Using Newspapers in Your Research 10 17 2017

Good morning everybody…
My name is Suzanne Walker and I am the Supervisor for the Indiana State
Library’s Professional Development Office – thank you so much for joining us
for today’s webinar – we’re really pleased to have Leigh Anne Johnson here with us today to talk about using newspapers in your genealogy research… I’m going to start
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webinar. Also today Leigh Anne is gonna do her
presentation and then we’ll do questions at the end… you can go ahead and type
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and then we will deliver those all to Leigh Anne at the end so without further ado I’m gonna go ahead and turn things over to Leigh Anne, and we’re gonna get started
talking about using newspapers in your family history research. Thank You
Suzanne… as Suzanne said I’m Leigh Ann Johnson, I work here at the Indiana State
Library. I’m the newspaper librarian and today we’ll be speaking about using
newspapers in your family history research… there are several ways that we
typically use newspapers in our research… … here are the
most typical uses that we usually think of when we use newspapers in research…
to find obituaries and death notices, looking for articles maybe regarding our
relatives, and vital records columns like birth, death, marriage, burial records, etc. But here are some additional uses that
we maybe haven’t thought of before… looking for anniversary announcements,
wedding announcements, engagements, legal notices… a lot of times help out with
genealogy society columns, local news, photographs, articles related to current,
local, and national events and advertisements for stores or businesses… here’s an example of some kind of
surprising finds… a couple of things… this is from the Greentown Gym and it’s from
April 27th, 1933… this is from Howard County… this is the Greentown High
School graduating class and it lists all of their names and gives their pictures…
this happens to have been scanned into Indiana Memory which is a portal to many
online digital collections for around Indiana… you may know a little bit about
Indiana Memory… we’ll talk about that in a few minutes a little bit further but
this would be great if you were looking for this specific group of people, but
it’s just an example of some of the surprising things you might find in a
newspaper… here we have, also from the Greentown Gym… this is from 1931… this is a golden wedding anniversary announcement, and this couple… this long
article lists all of the names of their children and grandchildren and where
they live, so this would be just a gold mine if this couple was some relative
of yours and it would be very useful for you… here’s an example of a local news
column from the Bloomington Telephone from 1889… just in this small snippet of
an article we have hospital news, people going in or
out of the hospital, people visiting relatives or going out of town to visit
relatives, people with new babies, people with new jobs, so you can get a lot of
information out of these local news articles… these two advertisements for
local businesses are from the Greencastle Herald Democrat from August
19, 1921… both of these ads lists the name of the proprietors of the
businesses, so that could be of great value to your research… you could then
take this information and look in city directories to get more specific
information about where the businesses were located and other information, so
this could also be of help to your research… this is part of a large article
from the Indianapolis News, October 10th, 1918… this is regarding the spread of
influenza throughout Indiana… the article highlights several cities and actions
being taken to avoid the spread of the disease, so when we look at local columns
like this, statewide news… we’re getting a sense of the time period and so that’s
how these kind of articles can help us with our research… this is an example of
a society column from the Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram for September, 27th… 1921… in this column are announcements of parties, weddings,
all things that are taking place, recent reports of people visiting other people
from out of town, people coming into town to visit, people with new babies, there’s
also a mention in this article of a memorial service that will be taking
place and the pertinent details for attending, so in a way this is a bit of a
kind of catch-all article for for local news so it could be very useful. Obituaries and death notices – there are
slight differences between death notices and obituaries… usually obituaries didn’t
appear the way we think of them now… not often, before the 1920’s… and I say that,
there are many exceptions to this… it’s just in general around 1900 is when you
start seeing the longer articles that we think of today… there are exceptions… here
is one from the Locomotive which is an Indianapolis paper from August 25th, 1849… we have births, deaths, and some like further information about the deaths… a
couple of like almost obituary length from 1849, so this is definitely an
