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I’m back here at Family Tree Magazine after
being on maternity leave long enough to forget my computer password and have no idea
which issue I should start working on.
But I didn’t forget all about genealogy. Monday was our practice day at the
sitter with Norah and her big brother, so I used my “me time” to go to the library.
Courtesy of the Kenton
County (Kentucky) Public Library’s Northern
Kentucky Newspaper Index and Northern
Kentucky Genealogy Index (you can search both free online, then email yourself
a list of results), I have a long list of newspaper and record look-ups about my maternal
relatives. It’s been on my to-do list for a shameful length of time.
Since I only had a couple of hours at the library, I prepped by organizing my lookups
according to the newspaper and date (for articles) or the church and volume number
(for church records). That way I’d be able to find all the articles on one roll of
film, then move right on to the next. I also highlighted the most important items
so I’d be sure to get to those if time ran short.
Even though I knew where the library is, I checked out the visitor info onlinee (good
thing— the regular lot was closed due to construction). I couldn’t find the details
about making copies, so I gathered up change and singles just in case. Turns out I
should have brought a flash drive for the microfilm reader that makes digital copies.
Live and learn.
The librarian showed me the newspaper and church record microfilm, gave me a refresher
on the microfilm readers and changed my dollars for dimes (required to make paper
copies). I got all my priority articles and one church record in the two hours. I
wrote the newspaper or record title, date, volume number, etc. on each printout.
As a woman on a mission, I only glanced at the rest of the local history collection.
Oh, the time I could spend there if I had all day.
Now, I’m reading the newspaper articles and trying to sort out who’s who and how (or
whether) they’re all related in this big family full of Josephs, Bernards and Marys.
Every time I read in an obituary that the deceased was survived by “a wife and children”
or see a married woman identified as “Mrs. Joseph so-and-so,” I want to pull my hair
out. Names! I NEED NAMES!
So I’ve still got some work to do. In the mean time, I’m glad to be back with you!