Friday, September 9, 2011

Upcoming Event : Bookmarking Your Genealogy, September 26

If you use the internet for your genealogical research you won't want to miss "Bookmarking Your Genealogy," Monday, September 26, 2011, 7 p.m. at the Webster Memorial Library, Decatur, sponsored by the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society.

Linda Koch, Adult Services Librarian for the Allegan District Library will discuss and demonstrate online bookmarking techniques.  Using bookmarks to create your own 'Internet Yellow Pages' is becoming a popular tool for websurfers.  In 2009, Linda presented a similar program to members of the Southwest Michigan Local History Librarians Consortium, but with the Delicious bookmarking website, a subsidiary of Yahoo.  Before that, I hadn't heard of bookmarking websites, but immediately fell in love with Delicious and began implementing it immediately.  Likewise, I was quite disappointed to hear that the site was being discontinued, but encouraged that there are successor sites.

For the September 26 lecture, Linda will talk about the new generation of bookmarking websites, demonstrating how to relocate materials on the web so that they can be quickly retrieved.  Linda has taught lectures & field courses and enjoys research & teaching, especially relishing the problem-solving process involved in family history study. 

Immediately preceding the lecture at 6:00 p.m. will be a Family History Essentials Mini-Class, "Polk's War : Why You Should Research It."  Polk's War was another name for the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, called so by those who believed that President James Polk's aggression was an attempt to extend slavery.  Conrad Burton, a long-time VBRGS member, researchers & lecturer, will present.

All meetings of the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the society.

 Nameless Picture of the Day
 Unknown farm, Route 12 (now Red Arrow Highway), Lawrence, Michigan
provided for identification by Erika Bonaparte
"My great-grandparents names were Clarence and Clara Ruffin both lived in the Detroit area and my great-grandmother had child from a previous marriage his name was Ernest W. Johnson.  Hopefully this additional information may jog the memory of some long time residents in Lawrence, MI"

Can you identify the house in this photo?  Do you know it's location and owners, past or present?   Please contact us if you have any information and we will publish it in a future blog.  Please include the five character catalog number with your e-mail.