Monday, September 30, 2013

331. Misc Monday & EOM

   Here are a few items I've been trying to work in:

1. If you're a maps geek like I am (and like many genealogist should be!), you should take a look at the www.nationalatlas.gov site. I picked up a flyer at at ISL the other day about this map site and tried it out yesterday. They have a wide variety of interactive maps that you can use as bases to customize your own family and research maps. Lots of layers that you can add and subtract to make your own set.

2. And speaking of ISL, I was interested to see how much content the Indiana Memory area has available now. Good stuff from all around the state. It's a good centralized starting point to see what's out in various repositories--including lots of maps!

3. The Society of Indiana Pioneers are looking for descendants of the 1816 and 1851 Constitutional Convention delegates. Are any of those your folks?  This is part of the SIP Bicentennial activities. Go to their website, www.indianapioneers.com for a list of the delegates. I don't know what kind of prize you might get.

4. I received my new copy of Internet Genealogy magazine yesterday, and they have an article about a neat website, www.americanlastnames.us. The site contains lists of American surnames by frequency and quantity according to the 1990 and 2000 censuses. They also have ethic origins, meanings, and many profiles of the names. All names of 100 individuals or more are listed, with 800,000 + names possible. [Mine is the 9,064th on the ranking--is that good or bad?]

5. And finally, don't forget that the GSMC Library is now open every Wednesday from 9 to 4, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 4. Drop by and check out our new facility.  

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