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FSU SLIS Wk 11 Intro to Info Services: Biography, Genealogy, Geography

  1. “Genealogy, Biography & Geography” LIS 5603, Intro to Information Services Dr. Lorri Mon, FSU SLIS – Florida’s iSchool
  2. Genealogy – Out of Scope? IPL Genealogy FARQ “The IPL cannot do the time-consuming research to answer many of the genealogy-related questions that we get, but we can help you get started on doing this research on your own…” Recommends Cyndi’s List And other genealogy-related web sites
  3. Genealogy Research Family History – for a short-term event (reunion, birthday, assignment) – as a long-term hobby (tracing “roots” back in time) Medical History – looking for a donor (bone marrow, organs) – tracing a genetic malady (e.g. Huntington’s)
  4. Alex Haley’s “Roots” – A Genealogy Research Example Research clues from maternal grandmother: – Oldest ancestor was “The African” named Kin-tay – called a guitar a ‘Ko’ and a river ‘Kamby Bolongo’ – kidnapped while gathering wood to build a drum Matches to Lord Ligonier – – arrived in U.S. by ship at ‘Naples’ and ‘Annapolis’ Griot in Gambia – ‘Kings’ soldiers’ place called ‘Naples’ SOURCES: oral history, National Archives, linguists, griot, shipping lists
  5. Military Service Records Destroyed in fire: US Army before 1960, US Air Force before 1964 National Archives Veterans’ Records: Marriage Certificates State of Florida has June 1927 onwards (earlier in circuit court records) Death Certificates (Vital Records) State of Florida has limited death records btw 1877 & 1917; births 1930 on CDC Vital Records: Shipping Lists / Passenger Lists Plus: Immigration, Insurance, Customs, Company Records, News Ads
  6. LDS Family Search Includes the Social Security Death Index
  7. City Directories (Polk & others) Polk Directories – 1870’s to 1950’s; not all cities or towns DistantCousin City Directories:
  8. Heraldry and Family Symbols • Crests, coats of arms, and mottoes • Tartans of a clan (Scotland) • Beware the commercialism … The College of Arms in the U.K. handles all achievements of arms. Library Sources: Burke’s (CS 27) Debrett’s (CS 27) (Public Library Dewey for Genealogy - 929.3 )
  9. History of a House Genealogy of a House • Sanborn maps • Building Permit fiches Fire Insurance Map Detail Wk 10 Genealogy: and audio:
  10. Biography Practice Questions • I need biographical info on Walt Disney, including his picture and signature. • At what address would I write to Amy Tan? • Where can I find biographical information on Zitkala-Sa? • Is Harper Lee still alive?
  11. Biographies How much is fact, and how much is fiction? Victorian era, 1800’s: mixture of fact with fiction (“life lessons”) culture of speaking positively about people 20th Century, 1920’s: new critical, debunking approach culture of “muckraking journalism” Katz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
  12. Biographical Dictionaries 1700s and 1800s: concise, factual, events • DEAD Dictionary of National Biography (1882) – British • Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1888) Includes facsimile signature and portrait • National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1892) • Dictionary of American Biography (1928) - Cites DEAD additional books & articles Katz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
  13. Dictionary of American Biography (1928) Must already be dead to be included Cites additional books & articles Continues – long article
  14. Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1888) Could include people still living Includes facsimile signature and portrait
  15. 20th Century Biography Resources • subject oriented (esp. Contemporary Authors ALIVE authors) • more universal (after 1970’s) Who’s Who ALIVE in America • important people (nations Biography ALIVE etc.) Index ALIVE Biography & Genealogy Current • Indexing sources Master Index Biography ALIVE Katz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
  16. Biography & Genealogy Master Index
  17. Current Biography (1963) Lengthy articles with pictures, some citations to additional reading
  18. In Gale’s Literary Resource Center: Contemporary Authors Personal info including contact address, writings, literary criticism & articles
  19. Who’s Who (Marquis) • Who’s Who [British] • Who’s Who in America • Who’s Who in American Politics • Who’s Who Among Black Americans • Africa Who’s Who • Who’s Who of the Asian Pacific Rim • Who Was Who • [etc.] “Who’s Who” is the original British source from Marquis
  20. Who’s Who – Subjects & Groups Who’s Who in American Politics Who’s Who Among Black Americans
  21. Who Was Who (historical/retrospective)
  22. Considerations for Searching Is the person that you’re searching for - Dead or Alive? Who’s Alive & Who’s Dead The Dead People’s Server Obituaries in newspapers Famous or Unknown? Obituaries in magazines e.g. Current Biography & yearbooks Genealogy resources Associated with Some(thing/one) Famous? Titanica, other such sources on the famous event/person Encyclopedia
  23. Geography, Atlases & Maps
  24. Mapping Projections XKCD on Mapping Projections:
  25. Origins “Most early European maps are lost.” – Chinese maps survive from 1137 A.D. – Arab maps survive from 1154 A.D. Early key figures in geography – – Strabo (d. 20 AD) – Ptolemy (d. 168 AD) world map in 1482 – al-Idrisi (d. 1166 AD) Katz, Bill (1998), From Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources.
