EVPL Communities: seeker@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of seeker@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Indiana Veterans of World War I]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/08/indiana-veterans-of-world-war-i.aspx Mon, 08 Dec 2008 12:53:00 G12T 924 seeker@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/08/indiana-veterans-of-world-war-i.aspx to post your comments!

Do you have a family member who served during World War I, the "war to end all wars""?   The original federal military records were lost in a fire in St Louis, so a 5-year project is researching the Indiana Veterans of World War I.  Among other resources used, Service Records of Vanderburgh County by Ethel F. McCoullough and C.F. Hammerstein covers 4,537 local veterans, so we are well represented.  The site also includes information from interviews from returning veterans: home front stories, camp life, hospital experiences, women in service, P.O.W. memories and explanations of the various brances of service.

Check out the names of veterans you've heard of and see how well they're represented.  If you are aware of a veteran who is not listed or have additional information, you can contribute anything you know about him or her by emailing Jan Mattingly at WWVets@Gmail.com

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<![CDATA[Evansville Historical Records for Businesses and Immigrants]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/30/evansville-historical-records-for-businesses-and-immigrants.aspx Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:51:00 G10T 721 seeker@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/30/evansville-historical-records-for-businesses-and-immigrants.aspx to post your comments!

The people at the Browning Family Foundation, who brought you the Browning Genealogy Database (Evansville area newspaper obituaries) and contributed to the Local History Database, have constructed 3 more historical databases to help local history buffs! 

If you're looking for an early business and want to know when it started or who started it, many businesses filed Articles of Association with the courts.  The Browning Family Foundation volunteers and employees have indexed these records covering the 1850's up to the 1980's in the Evansville, IN Business Entity Database.  The Simple Search allows you to search by the name of the business or by the names of the businessmen signing the Articles of Association, usually principal officers and major investors.  The record you see will include the business name, type of business, and the names of associated businessmen. Advanced search can search on any portion or combination of business type (church, oil refinery, livestock), business name, individual's name or address.

If you're interested in early immigrants to this area, check out their 2nd database.  The Evansville IN Immigration Database allows you to search the intentions to immigrate and naturalization papers from 1850's to 1920's filed in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties.  In Advanced search, you will be able to search by any combination of name (last or first), birth location or date, or country emigrated from.  The records differ, but may give name, petition number & page & vol number, birth date & location, country emigrated from, arrival location or vessel or date, occupation, current address, names of family members, and notes the petitioner thought important to include. These books are old and fragile and are due to soon be sent to the Indiana State Archives.  As time permits, photos of the original pages will be attached to the information already abstracted so that these important documents will still be available to genealogists.   

The 3rd database, Browning Obituaries, is an ongoing work-in-progress to expand the information available in the Browning Genealogy Database with obituary information from 3 more counties: White County (IL), Gibson County, and Posey County.  In some cases, this will include scans of the actual newspaper obituaries with photo.  Additional information available includes records, photo, and biographical essays from the Browning Funeral Home.

I was delighted to try these databases out to see how much information is in them and how many different ways they are indexed.  Genealogists and those interested in local history will be first in line, but they're rather intriguing just to poke around in.  Kudos to the industrious people at Browning Family Foundation for their hard work in making these databases of valuable information available! 

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<![CDATA[America’s Bank Crisis –Quick Information Links]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/04/america-s-bank-crisis-quick-information-links.aspx Sat, 04 Oct 2008 11:08:00 G10T 684 seeker@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/04/america-s-bank-crisis-quick-information-links.aspx to post your comments!

I just had a question from a person who wanted some quick Internet sites to follow the recent bill, "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008" that was approved by the Senate October 1, the House  October 3, and signed into law by the President .  Here's a 1 page summary of it:  http://banking.senate.gov/public/_files/latestversionEESASummary.pdf

 Some news sites that I follow have some good up-to-date articles:  CNN Money Magazine - special issue on America's Money Crisis, Google News - recent news articles on the Wall Street Crisis, and NPR's Economy Section news. 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures individual bank accounts.  Find current news of failed and merged banks, and under Top Search Results, find Failed Banks List, reports of Conditions & Income and Thrift Financial Reports for your bank, or use  "Edie the Estimator" to calculate your FDIC insurance coverage for your deposit accounts.

And  finally, what will it cost and how will it impact federal finances?  Here's the Congressional Budget Office Analysis:  http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=173

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<![CDATA[LibGuides from HowStuffWorks]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/03/libguides-from-howstuffworks.aspx Fri, 03 Oct 2008 13:29:00 G10T 680 seeker@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/03/libguides-from-howstuffworks.aspx to post your comments!

