#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: At the Library

I miss going to the library. It’s one of the things I’ve been avoiding since the plague arrived. I used to love going and picking out books when I was a child, and then years later, and a few years ago now, my husband and I checked out several TV series on DVD.

A number of years ago, now, I served on a library panel that helped create a long-term plan for the West Florida Library System. It was an interesting experience, and in the years since, I have seen some of the suggestions we made come to fruition.

The downtown Pensacola library now has sewing machines (!!) and I went there to sew a Star Wars costume. I had found the pattern for said Jedi outfit online, and the library also has a large format (like banner size) printer that I used to print the pattern.

In all the years since I started my genealogy research, I have never had enough time at the library. They have funeral home records that may (*may*) finally answer questions about my great-great grandmother Mary “Mollie” Reid Stevens Gilmore Muterspaugh. I just haven’t had time to look. I used the computer many times to access Ancestry, and it was during one of those sessions that I finally found a naturalization document for my great-great grandfather William F. Hahn.

The genealogy branch library now has a scanner that can do book size, and I have several items I would like to digitize and share.

In this day of digital reading and research, I do miss the accidental discoveries we made when we had to look things up the old-fashioned way, with a trip to the library, the card catalog, and turning every page to get to the one we wanted. I just hope our digital records survive as long as the books have.

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About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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