As you browse through our new website, you may have noticed “Genealogical Community” on the menu line at the top. By scrolling over the heading, the drop down menu offers five selections from which to choose: Genealogy Librarians; Blog; E-zine; Facebook; and YouTube. All of these options are avenues through which you can get to know us a little bit better, and through us, others involved with researching family history.
By clicking the first option, Genealogy Librarians, you will find photos and brief biographies of the eight of us that make up the professional staff of The Genealogy Center, including how long we’ve been a part of the staff, what we do, our varied genealogical interests and how long we’ve been interested in family history, where we’ve lectured, what we’ve written, and a few awards. We’ve tried not to brag.
A click on the lists’ second offering will bring you here, to our new Blog, where you can find out what programs are planned, guides to using the Center’s resources, highlighted items in the collection, and other news of interest. Plus we’ve migrated all of the old posts to this new location, so you can browse through the various categories or search for a specific entry by keyword.
Third on the list is a link to Genealogy Gems, the Center’s monthly e-zine. You may read any of the back issues from the first (March 2004) to the latest that’s been loaded (currently December 2009). To see them as they are published, use the boxes to supply your name and email address. New issues are published on the last day of each month. Please be sure your spam filter will allow the issue to arrive on time!
The next option on the list guides you to our Facebook page. Here, too, you will see alerts of upcoming programs and other news, and have the opportunity to interact with other researchers and see what our other friends are saying, as well as browsing our Friend list to find others addicted to the same pastime.
The last click will link you to the Allen County Public Library’s YouTube entries. To view the Center’s orientation video or other videos, just type “Genealogy Center” into the search box.
There you have it! Five clicks to expand your connections to the Genealogical Community! Next, we’ll discuss Databases.