Saturday, September 4, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #36

Thanks to Thomas MacEntee for the following challenge:

"Time Tomorrow at 8:00am - September 10 at 11:00pm


Location Your genealogy blog


Created By Genea-Bloggers


More Info Week 36: Check out the Family History Library catalog ( In terms of its library collections, there are no rivals. From this web page, you can search by place, surname, keyword, title, film/fiche, author, subject, and call number. Try all of them. Don’t do actual research with this exercise. Instead just click links and see all the catalog has to offer. Many of these... items can be rented for a small fee and viewed at your local Family History Center ( You do not have to be a member of the LDS Church to utilize this service. If you write a genealogy blog, tell readers what you found during this exercise, or describe the types of materials you’ve received through this genealogy tool.

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy is a series of weekly prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty."

As always, this site amazes me!

Simply by typing in my main surname search "Bean", I was met with a plethora of sources to check on research!

Unfortunately for me, the branch of the family Bean that I am working on, was not represented in the many titles of work  [356] that came up during the search. But, this I already knew, and so was not disappointed.

I have often utilized this site looking for a source of material to do research with, and so I highly recommend it. While I have not been able to break through my own brick wall, I have through several client's walls, and what a wonderful feeling that is!

Give it a try!

1 comment:

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Elizabeth Bean (1787-1857), who married William Quesenberry, is my third great grandmother. Her father was Jesse Bean. Any connection?

I may have asked you this before. Apologies if this is a repeat, but I've seen several Bean surnames on blogs.