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Genealogy Library and Research Area
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Tips for researchers:
When reading old film or printed items, transparent colored film, such as that used for slide shows, brings out printing. Simply hold over the paper, the front of the reader, or between the lens and film.
Always carry a magnifying glass or, one of the large sheet magnifiers.
When copying anything that may "bleed through," place face down on copier and put a sheet of red or black paper over it.
Copy title page of book and attach to pages copied - you will not forget where your source came from. You may wish to note date and library as well.
When viewing census records, read at least one page ahead of and one page behind the one where your folks are. Same goes for cemetery surveys - note who is in nearby plots. Copy the pages and take them home so you can see if any of the names match known relatives or friends.
Old newspapers have great tidbits about people who lived in the area. They give you time lines, as well as pointing to possible relatives.
One may browse through donated family histories. Many are indexed, some are not. Jeanette and volunteers can pretty well tell you whom to contact about each of them. Often they will know the family personally and can answer your questions. Jeanette, her husband, and many of the volunteers grew up in the area and have a broad knowledge of its history and that of its people. See our books index for the holdings of the library.
The volunteers rock; they can show you how to: find information on the internet; use forms (available at the library); or do a history of your family, if you are new at genealogy.
Browse books on history of areas in which your family lived. It will help you understand why they lived in a certain area, or why they moved elsewhere. Histories will give you time lines of major happenings which may have impacted locals. They tell you the major industries, when the railroads and highways were built, and a number of other things that may give you a clue to find that elusive ancestor.
Perhaps you lost track of Great Grandfather John and can't find him anywhere. After reading a history of the area where you lost him, you find the railroad was being extended to the south for a hundred miles or so. You know he was working for the railroad, so now you have a good idea of where to look for him next.
There are Genealogy help books as well. "The Handy Book for Genealogist" tells when a county was formed, from what area it was subdivided and the information it maintains. Other books tell you about census records, have definitions you may need, or give you ideas of places to look for certain documents.
Browse through LDS CDs or log onto Ancestry.com or Heritage Quest. Both are paid subscriptions and have census records for every state in the US from 1790 through 1930, along with birth, marriage, and death records and published family histories. Ancestry.com and the LDS have family histories compiled by others. These must be taken with a very large "grain of salt." Many will be meticulously researched and documented, while others will not be. They may, however, serve as road maps for research.
Microfilm and readers
There are now 20 rolls of microfilm containing
newspapers which patrons of the library may view and copy. Some are:
a nearly complete set of Okaloosa News Journal 1930 thru mid 1956;
Okaloosa Messenger, 1930s and 40s; miscellaneous issues from
Milligan, Laurel Hill and Valparaiso.
Films may be ordered from the LDS. Check with
members. Rental of these films are $5.50 and a list of ones available
may be seen at the library catalogue of LDS:
Special offer from Allen Co. Library
-- largest genealogy repository in eastern US. Send copies of your work
for a bound copy.
Roll 2 Roll 3 Roll 4
Roll 5 Roll 6 Roll 7
Roll 8 Roll 9 Roll 10
Roll 11 Roll 12 Roll 13
Roll 14 Roll 15 Roll 16
Roll 17 Roll 18 Roll 19
Carole Griffin, maintains a list of the records that are available for research. Browse through this list before you come to the library. Then spend the day digging into them.
Lost -- somewhere
on the road between Crestview and C.B. Ferdon's turpentine still a
walking stick belonging to G.W. Edge. Finder please return same to him
or leave it at The News-Journal office and receive a reasonable reward.
Cain Family of Crestview
DR Moore made funeral arrangements in the
1930s and there are some of his records at the museum.
Send us queries, photos, anecdotes or other
items to post on our "bulletin board." Perhaps you will help someone or
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