The Local Library
After I learned to read I became a voracious reader. I was always at the Bookmobile (a mobile library, for those of you too young to remember them) or at the public library to check out several books. So it was natural for me to want to see what my local library had to help me with my genealogy research.
I was fortunate that the Amarillo Public Library had a good genealogy section. While it was not as large as others I would visit later, it had plenty of resources that helped me advance my research.
From the beginning, I have always gone to the local library to see what information they have. Some places I have been to have no local library (something I consider quite sad.) Others have had large genealogy collections.
What I can always count on is that the local library will have a information on the local history and frequently have other unique resources that you cannot find anywhere else.
The genealogy collection was a large room with books, microfilm, maps--all the things that I, as a researcher, get excited about finding. I want to see everything!
As I cruised through the stacks, a set of books caught my eye. There were three volumes of records from a local funeral home. On the inside book cover was a note explaining how the library acquired the records. A family bought a house and while cleaning the attic, they came across these three books. Rather than toss them like so many would do, they donated them to the public library.
I don't know how much they have helped others who have looked through those pages, but for me they were a treasure.
|Anna Katherine (Schleicher) Kaiser|
I learned that a local library will have information on the community they serve.
I learned that I should always have change for copies.
I learned that I should set aside one day of my research time for visiting the local library.
Share what you have found in local libraries that helped further your genealogy research.