I've always been a sucker for dropping by HowStuffWorks to see entertaining how-to's.  After all, you never know when you might be called upon to build a straw bale house or explain to your 7-year-old how a Star Wars light saber appears to be real in a movie but she's not going to see a working version in Wal-Mart any time soon. Certainly not in time for Christmas!  The short articles offer a clear picture of how something functions, is put together, or its history.  Designed by Discovery Channel and its spinoffs, the information is sound, the speculations are reasonable, and the information is presented in an entertaining way.  (The accompaning ads that allow it to be a free site are clearly marked and easy to skim over.)

On the other end of the spectrum, I enjoy exploring the more serious LibGuides collection of guides by research librarians, whether they're subject guides, information portals, or focused research tip sheets.  These reliable explorations were originally written for their individual library, so not all resources listed are available for free, but there always seems to be some valuable content in each topic I've opened so far.

Now How Stuff Works has joined the LibGuides community with their own collection of research guide topics at HowStuffWorks LibGuiides .  They combine HowStuffWorks' entertaining outlook with LibGuides' research orientation.  The topics run from cooking to dinosaurs to elections & politics, each with videos, articles, questions and links to other informative sites.  One of the features I particularly liked is the ability to pull up the most recently written guides.  For an intriguing introductory meander through a new broad topic area, browse through HowStuffWorks' LibGuides.

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<![CDATA[Indiana Economic Digest – New! -- Indiana Business News Stories Online]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/22/indiana-economic-digest-new-indiana-business-news-stories-online.aspx Fri, 22 Aug 2008 16:08:00 G8T 267 seeker@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/22/indiana-economic-digest-new-indiana-business-news-stories-online.aspx to post your comments!

A new Indiana business news source has just gone online.  Do you need to know who's hiring, who's firing, and what programs the local, state, and federal government is pushing?  Indiana Economic Digest is a daily collection of business, housing, health and development news stories from daily Indiana newspapers.  You can check out the most recent state-wide news or look for stories in your county or region.  You can concentrate on a business topic or a government category.  Read it all or sign up for email updates on the topic or region of your choice at http://www.indianaeconomicdigest.net .

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<![CDATA[Browning Genealogy Database now available on VINE]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/22/browning-genealogy-database-now-available-on-vine.aspx Fri, 22 Aug 2008 09:56:00 G8T 259 seeker@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/22/browning-genealogy-database-now-available-on-vine.aspx to post your comments!

Digital records from EVPL's Browning Genealogy Database can now be seen in the State Library's VINE database (http://vine.in.gov).  Vital Information Exchange, (VINE), is a collaborative state wide database that searches databases on Indiana local history and vital records from Indiana libraries, historical societies, genealogy societies, etc.  Right now, it only searches names, but eventually it will be searchable by county or event.  Mike Abaray tells me that we are sending copies of our new entries in the Local History Database to them, so these will eventually be available as well.

To see how it works, go to the Indiana State Library site at http://www.in.gov/library and click on The VINE (Vital Information Exchange) under Online Services in the upper right corner.

Type in the last name Bosse and choose obituary as your record type from the list: anniversary, biography, birth, cemetery, census, church records, death, divorce, marriage, military, mortality, naturalization, obituaries, school/yearbooks.

There are 22 obituaries for the Bosse family all over the state.  The first record from us is Benjamin H. Bosse, nephew of Mayor Bosse.  Oddly enough, the address for the Browning Obituary Database appears under "Survivors" as a source for additional information, but the link is not live.  EVPL's name, address and logo appear on the record, but not our link.

The Browning Genealogy Database is one of our most popular databases with genealogists from all over the US, but the exposure from VINE should increase our hits.  I think VINE is a useful tool for genealogy searchers right now, and will be a good resource in the future for Indiana local history.

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<![CDATA[Silver Bullets for Your Werewolf Problem?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/01/silver-bullets-for-werewolves.aspx Fri, 01 Aug 2008 10:57:00 G8T 122 seeker@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/01/silver-bullets-for-werewolves.aspx to post your comments!

I always admire writers who do a professional job of researching their material, whether they're writing fiction or non-fiction.  I have been avidly reading Patricia Briggs' series about Mercy Thompson, mechanic and coyote shapeshifter.  In her first book, Mercy deals with a pesky werewolf problem by casting her own silver bullets and blasting away.  A couple of fans wrote Patricia to doubt that whipping up some silver bullets in your garage while a werewolf is prowling around is all that easy. 

So Patricia and her husband, Mike, did a little research on homemade silver bullets from the time of Lone Ranger and Tonto's efforts to today's recommended werewolf erradication practices.  Finally, Mike tried to make some himself and shoot them.  I think you'll enjoy reading about their careful research and conclusions at http://www.hurog.com/books/silver/silverbullets.shtml.   I expect to see some changes in Mercy's future adventures!

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