Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Celebrate National Historic Preservation all month long!

Many museums and cultural organizations are now offering virtual online visits. A simple browser search for “virtual museum visits” will provide many results but I’ve compiled a few links from our great State of Michigan. When is the last time you had a chance to visit the DIA or FIA? How about the Michigan History Museum? Now is your chance—you might find a hidden gem!


PBS Video Series “Under the Radar” that explores the fascinating sites of Michigan

Did you know that Romeo was featured in Episode 607?

Flint Institute of Arts online exhibits, educational resources, virtual tours, videos and more

You can also find many fascinating stories discovered in the Archives of Michigan at Michiganology

Become part of the historical record and share the stories of you and your loved ones at StoryCorp Connect

Romeo Community Archives (very) brief video of the Archives

I hope you enjoy the links and don’t forget, Library access to Ancestry.com for home users is available through the end of May.

As always, visit RDL for the latest updates and information, and join the conversation on Facebook.

Stay safe and we hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Home Access for the Library Edition of Ancestry

Now is an excellent time to catch up on some of your family history research while the library is closed. Romeo District Library and SLC members can access the Library Edition of Ancestry from home.

Go to the Library Catalog and log in with your library card number and pin: https://sbrb.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/rog/?

Once you are logged in, you will see the link for Ancestry-Remote Access on the right side of the page. Click it, and you will automatically be directed to Ancestry.com. That’s it—easy peasy!

It may also be an excellent time to consider genealogy/family history software to keep all your found information organized and easy to access. Many offer a free trial period so you can use it and decide if it works for you. While the Archives doesn’t recommend any particular software, there are some points you may want to consider.

Do you want web-based or downloaded software to your computer? Web-based would offer easy access from any internet-connected device. Alternately, some downloaded software packages also have an option where you can load the program on a flash drive so you can carry it with you, and you wouldn’t need internet access (only a computer) to add information. You will need to consider what will work best for your individual needs.

What will you do with the software? Check if the program you are considering will allow you to create family trees, add photos, and attach other documents as well. Is it compatible with other sites such as Ancestry? How easy is it to add and find information? Is it to navigate, search, and retrieve your research? Program options can range from very user friendly to a steep learning curve. How much time do you want to invest in learning the program?

If a free trial period is too short for you, there may be another option. Some companies may also offer a bare bone free software package that you can use for as long as you like. If it works for you, but you find yourself wanting more, you can upgrade to a higher-level software that is more robust.

Other considerations:
Do they offer free updates, or do you have to pay for each update?
How long has the company been in business, and are they reliable? You don’t want to end up having to purchase new software and migrating your info to another program.
Check out well-known genealogy organizations (look for the .org in the URL) and reputable computer sites for reviews and options.

Take your time and enjoy the process—you’ll likely be spending a lot of time with your new software!

Do you have any comments or suggestions? We’d love to hear them; you can reply below.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Genealogy and Historical Sites

Until the Romeo Community Archives is open again, here are some websites to help you in your genealogy and family history search, and to keep you occupied:

Ancestry.com is now available for home access. Login to your RDL account https://sbrb.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/rog/?
Click the Ancestry-Remote Access on the right side of the page. You will automatically be redirected and signed in to Ancestry. Happy Hunting!

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):
There is a free option to search records: https://www.ancestry.com/cs/nara

You can become a Citizen Archivist and volunteer online. NARA is looking for people to help transcribe and tag historical documents:

Free and well-known genealogy sites:
·         The USGenWeb Project: http://www.usgenweb.org/
·         Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/ 
·         Romeo Cemetery on Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/1530/romeo-cemetery
·         Most Helpful for ancestors who lived in New York State: https://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton.html
·         Family Search: https://www.familysearch.org/en/

AncestralFindings.com also has some free resources, including ebooks and free lookups. You can also watch free informational videos about a variety of genealogy topics. 

Now that you have some time on your hands check out Newspapers.com to help round out your genealogy and family history documents. They offer a seven-day free trial.

Here's a cool FYI, LibraryThing is now free for all users! Catalog all your books, movies, and CD's. I use my account to keep track of the books I've read. You can add books, rate them, and add personal notes. Check it out! https://blog.librarything.com/main/2020/03/librarything-goes-free/

Do you have an online genealogy or historical site that you find useful? Please share the links in the comments below.

Stay healthy and safe!

Keep up to date with RDL news and information at romeodistrictlibrary.org

Monday, March 16, 2020

CLOSED Romeo Community Archives

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and to do what's best for public health, both branches of the Romeo District Library are closed until at least the end of March. Because Kezar is closed, so is the Romeo Community Archives.

Please visit the RDL website for current updates and information: http://romeodistrictlibrary.org/

You can contact the Archives at romeocommunityarchives@gmail.com

Stay healthy!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

From the Pages...

"SNOW PATTERNS. The fall of snow over the past weekend left sights galore in the village. Trees were outlined in white as the wind piled up snow on even the smallest branches. The vines on the First Congregational Church became so outlined as the snow clung to them providing a wraith-like appearance."

This lovely snow scene was captured in 1968 by photographer, Tom Bleich. It was published in The Romeo Observer on January 18 of the same year. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

From the Pages...

An Interview with Santa

Local reporter, John Gingas, takes a few minutes of Santa's time to interview the jolly man before he returns to the North Pole to finish up his naughty and nice list. Santa wouldn't reveal his secrets but did allow the reporter to share some of the letters written by Romeo children.

Hundreds of children sat on the big man's lap at this local event to bend his ear with his or her hopes for Christmas gifts under the tree. Hopefully, wishes were granted, and wonderful Christmas memories were made.

Photo from The Romeo Observer, December 7, 1951

Wishing you a joyous and safe holiday season

from the Romeo Community Archives

Monday, November 11, 2019

From the Pages...

Did you know that originally Veterans Day was called Armistice Day? Armistice is another word for a truce, which occurred between the Germans and the Allies on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, effectively ending World War I. The day was recognized by Congress as the end of the war in 1926 and became an official holiday in 1938. After two more wars, World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 so that Americans could thank and honor all the men and women who have served.

The Romeo Observer, November 17, 1954, p. 1

Thank you for your service!