exception to what we usually find in newspapers but they do exist so it’s
always good to ask or look in different papers… earlier papers… a potential
challenge is finding a death listing in a weekly paper… if the person died right
after the latest edition of the paper was issued they may not be listed in the
next week’s edition due to other news kind of overshadowing their death, but if
the person for whom you’re searching was a prominent citizen of the area there
may be an article… here’s an example from the Jasper Courier from January 13th, 1922, this entire article… I couldn’t include it all because it was very long, it was two
columns long… because Mike Sweeney had been a state senator he was given a
large obituary in the newspaper… Unfortunately there were no other deaths
mentioned in that week’s paper or the next week’s edition of the same
paper in the Jasper area so I guess… unfortunately only the prominent
citizens got a good obituary in this paper at the time, so always keep that in
mind… sometimes it does have to do with who you are and your family so just know
that not everybody has an obituary but hopefully your people do… an example of a
later newspaper… we here at the Indiana State Library made a
database from the Indianapolis Commercial death listings… the
Indianapolis Commercial was a business newspaper but it did have a death column
and we’ve gone ahead and indexed this through years and years of work to do
that… this kind of is helpful looking for obituaries in other newspapers from
Indianapolis, so in other words we have the person’s name, their age, the date
that this column appeared in the newspaper… that is not the date of death
but the date that it appeared… so what you would do with this information is
then go to a different newspaper like the Indianapolis Times, the News or the
Star and look for an actual obituary… all you would find if you looked in the
Indianapolis Commercial is the same exact information in a column format so
this is the key to go and look around the date of May 3rd, 1935, so before and
after that date to try to find a more detailed death notice or obituary… we
started this online index with the 1930s since we already have a print death
index for Indianapolis from 1882 to 1930 in our collection… that’s the WPA
index to deaths for Marion County and that’s available down in our
genealogy division in print format and, so we didn’t go ahead and re-index those
that are listed in the WPA… we started with the 1930’s… this goes about to 1965,
1970, I believe, so this is available through our website. Now if you don’t
have a death date, you have a few options… the Social Security Death Index…
it says 1935 to 2014… those are the years that that Social Security basically
started but the death index really indexes deaths about 1965 through 2014
so you can use this to find some… at least usually the month and year of
death, if not the date and this is available through Ancestry Library
Edition or if you subscribe to…… lots of
times that comes up through ancestry as well but you can go to find A Grave .com
for free without a subscription to Ancestry and lots of times it will give
you photos of gravestones and you might actually see the death date on the
gravestone, also sometimes people scan in whole obituaries and that
is just a one-stop shop so always check that if you’re unsure of the death date…
sometimes an internet search, just a google search, leads to citations in
newspapers or actual obituaries, so all of those things can sometimes help with
finding an exact date of death… the state library has a large photo
collection many of these are from the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis
News… access to the collection is available in the research room of the
Manuscript and Rare Books section of the library… they have a card file in the
actual reading room to both the images and to the manuscripts collections
that we have… the bulk of the picture collection is arranged by subject or
geographic area, and you can see a list of the headings… the larger collections
of photographs are donated… sometimes if they’re donated by a particular family
they’re maintained in separate collections, so inventories of many
of these are on our website… some of the photos are also scanned into Indiana
Memory which we’ll talk about in a few minutes… this is the page of the Rare Books and
Manuscripts collection that shows their research tools… if you scroll down on
this page I’ve circled the research tools… that will take you to where it
says collection guides… the photograph collection is where you would want to
click to see what what’s offered, and most of those are listed, but the ones
that are scanned into Indiana memory will be available through this page… Indiana Memory is a digital consortium for Indiana libraries… some of your
libraries may contribute to that… it’s an ongoing project that involves
integrating digital projects throughout Indiana and hosting them through this
website through the State Library, so this Indiana Memory page is available
from our website… over the years we’ve created many online databases in-house
which means that you can access them from any computer for free… among those
