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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #49: Research Location

52-Weeks-AbundantWhich genealogy research location or city brings a smile to your face? What makes this place special to you? What family history treasures does it hold for you? Why should others visit this place?

I have blogged about this site before, but the Hillsboro (Texas) Public Library is still my favorite research location! It is a small library in a small town in rural central Texas, but has a wealth of genealogical information:

The Genealogy & Local History Department of the Hillsboro City Library is located upstairs on the north side of the building. The Local History Department houses a collection of family history books and books published about the Hillsboro area. The collection contains a selection of Hillsboro Newspapers and census records back to 1886 on Microfilm. The Library is in the process of converting these records to an electronic format.

The Genealogy & Local History Department offers an on-line genealogy data base that can be used in researching family history.The Local History Department supports the Hill County Genealogy Society by housing all of their books and publications that are needed to research family history.

The Library is housed in the old Hillsboro Post Office, a wonderful old building built in 1915,  “designed as an adaptation of the Foundling Hospital for Children of Florence, Italy.” It was designated a Texas Historical Building in 1982 and  listed with the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1984.

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118 South Waco Street
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Phone: 254-582-7385
Fax: 254-582-7765

E-mail: hillsborolibrary@hillsborotx.org

Library Hours:
Monday & Thursday, 9am-7pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-12Noon

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week # 48: Genealogy Society Member

52-Weeks-AbundantGenealogy society members are a vital part of the family history community. We’ve made many acquaintances this way and we all benefit from their friendship, support and expertise. Share with us a genealogy society member that has left a memorable impression on you.

I don’t currently belong to a genealogical society (yet!), but there is one local society member who has impressed me immensely with his tireless work on behalf of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society and Texas genealogy in general.

Rob Yoder is currently the Society’s 3rd Vice President and the editor of Footsprints, The Quarterly Journal of FWGS, and is also one of the two county coordinators for the Tarrant County, Texas GenWeb site. Rob was instrumental in creating the Texas Marriage Collections of FWGS . And he has recently compiled the Footprints Topical Index 1957-2012.

When does the man sleep?

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week # 47: Small Genealogy Vendors

52-Weeks-AbundantWhich small genealogy vendor is your favorite one to see at genealogy conferences? What does this vendor offer to the genealogy community? Why do you like visiting this vendor in the exhibit hall? Share web site links or contact information for this vendor so others can benefit from their products.

While probably not technically a vendor, I would like to meet the folks behind the BetterGEDCOM project:

BetterGEDCOMBetterGEDCOM was organized in the fall of 2010, by DearMyrtle, Greg Lamberson and Russ Worthington, after Myrt and Russ had problems sharing genealogical information about a mutual line. Their data had become lost or mangled in the transfer. Knowing many others shared the same frustrations, these dedicated technologists and users fostered the BetterGEDCOM grassroots effort. The project’s original goal was to develop a standard for genealogy data archiving and transfer that would be accepted internationally.

I know that when I moved my database from Family Tree Maker to RootsMagic 4 years ago, the GEDCOM file that I exported from FTM and then imported into RootsMagic brought with it some rather odd added characters that to me were gibberish. Non-seamless transfer seems to be a common problem between the different genealogy programs.

And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sync an online database, such as Geni, with my desktop RootsMagic program?

DearMYRTLE discusses the BetterGEDCOM project here.

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.