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Top GVRL in December

What an interesting month!

The Encyclopedia of Kidney Diseases and Disorders 2012
The Rough Guide to Costa Rica, 7th ed.
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology 2002
Science and Its Times, vol. 7: 1950-Present
The Antebellum Era 2003
How to Prepare a Business Plan e5 2008
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 36
International Directory of Company Histories, vol. 114
The Rough Guide to Norway, 6th ed.
K-9 Police Units 2010

Fact Checking the State of the Union

There’s something new that’s happening during the State of the Union address, scheduled for January 30.  The Reporters’ Lab at Duke University is beta-testing a real-time fact check during the actual address to Congress.  And there’s definite street cred here:   itt draws on automation and fact-checking work from researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Internet Archive, MIT Media Lab, and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

Income Tax Information for 2018

Did you know that the IRS anticipates that over 90% of tax payers will file electronically? This little tidbit of information and more can be found in yesterday’s press release/

We will updating our Tax Time page this week to reflect and changes listed in that press release.

November 2017 Top 11 GVRL Titles

It’s 11 this month instead of our usual 10 because 2 volumes of a book accounted for the first 2 spots on this list:

Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, vol. 1
Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, vol. 2
Innovation 2009
Brussels & Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent 2012
The American Civil War and Reconstruction 2012
William Carlos Williams, Rev. ed. 1989
World Eras v4 2002
Springer Handbook of Robotics 2008
UXL Endangered Species, 3rd ed., vol. 1: Mammals
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 35
Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology 2010

October Top Ten GVRL Titles

Knots 2012
Favorite Knots for the Sports Enthusiast 2008
Malaria 2010
The Rough Guide to Fiji, 2nd ed.
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Vancouver & Victoria, 2014
Motorcycle 2012
The Health Care System e2013 2013
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Paris, 2014
Norway 2012
Perspectives on Modern World History: The Brown v. Board of Education Trial

Finding obituaries might be easier in the future

FamilySearch and GenealogyBank have announced a joint effort to make over a billion records from historical obituaries searchable online. It will be the largest—and perhaps most significant—online US historic records access initiative yet. It will take tens of thousands of online volunteers to make GenealogyBank’s vast U.S. obituary collection more discoverable online.

I’ll keep an eye on this and let you know as soon as they start publishing!


ArchiveGrid?  Never heard of this?  Well, neither had I until I stumbled on a blog post extolling its virtues.  Here’s their description of this service:

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.


You can browse by state with the map on the home page or through the drop-down menu below.   For example, when I looked at the Washington State Library, I found this:

Very useful for our genealogy and local history researchers!

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 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!


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