52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Week 48 – Personal Library and Reading List

The challenge for Week 48 is to examine online tools for cataloging your personal genealogy library and keeping track of the books you read.  I am a fan of LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com/).  It is a site where you can catalog and provide tags in your personal library.  I have been using librarything for about three years and even purchased the cat ISBN reader that plugs into your computer and scans the ISBN number eliminating the need to physically enter the information.  The cat does not always work but when it does it makes it a breeze to catalog books.  I use librarything  to print out a listing of genealogy books I already own prior to going to genealogical conferences.  I check my list prior to purchasing new books – yes I have a habit of forgetting what I already own.  Currently I have 225 books in my personal library, I also have a copy of my inventory in the safe just in case I need it for insurance purposes.  Librarything has several options for printing and sorting  your inventory lists for specific purposes.  I have tags that include regions, states, historical time periods – the more tags the easier it is for me to locate the books I am looking for.  I also have included where the book is located (sometimes where the book should be) and I can also note whether or not I have lent the book to someone.  I also click on other folk’s libraries that have similar books – like genealogy books – to see what they have in their library and what I might add to mine.  

I checked out  Good Reads (http://www.goodreads.com/) and Shelfari (http://www.shelfari.com/).  These web sites allow you to import your list of books which may be tempting but I am a creature of habit so I think I will stick with librarything.  I use the Amazon wish list to keep track of books I want to own in the future.  I do this for two reasons – 1)  Amazon allows me to add items from any web site to my wish list with just a click of a button; 2)  my family is frequently stumped when they are looking to buy a gift for me and I know from experience they are more likely to buy what  I want if I make it easy for them to purchase the items.     

I am looking forward to pulling out my Cat scanner and adding new books after my birthday on Thursday  and Christmas.  Bring on the books! 

Thanks to Amy Coffin of We Tree (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) for another wonderful challenge.


Wordless Wednesday – Almost – Pontoon Bridge World War I

This photo is of a pontoon bridge used during WWI.  My mother stated that her father told her that the pontoon bridge was used temporarily to cross rivers during the war.  Her father stated that he obtained the picture during the war, she could not remember whether he said he helped put the bridge together or not.

Tombstone Tuesday – George and Eliza Durbin

George H. Durbin, 1851-1940 and Eliza M. Durbin 1859-1945.  George and Eliza are buried in the Maplewood Cemetery in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois. George was the son of Morris and Honora Dial Durbin.  I have much to research regarding this Durbin family.  George was a half sibling of my Great Grandmother Elizabeth Durbin Clark.

Illinois Research – Anyone know about the Fayette County Genealogical Society?

I am getting ready for my trip to Illinois at the end of the month.I am hoping to have a chance to hit the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield and perhaps check out a few genealogical society libraries.  I ran a search of the Fayette Genealogical and Historical Society and can no longer locate an active link for the society.  Are they closed down?  I did some research there about four or five years ago and they had some great resources.  If anyone has any info on this society please let me know. 

The Decatur Genealogical Society will also get a visit!  Last time I was there I found the librarians to be a wonderful resource.   Best of all I am looking forward to visiting with family both old and recently found. 

I am hoping that the genealogy discoveries will out weigh the emotions of the trial involving the man that killed my Uncle Bruce Clark.  Perhaps one door will finally close and many more doors will open.

Anyone have any suggestions about resources in the area of Springfield/Decatur to utilize?  Thank you for any suggestions.

Tombstone Tuesday – Walter Mikolajczak

Wadislaw J. Mikolajczak, aka Walter.  Burial on July 2, 1947 at the Holy Trinity Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Block 4 Lot 102.  Walter was the seventh child of  Maciej and Stanslawa Mikolajczak.  Funeral records indicate that Walter was single and his last known address was 3001 South 7th Street.  At this point in time I have located Walter in the Wisconsin 1905 Census and the 1910 Federal Census.

Walter’s siblings were:  Antonia 1888-1957, Stanislaw 1890-1931, Jozef 1891-?, Bronislawa 1893 -?,
Michal 1896-?,  Emily 1901-?.

Stanislaw is my husband’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side.

Wordless Wednesday (almost) San Xavier del Bac Mission

A historic Spanish Catholic mission about 10 miles  south of downtown Tucson, Arizona.  The mission is located  on the Tohono O’odham San Xavier Indian Reservation.  The Mission founded in 1692 is still active.  The Mission is being restored, the work is just beautiful.  See http://www.sanxaviermission.org/ for more info on the Mission.