is the Indianapolis Newspaper Index and it’s just for Indianapolis papers 1848
to about 1991… this is available online and we actually still have the card
catalog and it’s still in use… very much in use because the cross-referencing is
very good on that and so we use that a lot… but it is available through our
website as is the Indiana Biography Index and it’s about the same years as
the newspaper index and biography index is available in card
form or on our website… the Indianapolis Commercial Death Index
as we’ve already talked about is available…and then there are a few from
Logansport, New Albany, Vincennes, just various cities… we have an Indiana
marriage database… 1958 to 2015 and a cemetery locator index which just
basically tells where the cemeteries are located and what materials we have that
list transcriptions, and those are mainly stored in the genealogy collection… we
subscribe to several databases… I’m just going to highlight a few here, and these
have to be used within the State Library in order to use our subscription…
Ancestry Library Edition is the library and Historical Society version of… it has I think all the same features except for maybe the family
trees could be a little different, but you can still search the same databases…
we have a cool website… Genealogists Newspaper Search… that searches about
five states newspapers… American Ancestors used to be called New England
Ancestors so if you have New England ancestors you might want to try that
database… Heritage Quest just mainly… just online books now… they have census
records and things that are also on Ancestry… Newspaper Archive is a great
digital newspaper database that I use a lot…
we now subscribe to the ProQuest Indianapolis Star 1903 to the present, so
that’s a wonderful addition to our databases that we’ve just added in the
past couple of months… we also have Fold3 which I don’t use a whole lot as a
newspaper librarian but I’ve been told it’s very helpful for genealogy and which of course is a digital newspaper database that we have
access to… then of course we link on our website to databases from other
libraries, that other libraries and historical societies have created… if you
go to Genealogy Databases Indexes and Resources by County… this is just an
example of a few things that are offered by Vigo County… they have this wonderful
database of obituaries… the Wabash Valley obituary index, they have a cemetery
database, they have some marriage databases and a military index and this is
just a small example of what they’ve done through their library so we try to
link to all the other county offerings through our website and if you notice
that we’ve forgotten something or need to add something please let us know and
we can do that… additional resources that I think are useful, especially this first
one… the Indiana Newspaper Bibliography by John W Miller… this is basically a book that I use every day it is basically a listing of all the
Indiana newspapers that have ever existed by county and it lists the
holdings of libraries and Historical Societies, recorders offices, newspaper,
offices all throughout the state… the unfortunate thing about it… the
only drawback is that it was done in, I think, 1982 so this is the most…
unfortunately the most up to date listing we have… not a lot has changed as
far as the holdings except for a lot of things have been microfilmed that were in
original format, so probably we have more now than was ever listed on that here at
the State Library but other places may or may not have the same things as they
had in 1982… but it’s still a very very good reference. The Indiana Biography
Index I think is very helpful, through our website or in the card catalog if
you come to the library, it can really help with finding information. Our
newspaper index of course on the website or in card catalog and the Genealogy
Division has a number of Indiana county newspaper indexes within their county
collections down in the Genealogy Section on the first floor so if you’re
here you might want to look in those indexes before you come upstairs and
look at the microfilm of newspapers… INSPIRE is a free set of databases that’s
provided by the state to Indiana residents… your IP address has to be
within Indiana in order to access INSPIRE but if you can
there are several newspaper databases that can be accessed through INSPIRE
that I’d like to tell you about and highlight a little bit… let’s look at the
page that comes up when you click on Databases by Subject, so if you click on
the box that has INSPIRE at the bottom you’ll be taken to this page and then if
you go to the Advanced Search underneath the search box it’ll show you the
databases by subject and in the middle is the news and history… [Sorry Leigh Anne … can you go back one slide… I think if you hit Advanced Search, you’re gonna get the
Advanced Search for INSPIRE.] I meant… [that’s okay… I think
you want to go just below it to the Databases by Subject] Yeah… I’m sorry… no problem… Okay I’ve changed some of these slides,
you’re right… if you go to databases by subject then you get this page… and some
