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NCompass Live: Genealogy Resources for Librarians


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Join Cindy Cochran and Judi Cook, from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, as they guide you through the many historical resources available for librarians assisting anyone with an …

Join Cindy Cochran and Judi Cook, from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, as they guide you through the many historical resources available for librarians assisting anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history.

NCompass Live - Sept. 25, 2013.

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  • 1. SELS Meeting - May 23, 2013 Genealogical Resources
  • 2. LLCGS
  • 3. Come to Union College to the Don Love Building to find genealogical resources.
  • 4. Go up a few stairs or the elevator and turn to the right.
  • 5. Welcome to the Library
  • 6. Customers may access the entire Union College Library for their research.
  • 7. Some Union College books useful for genealogical purposes include the 140+ volumes of the “War of the Rebellion” (Civil War), encyclopedias, and many “Who’s Who” volumes.
  • 8. There is a photocopy machine available and a microfilm reader. There are public access computers.
  • 9. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society maintains a collection of genealogy books, dvds, microfilm, and periodicals within the Crandall Library. It is open to the public. We have reference and circulating materials.
  • 10. Chloe Foutz, a former director of the Library, was instrumental in making this arrangement in the early 1990s.
  • 11. In addition, approximately 3,000 volumes were given to the Society when the Historical Society changed its mission in the early 1990s. Ownership was made permanent in 2005.
  • 12. 12 We now have over 5,000 books available for research. Donations have helped expand the collection.
  • 13. We have around 3,000 genealogy periodicals arranged by state or country.
  • 14. We use Heritage Quest as the index to our periodicals.
  • 15. The LLCGS genealogy collection relies solely on our volunteers to add and maintain resources. We follow the Union College Library’s protocols.
  • 16. Besides the regular collection, LLCGS stores important archival items – early Lancaster County probate records,
  • 17. many Lancaster County marriage records that were being thrown away, (Digital scans are available for a fee.)
  • 18. naturalization records, and the original 120,000 index cards typed by Melvin Sittler, a retired farmer, as he indexed the Nebraska State Journal, 1873-1900.
  • 19. The old newspapers were salvaged from storage in bunkers near Mead, Nebraska in 1979.
  • 20. 20 Our members spend numerous hours on preservation.
  • 21. A big project awaiting us is scanning of the probate records.
  • 22. 22 We have interest groups and workshops to assist genealogists.
  • 23. In 1976 the Genealogy Society began gathering cemetery information from Lancaster County.
  • 24. Eight volumes were compiled and printed and are available in our collection.
  • 25. Our collection begins with the American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI) – over 200 volumes filled with personal names.
  • 26. We have many good resources on Irish genealogy.
  • 27. At some point we received the holdings of NISIA (Nebraskans of Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestry.)
  • 28. We have books on Palatine and other Germans, and French-Canadians.
  • 29. Czechs, and Frisians are represented.
  • 30. Thanks to the Martin and Kilpatrick collections, originally donated to the Nebraska State Historical Society,
  • 31. we have a very strong English selection.
  • 32. Some of the English records are quite old.
  • 33. There are quite a few books on New England, including the Massachusetts vital records -
  • 34. and periodicals as well.
  • 35. Most of our states are represented.
  • 36. We have the set of 158 DAR Lineage Books plus their new Forgotten Patriots book. has 154 of the volumes.
  • 37. LLCGS members requested more Nebraska materials, which the Library Committee has worked on adding for the last two years.
  • 38. More Nebraska items - including our own LLCGS publications.
  • 39. We have many “how to” books to assist in family tree research.
  • 40. There are some good examples of family histories on our shelves.
  • 41. If someone is writing a family history, we may have information from the past to enhance the project.
  • 42. A customer could glean ideas on how his/her ancestors lived.
  • 43. They could look in old yearbooks.
  • 44. Perhaps find a photograph from World War I.
  • 45. Did their ancestors travel from the farm to the city?
  • 46. We have plat maps to locate where a family lived.
  • 47. Or we can find their address and occupation in city directories.
  • 48. Don’t forget information from newspapers.
  • 49. Our website at has information that can be accessed on the internet.
  • 50. Go to – the catalog is searchable without logging in as a member.
  • 51. We can choose between the Union College catalog and the website catalog. This demonstration will use the LLCGS website catalog.
  • 52. The first screen shows a complete list of titles along with searching choices.
  • 53. The Holdings pull-down and the View Categories box do the same thing, so click either place.
  • 54. Either location allows you to search by specific format, such as “Books Only”
  • 55. “Online Only” lists books you can read online. Click on the eye to continue.
  • 56. On this screen, click on the URL.
  • 57. This is the online book at
  • 58. Now that you have some idea of our treasures, we invite you to take a tour of the library.
  • 59. LLCGS also has an interactive website. Let’s take a quick tour of the site. Query
  • 60. LLCGS website
  • 61. LLCGS website Find upcoming events. Go to bottom of Upcoming Events List
  • 62. LLCGS website Find upcoming programs, discussions and tours.
  • 63. LLCGS maintains links to ‘Surname Research’
  • 64. LLCGS maintains an extensive database free to all. The society is continuing to add database info.
  • 65. Example of cemetery info that can be found on Each yellow circle represents a cemetery. You can hover over the circle or click on it.
  • 66. Example of name search that can be found on At each arrow there is a link to guide or explain what is needed or optional. The only required field is the last name and it can be a partial last name. Also, in the red box, a description of why the search may not find information .
  • 67. Example of name search that can be found on An example of a search with a partial last name.
  • 68. Example of name search that can be found on
  • 69. Example of name search that can be found on
  • 70. Need to contact us for more info or queries? Click on ‘Contact’ at
  • 71. LLCGS maintains a listing of links to Local and State Genealogical Resource Sites.
  • 72. LLCGS maintains a listing of links to local and state genealogical resource sites.
  • 73. LLCGS provides current info on Facebook, blogs and twitter. Go to bottom of home page @
  • 74. LLCGS & Gen. Societies Libraries Archives Library Commission Historical Societies Museums Ethnic Societies LDS Family Search Youth Projects • Partnerships • Collaboration • Shared Resources • Meeting Sites • Community Outreach Cooperation to Preserve the Past for Future Generations P. Ericson