Monday, May 21, 2012


As anyone that has read my blog will anticpate, my links pertain to genealogy. My favorite is Family Search which is the free site similar to Ancestry, but very easy to access from home and lots of information. Check it out at:

The other site is made available through the South Dakota Genealogy Society and it is GenWeb. It gives more reference type information, as to how to access genealogy information in a certain area and most of those areas have Message boards to request help with an ancester. This site is:

I recently went to the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Genealogy Society meeting and they presented information on a lot of sites that could be used in a persons search for a family member. If anyone is interested, please send me a comment and I can get some of those links to you.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

10) Discovery

1) I think my bigest discovery is the amount of information at one's fingertips, and also what the libraries have to offer. There should be no reason a school student today should not be able to find information on any topic he or she is interested in. AMAZING!

2)I have been thinking of way to spread the word in my genealogy group i belong to. We just a a presentation on other site that are available besides these here and I would love to get some of these links tied into our website here at the state library.

Thanks again for this great opportunity!

1) When I search for my name it came up with 20 possible entries, but only one was actually mine and it was the U. S. Public Records Index, Volume 1. I was really amozed at how many of me are out there. I didn't think my name was that familiar.

2) I have researched numerous relatives on Ancestry over the last ten years and I'm still having trouble with one, my great-great grandfather, David Davis (I think). I have not found an actual record that supports that David Davis is my great-great grandfather, as yet, but I'm still looking. I have found six or seven census records for my great-grandfather James Franklin Davis through Ancestry, but what I found when doing these searches, the name can be registered differently, such as James F. Davis, Frank Davis, Franklin Davis, etc. When searching for these records you really need to go beyond the normal. The census records can be very interesting as you can find what their occupation was at that time, how much they were worth, how many children there are living in the household, and even if the have a hired man or a servant. This is all interesting information if you are doing a family tree.

3) There were several photos of baseball cards of players born in South Dakota, which I found very interesting. Then I clicked on just postcards to narrow the search a bit (there were thousands of pictures the first time) and this did narrow done the choices to 1, 136 choices and upon scrolling down the list I ran across a postcard of the 'DeSmet City School" which I have inserted here.

The reason this intrigued me was the fact that we have four generations graduating from the DeSmet school system and this would be a great find to add to the genealogy of our family. This is a resource I did not know existed. Thanks!!!

Heritage Quest

4) Upon searching for several different items, I finally searched for Davis City, Iowa and added James Davis also and it came up with 22 results, of which I picked "History of Decatur County, Iowa, and its people" Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915, 727 pgs. and when I started to read I was amazed to find out a few things about Iowa that I was not aware of. Things like it was a part of Louisiana purchase, then was a part of Louisiana Territory, then no governmant for several years of which there was a lot of lawlessness. It then was a part of the Territory of Missouri, then a part of Territory of Michigan, Then a part of Territory of Iowa and then the State of Iowa. That is quite a progression. I have not done a lot of searching in this area for information in my genealogy but can truly see you can find things that can inhance the story of your family.

Sanborn Maps

5) Well, I went to South Dakota, Then to DeSmet and then clicked on the Nov. 1925 - Oct. 1934 link and looked at the first page, which did include a small map showing where DeSmet was located in South Dakota, A key which included information on Fire codes, and another area which inferred to correction line (I'm not sure what that was about). I then went immediately to Sheet two as I could tell where the railroad lines were and that my grandparents lived just beyond them right on the main street which was called Calumet Avenue. It did show a house there on the corner, but not my family home which was built right beside my grandparents place. A very interesting map and also could be used in my family story. Thanks again for the find. I will see if I can include the map I'm relating to.

The house I was refering to is the one on the left side of Calumet and just north of Fourth Street.
This is Great!

1) I learned that Sitting Bull fought at the Little Big Horn, then went to Canada to hide from the US troops. He also was touring with the Buffalo Bill Cody Show and was killed resisting arrest.

2) I started with a search for "L. M. Stanton" and had no results, then I did a search for "David Davis" and numerous records came up but I soon realized that most of them were on other David Davises, one being a Doctor out of Illinois. I then did a search for "James Franklin Davis - born 1859" (my great grandfather) and no results came up so I dropped the born in 1859 part and still had not results. So I moved on to genealogy - Davis and so many results (17950) I did not even want to try to search through them, so I added the quotes "genealogy - Davis" and this narrowed down the entries (38) with genealogy information for just the name of Davis. Just about all the records that came up were from Historical Societies in the United States. If I try to narrow down the search with more of a name, I get no results. It would still be a very good resource for genealogy information.


1) After searching for Paul Revere and having a total of 35 works come up, I could see that he must have been a very good silver smith, as most of the items were of that nature. Teaspoons, coffee creamer, sugar bowl, tea set, etc.