of the highlights of the things that are on this INSPIRE page… the McClatchy
Tribune collection is a 90 day archive so this is more recent issues of a
hundred national newspapers, and some of these are major newspapers… I am not
sure about the Indiana connection to this one, but with Newspaper Source which
is right underneath it, is select coverage of about 10 Indiana
papers and 389 US newspapers, so yeah I know not everybody’s gonna have
Indiana ancestors… we all have people from all over so these two databases may
be of use to you for people not necessarily from Indiana… we also have
Hoosier State Chronicles which is a database digitized here at the State
Library… it’s available through INSPIRE and it’s also available just through our
website, you can go directly to it… it has OCR capabilities which means
that it’s searchable and it now includes the Indianapolis News 1869 to 1920 which
is pretty exciting… you can also get to this… like I said, through our website at
the bottom of the page there… it’s one of the boxes on the right hand side and
this is their title page… Hoosier State Chronicles as part of a federal
grant program that the State Library has received for several years and the grant
is or was organized in to digitize Indiana newspapers specifically… and we
have right now a really impressive collection of newspaper titles… the only
disadvantage is with the dates… the papers have to be out of copyright so
for many titles the latest dates are from 1923… there are some later papers
but usually these are short runs of papers or defunct newspapers that don’t
have copyright issues… as you can see from this list, this is just the top of
the page of the titles that are available through Indiana Hoosier State
Chronicles and they’re adding more every day… I’m gonna do a little search here
just to show you some of the ways we can use Hoosier State Chronicles… I hope this
works… there we go… all right so if you go to
search… I’m gonna do an advanced search… you can search all the publications that
are included in Hoosier State Chronicles or you can limit it to a single
publication, you can search from month and a year to another year but if you
just do… let’s just do… Eli Lilly… see what comes up… okay,
well we get five thousand three hundred and nineteen results, but we can come
over here and limit our search to certain publications… it’s listed in the
news 1,500 times, his name… we can choose decades… we can
obviously you know way more decades we can add… we can choose a tag, we can
choose a word count of the article, but the most relevant results will come up
at the top Indianapolis recorder… and it even gives you a little snippet
of… this is obviously an advertisement… so you can kind of tell what it’s gonna be
about just by looking at the little snippet at the bottom here, so it’s kind
of really cool that you can search a bunch of different publications, a bunch
of different years, and then further limit it over here on the left hand side,
so Hoosier State Chronicles in my opinion is just the best digital
database… you can do this from any computer, it’s free… so make sure you take
advantage of that… Well, if you can’t visit the
library what can you do to obtain newspaper articles and you know a lot of
our materials are still on microfilm and you have a few options other than coming
down here and getting parking and all that… you can request articles through
our Ask A Librarian service… all we really need is the name of the person
that you’re looking for… it could be an obituary but it could also be an article,
title of the article or whatever, like subject matter, date of death or date the
the obit or the article appeared in the newspaper, the city and title the
newspaper of which you would like us to check, you’d be surprised how many times
people just want us to check random Indianapolis newspapers and there’s so
many so a title would be helpful… there is a flat fee of five dollars per name
for obituaries, one to ten pages for five dollars for other types of articles, and
each additional page after ten is fifty cents a page… we can email the articles
to you… we can scan them and email them through our microfilm scanners… we can
also photocopy and mail them through regular mail with an invoice we can send an invoice by email, you can pay by check or credit card for a small fee, so we can do just
about anything… we’re pretty flexible with that… what we do ask that you give
us a pretty exact date… that really helps… our Ask-a-Librarian service is pretty
easy to get to from our home page… it’s right under the pretty pictures of the
library with an unnaturally blue sky… Ask A Librarian down at the bottom, underneath,
if you click on… I guess I took out some slides that showed what you get, but
when you click on Ask A Librarian you get two options… either a chat question
or submitting an online form… I would suggest if you’re gonna ask for anything
other than… I would say a genealogy question in general is going to be the
online form… chat doesn’t work very well for genealogy questions… we just can’t
always do that while we’re on Reference Desk so it’s it’s easier, we can get back
