Immigration Series, Part I: Castle Garden

When you think of your ancestors coming to this country, you probably picture them coming through Ellis Island, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. But another building existed before Ellis Island, and 8 million immigrants passed through its doors between 1855 and 1890. This building was known as Castle Garden. A fort called…

May Genealogy Networking Group Wrap-Up

The Cook Genealogy Networking Group met virtually last night. Eighteen of us Zoomed with each other, and after having missed a month in April, it was great to “see” everyone again. As usual, fun stories were shared. One person shared how she had connected with someone on a historical society’s Facebook page and helped them…

Ancestry Library Edition now available from home

   Yes, that’s right, you can now use AncestryLibrary Edition from home! During the corona virus emergency, while Cook Library is closed to the public, we are able to give you access to Ancestry LE which was previously only available in the library.      Just go to the Research tab on the Cook Library’s…

The United States Census…for Genealogists

Do you have a little time on your hands? Try going over your genealogy research to see if you can break down one of your brick walls. A great place to start is with the U.S. Census. The United States census is taken every 10 years, and responses to the census questions are made public…

Genealogy Networking Group March Wrap-Up

We met at Aspen Drive Library on March 5 and covered a lot of ground. A couple of people had had the opportunity to re-examine their research, and in both cases this second look brought them new information. Lesson learned: go back and look your research over a second time. We wend over the immigration…