2) After searching for "Sioux" there were 63 items and of those most were clothing or artifacts pertaining to the Sioux Indians and their culture.

3) I first searched for "Terry Redlin" which came up with no results, then I searched for "John Moison" of which there were still no results, so then I searched for "Monet" of which there were 115 works, of which he either did or someone else did of him. My first love of art is still Terry Redlin!

4) It is a very good site for anyone wanting to see works of art, wether it be painting, photographer, or of other mediums. It would also unhance flyers and webpages.

5) I searched for quilts and it came up with 13 results of which were all very outstanding. I choose the two crazy quilts, the friendship quilt, the botanical quilt and the album quilt and put these into my favorites page. I tried to do the slideshow, but it seemed to get hung up after the first quilt and I could not compare the two quilts I would have liked to compare. When you click on the button to open the first quilt, I did notice that only two of the quilts were dark numbered and the other three were light numbers. I'm not sure what that means but it was the dark numbers that would work here. I then preceded to move a couple of the quilts around and that was quite easy.

The quilt I'm displaying here is the one I like the best with this one as a close second.

This was a lot of fun and very interesting.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


1) What a large selection of choices, from title, author, and ISBN number, to material type and musical composition.

2)There were 178 results and there are 2094 libraries that have the #1 result. When I click on the Libraries button, the first library that is listed is the Brookings Public library (SBL).

3) The call number is LC: PS3555.V2126; Dewey: 813/.54 . When I click on the authors name it shows me 3089 records for her with numerous titles. There are 461 results for women dectectives which is broken down by books-250, sound-177, internet-33 and scores-1. There were 1132 results for Stephanie Plum, broken down by books-601, sound-462, internet-67, scores-1 and computer disk-1. There are also some buttons at the top of this record of which one of them is a related subject button, which I clicked on and found a whole list of subjects with a percentage of how they relate to the original result. Very interesting.

The 'Database' gives the researcher a list of 13 other databases, including ERIC, MEDLINE, PAPERSFIRST AND E-BOOKS.

Within the South Dakota results, I clicked on 'Birdseye view of a canyon at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, January 1, 1891' and when I accessed it, it turned out to be a picture showing a horse-drawn wagon in a gulch at Wounded Knee. It also showed several (I'm assuming) dead people lying about and others walking about with other horses. Quite interesting! This is part of a collection of photos from an insurance company that is held at the University of California.

1) I did my usual search for genealogy and my choices numbered 102. Upon looking at the first part of the list, there were several books on research helps, several on writing a family history or story and numerous 'Idiot Guides'. As I scrolled down further there were books on History, which I guess is what genealogy is--the history of a family. I then went back and revised my search for only downloadable books and it still came up with 96 books. Most of these were similar to what was found the first time. I then went back and revised one more time and limited the Time span from 1979-2005 to 2000-2005. This time the amount of books went down to 38, so as you can see if you want to limit your results, you can do this here.

I then click on the "Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Your Family History" and found it was very easy to download, and I believe I could have save it to a Reader (kindle, laptop, etc.) also. This would be quite handy if you wanted to take it home.

2) I would recommend the books "Bill of Rights" by Thomas T. Lewis; "United States Government Information : Policies and Sources" by Peter Hernon; and maybe "Civil Rights Movement" In Magill's Choice, Salem Press, 2000.

3) There were 88 books available, and after skimming the top of the list, the topics were Indians, Baseball, and some History.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


1) I click on the Title List and approximately 375 to 400 books were listed. I looked through the list and chose 'World's Religions Reference Library' and clicked on the Contents page. The contents showed me that Christianity was in Chapter 6, so I went back to the book and then clicked on Chapter six. I read a short pieceof this and then clicked on the PDF and the two page spread and read a little more. It was very informative. This was more like reading a book. The title I chose could be used for essays on religion, christianity, or one of the other religions that was listed there, such as: Buddhism, Daoism, or Ancient religions of Egypt and Mesopotamia. It covered the topics quite well.

2) My research topic was 'genealogy' which it then gave me the options and I chose 'genealogies'. It came up with 39 choices for me to choose and the first one was "Roots" a Dictionary of American History, which we all probably remember the movie that was made from this book. The book I choose to look into further was the "Genealogy Dictionary of American History" which was telling the background of how genealogy has become a certified professional field. I then click on the listen button and listened to a couple of pages of the book. Being it is a subject I like, I could have listened to the whole thing, which I may do at a later date, but do to the lateness of my entries for the class I will conclude that the reading was very good except for a little hesitation on the periods in initials, which I'm sure it was picking up as end of sentences. It was very easy to understand, esp. if you were following along as it was being read. A very handy tool for those patrons with visual handicaps.

3) Now here is the lack of knowledge of the blogging thing for me. I went into several sites and either they didn't list the lessons, didn't do all the lessons, or I just didn't understand how to get around in their sites (which is the most logical).