to you within two business days usually… and we’ll usually let you know if we’re
working on something that’s taking a little longer than two business days, but
we try to get back to you and give you feedback that we received your question…
so if you have any questions about using Ask A Librarian, feel free to ask
me at the end here… also we can do interlibrary loan through your local
public or academic library… we can loan up to five wheels of newspaper
microphone for up to six weeks at a time and now the five reels… if somebody else
is also from your Public Library loaning from us, that is included in the five
reels so it’s five reels to the library… we do have some film that does not go
out on interlibrary loan… mostly County collections and some film that we
don’t have microfilm masters or access to microfilm masters for but for the
large part we do loan most of the film… it’s arranged by and
delivered to your local public library or academic library and it will stay
there… you have to go to your library to use it… this service is free for the
library patrons so as long as your library has a machine to look at the
microfilm on, then you should be good to do interlibrary loan… now if you do come
to the library, our newspapers are arranged in holdings guides, we have them available online and also in some really
high-tech binders down at the second floor information desk… you can look
those up by county but the newspapers on film themselves are filed by city and
they’re A to Z except for Indianapolis and they’re sort of in their own… it’s in
its own special area but everything else is A to Z by city… county collections are
filed under the county seat so for example Hendricks County collection
films will be filed under Danville so you do kind of have to know the county
seat but I have a cheat sheet down there in case you don’t remember… we do have
original print newspapers and we are able to pull those if the microfilm is
not available or if there isn’t microfilm available for use for that
newspaper, we appreciate if you can give us a
little heads up that you’re coming and wanting to look at originals because
they’re about three places in the building that these can be located so it
can be hard to find but we can do that… our online Holdings guides I’m going to
try to show you, hopefully it’ll go to the link… here we go… okay these are our holdings guides by county, obviously you can see… let me just
click on one and I can show you… it tells the title, the city where you’re gonna
find the microfilm, and a summary of the film, like if it’s a collection film, I
try to include the dates… you know you’re gonna get some scattered
issues, especially really early newspapers… it’s gonna be very scattered,
so we’ve tried to make it as organized as possible… coming soon, hopefully very
soon, we’ll have a database where you can just type in the year you’re looking for, the
city, or the newspaper title and it should come up
what we’ve got, so hopefully that will be sooner rather than later… that that will
be coming but right now we just have the sophisticated binder system and the
online system… if you are able to come into the library ISL has four
different types of microfilm readers and scanners… most of them do digital scans…
they all do really but some of them we know how to use better than others and
the software is easier to use so we can kind of help you use those… we
have written out user guides for each of them… you can save scans onto a flash
drive for free or you can print out your findings for twenty-five cents per page…
we have printers, you know hooked to each of one of those, but it’s really best if
you can bring a flash drive and save them because, you know at no charge you
can save a lot of scans, we can always… librarians are always on duty to help
you in that area of the library… we know it’s not a real intuitive process to use
microfilm, but once you’ve done it a couple of times, it can be really easy to
use… [Leigh Anne… do you know how many scanners we have, we have a lot right?] I think
we have about 25 and they’re all a little bit different, there are four different types and they’ve all got their little quirks. Here are hours and
you can see that we are open a little bit later on Thursday nights…
that’s our evening that we’re open… we’re open Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00, but make
sure you check our website for closing information… we’re closed on all state
holidays and most federal holidays so make sure you check our website…
usually they’ll put a banner ad if we’re going to be closed anytime coming
up and just make note of that before you drive down… [and I think Connie Bruder is probably typing this in the chat box, but there is a change
coming to our Saturday hours so that we won’t be open every Saturday so that’s
another thing to check too.] And that’s coming in early 2018 so make sure you
check before you come down to the library. Okay if we have some time we
could take some questions. [Okay, cool… so if everyone wants to go ahead and
type your questions into the chat box that would be great. I have a few that
I’ve gotten written down here as we’ve been going, so first of all this is sort
