It’s either a treasure trove or your worst nightmare!

If you thought that you had hidden that old year book where no one could find it, you’re in for a surprise.  Ancestry has just added a huge number of high school year books to its database.   To find it:

  • Research
  • Genealogy
  • AncestryLibrary
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Schools, Directories, and Church Histories
  • On the right side there is an area called Featured Data Collections and you will select U.S. School Yearbooks 1900-1990

You can do a search, but that probably isn’t what most customers want to do.  They want to browse!  So you have to go up to the top right box and pull down the state, city, and high school:
You can adjust the page size to read more comfortably on your computer screen, too.

Not all of our high schools are included, but here’s a quick summary of what’s there:

Arlington HS 1909-1989 incomplete
Coupeville HS 1910-1989 incomplete
Darrington HS 1953-1960. 1976
Edmonds HS 1927-1989 incomplete
Granite Falls HS 1919-1989 incomplete
Lake Stevens HS 1924-1989 incomplete
Lakewood HS 1982-1988 incomplete
Langley HS 1953-1975 incomplete
Lynnwood HS 1971-1989 incomplete
Mariner HS 1978-1982 incomplete
Marysville HS 1910-1986 incomplete
Marysville Pilchuck HS 1971-1988 incomplete
Meadowdale HS 1969-1989 incomplete
Monroe HS 1946-1989 incomplete
Mountlake Terrace HS 1955-1988 incomplete
Oak Harbor HS 1922-1988 incomplete
Scriber Lake HS 1985
Snohomish HS 1943-1989 incomplete
South Whidbey HS 1987
Stanwood HS 1925-1987 incomplete
Sultan HS 1922-1988 incomplete
Twin City HS 1953-1959 incomplete
Woodway HS 1969-1989 incomplete

And won’t it be nice to be able to say “yes” when someone asks you for the old high school yearbooks!

Incomplete means that the span of years does not include every year within the span.  But Ancestry is constantly adding new content, so anything is possible.

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

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

Pew Report About Lifelong Learning

A new Pew Research Center survey shows the extent to which America is a nation of ongoing learners:

  • 73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.
  • 74% of adults are what we call personal learners– that is, they have participated in at least one of a number of possible activities in the past 12 months to advance their knowledge about something that personally interests them. These activities include reading, taking courses or attending meetings or events tied to learning more about their personal interests.
  • 63% of those who are working (or 36% of all adults) are what we call professional learners – that is, they have taken a course or gotten additional training in the past 12 months to improve their job skills or expertise connected to career advancement.

For more information, including the full report and the survey template, please see http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/03/22/lifelong-learning-and-technology/

 

Digital Public Library and National Archives

The Digital Public Library of America is taking the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all. This impact-oriented research effort unites the leaders from all types of libraries, museums, and archives with educators, industry, and government to define the vision for a digital library in service of the American public.  They’re working with the National Archives and Harvard University to to share digitized content from their online catalogs for the project’s two-year Digital Hubs Pilot Project.  This pilot project is scheduled to launch on April 18-19, 2013 at the Boston Public Library, which will host an array of festivities, including presentations and interactive exhibits showcasing content from the DPLA’s content partners.  The DPLA will include 1.2 million digital copies from the National Archives catalog, including our nation’s founding documents, photos from the Documerica Photography Project of the 1970’s, World War II posters, Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, and documents that define our human and civil rights.