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Historic looking books

Secret Libraries Around the World

For either religious or political reasons, or in times of conflict, people of past centuries have felt the need to protect hundreds of texts by stashing them away.

New Resource Provides a Global Perspective of the Middle Ages

Often, when we think of the Middle Ages, we think about England, France, or Italy. The vast variety of art to come out of those regions and historical events like the Black Death are part of the reason, not to mention the tendency of U.S. schools to teach primarily Western European history. So it’s interesting to see a resource that tries to address this time period with a global perspective.

English Mansion

Downton Abbey Read-Alikes

I hope you are all enjoying the current season of Downton Abbey as much as I am! While searching for what to write about this month, I was excited to stumble across a list of books by Nanette Donohue, “An Edwardian Education.” Donohue’s list offers a great mix of nonfiction and fiction works to supplement your Downton Abbey obsession (assuming you’re like me.)

Museum of Natural History

Bringing the Smithsonian to Your Patrons

One of the most interesting museum experiences out there is the Smithsonian. However, many people may not have the opportunity to travel and see everything. Now, the American Library Association has teamed up with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to offer a traveling exhibit, Exploring Human Origins, based on the Hall of Human Origins.

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Historical Context for Genealogy Research: What Your Ancestor’s Surroundings Say About Them

When conducting genealogical research on your family, understanding the life and times of your ancestors is more than just who they were and when they were born and died. Situating your ancestors in history, both local and national, can help clue you in to more about their daily lives and about some of the decisions they may have faced during their time. In addition, knowing about the historical context that these men and women faced can provide vital clues that can help you unearth more information about them than by just conducting random searches.
What is historical context? Historical context is the elements that permeate the lives of every living person; the local history of where they were born, the events that may have shaped their lives, and the living conditions that often can provide some measure of explanation about who they were as people. For example, if you know in advance that the local county courthouse burned down and that many records were destroyed, you will know that you will have to find other avenues to locate records and documents that you might need.