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From the Green Valley News, Wednesday July 6 2005, page B2


Genealogy Today, by Betty Malesky

How you can locate your family in print.

Before you go too far in your research itís wise to determine whether someone has already compiled a genealogy of your family. If information about your family has been printed youíll save a lot of time and energy by locating and reading it.

Two finding aids, WorldCat and Heritage Quest are available through the Tucson/Pima Public Library (TPL) either in the library or from your home computer via the TPL Website at http://www.lib.ci.tucson.az.us/. Click on "Research," then on "Databases" to access either one.

Click on "First Search," enter your name and TPL card barcode and click "Submit." In the Advanced Search box scroll to WorldCat and click "Select." WorldCat is an easy to use search engine linked to the catalog lists of books, audio-visuals, periodicals, and manuscripts in many libraries in the U.S. and the world.

Advanced Search allows you to enter three keywords. Try using the family surname, a locality or state and the word genealogy to narrow your search results.

A list of available titles will appear with description of each and libraries owning the item. You can request a book found on WorldCat by interlibrary loan or plan to visit a library where itís located. Genealogies are often reference books that canít be borrowed.

Some titles you locate may be part of the Heritage Quest (HQ) database. When you click on "Heritage Quest" choose whether access is from the library or from home. From the HQ main menu select "Search Books." Click on "Publications" to browse the available titles. If the desired book has an index, locate the pages with your ancestorís name and download them to Adobe Acrobat reader. Print or save the file to read at your leisure. Or go back to the "Books" menu and click on "People" to search for specific names in all books in the database.

Another HQ resource is the PERSI index. On HQís main menu select "Search PERSI." This index compiled by the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, includes thousands of articles in genealogical periodicals printed in the U.S. and Canada since 1805. Article titles are indexed, not every name mentioned in an article, so a "Places" search is usually most effective.

Enter a state, county, and optionally a town or other keyword. A list of all articles meeting your search parameters will appear. When one interests you, check the box in front of its title and add it to your "notebook." Before exiting PERSI you can print a list of additions to your notebook or even email them to yourself.

Clicking on an article title gives you details about the publication and the option to print a "request form." The form is used to request a copy of the article from the Allen County Library.

Print the form, fill in the required article details and mail with $7.50 for up to six articles at a time. With the copies you will receive a bill for an additional $.20 per page copied.

Next month, "Using the Family History Center"


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