of going back to your presentation but I know that for example in Indianapolis we
have our current newspapers… you know everybody knows the Indianapolis Star…
how do you find the old newspapers that are no longer published anymore, is there
a good… I mean I know all of your resources that you shared, but if you
don’t know the name of the newspaper, is there a place to just find where the
old newspapers are or is the best place just to go to that index that you showed
us on the web site? [Probably yes, that’s the best place to go because if you go to the Marion County Holdings guide it’s gonna show you the earliest
dates and the title of the paper and if there’s any gaps in that… you know in
the holdings… the other good resource is that John W
Miller book, the Indiana newspaper bibliography that is organized also by
county but also within that by city and I think he even divides up Beech
Grove, Speedway, Lawrence, you know… any of the towns
within Marion County that kind of have their own neighborhood newspaper or
whatnot so those are good resources… usually if you’re here in the library you can also use the Indianapolis Star Index to kind of see
what dates you need and then go to the holdings guide and see if we have any
other papers… [Sara Kirby also mentions that for
non Indiana either Chronicling America at the Library of Congress or online
newspapers site maybe is another good one… I don’t know if you’re familiar with
either of those?] No. [Okay, Thanks Sarah!] But, newspaper archive… yeah they’re
probably are some other states that have you know…something like Hoosier
State Chronicles… [well that actually leads me to my next question which was, I know
that a lot of times genealogy research takes you through different states and I
know my husband’s been working on ours and he’s up in Michigan, now well not
literally, but his research has taken him up to Michigan and there’s this one obit
that he really needs to get so I know that he’s been looking at Michigan State
Library and is it your experience that other states have similar databases and
indexes like we do?] I think some do and some don’t. Michigan…their State Library has I think been helpful to a lot of
researchers… it just depends on the state and how their archives and library are
organized, where their genealogy information is and is kept and you may
have to do a little bit of internet searching to find those source for
newspapers… yeah… I don’t know, I mean if there’s newspapers that have been going
throughout the time period that he needs he might be able to contact the current
newspaper if they’re still in business, or… [he’s also thinking of just going
there] well yeah that’s another good thing to do… [you mentioned a few
card catalogs here at the State Library, I was just wondering if those are
still being kept up to date?] They are not but what we have, it’s very well
cross-indexed – the librarians of the past really really worked hard to get these
cards as accurate as possible and so when we put the information in the
database we refer to the cards and try to get all
that information in but sometimes you just can’t quite get it as well cross
referenced so we keep those, not only just for the fact of nostalgia but also
because they’re really useful to go back and refer to. [Sarah again has another comment, she says that lots of states do have a digital
program but the same 1923 limitation as we work with… she says that there are a
few online indexes in her experiences and then she did mention
some sites earlier that might help people find what does exist and she also
says not to forget to look at the local library for that location which I think
is really smart.] Right, right and we do link to the ones in Indiana for
sure, there is a page, I believe the Genealogy Collection keeps it up but of
out-of-state links and things that other states offer, national links
military, it’s by subject and then also I think by state, so they keep that
page up and you know, you might be able to get newspaper information from some
of those same sources. [I imagine if the town that you’re
researching, if you just give a call to the public library and see if you can
get a hold of someone who is in charge of their local collections they might be
able to tell you the names of the older newspapers] Oh, yes, definitely, Local History… a lot of the libraries have a local
history room or an Indiana or a Heritage Room…they have lots of different names. [We do have another question that
came in through the chat – are our newspapers digitized and indexed at
this time? So the answer to that is sort of like a little bit?] Some are, most are
not… I estimate that we have about a hundred thousand reels of
microfilm downstairs and of those what’s digitized is basically what’s in Hoosier
State Chronicles for what we have digitized and then you know whatever’s
on the databases like and Newspaper Archive –
some of those same newspapers that we have downstairs on microfilm have been
digitized but I would say the largest percentage has not been. [And then our
plans for getting those digitized, is that through Hoosier State Chronicles or
