I was just listening to Lisa Cooke’s Genealogy Gems podcast this morning and learned something very useful. Did you know that there are THREE places to find digitized records on FamilySearch? Continue reading Three Places to Look for Digitized Records on FamilySearch.org
We have a new page on the site, with information about maps of Wichita and Sedgwick County, both online and on paper. Let me know if I’ve missed any important links!
Quick — how many outdoor murals do you think there are in Wichita? Would you guess hundreds?
I just learned of a project to photograph these murals and put a directory on the web. Check out Murals of Wichita to see them!
Have you seen this? It’s a free, online journal with a cool mission:
Deliver impeccable, ideally groundbreaking historical research and well-written narrative. In a world of increasing historical illiteracy and apathy, Journal of the American Revolution (allthingsliberty.com) publishes passionate, creative and smart content intended to make history more palatable.
Check it out!
RootsTech 2015 starts tomorrow! Can’t be in Salt Lake City by 8am? No problem! They broadcast a full day of presentations, including the glitzy keynote presenters (this year including Donny Osmond and Laura Bush), ONLINE for FREE.
If there’s interest, we’ll set up the projector at the library on Saturday, so come watch on the big screen with us.
Can’t clear your schedule for 3 full days? The presentations will be on the RootsTech website for several weeks after the conference.
Recently, while looking for something else (isn’t that always the way?), I discovered the Great Plains Quarterly. This is an academic journal published by the University of Nebraska, and it focuses on the history and culture of the great plains states! Imagine — a whole journal focused on “flyover country!”
There are straight historical articles (a couple by Jay Price, of WSU) and other articles that bring in art, sociology, psychology, literature, and even movie criticism. There are also a lot of book reviews, which can help you discover books you didn’t know you needed to read. Topics range from Coronado to the Lebanese in Wichita to the naming of Nicodemus.
Many of the issues are available online. They seem to have gone through at least three different online publishing schemes, so although the official website is at http://www.unl.edu/plains/publications/GPQ/gpq.shtml I would recommend using our library catalog, where I’ve created links to as many issues as I can find (the most recent appear to be behind a fire wall.)
Read it! And if there are any other journals out there I should know about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.