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Top Ten GVRL Titles in May

Prohibition and Death were hot topics!

Prohibition 2013
Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion 2010
American History: The Salem Witch Trials
Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959 2003
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, vol. 2
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 36
Test and Assess Your IQ 2008
Gems 2013
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, vol. 1
American History: Prohibition

Sanborn Maps Online!

From Genealogy Gems:

Breaking news! The Library of Congress has put online nearly 25,000 additional Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps–and more are coming! Over the next three years, more will be added monthly until all 50 states are covered from the 1880s through the 1960s.

Sanborn maps show detailed information about neighborhoods, buildings, roads and more for thousands of towns in the U.S. and beyond. A sizable collection of pre-1900 Sanborn maps are already online at the Library of Congress (use the above link).

Consumer Complaints Database of Contacts

I recently helped a family member whose Uber account had been hacked.  He couldn’t get Uber to do anything when he used the “contact us” link on their website.  Fortunately, I was able to show him Elliott.org and its database of over 500 companies with links to names and addresses (real and email) of executives.  This list is maintained by Christopher Elliott and his crew–he’s a well-known consumer advocate and journalist.

Long story made short–within 2 hours of sending an email to a Vice-President at Uber, my relative had everything straightened out.

New resource for genealogists searching for holocaust information

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has made the first two volumes of their Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945 freely available on its website at
https://www.ushmm.org/research/publications/encyclopedia-camps-ghettos/volumes-i-and-ii-available-online.

Volume I includes the major concentration camps, their sub-camps, SS
construction brigades, and early camps set up by the police, SA and SS
shortly after the Nazis seized power.  Volume II includes ghettos in
German-occupied territories.  Each volume matches the physical format
of the book, and each consists of two pdf files.  The place name index
is in the back of the second part of each volume.  Each signed article
includes citations and bibliographies for further research.  Overview
articles provide additional information, and are worth reading.

Future volumes will be made available online after the print volume
has been available for a few years.  Volume III- camps and ghettos in
countries allied with the Nazis- is scheduled to be released in print
this year.

The volume II will be helpful to any patrons researching their Jewish ancestors and volume I will be helpful for the families of American soldiers who help liberate the camps.

 

From:

Megan Lewis, reference librarian

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Changes at the Washington State Library

These all happen on February 1, 2017.  So if you’re recommending a trip to WSL, be aware that things will be different.

Archiving the White House

There was a change on WhiteHouse.gov today and you might wonder what happens to the old content when a new administration comes on board.   Yes, there was a plan.  And you can find the content from the Obama White House here.

 

Maybe we aren’t overloaded?

There’s a new Pew Internet report out that suggests that perhaps we are becoming less overwhelmed by the amount of information out there.  Check it out!

 

First Tuesdays–US Census

FROM WSL:  WHAT’S NEW UNDER THE SUN?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

Mark your calendars now for November’s First Tuesdays webinar:  What’s New in the Census, presented by Lia Bolden, U.S. Census Bureau.
Learn what’s new on the U. S. Census webpage and how to navigate census complexities to find necessary data.

First Tuesdays is designed as a continuing education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington. These free webinar presentations are recorded and archived so others may listen at their convenience.  Questions? Please contact Carolyn Petersen at carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov.

GVRL in August

Our top ten:

The Rough Guide to Copenhagen e4 2010
Copenhagen 2011
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Germany, 2014
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Back Roads Germany, 2014
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Munich & the Bavarian Alps, 2014
McCarthyism and the Communist Threat 2011
Bipolar Disorder 2012
UXL Sustainable Living, vol. 1
Allergies Sourcebook e4 2011
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 35

Printing Topo maps

Topo (topographical) maps are very popular with hikers, explorers, and outdoor enthusiasts.  And there are some great topo map sites out there, but printing those maps can be a nightmare.  National Geographic has come up with a solution!

National Geographic has built an easy to use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any quad in the country for downloading and printing. Each quad has been pre-processed to print on a standard home, letter size printer. These are the same quads that were printed by USGS for decades on giant bus-sized pressed but are now available in multi-page PDFs that can be printed just about anywhere. They are pre-packaged using the standard 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 base but with some twists:

  • Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context
  • Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers
  • Hillshading has been added to each page of the PDF to help visualize the topography

http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

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