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All Sarasota County Libraries Are FHL Affiliates!

We are pleased to announce that every branch of the Sarasota County Library has been granted Family History Library Affiliate access!!  While that doesn't provide access to all items with the camera and key icon, but it does grant more access than you would have from home.
 
Users connected to the wifi system of a Sarasota County library can enjoy this access - whether it's a library computer or your own device.
 
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT is working on designing a better identification system for their online catalog to denote the level of access per catalog item.


Free parking @ the 2nd Street Garage @ Whole Foods

If travelling westbound on Fruitville Avenue, turn left (going southbound) onto Lemon Avenue.  Go south for 2 blocks and then turn right (going westbound) onto 2nd Street.  Go west on 2nd Street for ½ block and then turn right into the 2nd Street Garage at Whole Foods.  The address is 1400 2nd Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Only Whole Foods customers may park on the first floor.  GSS meeting attendees may park on floors 2 – 4.  There is an elevator on the east side of the parking garage building.  Selby Library is the first building immediately west (and across the street) from the parking garage building.


Public Domain Copyright-Free Books Being Scanned!!

This information was derived from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 7 Aug 2019.
 
The New York Public Library recently paid to convert the information in the Catalog of Copyright Entries into a searchable format.  This information identifies copyright registration dates and when/if they were renewed.  Approximately 80% of the books published from 1923-1964 are in the public domain!  The Hathi Trust has already uploaded some of these newly freed books.  There is a website that posts newly discovered books daily.
 


Selby Library is now a Family History Library Affiliate!!!!!  It finally happened!!  There are four levels of access to records on Familysearch.org:
 
open accesss - records you can obtain from any location, including home: 
 
Affiliate access - access to records within an affiliate location provided you are logged into your FamilySearch account and connected to the affiliate location's wifi (either on one of their computers or your laptop/tablet)
 
Family History Center access - Access to some records that have the camera and key icon: 
 
Family History Library access - access to all of their records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
 
Unfortunately, FamilySearch's catalog doesn't identify which record group has what access.  I wish it did.  I did learn today that New York City vital records cannot be viewed at an affiliate library but can be viewed at a Family History Center.
 
In addition, there is one additional icon you will find in the FamilySearch catalog, that of a boxed camera, which denotes the images are on a Partner Site (such as Fold3).    
 
Happy Researching!!


Instructions to register for Fort Myers Programs

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Open Free Accounts to Upload Your Family Tree

Did you know you can upload your family tree gedcom files for FREE to:
 
 
 
 
Each site will provide you with hints on members of your tree, free of charge!
 


Free Genealogy Research Sites for Every U.S. State

Article with links to free record collections per state.


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