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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

52 weeks to Better GENEALOGY #1

Week 1: Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don’t forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section. If you do not already have a library card, take the time to get one. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s genealogy collection

Ok, I am going to brave the cold and ride over to the local downtown SELBY Library. Love the
Aquarium which is the arch way into the childerns library. To get to the Genealogy section, you have the stairs or elevator to get you up to the second floor.

Well, this library has the basics of genealogy , one computer for just doing genealogy research. Most of the books in this section are for reference only, but there are the one you can check out. Most of these are the How To's and large volumes of Where To Go for info. Did find Cyndi's List Book...a bit ragged, so I take it , been used alot in the last years . There are the periodicals as well, but most are with Fla. , didn't find to many magazines that were for Indiana, or North Carolina.

The section which house the books by states are the ones of more detailed info. I decided to look up in North Carolina where my ancestor Thomas Sargent was born. Didn't find much for him in Orange county which is his birthplace. But came across Thomas in the Caswell county books, mostly military.

With the census coming in April of this year, I found Thomas in the book titled "First Census of the Unitied States of America ~North Carolina, 1790" Check this link, click on content go to pg. 80 and the middle row half way down is Thomas's name. This is in Caswell county which is the place of his marriage to Ann Darby. (the link actually starts with the page 4, interesting reading as well, several pages of intro. ) The Library of Congress Catalogue # 73-8204 and the ISBN 0-8063-0572-x published ~Genealogical Publication Co. Inc. Baltimore 1973

*I did add a note to my research, Thomas's father William wasn't on this list due to have died before 1790.

Spent about 3hrs, time flies, just looking at the state books and then wandered to the isle which has the published family genealogy. No Sargents, did find one on Waggoner, but after skimming thru , don't think it was the same family. This was a bit of a let down too.

Going to the library is one of those All Day journeys and it just wasn't one of those for me. Haven't been to the library in a while, and I know after over 3hrs being in the same spot you can get lost in yourself at the library!

So I did learn something from this, looks like I have a relative from the Revolution War and even the Civil war...another post on that at another time.

Now what did you learn from this challenge?


  1. Hi Debbie, looked into your blog, and found you live in Sarasota! I am from Norway, but live in Englewood FL a few months of the year! Good look on your challenge, I will follow your blog from now on!

  2. ahh a snowbird, well do look me up in the warmer time of the year. Thanks for following!

  3. Where in Sweden are your folks from? I have 3 swedish ggparents.

    Actually we are having a meeting at the Elsie Quirk Library Jan 26th to talk about Swedish and Norwegian genealogy.... (Englewood Genealogical Society FL)

  4. Thanks for playing along with 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy.

    To answer your question, I already knew what was in my teeny branch library, since I wrote the dang challenge. However, I did pay closer attention to the reference section where I found some almanacs that may come in handy.

    Looking forward to reading more of your challenge posts.

  5. Thank you both Laila and Amy.

    Laila , the swedish side is my mother's parents
    Her mother is Dagmar Linnea ÖBERG born in Sjalevad, Ornskolsvik Sweden April 1909. Her father (whom I don't think ever met me, he wasn't in mom's life much) is Eugene Alfred Andree born in Sweden (? location) 1903. They were married April 1930 in Chicago, Ill.

    Grandma's folks were Hampus Konrad ÖBERG
    B:1881 Själevad, Sweden
    Johanna HORLIN
    B:July 26, 1874 Själevad (Örnsköldsvik

    grandma's grandparents were
    Karl Mikael ÖBERG
    B:1857 Själevad Sågverksarbetare Sweden
    Maria Johanna Allenius
    B:1853 Gideå (Västernorrlands län, Ångermanland)


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