Maine: 19 Aug 1828 – Page 3
  • 29.  
  • 30. Back to the stacks… Widener Library - Harvard
  • 31.  
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  • 35. Libraries started to respond to the demand
  • 36. Library Pioneer Fremont Rider (1885-1962) Saw the value of Genealogy
  • 37. Godfrey Memorial Library
  • 38. Proposed the Digital Library
  • 39.
  • 40. Fremont Rider invented the first Library Book Truck
  • 41.  
  • 42. Fremont Rider pioneered Compact Book Storage Compact Book Storage: some suggestions toward a new methodology for the shelving of less used research materials. 1949
  • 43. Libraries used Inter-library Loan to bring library collections to patrons
  • 44.  
  • 45. Libraries used Internet to bring library collections to patrons
  • 46.  
  • 47.  
  • 48. Internet Archive www.Archive.org
    • 2.3 million books
      • Over 50,000 genealogies & local histories
    • Search on every word
    • Download and retain searchability
    • Permanent URL
    • Create your own “library”
  • 49.  
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  • 54. Over 1,700 city directories
  • 55. Over 1,700 city directories
  • 56. Family History Archives http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.php
    • 60,000 genealogies & local histories – and growing
    • Can search on every word
    • Can download page or complete book
    • Permanent URL
    • Books from many libraries, individuals
    • Can upload your “book” – permanent site
  • 57. Family History Archives http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.php
  • 58.  
  • 59.  
  • 60. GoogleBook Search http://books.google.com
    • More than 12 million books
      • Over 100,000 genealogies & local histories
    • Search on every word
    • Download and retain searchability
    • Permanent URL
    • Create your own “library”
  • 61.  
  • 62. GoogleBook Search http://books.google.com
  • 63. GoogleBook Search http://books.google.com
  • 64. Newspapers
  • 65. African American Newspapers
  • 66. Hispanic American Newspapers
  • 67. Newspapers in multiple languages German, French, Japanese etc.…
  • 68. Obituaries
  • 69. Birth & Marriage announcements
  • 70. Passenger Lists
  • 71. Family Reunions
  • 72. Newspapers published letters from soldiers...
  • 73.  
  • 74.  
  • 75.  
  • 76. A Soldier’s Last Letter …
    • “ I was there as a spectator only.
    • Imagine my surprise … my thankfulness when my name was called…
    • What have I done I asked myself, to deserve to be remembered by strangers in a town in which I had never been...”
    • Corporal Wilson Mcpherson Osbon (1877-1899)
    • written 28 Dec 1898, Spanish-American War
    • Philippines
  • 77. Military Records - Revolutionary War
  • 78. Military Records - Army, Navy, Air Force Registers
  • 79. Libraries began looking for collections online
  • 80. eBay.com
    • Found a “stampless” letter from Jonathan Huse to his “aged mother Anne” – written in 1809
  • 81.  
  • 82.
    • Letter mentioned that the “5 children” were doing fine.
    • Letter did not name the children
  • 83.  
  • 84. Sarah Adeline Huse Warren, Knox County, Maine “lingering sickness” “two years” “second daughter” Eastern Argus (Portland, ME) – 17 Mar 1825
  • 85. eBay.com
  • 86.
    • Sarah Araline Huse
    • Aged 6 years - 1813
  • 87.  
  • 88. Scribd.com
  • 89. Scribd.com
  • 90. Scribd.com
  • 91. Scribd.com
  • 92. Scribd.com
  • 93. Facebook.com
  • 94. Family Photos, Clippings Facebook.com
  • 95. Facebook: Garcelon
  • 96. Facebook.com
  • 97. www.YouTube.com
  • 98. www.YouTube.com
  • 99.
    • Start Your Own Family “Blog”
  • 100. It’s a Great Day for Genealogy! 1620-2010