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

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