Databases Available Through the Library
Genealogy & Local History websites
Don't Forget Books -- Subject Headings and Call Numbers for Genealogy
The Newton Free LIbrary, like many public libraries, uses the Dewey Decimal System for cataloging and shelving non-fiction books. Each number represents a subject category. This allows you to go to the shelf looking for one book and finding others that may be of interest. Below are Dewey numbers relating to genealogy and family history.
929.2 Family History: The history of family groups as opposed to the biography of an individual.
929.3 Genealogical Sources
929.4 Personal Names: the origins and/or the history of last names (surnames) or first names (forenames).
929.5 Cemetery Records
929.7 Royal Houses
Genealogy -- Handbooks and Manuals ["How to" books]
Genealogy -- [Place]
[Place] -- Genealogy -- Handbooks and Manuals ["How to" do place related research]
Note: A place can be a country, state, county, or town. For subject headings Massachusetts is abbreviated as Mass., not MA.
The Curious Genealogist: The Library's Genealogy Blogger
The Newton Genealogy Club
The Newton Genealogy Club is about members helping members. We can discuss someone's research, resources (online and off) for an ancestor hunt, new developments, how a beginner can get started. Anything related to family history is fair game. Our members have a range of experience, from rank beginners who don't know where to begin all the way to Ruy, a certified genealogist. (He began the club and I took over when he stepped down.) Everyone needs help with something and the discussions are fun and very lively.
Interested? The Newton Genealogy Club always meets on the second Wednesday of the month. The only month we skip is August. The meetings are from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening.
Our meeting room has recently changed due to the increasing number of people coming to the club meetings. We no longer use Meeting Room A. You want to go to the Special Collections Room which is towards the back left of the first floor. From the parking lot, you will go over a bridge and through the side door into the library. Keep going straight along the corridor. As you pass the circulation desk, take a right and go through the alcove under the sky light. (You will have to go around a rather large reference desk at the front of the alcove.) Go through the door that is under the clock and take a sharp left and then a sharp right at the wall. You will see the doors to Special Collections ahead on your left.
Why Family History?
There are many reasons why people become interested in family history.
1. It seems most often sparked by a sense of regret for connections not made. You suddenly think of all the questions you wish you had asked.
2. It can be simple curiosity. Where did I come from? Who were my ancestors who lived before me? What influenced them? Where and when did they live? Why did some come here? So many questions.
3. Sometimes a medical genealogy can help solve medical questions about you or a family member.
4. Working with members of the family (older or younger) can help create bonds and forge connections.
5. Sometimes all or some of the above.
6. Did I miss anything? Leave a comment and let me know.