  26. Geography Practice Questions • What’s the longitude & latitude for St. Croix? • How far is it from Ontario to San Antonio? • How do you pronounce “Versailles, Indiana?” • What’s the elevation of London? • Where can I find info about the city “Rekem”? • Where is the geographic center of the U.S.? • Where is Hell? • Where is the smallest country in the world? • What’s the most common U.S. town name?
  27. Sources for Geography Two major types of sources – visual and textual – Maps (graphical representations of place) and Atlases (collections of maps) – Gazetteers (dictionaries for places) Also the usual domain sources (the academic literature, indexes, etc.) Maps and Representation Types Thematic maps (statistical, subject) Point of View Physical feature maps (roads, mountains) Presentation Style Photographic maps (aerial, satellite etc.)
  28. Navajo Atlas Shown here: locations of Navajo chapter houses
  29. Thematic Maps – Statistics (1840s) National Geographic Geography Education, Dr. John Snow’s Cholera Map
  30. Atlas of the World’s Disappearing Languages Shown here: Western Canada
  31. Oxford Economic Atlas of the World Entry for production of newsprint in 1950
  32. Times Atlas of World History Shown here: Slave population density
  33. Weather Atlas of the United States Shown here: Mean monthly number of days with precipitation
  34. Civil War Newspaper Maps Shown here: NY Tribune & NY Herald, Coverage of Battle of Antietam
  35. Shepherd’s Historical Atlas Shown here: layout of the Roman Forum
  36. Atlas of Cyberspaces Shown here: The NSFNet in 1992
  37. An Atlas of Fantasy Shown here: C.S. Lewis’ sketch of the map of Narnia
  38. Important Atlases - General • Times Atlas of the World - $250.00 “finest”/“best”; not “Eurocentric”; very detailed; thematic features; index/gazetteer • Hammond Atlas - $70.00 greater focus on North America, easy to use; first computer-generated world atlas. From: Katz, Intro to Reference Work / Bopp & Smith, Reference & Info Services
  39. Important Atlases - Thematic • Rand McNally Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide - $300.00+ updated yearly; maps plus demographic and economic statistics data, zip codes, post offices, banks. U.S. & Canada. • Times Atlas of World History - $65.00 updated every 5 years; not “Eurocentric”; historical and cultural information on different civilizations; glossary. From: Katz, Intro to Reference Work / Bopp & Smith, Reference & Info Services
  40. Gazetteers • Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World – Older (1961) but “standard” – 130,000 entries, comprehensive • Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary – fewer than 50,000 entries, but “typical” / another “standard” library gazetteer From: Katz, Intro to Reference Work / Bopp & Smith, Reference & Info Services
  41. Geographic Information • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection • US Geological Survey Library • David Rumsey Maps • Geonames & GNIS Server (US) (World) • ESIC Centers and Libraries
  42. Next Dates • Mon, Oct 29: IPL2 Question #2 (second “real user” question • Tue, Nov. 13: IPL Question #3 & IPL reflective paper with copies of all questions (email to instructor) • Mon. Nov 20: Reference interviews and paper (email to instructor) • Mon. Dec. 10: Research Guide (email to instructor)
  43. IPL2 Question-Answering Assignment Reflective Paper - Tue, Nov 13, midnight EST. • Write up your reflections on your IPL2 digital reference experience, discussing your experience and what you have learned. • 4 pages doublespaced, Times New Roman 12 pt font • Include specific examples in your paper to support/illustrate your ideas • Turn in your three real-patron answered question transcripts (and if relevant to your narrative, your practice question transcript) with your paper by midnight on Tue, Nov 13
  44. Reference interviews and paper - due Tues. Nov 20 midnight EST Turn in 3 things via email to instructor: • Face-to-face interview write up (you figuring out the info need as reference interviewer/professional) • Transcript of your chat/IM (you asking a librarian a question as the user/patron) • Reflective essay (at least 1,000 words) combining your thoughts on these experiences; include specific details from your experiences. In each case, what did you learn about negotiating an information need? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a face-to-face interview vs. a chat/IM? Which seemed easier? Why? What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are as a reference interviewer? What would you do differently next time?
  45. Research Guide, Due Mon. Dec. 10 midnight EST • Handouts or Web-based research guides briefly explain the topic area, and then provide a wide range of helpful instructions for research strategies/resources such as: databases, indexes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, directories, books, journals, newspapers, and archives; good search strategies, subject searches and keyword searches for the topic in catalogs and on the Web; relevant organizations, associations, Web pages, and library call number • Be sure to see the Syllabus for full list of resources!
  46. Participation : Live Class & Discussion Board Due Mon. Dec. 10 midnight EST Each week, a discussion board will be available for discussing a variety of topics and issues relevant to the class. Participate by posting to the discussion boards at least once per week on at least 10 of the 15 weeks of the semester. if you are an active participant in the live class, you receive extra credit in boosting your overall quality participation points.

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