Indiana Memory or both?] Kind of both, we do have sort of a deal with…we’ve done some digitizing with them – we may do more in the future – it’s all still kind
of up in the air – obviously it’s my hope that the more digital access we
have the better, because you know it’s just so much easier for people to use
the databases than it is to drive down here and get parking etc. [Although I will
say parking downtown is not as bad as people think, I think.] Maybe I’ve been stained. [You know, I mean we do have a lot of street parking that you can pay for with a
credit card which is nice and I always tell people the trick that you can always
come to the State Library and have lunch at the Historical Society – it’s across the
street and if you do that then you can get free parking in their lot. We have
a couple other questions coming in, I also wanted to mention about access to
INSPIRE – that if you are in Indiana and your IP address does not get recognized
you can always follow the prompts to register for a user account, so I’m sure
some of you guys are familiar with doing that… I see a couple other people are
still typing… please go ahead and continue putting your questions in… we
did have a question that came in that pretty much got answered but I’ll go
ahead and mention it to you… you mentioned the five-dollar fee for
getting an obit?] Yes. [Is that waived if you’re a library
asking?] Yes. Usually. [But if you’re a library that’s asking for a patron is
it still waived or not really?] You should probably have the patron submit the question simply because it’s like the telephone game, sometimes the
information gets passed down and it’s not quite accurate, it’s best if the
patron puts the Ask A Librarian question if at all possible, I understand if they cannot, or if it’s a situation where the library just wants to do that
for them then that is fine too… we can do either way… it’s not about
getting the money… it’s just the effort looking for it and that
kind of thing, but yeah, if the library wants to
represent the patron that’s fine. [We did have a question kind of about the
organization here at the State Library… at our library, is there a genealogy
department and a newspaper department? can you sort of describe how you as the newspaper library fit in?] Well I work for the Indiana
Division and there are five librarians in the Indiana Division and they all have their
subject specialties, mine is newspapers, and then we have a separate genealogy
division which is on a different floor of the library and they have five or six
librarians as well, so when you send in an Ask A Librarian question that will
get assigned to a librarian however… usually they assign those… the supervisor
assigns those according to the subject matter and who would be the best
person to answer that question, so that’s how those get divided. [And in the Indiana
Division you mentioned that your subject specialty is newspapers and you tell us
a couple of the other subject specialties?] We have a state documents coordinator, we have a
digitization specialist, a map librarian and we all can answer
Indiana Division related questions, all things Indiana basically… but you know we
have our special collections that we keep track of. [That’s great…I had
another quick question, oh this is sort of housekeeping… can we get copies of
your slides… can you give those to me so I can share those with people?] Absolutely.
[So I’ll have those available for everyone, and then also, you mentioned the
Fold3 resource, do you know what that covers?] It is a lot of…
I think it’s a lot of military documents and government kind of documents from
the past… I have not used it personally very much
at all… I’ve helped patrons use it and some of them really like it… it’s
genealogy related and so I don’t really use it much in my everyday, but I know
patrons especially like it for military, out-of-state. [And Sarah is chiming in
again… she says that it started out with all sorts of old stuff and I think she’s
gonna give us more details… she says when Ancestry bought it it started focusing
on the military… and then Julie has a question,
have we tried out-of-state research… do you come across restrictions because
you’re out of state, does this change if you’re a patron or a professional and I
guess what I would say is anytime you’re sort of researching farther away from
where you are it does make it a little bit more difficult but I think that the
kinds of services that we offer like the chats and getting obits and things like
that, I think lots of state agencies or state libraries will offer that.] I agree.
And a lot of public libraries as well are offering chat and email
submissions for questions and you know we really try to partner with libraries,
as far as Indiana goes but I would encourage reaching out
to out-of-state libraries and just letting them know, I’m a
librarian here in Indiana and we want to really know what all you have
and we’ll tell you what we have. [Are there any final questions? It looks
like we’ve mostly answered most of the questions that have come in… well I just
want to thank Leanne so much.]

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